Fri Dec 9

Cystic Fibrosis: Talk in Memory of Glenn Ashenden

4:15pm

Quest University Library

Cystic Fibrosis: Talk in Memory of Glenn Ashenden

Cystic Fibrosis: Talk in Memory
of Glenn Ashenden

Dr. Marina Tourlakis
Quest University Canada
Library Seminar Space
Free & Open to the Public

Glenn Ashenden was Quest’s first IT employee, who died as a result of CF in December 2010. This talk is being held in his memory. Attendees are encouraged to wear something orange, Glenn’s favourite colour, in memory of him.

Abstract:
Cystic Fibrosis: we’ve come a long way since 1989, but we still have a ways to go

It has been 27 years since the genetic cause of Cystic Fibrosis was identified by researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1989.

Since then, there have been 35,000+ publications on CF, spanning everything from understanding how the mutation identified in 1989 manifests as disease, to what other mutations can cause CF, to how CF impacts the quality of life patients, and of course identifying novel therapeutics to help manage and treat this devastating disease.

In this talk, I will parachute us back to 1989 to explain how the CFTR gene was identified and then bring us back to the present to discuss two current topics of interest in the CF field: drug discovery and mutations in other genes that modulate disease.

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