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The 42nd Annual Fred Schuler Distiguished Lectureship in Pharmacology

Biology and Pathology of Estrogen Receptor Beta and Liver X Receptor Beta

featuring Jan-Åke Gustafsson, MD, PhD

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Building: 1430 Tulane Avenue (Medicine) in Room 7062
Location: downtown campus

Jan-Åke Gustafsson, MD, PhD is a renowned figure in the study of hormones and is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Assembly.  Gustafsson is revered worldwide for his translational research on nuclear receptors, a class of proteins found in cell nuclei that capture hormone molecules and interact with and control the expression of genes. Research in this field is vital in developing treatments for such diseases as cancer and diabetes.  Gustafsson’s research group at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in the mid-1990s discovered the existence of a previously unknown estrogen receptor that plays a pivotal role in the function of the brain, lungs and immune system. Today, drugs are being developed to stimulate that receptor, named ER-beta, to battle a number of diseases, including breast, prostate and lung cancers. (In some instances, the abnormal cell division that creates cancerous tumors can be slowed down or stopped by stimulating the receptor.)

For more information on Dr. Gustafsson, visit the University of Houston's Center for Nuclear Receptors & Cell Signaling website.

Sponsored by: Pharmacology Department

Admission: Free
Attendance: See description
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduates, Visitors

For more information contact Sewann Strong via email to sstrong@tulane.edu or by phone at 504-988-5444






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