Markham YorkU Scholars Hub: When Proteins Go Rogue

February 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Markham Village Library
6031 York Regional Rd 7
Markham, ON L3P 3A7

Title: When Proteins Go Rogue: the Molecular Origins of Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurodegenerative disease is on the rise. At present, more than 564,000 in Canadians live with some form of dementia, a number that is expected to double in the next 15 years. In this York University Scholars Hub, join Dr. Derek Wilson, Associate Professor and expert in bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry at York University, as he shows what neurodegenerative disease looks like at the molecular level. He will explain how our neurons rely on an intricate network of protein interactions to survive and how, occasionally, one of the proteins at the center of that network can go rogue, resulting in catastrophic consequences.

Inside each of our neurons is an intricate network of protein interactions that keeps our cells alive and functional. Derek Wilson will talk about what happens when a protein at the center of this network goes “rogue” and how made-in-Canada tools are revealing the molecular origins of cognitive decay in Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s and other scary neurodegenerative diseases.

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