Weekly Colloquium on Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases

Friday, February 16, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Event Location Notes: 

University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, Keating Bldg., Rm. 103
1657 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Brought to you by the UA’s Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases (ABCD):

TOPIC“Intercellular Competition and the Inevitability of Multicellular Aging”
SPEAKERPaul G. Nelson, PhD — Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UA Center for Insect Science, Arizona Research Laboratories, Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching 
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16 2018 | 9-11 a.m.

Weekly Colloquium, Spring 2018 – Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases
(CMM, MCB, GENE, IMB, PCOL 595H)
Fridays, 9-11 a.m., Keating/BIO5 Room 103, Jan. 12-April 27

SPEAKERS SCHEDULE: Click here [PDF] for a printable schedule for the entire series.

About the Speaker
For more on Dr. Nelson's research, see the following UA News article, which appeared Oct. 31, 2017: "Fountain of Youth? Sorry, It's Not Out There"; or this article, "Coevolution between Mutualists and Parasites in Symbiotic Communities May Lead to the Evolution of Lower Virulence," from the journal American Naturalist's December 2017 issue.

About the Lecture Series
Human complex diseases such as asthma, cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, are major biomedical challenges, because they are common but difficult to decipher. The complexity of these diseases is reflected by their phenotypic heterogeneity and likely results from intricate interactions among genetic, environmental and developmental factors that modify disease susceptibility and severity.

Understanding complex diseases is urgent, because these conditions impose a burden on our society. Yet, this goal cannot be achieved by isolated research disciplines. Rather, it requires a novel paradigm that successfully integrates basic and clinical research across multiple fields and translates mechanisms into phenotypes and phenotypes into treatments. This novel paradigm provides the underpinning for this Colloquium.

This colloquium features speakers who are nationally and internationally renowned for their work on environmental biology, immunological and clinical phenotyping, microbiota, developmental biology, epigenetics, genetic epidemiology, population genetics, functional genomics of human and animal models. The series’ theme and vision are unique in that the discussion focuses particularly on the biological components shared by ostensibly distinct complex diseases (for instance, asthma, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases).

The underlying assumption, supported by much emerging evidence, is that these shared components are features that define the mechanistic architecture of complex diseases as a group. The goal of the Colloquium is to provide a platform that will catalyze broad, expert discussions on these foundational topics, thereby fostering the emergence of a new experimental and conceptual paradigm in complex disease biology.

For further information, contact ABCD Director Donata Vercelli, MD, colloquium organizer: donata@email.arizona.edu