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The world’s preeminent scientists at Scripps Research package these traits with their endless curiosity on a quest to solve the challenges of modern human health.

You’re invited to join them on their journeys. Through the Front Row lecture series you’ll discover how scientists are mapping the secret complexity of tumors to help defeat aggressive cancers. You’ll learn how studying the machinery of brain cells may lead to new treatments for vision loss. And you’ll be intrigued by a novel strategy to prevent or even reverse the chronic inflammation that underlies diseases of the skin, intestines or joints.

Decoding cellular communications to find new therapies for cancers and neurodegenerative diseases

  • Wednesday, February 16

    1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET
    Xiang-Lei Yang

    To stay healthy, our bodies must coordinate the functions of the different organs. The proper functioning of each organ is also the result of the coordination and communications among a large number of different cells within the organ. When these communications are disrupted, whether due to genetics or outside forces, it can lead to various diseases. In her Front Row lecture, Scripps Research Professor Xiang-Lei Yang will share her research on an ancient family of proteins that evolved new functions to allow cellular communications to keep up with the ever-increasing complexity of the organisms. She’ll also discuss some of the promising avenues to developing therapies to restore proper cellular communications in cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.


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