Proteostasis Networks and the Heat Shock Response in Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Add to Calendar

Richard Morimoto, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University will present a Dean’s Lecture on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in MMS 3.001 of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth located at 6431 Fannin at Ross Sterling, Houston, Texas 77030.

His research addresses the regulation of the heat shock stress response and the function of molecular chaperones that are central to diverse protein conformational diseases including Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease. His current research is to understand how animals sense and respond to physiologic and environmental stress through the activation of genetic pathways that integrate stress responses with molecular and cellular responses that determine cell growth and cell death. The stress of misfolded and damaged proteins influences neuronal function and lifespan at the level of the organism. These studies provide a molecular basis to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of aging and age-associated neurodegenerative disease.

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McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

6431 Fannin, MMS 3.001


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