Prion researcher to speak on mad cow disease
on Oct. 14
Have you ever wondered what causes "mad cow disease"
and how it affects human health? You can find out from UCSC's
Glenn Millhauser, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who
will give a talk this week on "Mad cow disease: Why we
all have the prion protein and how it can go wrong in disease."
Millhauser's talk, part of the Science & Engineering Library's
Synergy Lecture Series, will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday,
October 14, in the library's Current Periodicals Room. Light
refreshments will be available.
Millhauser will talk about the prion protein and its relationship
to a class of infectious, fatal, dementing diseases called transmissible
spongiform encephalopathies. These diseases include mad cow
disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Millhauser
will discuss general features of prion diseases and late-breaking
insights into the prion protein's proposed function.
According to Millhauser, the physiological function of the
prion protein remains unclear despite nearly 20 years of research.
Understanding the structure of a protein and how it interacts
with other molecules can unlock the mysteries of its function.
Millhauser's research on proteins involved in metabolic and
neurological diseases has contributed to understanding how the
prion protein works in maintaining neurological health.
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