Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture 2014

Ethical Stories in the History of Pharmacology: European Science between the Wars

When: Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 pm

Where: Woodward Lecture Theatre 6, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC

(A reception will be held at 5pm in Woodward IRC lobby. Light refreshments will be served)

Presented by the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

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Ryan J. Huxtable, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Pharmacology
The University of Arizona

Professor Ryan Huxtable emigrated to the United States from England in 1968. For 33 years, he was a professor of pharmacology at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He did research on taurine, herbal toxicities, the neurochemistry of amino acids, and the pharmacology and toxicology of plant alkaloids. In 2003, Professor Huxtable and his wife Marion moved to a small Victorian seaport, Port Townsend, in Washington State, where they volunteer for various local activities, eat local foods and try to consume fewer of the world’s finite resources. He enjoys collecting art, gardening, walking and listening to string quartets.

Rudolf Vrba:

Rudolf Vrba (1924-2006) was one of only five Jews who ever escaped from Auschwitz. Immediately following his escape he co-authored a report about conditions in the extermination camp which became one of the most significant eyewitness accounts ever written about the Holocaust. After the Second World War, Rudolf Vrba became a noted biochemist. From 1976 until his retirement in 1990, Dr. Vrba was a member of the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. This lecture is made possible by generous contributions to the Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture Endowment. The mandate of the Vrba Endowment is to commemorate the life of Rudolf Vrba and his contributions to human justice, and to science. To help achieve this goal, the endowment supports lectures and speakers in these areas, particularly with respect to subjects that were of personal interest to Dr. Vrba. In this way we remember him, and honour his life and contributions.