I was very sorry to see our buddy Koen De Lambaert, a very recent grad of the Carey School at JHU, leave the area for the Silicon Valley to pursue his business interests in the burgeoning field of personalized medicine, lamenting that the culture in this region, in spite of all kinds of valuable research everywhere, was just so closed and geared to supporting lots of silos and broker-ships. He thought his career pursuits might be much easier out West, where he perceived that people were a lot more open and less guarded about biotech. Lots of investment over there, in fact, is going into personalized medicine, in anticipation of a breakdown of some of these silos.
Here at BUGSS, we're hoping to get more bio-technologists involved, in order to get more people that know what they're doing, and reducing the training burden of the few that we have. One way of attracting them (hopefully) is to get some good discussions going, in a very relaxed, intimate setting, with some of the finest biology resources around, while supporting an effort to open things up, away from the ivory towers, and in the case of government sponsored research, let you know how well your tax dollars are being spent.
Well, in this spirit, we're very honored to have, Dr. Howard Young, Head of the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Section of the NIH National Cancer Institute in Frederick. (Thank you Robin) Dr Young has a reputation for lots of outreach in his field of study, but it is a rare treat to get this up close to such a leader in his field.
And what is his field? His long time research interest is on how the immune system functions and his work has largely focused on one specific gene, called interferon-gamma. This gene is critical for protecting the host (you) against bacterial and viral infections. In his talk Dr. Young will describe his current work on why a part of the interferon-gene has been strongly conserved throughout evolution, and using mouse models, he will discuss how altering the gene has led to new insight into lupus and aplastic anemia.
Please don't be scared of the medical jargon. This is very important work, and Dr. Young has a knack for engaging his audience, and helping others understand.
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