Discoverer of New Class of Drugs To Deliver Annual Borne Lecture

Duane D. Miller

Duane D. Miller

Miss. – Duane D. Miller, Van Vleet Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and
associate dean at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, is
to deliver the fifth annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture in
Medicinal Chemistry Tuesday (March 31) at the University of Mississippi.

will lecture on “Discovery of Tissue – Selective Nonsteroidal
Androgens” at 11 a.m. in Centennial Auditorium of the Thad Cochran
Research Center. The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Medicinal
Chemistry in the UM School of Pharmacy, is free and open to the public.

co-discovered a new class of drugs, selective androgen receptor
modulators, which have the potential to treat muscle wasting and other
musculoskeletal conditions. His research program has been continuously
funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1970. He has
published more than 250 papers, is listed as an inventor on at least 13
patents and has presented more than 80 invited lectures. In 2008,
Miller was inducted into the American Chemical Society’s Medicinal
Chemistry Hall of Fame.

“Dr. Miller is an icon in the field of medicinal chemistry,” said Stephen J. Cutler, chair of the medicinal chemistry department. “His influence on the field spreads all over the world, primarily through his training of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral associates, as well as his development of novel medicines.”

The annual lecture honors longtime faculty member Ronald F. Borne for his contributions to the department, where he was a professor and chair. He also served as the university’s acting associate vice chancellor for research and acting dean of the Graduate School in 1985-86, interim associate vice chancellor for research in 1997-98 and interim vice chancellor for research in 1998-2001. He retired from the university in 2004.

Borne was a favorite of students for many years and has been recognized several times for teaching excellence. He received the university’s 1972 Elsie M. Hood Teacher of the Year Award, the 1996 Faculty Achievement Award and the 1992 Mississippi Professor of the Year Award.

For more information about the lecture or for assistance related to a disability, contact Beth Lyon at or 662-915-7101.

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