CFUW Sher­brooke & Dis­trict

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheCana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity Women (CFUW) Sher­brooke & Dis­trict Club is pleased to fea­ture Dr. Rona K. Gra­ham Ph. D. who will dis­cuss how pro­teins in­volved in cell death path­ways are reg­u­lated with ag­ing and how they may be al­tered dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases. Dr. Gra­ham is As­sis­tant Prof at the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke and has a Canada Re­search Chair in Neu­rode­gen­er­ata­tive dis­eases.

Neu­rode­gen­er­a­tion is the loss of struc­ture and func­tion of neu­rons in the brain which causes cel­lu­lar dys­func­tion and the even­tual death of brain cells. This cel­lu­lar dys­func­tion can re­sult in cog­ni­tive deficits and Dr. Ph. D. mo­tor ab­nor­mal­i­ties. Sev­eral neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases, in­clud­ing Parkin­son, Alzheimer, Hunt­ing­ton disease, and Stroke, oc­cur as a re­sult of a neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive process. The preva­lence of th­ese dis­eases is in­creas­ing dra­mat­i­cally as peo­ple are liv­ing longer, and now af­fect mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide.

The over­all goal of Dr Gra­ham’s re­search is to out­line the crit­i­cal, com­mon steps in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases and help iden­tify treat­ments that could de­lay or pre­vent brain de­gen­er­a­tion. This is topic that is rel­e­vant to many of us.

Dr. Gra­ham will also dis­cuss her path to be­com­ing a neu­ro­sci­en­tist. The pub­lic is in­vited to hear this free im­por­tant pre­sen­ta­tion on Thurs­day, Nov. 21 at 8:00 PM at Amédée-Beau­doin Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 10 Sa­muelGratham St. in Len­noxville. Reser­va­tions are not nec­es­sary.

Rona K. Gra­ham

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