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NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

The changing epidemiology of HPV and cervical cancer: from etiology, to validation of prevention methods, to dissemination

May 3, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., NCI-DCEG

Over three decades of studies moving from etiology to preventive methods research to guidelines development, Dr. Schiffman has learned some broad lessons about the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiology that he will describe.

The molecular logic of synapse formation in the brain

May 4, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Thomas Christian Südhof, M.D. , Stanford School of Medicine

Thomas Südhof is interested in how synapses form and function in the developing and adult brain. His work focuses on the role of synaptic cell-adhesion molecules in establishing synapses and shaping their properties, on pre- and postsynaptic mechanisms of membrane traffic, and on impairments in synapse formation and synaptic function in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

Extracellular vesicles released by glioblastoma cells: saboteurs, biomarkers and therapeutics

May 10, 2017 - 3:00pm
Xandra O. Breakefield, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Xandra Breakefield, Ph.D. is a basic scientist with a strong background in molecular genetics and neuroscience. She focuses her research efforts on: gene therapy for neurologic diseases; and elucidation of the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) released from cancer cells in tumor progression. She led early studies demonstrating mutant RNA in serum EVs from glioblastoma patients as biomarkers. She did her undergraduate work at Wilson College and her graduate work in Microbial Genetics at Georgetown University. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Nobel Prize winner, Dr.

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