Discovering New Medicines: The Role of the Chemist

On the evening of Tuesday 5th February 24 sixth formers and Miss Oldfield attended the lecture ‘Discovering New Medicines: The Role of the Chemist’. This was given by Dr John Snaith at the University of Birmingham.

Daisy Connor, one of the Upper Sixth, who attended this lecture writes:

‘I really enjoyed attending this lecture; learning about how scientists such as Lister and Pasteur have particularly contributed towards medicine was interesting. A2 topics such as optical isomerism were brought into context – we were told about thalidomide – examples like this really helped me understand the topic in more depth. The general history of medicine was also interesting to learn about; as well as discussing how anaesthetics were come across, the lecturer also told us how Viagra was accidentally discovered! Overall, the lecture was very enlightening and entertaining.’

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