Nora Caberoy, associate professor in the UNLV School of Life Sciences, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming Science Café Las Vegas. Her talk is titled, "Alzheimer’s Disease: The Race to Finding a Cure"
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting nearly 44 million people worldwide. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is poorly understood and currently there is no cure. One of the major disease hallmarks of Alzheimer’s is the buildup of harmful amyloid beta protein aggregates in the Alzheimer’s brain. Using genetic engineering, Caberoy's laboratory has created a new type of “molecular bridge”: a hybrid protein designed to “snatch” harmful amyloid beta and “re-channel” them to an alternative degradation route that could reduce the production of inflammatory factors, and protect brain cells from dying. Her talk will highlight our recent findings, challenges, and their implications in the development of therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Come join others for a lively science discussion, delicious food, and fun. Come at 6:30 p.m. to order your food and mingle. Those under 21 are welcome.