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May 10, 2010

Sarkar Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.

Dr. Bibudhendra (Amu) Sarkar, a Senior Scientist Emeritus of Molecular Structure & Function at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has been appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the oldest Society of Chemical Sciences in the world and dates back to 1841. He was recognized for his significant contributions in the Chemical Sciences field.

Sarkar is well known for his discovery of the treatment of Menkes disease, a genetic disease causing neurodegeneration in children who would otherwise die by the age of three. Due to the application of his innovative research, a Menkes patient reached the age of 22. This treatment is now used throughout the world.

His research not only successfully treated a fatal genetic disease, but also resulted in the discovery of a motif in proteins (the ATCUN motif), which is now being used for specific DNA cutting, the killing of certain tumour cells, and the elucidation of protein structure. More recently, the development of an accurate and inexpensive method of measuring arsenic by his team of researchers is giving hope to millions of people suffering from cancer and other diseases in remote villages in South Asia due to arsenic exposure from contaminated drinking water.

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