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Biomedical Frontiers - Public Lecture Series 2016-2017

This series of public lectures will describe how biomedical research has increased our understanding of human health and disease. The lectures will be presented by researchers from the School of Biochemistry & Immunology who will highlight some of the research carried out in the School and will discuss recent advances in their field.

All lectures will take place at 6:30 pm in the Stanley Quek Theatre, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, 152-160 Pearse Street. All welcome; admission free. Directions



5 April

The Fountain of Youth: Autophagy and Ageing-Related Diseases

by Professor James Murray

Modern advances in medicine and technologies have benefitted society with longer lives. The number of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group in almost every country. The new challenge for medicine is to not extend lifespan, but to support healthy ageing. Many diseases develop later in life and affect almost everyone, including neurodegenerative and infectious diseases, diabetes and cancer. Recent advances in the understanding of how these diseases progress has identified a cellular pathway, termed autophagy, as being central to many, if not all ageing-related diseases.

Last year important discoveries in autophagy were rewarded by the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine. Autophagy is an essential pathway that all cells use to remove damaged material and keep cells functioning normally. As we age, the efficiency of this pathway appears to diminish and understanding how autophagy functions and how that relates to ageing is now a major area of fundamental and translational research.

Dr James Murray will explain how autophagy works, why it is important for healthy ageing and when it goes wrong in disease, how it can be therapeutically manipulated to support health in old age.

15 February

Vaccines - benefits, risks, myths and the Trump effect

by Professor Kingston Mills


2 November

Is Mark Zuckerberg right? Can we cure all diseases?

by Professor Luke O’Neill


5 October

Genes and immune armour: why do some people ‘never get sick’?
by Professor Cliona O’Farrelly


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