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Cures, Treatments, Prevention: Medical research from labs to hospitals to homes

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"Cures, Treatments, Prevention: Medical research from labs to hospitals to homes" is the theme of the 2016 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.

Join us for a series of six free public lectures on Saturday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science is an annual free public minicourse organized by the Penn State Eberly College of Science as an enjoyable and enlightening learning opportunity for residents of the Central Pennsylvania area and beyond. The speakers are researchers who are expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge in their fields.

Speaker1_thumbnail.jpgYour Health Risks: Prediction and Prevention

January 23, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building (map)

Sarah Pendergrass, Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Translational Informatics, Geisinger Health System

Can electronic health records and genetic data be used for precision medicine to help prevent and treat coronary heart disease, endometrial cancer, type-2 diabetes, and other complex diseases? Learn how a Pennsylvania research team is harnessing massive amounts of information from electronic health records and comprehensive genetic data, along with other sources of "Big Data," in order to discover how the interplay between genetic variability and environment can open doors to advanced prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for patients.


Speaker2_thumbnail.jpgNew Hope for Brain Repair

January 30, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building (map)

Gong Chen, Professor of Biology and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences, Penn State

In Gong Chen's research lab at Penn State, scientists have discovered a new recipe to repair scarred brain tissues by turning them back into functioning neural tissues. Learn how this lab now is accelerating its research efforts to more quickly develop medicines that patients could take to restore brain functions lost in diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's or after stroke, concussion, or other brain and spinal-cord injuries.


speaker3_thumbnail.jpgHow to Stop an Epidemic

February 6, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building (map)

Matthew Ferrari, Assistant Professor of Biology and Statistics, Penn State

When an infectious disease like Ebola or measles erupts somewhere on Earth, what is the best way to harness limited healthcare resources to stop its spread? Hear a leader on the front lines of this effort describe his research and his work with the World Health Organization and Medecins Sans Frontiers in using adaptive-management methods to decide the most effective deployment of vaccines and other efforts to stop epidemics.


speaker4_thumbnail.jpgNew Antibiotics for Drug-Resistant Infections

February 13, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building (map)

Kenneth Keiler, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State

Diseases such as tuberculosis, anthrax, and severe food-borne illnesses soon could be treated with an entirely new kind of antibiotic that kills bacteria that are resistant to other drugs, thanks to research led by Kenneth Keiler. Learn about his lab team's discoveries of molecules with broad-spectrum antibiotic powers that make bacteria incapable of replicating. Hear how these discoveries have opened new opportunities in basic science research as well as in medicine.


speaker5_thumbnail.jpgInvented: A Better Tool Against Cancer

February 20, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building (map)

Tony Jun Huang, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and the Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State

Tony Huang's research team has invented a safe, gentle, efficient, and inexpensive tool that, for the first time, uses sound waves to remove cancer cells from blood samples without damaging the cells. The new "acoustic tweezers" could improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV, and other diseases, and could help in making treatment decisions. Hear about the ongoing efforts to propel this invention from the research lab into wide use in healthcare worldwide.


speaker6_thumbnailcopy.jpgAnti-Cancer Drugs: Discovery & Development

February 27, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building (map)

Raymond J. Hohl, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Director of the Penn State Cancer Institute

New drugs and therapies are being developed rapidly for the treatment of diseases. The processes by which discoveries made in university laboratories are transformed into drugs used by people are complex, but well-defined. Ray Hohl’s team at Penn State is actively involved in drug discovery and development for anticancer agents. Hear about Penn State’s most exciting discoveries and learn about how they are being developed to transform the way cancers are treated and cured.

The Thomas Building is at the corner of Pollock and Shortledge roads. Parking is available in the HUB Parking Deck on Shortledge Road and in the Eisenhower Parking Deck on Eisenhower Road.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 814-867-5830 or e-mail science@psu.edu in advance of your participation or visit.


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