Prof. Richard B. Silverman (Northwestern U.): "Drug Discovery: Ingenuity or Serendipity?"

Created by Josh Kurutz on Jan 28, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017 at University of Illinois at Chicago - Molecular Biology Research Building

Starts at 6:30 PM · Ends on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz


Drug discovery is a long, challenging process, which is more often than not unsuccessful. How do medicinal chemists discover new drugs? Why are they so expensive? This lecture will describe some approaches taken to discover drugs, including an example from my lab, and how these drugs work. Examples of several popular drugs will be discussed with an attempt to answer the question of whether drug discoveries are the result of clever design and execution or just dumb luck.


  • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration, Poster Session, & Networking
  • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner (Optional)
  • 7:30 - 7:40  Introductory remarks by Fran Kravitz, Chicago Section Chair
  • 7:40 - 8:40  Lecture by Rick Silverman
  • 8:30 - 9:30  Networking


  • MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
  • STREAMING LOCATION #1: North Central College
  • STREAMING LOCAITON #2: College of Lake County  - Southlake


Undergraduates will present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize!

DINNER - ALL SITES (Panera box lunch):

Option 1: Turkey sandwich
Option 2: Vegetarian sandwich
Oven roasted turkey, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pure mayo, spicy mustard, salt and pepper on whole grain. Served with potato chips, pickle and a cookie.Zesty sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and cilantro-jalapeno hummus with salt and pepper on thin sliced Tomato Basil. Served with potato chips, pickle and a cookie.


Dinner reservations are required and should be received by

Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, February 14

PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email (chicagoacs@ameritech.net) if you have any questions


Rick Silverman is Patrick G Ryan/Aon Professor (since 2015) in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University.  Prof. Silverman’s research focuses on investigations of the molecular mechanisms of action, rational design, and syntheses of potential medicinal agents acting on enzymes. He is the inventor of Lyrica(TM), a drug marketed by Pfizer since 2005 for epilepsy, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia and has completed a Phase I clinical trial of another drug for infantile spasms.  Prof. Silverman received his  B.S. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Harvard University .  He served as a NIH postdoctoral fellow with the late Robert Abeles at Brandeis University  Silverman is the recipient of numerous awards for research and innovation including most recently the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention (2017).  He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.  He is author of 350 research articles, 75 domestic and foreign patents, and five books (one [The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action] translated into German and Chinese).



University of Illinois at Chicago
Molecular Biology Research Building
Ground floor lecture room
900 S. Ashland Ave. (ENTRANCE AT 901 Marshfield Ave., on the West side of the building)
Chicago, IL 60607

Map & Directions: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/uic_mbrb_mapdir.pdf

PARKING: $8.50 cash/credit

Paulina St. Parking Structure
915 S. Paulina; Chicago, IL 60607


North Central CollegeSTREAMING LOCATION #1:

North Central College
Harold & Eva White Activity Center
Room 10 (basement)
325 East Benton Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Map and directions: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/ncc_white_mapdir.pdf

PARKING: free on the street


College of Lake County
Southlake Campus
Room V336-340
1120 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3195

Map and directions: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/clc_southlake_mapdir.pdf

PARKING: Free in Lot 1



$15.00 MAIN SITE (UIC) - Member

$17.00 MAIN SITE (UIC) - Non-member

$0.00 MAIN SITE (UIC) - Lecture Only

$15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (NCC) - Member ticket

$17.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (NCC) - Non-member ticket

$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (NCC) - Lecture Only

$15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (CLC) - Member ticket

$17.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (CLC) - Non-member ticket

$0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (CLC) - Lecture Only

$0.00 Individual Donation

$0.00 Company Sponsorship

University of Illinois at Chicago - Molecular Biology Research Building