Development of vaccines for urushiol, the active compouond of poison ivy, was the focus of an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 (http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150823_Is_relief_near_for_poison-ivy_sufferers_.html). Included was a focus on the work in this area by Mahmoud Elsohly, University of Mississippi. Elsohly’s group is close to launch of a clinical trial.
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The work of John R. Porter and Kyung A Koo (University of the Sciences) and Rebecca G. Wells and Michael Pack (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania) on a plant compound that is the basis for biliary atresia in Australian lambs was highlighted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 (http://bit.ly/1NtZ6Ge). The researchers hope that work with the molecule, biliatresone, will lead to understanding of the conditions in humans.
A new book focusing on the research of Bob Pettit will appear soon.
Waging War on Cancer. Dr. Pettit’s Lifelong Quest to Find Cures by Robert S. Byars. FriesenPress. ISBN 978-1-4602-5976-4 (Hardcover; 978-1-4602-5977-1, Paperback; 978-1-4602-5978-8, eBook).
The noted alkaloid chemist, emeritus professor at University of California San Diego, dies at age 88.
The Officers and Executive Committee members of the ASP are saddened to report the death of Les Mitscher, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas. Dr. Mitscher has been a long-time member of ASP, past President of the Society (1992-1993), ASP Fellow (from 2007), recipient of the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award (2007), Fellow of the ACS (from 2011), and long-time and prolific researcher of biologically-active natural products and analytical techniques. His contributions and guidance will be missed. A more detailed review of the career of Dr. Mitscher will appear in an upcoming ASP Newsletter.