By Matthew Vaccaro | October 28, 2011 2:54 pm

Dr. Henry Daniell’s dream is as clear as it is ambitious: Cure the world’s Top 10 diseases through the use of genetically engineered plants.

Dr. Daniell, a faculty member of the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is currently examining how plants can cure diseases ranging from diabetes to cholera, hemophilia to malaria. At the next Luminary Series on November 16, Dr. Danielle will present his research into the disease-fighting advantages of “going green.”

Plant-based vaccines and medications would not only treat millions of people across the world, they would also produce treatments that cost just pennies – and would be needle-free.

Dr. Daniell’s research has been featured on the cover of several high-impact scientific journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesNature Biotechnology, Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. His work was ranked among the Top 10 inventions of the decade in 2007 by Nature Biotechnology.

Dr. Daniell’s research has been funded by several federal agencies. This year he landed $5.5 million in National Institutes of Health grants to use genetically modified plants to help treat hemophilia. He is also conducting similar research on a polio vaccine funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and on diabetes funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A consultant to the United Nations, Dr. Daniell has been featured often in the public press including the Discovery Channel, Voice of America, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, The New York Times and Scientific American. He is only the 14th American in the last 222 years to be elected to the Italian National Academy of Sciences and is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
His Luminary Series lecture will be held at the Interlachen Country Club, 2245 Interlachen Court, Winter Park, 32792. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to comrsvp@ucf.edu or to 407-266-7787.

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