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February 8, 2019
Two NIH Director’s Lectures Scheduled for February

The NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) will host two NIH Director’s Lecturers in February.

Delivering the second of three annual NIH Director’s Lectures, Dr. Judith Campisi will speak on the topic “Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons?” on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Campisi is a professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif. She will discuss how one complex tumor suppressive mechanism termed cellular senescence is thought to drive a surprising number of age-associated diseases and current strategies for maintaining tumor suppression while mitigating aging.

Dr. Judith Campisi Dr. Sandra Wolin
Dr. Judith Campisi (l) and Dr. Sandra Wolin are slated for WALS talks this month.

Dr. Sandra Wolin will deliver the third of three annual NIH Director’s Lectures; her topic is “Autoantigens and Autoimmunity: A Bedside to Bench and Back Again Story,” which will be held on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m., also in Masur Auditorium.

Wolin is chief of the RNA Biology Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute. Her lab studies how noncoding RNAs function, how cells recognize and degrade defective noncoding RNAs and how failure to degrade these RNAs affects cell function and contributes to human disease.

As part of NIH’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, the Director’s Lectures feature leading researchers from around the globe. Nominated by scientists and interest groups throughout NIH, the speakers are specifically approved by the NIH director. There are approximately three NIH Director’s Lectures per year.

For information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747.

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