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International Diplomacy Through Medical Science

  • Levering Arellano (Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus) 3400 North Charles St Baltimore, MD 21218 United States (map)

Dr. Peter Agre is scheduled to speak for the Osler Medical Symposium on April 23, 2019 from 6-7pm. At his event, Dr. Agre will speak on behalf of his current work in combating malaria at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute as well as his experience in international diplomacy through medicine. Dr. Agre has led multiple visits of American scientists to North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar/Burma, and Iran.

Dr Peter Agre is an American physician and molecular biologist who works at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Dr. Agre also serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. As a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1974, Agre obtained clinical training in internal medicine and hematology as well as basic science training in cellular and molecular biology. Agre's research has focused upon molecular aspects of human diseases. In 2013, Agre received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the aquaporin water channels (referred to as the "plumbing system of cells"). Aquaporins facilitate the movement of water across cell membranes for what is known as rapid osmosis. Aquaporins are responsible for generation all biological fluids cerebrospinal fluid, aqueous humor, tears, sweat, saliva, and concentration of urine.