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ECR Seminar

Date/Time: Wednesday 1st March 2017 15:00

Location: Small Seminar Room 3.146

Title of talk: Working with LSD, Tobacco, Horse Racing, Venomous Creatures and Peptides, the Marvelous Mass Spectrometer. A journey to the start
Speaker's name: Alun Jones
Speaker's organisation: IMB

Host name: ECR committee- Jen Smith
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Molecular Biosciences Seminar

Date/Time: Wednesday 1st March 2017 12:00

Location: ABIN Seminar Room

Title of talk: Small molecule inhibitors of the inflammasome for the treatment of inflammatory diseases
Speaker's name: Dr Rebecca Coll
Speaker's organisation: UQ
Talk abstract: Inflammasomes are components of the inflammatory process, and their aberrant activation is pathogenic in inherited disorders such as cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) and complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and atherosclerosis. I will describe the development of MCC950, a potent, selective, small-molecule inhibitor of the NLRP3 inflammasome. MCC950 blocks canonical and noncanonical NLRP3 activation at nano molar concentrations, and specifically inhibits NLRP3 but not the AIM2, NLRC4 or NLRP1 inflammasomes. MCC950 is active in vivo in a number of disease models including experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a disease model of multiple sclerosis, and a mouse model of CAPS. MCC950 is thus a potential therapeutic for NLRP3-associated syndromes, including autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and a tool for further study of the NLRP3 inflammasome in human health and disease.

Host name: Marina Fortes
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QAAFI Science Seminar Series

Date/Time: Tuesday 28th February 2017 12:00

Location: Large Seminar Room (3.142), Level 3 Qld Bioscience Precinct Building 80, St Lucia

Title of talk: QAAFI:Where to next?
Speaker's name: Professor Robert Henry
Speaker's organisation: QAAFI
Talk abstract: As QAAFI enters its seventh year of operation, what are the key challenges facing the organisation to meet the research priorities of our stakeholders? Where will the growth be in crops, horticulture and food sciences? How can QAAFI's global research collaborations deliver benefits to Queensland, and tropical and subtropical production systems in northern Australia? What are the challenges and opportunities to meet the key challenges of reduced R&D funding, climate stressors, technology and consumer drivers over the coming years? Join Professor Robert Henry, Director of QAAFI, for the first of QAAFI's 2017 research seminar series.This seminar will be live streamed. Visit website for more details.

Host name: Hannah Hardy
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QBI Neuroscience Seminar

Date/Time: Tuesday 28th February 2017 15:30

Location: Level 7 Auditorium

Title of talk: Functional brain network study on wild type and DISC1 transgenic mice
Speaker's name: Tong Wu
Speaker's organisation: Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Host name: Deirdre Wilson
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