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April 2009

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ASU Science Lectureship Delves into the Neurosciences

Groundbreaking scientist and researcher Dr. Christopher M. Dobson from England’s University of Cambridge will deliver the 33rd annual West Texas Medical Associates Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon Wednesday, April 22, at Angelo State University.

Dobson’s talk, titled “Life on the Edge: The Nature and Origin of Neurodegenerative Diseases,” will begin at 8 p.m. April 22 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the ASU Houston Harte University Center. Prior to the public lecture, Dobson will also meet with ASU students to discuss “Protein Folding: From the Test Tube to the Cell” at 2 p.m. Both lectures are open free to the public.

Much of Dobson’s recent work has been on proteins, focused on the failure of proteins to fold properly, or to remain in their correctly folded states under normal physiological conditions. Such cases of “mis-folding” are increasingly recognized as a common feature underlying disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and adult-onset diabetes. His findings have not only improved our understanding of these increasingly common disorders, but are also leading to new strategies for their prevention and treatment.

His groundbreaking research has made Dobson a popular and prolific speaker. Since 1990, he has delivered more than 250 invited and plenary lectures at international meetings. He has also conveyed more than 100 lectures and seminars at universities and research institutions in the U.S., England, Scotland, Canada and Israel, among others.

Also a prolific writer, Dobson has produced more than 500 papers and review articles with more than 150 of them coming in the last five years. More than 30 of his writings have been published in the international journals Nature and Science. He holds doctoral degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge and is a member of Great Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The WTMA Lectureship honors Dr. Roy E. Moon, a longtime San Angelo obstetrician and gynecologist, who died in 1976. He practiced for 28 years with Clinic Hospital Medical Associates, now West Texas Medical Associates. The lectureship was established in 1976 and is underwritten by a grant to ASU from members of WTMA.

For more information, call the ASU College of Sciences at 942-2024.