Biotechnology and Medicine lecture series
Educators earn one hour of professional development for each lecture attended.
Join us for these upcoming lectures:
September 26, 2013
Speaker: Karen S. Anderson MD PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the Biodesign Institute and the School of Life Sciences at ASU
Discussion: The Sentinel Within: How Our Immune System Fights Cancer at 6 p.m.
Summary: Every moment, your immune system is patrolling for harmful microbes and can mount a vigorous, coordinated attack against them if encountered. Vaccinations can also boost your immunity to these agents, preventing infection. Did you know that your immune system can also be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development? From cancer vaccines to targeted immune therapy, enhancing our natural defenses is a promising cancer management strategy.
November 29, 2013
6 - 7 p.m.
Perfect for science lovers from 16 -116 years!
Speaker: Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery Research Laboratory, Barrow Neurological Institute
Topic: Sugar is bad, fat is good: a new take on cancer therapy
Details: While most people think of radiation and chemotherapy when they think of cancer treatment, Barrow Researcher Adrienne C. Scheck, PhD and her team think of metabolism. Her team studies a potential therapy known as the ketogenic diet to complement traditional brain cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. This is a highly regimented diet that is actually a metabolic therapy. It causes a reduction in glucose and an increase in chemicals called ketones in the blood. While normal cells can use ketones for energy, cancer cells cannot. Thus the tumor cells are “starved” for energy and tumor growth slows. Dr. Scheck’s team has observed that live tumor models fed a ketogenic diet survive longer than those fed a standard diet. The treatment also works together with radiation and chemotherapy and enhances their effectiveness, thus improving survival. How the above mechanisms work together to slow cancer growth is not yet clearly defined, but the results of their combined action are encouraging. The ketogenic diet, combined with traditional therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, will soon be entering clinical trials in the hopes that it will slow the growth of the tumor and significantly increase survival time.
December - NO TALK
January 23, 2014
Speaker: Tory L McJunkin, MD, DABA, Arizona Pain Specialists
Topics: an overview of pain research and treatment
February 27, 2014
Speaker: Melissa Pressman PhD, Director of Research at Arizona Burn Center
Topics: bridging science and medicine through bioengineering; burn physiology; molecular repair therapeutics; and tissue engineering science
March 27, 2014
Speaker: Lih-Fen Lue PhD, Senior Scientist/Professor, Director of Laboratory of Neuroregeneration, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, Arizona
Discussion: Soothing the Inflamed Brain; Alleviating Neuroinflammation to Extinguish Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases
Summary: We all experience moments of forgetfulness (at the refrigerator, where we parked, acclimating to new technology), but what you may not know is that during the aging process, memory loss and learning ability are the first brain functions to decline. Aging is inevitable, but is it possible to slow down these gradual losses of brain function that accompany getting older? Are age-associated neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's preventable? What can we do to take better care of our brains? In this talk, we discuss the concept of brain inflammation and how it could be key in slowing down aging-related degeneration and disease. We also address how making practical choices in lifestyle, diet, and "brain exercise" can change adverse processes.
April 24, 2014
Speaker: Frederic Zenhausern, PhD MBA, Professor of Basic Medical Sciences - University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix and Director of the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine (ANBM) at the - University of Arizona
Title: Next generation of personalized radiotherapy: when health matters.
Topic: the integration of engineering, nanotechnology, and bioscience
May 22, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Heidi Rula, Director of the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center in Phoenix
Title: Integrative Medicine: Healthcare for the Optimal You!
Topics: integrative medicine and womens’ issues