2020 Kaulenas Lecture: Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner on Prions Causing Neurodegenerative Disease

On April 22, the Biology Department will be holding the 13th annual Kaulenas Lecture. This year's lecture will be given by Dr. Stanley Prusiner, the 1997 Nobel laureate in Physiology of Medicine.

In recognition of his pioneering work discovering prions, the underlying cause of neurodegenerative diseases including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or Mad Cow), Dr. Prusiner has also received the Wolf Prize, the Lasker Award, the Potamkin Prize, and the National Medal of Science.

He was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1992.

Dr. Prusiner will be speaking about recent discoveries in his lab, namely that the same misfolded protein phenomenon that gives rise to prion diseases is now widely recognized to play a role in most neurodegenerative diseases.

This lecture will be held on April 22 at 4 pm in ISB Room 135, and is sponsored by the Initiative on Neurosciences (IONs) at UMass.

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