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Saving lives by studying water in living systems and the environment – An Inaugural lecture by Professor Parvez Haris FRSC, FRSPH

8 February 2018 17:30-19:00, Leicester, United Kingdom

Water has been a source of challenge for Professor Haris from his early life to his time as a PhD student and an academic, albeit in different ways.   As a child, he had to face the dangers of toxins from contaminated drinking water and life-threatening floods.  More recently, his challenge has been to remove pollutants from water which is occupying a significant proportion of his research time. 

The inaugural lecture will also describe some of the advances he made in determining the structure of medically important proteins, understanding disease processes and finding solutions to global challenges linked to food, water, nutrition and public health.  The central theme of the lecture will be water and its impact on molecules, foods and human lives.  It will discuss how pollutants from water are entering the food chain that is harming the health of millions of people around the world.  Solutions to these problems, including identification and removal of toxic chemicals from water and foods, which are being developed by Professor Haris and his team, will be presented.   This will include work by his group which is turning an undesirable weed into a life-saving plant for use in a filter for removing toxic chemicals from drinking water in Bangladesh and a contaminated river in Britain.

The evening will begin with refreshments from 5.30pm, with the talk beginning at 6.00pm. A drinks reception and canapés will be available following the lecture.
De Montfort University

Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

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