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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Speeding up Drug Discovery

Dr. Jed Harrison,
University of Alberta, Edmonton

During the past decade, Professor Jed Harrison has played a key role in developing “lab-on-a-chip” technology, one of three converging trends that researchers hope will accelerate the discovery of new drugs and improve the evaluation of human health. He employs the same methods used to make a computer chip to make bio-chips for DNA tests, blood tests, and protein analyses for the new field of proteomics. These chips offer a powerful tool when combined with the dictionary of life provided by the Human Genome Project, and the vast range of potential drug molecules that new techniques in chemistry now provide. No wonder the lab-on-a-chip is now being applied by industry around the world.

Jed Harrison is a native of Vancouver. He received his B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1984. His research is in the application of microfabrication technology to chemical and biochemical sensors and to instrumentation. Professor Harrison’s program involves about 14 students and postdoctoral researchers. He is the recipient of major national and international honours, including a 1996 NSERC Steacie Fellowship and the 1996 Heinrich Emanuel Merck Prize.

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--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Tuesday May 7, 2002 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am