The St. John's College Medical Society regularly runs talks open to the whole university for free, they are particularly relevant to those studying Medicine or Veterinary Medicine, but all are welcome to attend. For those who wish to attend these talks, refreshments are provided 30 minutes before the start of the talk.
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- Mitigating Mitochondrial Meltdown - Professor Patrick Chinnery
Join us on the 1st of December as St John's MedSoc, in collaboration with Trinity MedSoc, jointly welcome Professor Patrick Chinnery to deliver a talk on his area of research - mitochondrial genomics and human diseaseFriday 1st December 2017
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17:15 - 18:45
Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College
- Cellular quiescence in intestinal tumorigenesis - Mr Simon Buczacki
Despite significant advances over the last decade in the treatment of colorectal cancer, relapse is not uncommon. In laboratory settings chemotherapy is often highly effective, but this fails to translate in completeness to the clinic. One explanation for this proposes that highly tumorigenic cancer stem cells drive tumour growth and resistance to adjuvant therapies. Recent data points to a quiescent subset of cancer stem cells that become active during treatment. Could manipulating the behaviour of these quiescent cells increase the success of conventional therapies?Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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18:00 - 19:00
Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building
- Autophagy and Neurodegeneration - Professor David Rubinsztein
Neurodegenerative diseases constitute an ever-growing challenge for modern medicine. For example, it is estimated that the prevalence of Parkinson's Disease will at least double by 2030 [Dorsey et al (2007)]. A major risk factor for neurodegenerative disease is ageing, which is in turn associated with an accumulation of defects in a variety of homeostatic processes. One such process is autophagy - a cellular process used to recycle obsolete cellular constituents and eliminate damaged organelles and protein aggregates. Mutations of genes regulating autophagy underlie neurodegenerative diseases - particularly those associated with pathological protein aggregates such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases. Could targetting disruptions in the autophagy pathway represent a new therapeutic avenue?Wednesday 1st November 2017
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18:00 - 19:15
Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School
- Annual Linacre Lecture - Professor Azim Surani
Professor Surani PhD, CBE, FMedSci FRS will be giving the 2017 Linacre Lecture, entitled, 'Human Germline: The eternal link between generations'.Monday 20th February 2017
Born in Kenya, Professor Surani received a PhD in 1975 at Cambridge and discovered 'Genomic Imprinting' in 1984, the first demonstration of intergenerational transmission of epigenetic information (DNA methylation) in mammals. He is currently Director of Research in Germline and Epigenetics Research at the Gurdon Institute, where his recent works are on epigenetic programming for totipotency and its implications for heredity and evolution.
His awards include the William Bate Hardy Prize, Associate Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences, Membership of EMBO, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society and a Royal Medal.
The talk will begin at 5.00pm and is preceded by tea at 4.15pm. The Facebook event can be found here
17:00 - 18:00
- Peripheral Artery Disease - Professor Pierre Abraham
Big Kahuna Prof. Pierre Abraham is donning his magic cape and flying all the way from France to give his presentation on Peripheral artery disease and Exercise Oxymetry. It's looking to be a fascinating talk for anyone interested in vascular and sports and exercise Medicine (and anyone who likes french people) as part of the Prof's day job is working with elite athletes including the cyclists from the Tour de France (but not the druggy ones dw folks).Saturday 11th February 2017
18:00 - 19:00