Hear from the experts on medical marvels

The public is being invited to hear about latest advances in cancer and conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.

Professor Don Jones from our Department of Cancer Studies and Professor Flaviano Giorgini from our Department of Genetics will give their lectures starting at 5.30pm in the Centre for Medicine Lecture Theatre 1, followed by a drinks reception.

Professor Don Jones will speak on "DNA Damage in Cancer: both cause and cure!".

Our DNA holds all the information necessary for cell and tissue function and the continual damage of DNA is the primary cause of cancer. Nevertheless, it is treatment-induced DNA damage resulting from both radiation and genotoxic drug exposure that underpins the success radiotherapy and many chemotherapeutic drug treatments used today. In this lecture Professor Jones will illustrate how DNA damage can both cause and cure cancer and how amplifying treatment-induced DNA damage can lead to improved treatments for cancer.

Professor Flaviano Giorgini will speak on "Brain puzzles: understanding neurodegenerative diseases".

Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable disorders in which progressive death of specific nerve cells occurs, often within the brain. These devastating conditions – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases – are increasing in incidence because of our ageing population, and therefore represent an enormous challenge for our healthcare system. Many of these disorders have a significant genetic component that can cause, increase susceptibility to, or alter onset of disease. Professor Giorgini’s talk will focus on his use of genetic tools to better understand the mechanisms underlying these disorders and his progress in identifying potential therapeutic strategies.

Anyone wishing to attend a lecture, whether student, staff or public, should contact Dr Danielle Benyon-Payne at dmrbp1@le.ac.uk.

Parking will be available in the Maurice Shock Building carpark off Lancaster Road, opposite the Centre for Medicine