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Vol. LXVII, No. 18
August 28, 2015

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Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series Resumes Sept. 2
Dr. Edward Boyden
Dr. Edward Boyden

The 2015-2016 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series will begin a new season in September with lectures by Dr. Edward Boyden (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Nobel Prize winner Dr. Peter Agre (Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute) and Dr. Timothy Ley (Washington University School of Medicine).

Boyden will deliver the first lecture, an NIH Director’s Lecture, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, titled, “Tools for analyzing and repairing complex biological systems.” He is a professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the synthetic neurobiology group, which develops tools for analyzing and repairing complex biological systems such as the brain, and applies them systematically to reveal principles of biological function as well as to repair these systems.

Dr. Peter Agre
Dr. Peter Agre

Agre’s lecture, which will be held on Sept. 9, “Aquaporin water channels—from transfusion medicine to malaria,” will focus on his work discovering aquaporins, a family of water channel proteins found throughout nature and responsible for numerous physiological processes in humans—including kidney concentration, as well as secretion of spinal fluid, aqueous humor, tears, sweat and release of glycerol from fat.

On Sept. 30, Ley will deliver the annual Marshall W. Nirenberg lecture that recognizes a researcher with outstanding contributions to genetics and molecular biology. Ley’s lecture, “The AML genome(s): Mutations in four dimensions,” will focus on his research on acute myeloid leukemia and his recent efforts that may lead to new tests to better establish prognosis and new approaches for the therapy of patients with this disease.
Dr. Timothy Ley
Dr. Timothy Ley

To learn more about the speakers coming to campus this year, visit the WALS web site at You can view the entire 2015-2016 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series schedule there as well as download the season’s poster. All lectures will be held 3-4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. For day-of-event information, follow WALS on Twitter: @NIHWALS. There are no lectures on Sept. 16 (come to the NIH Research Festival being held Sept. 16-18 instead) or Sept. 23.

For any questions, contact Jacqueline Roberts at or (301) 594-6747.

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