University of Waterloo Science Talks: Bad Proteins in diseases of the Brain

Event Type: Adult Learning (Other)
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 10/09/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
 Many neurodegenerative diseases share a common theme in which a build-up of toxic proteins in the neurons of the brain leads to cell death and neurodegeneration. Consequently, researchers aim to decrease these toxic proteins by either stopping the cell from making the protein at the genetic level or through promoting pathways that remove bad proteins. This talk will focus on recent research and new treatments in Huntington disease, a devastating inherited neurodegenerative disease, and how this knowledge can be applied to other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Biology where he researches how cells remove toxic proteins through a cellular process known as autophagy (literally meaning “self eating”). Dr. Martin obtained his undergraduate degree from Dalhouise University in Halifax, NS. He moved west and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in Cell Biology. After discovering that the protein that causes Huntington disease is involved in autophagy, Dr. Martin joined the Hayden Lab in UBC where he developed his research program to study how to repair autophagy in Huntington disease and other therapeutic strategies.
Registration opens up September 3rd.
Library: John M. Harper Branch
Location: Community Room
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