UCO Chemists Host Toxicologist for Talk on Potentially Life-Saving Components of Red Wine

UCO’s Department of Chemistry will host Tammy Dugas, Ph.D., at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society for a reception, dinner and presentation titled “Red Wine, Resveratrol and Drug-Eluting Stents.”

Feb. 4, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu                                                

UCO CHEMISTS HOST TOXICOLOGIST FOR TALK ON POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING COMPONENTS OF RED WINE

Department of Chemistry faculty and students at the University of Central Oklahoma will host Tammy Dugas, Ph.D., at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for a reception, dinner and presentation. Dugas is an associate professor of chemistry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

A reception for Dugas will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Howell Hall Atrium on Central’s campus followed by dinner in the Heritage Room of the Nigh University Center (NUC). Dinner is $18 for ACS members and guests and $5 for students. Dugas’ presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., immediately following dinner. An RSVP is required for both dinner and the presentation. 

Dugas’ talk, “Red Wine, Resveratrol and Drug-Eluting Stents,” focuses on polyphenols, groups of chemicals found in red wine, which are known to have vascular-protective effects. The goal of her research is to develop a stent coating that releases these drugs to prevent restenosis, the narrowing of blood vessels, and thrombosis, the formation of blood clots in blood vessels.

Dugas holds a B.S. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Louisiana State University. Dugas joined the faculty at LSU in 2001 and has pursued diverse research endeavors in the areas of drug metabolism and mechanisms by which toxic chemicals target the cardiovascular system.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by Congress, the American Chemical Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of chemistry in the public interest. The Oklahoma Section is one of 188 across the U.S. serving the society’s 164,000 members.

To RSVP for dinner or Dugas’ presentation, contact Carla Supon at 405-974-5732 or csupon@uco.edu. The deadline for dinner reservations is 5 p.m. Feb. 7. For more information, contact Cheryl Frech, Ph.D., at 405-974-5476 or cfrech@uco.edu.

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Cutline: UCO’s Department of Chemistry will host Tammy Dugas, Ph.D., at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society for a reception, dinner and presentation titled “Red Wine, Resveratrol and Drug-Eluting Stents.”