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Creighton Symposium Celebrates Career of Richard Murphy, Ph.D.

Creighton Symposium Celebrates Career of Richard Murphy, Ph.D.

The distinguished career of Richard F. Murphy, Ph.D., chair of biomedical sciences at Creighton University School of Medicine, will be celebrated during a daylong symposium on “Peptide Chemistry in the Twenty-First Century,” on Wednesday, June 4, at the Skutt Student Center, room 105.

The symposium, sponsored by Creighton University, will feature research by collaborators and former students of Murphy from the United States and Europe. The 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. event is open to the public at no charge. For online information of the presenters and their topics, visit

Murphy joined Creighton’s School of Medicine in 1988 as chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and was later named holder of the Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine. He served as associate dean for research for the School of Medicine, 1991-1998. Murphy was responsible for combining Creighton’s departments of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology into a new Department of Biomedical Sciences, providing a flexible graduate research program and leading to greater interdisciplinary research and discovery by Creighton faculty, researchers and student researchers.

Murphy will step down as chair of biomedical sciences on June 30 after 20 years in that position. He has spent much of his career studying, writing and lecturing on peptides, which in recent years have shown great promise for novel applications in medicine, biotechnology and surgery. He has been particularly involved in the role of peptides in the prevention and treatment of diseases, including cancer.

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