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Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award Lecture

Date: 09 October 2017 18:30 - 09 October 2017 19:30
Location: Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre
Organiser: Benita Rama (Phone 046 603 8520)
Event Type: Alumni

The 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Awardee, Prof Adrienne Edkins will present her lecture on Monday, 9th October 2017 in the Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre at 18h30.

Title: “Understanding the role of stress proteins in cancer biology”

The ability to withstand environmental stress is vital for the survival of organisms. Organisms respond to stress in a predictable and coordinated manner that is encoded at the level of the cell. This so-called ‘stress response’ regulates cellular biology under both physiological and pathological conditions, allowing cells to survive periods of transient environmental stress. However, it is hijacked in pathology to allow altered or foreign cells to survive and persist giving rise to disease. In particular, the genetic mutations that give rise to cancer are stabilized by the stress response system, thereby supporting cancer development. This fact also means that this system is therefore a potential target for cancer treatment. I will discuss how and why the stress response is a good target for cancer treatment and describe some of our recent research into understanding the biological function and inhibition of selected components of the stress response in breast cancer.

All are welcome to attend.

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