October 3, 2011
From a message distributed last week by Ginger Frost of our Department of History in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences:
“The laboratories of Andy Lampkins and Morgan Ponder are currently developing novel drug candidates for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. One of the major obstacles in creating treatments for this disease (and other neurodegenerative disorders) is ensuring that the drug reach the brain in active form. Most drug candidates for these conditions are ‘great in Petri dishes, but not in people’ since they are rapidly degraded in the body or unable to penetrate into the brain. Morgan and Andy’s team has used both computational simulations and bench chemistry to work toward a potential solution—amino acid-derived prodrugs. These unique molecules are inactive when ingested, but designed to rapidly enter the brain and undergo bio-activation in this tissue. The first generation of these drug candidates has been synthesized and their pharmaceutical properties are currently being evaluated. The project has brought in over $40,000 of extramural funds to the university, and scientists in three universities have taken part. Over twenty Samford undergraduates have had the invaluable research experience of working on the trials, resulting in eighteen presentations at local, state, and regional meetings. The project has also been the focus of three invited lectures. One publication has already come out of the research with another under review, and a third in preparation.
When a cure for Alzheimer’s does emerge, two of our colleagues will have helped to find it.”
The world is better because of the dedicated faculty members of Samford University.
The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.
Our Core Values
The Samford community values lifelong:
- belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
- engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
- learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
- personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
- vocational success and civic engagement.
- spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
- integrity, honesty, and justice.
- appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
- stewardship of all resources.
- service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.
Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.