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01-28-2003

Clarkson Professor Speaker At National Medical Research Symposium

Clarkson University Chemistry Professor Ramesh Patel was a speaker at a National Institutes of Health-sponsored scientific symposium on the physiological effects of drug abuse held last month in Maryland.

Patel was one of 20 scientists and medical researchers from around the country invited to participate in a panel that reported on the latest research advances in the biological and physiological effects of drug addiction, identified areas of promising research and made recommendations for future funding.

The effect of drugs on the human body is part of the puzzle of addiction that researchers are working to solve. Understanding how drugs work on the body and how addiction occurs can provide answers to the problems of addiction and may lead to better treatment methods.

Patel's research, which looks at the effects of drugs at the molecular level in live cells, has been published in Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Patel came to Clarkson in 1974. In addition to his position at Clarkson, he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, where he works with medical researchers on animal models and human tissues to try to assess how drugs might work on the human body.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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