"The Coming Epidemic of Neurodegenerative Diseases and What Science Is – and Should Be – Doing About It,” is the timely topic for Gregory Petsko, a national Phi Beta Kappa 2015 Scholar. Petsko visits Albion College for a public presentation Tuesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Norris Center Towsley Hall.
In a provocative TED talk clip, Petsko explains that the world’s population is increasing in average age, which in turn will lead to greater numbers of people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s (ALS). He will discuss economic and social costs associated with this phenomenon, as well as current research, treatments and preventative actions. (View Petsko’s TED talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/gregory_petsko_on_the_coming_neurological_epidemic)
Petsko is the Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research involves the development of methods to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases. He is cofounder of the journal Protein Engineering and currently writes a monthly column on science and society. He served as president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
This presentation is free and open to the public, and will include the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker. For more information, contact Albion College’s Academic Affairs office at 517/629-0221.