French-American Science festival - What precocious ageing diseases tell us about normal ageing?

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As part of the French-American Science Festival 2016 in Chicago, Pr. Miria Ricchetti (Institut Pasteur in France) will give a free public lecture to present the mechanisms responsible for ageing, which has just been discovered, and the implications of these findings.

- When: April 28th, 2016, 6:30pm
- Where: Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610)
- Registration
- Lecture in English for general audience

About the presentation

The causes of ageing are to a large extent obscure. Ageing is progressive, yet it is dramatically accelerated in some rare genetic diseases characterized by an early onset of organ and tissue deterioration typical of old individuals. We found a novel dysfunction that appears to be responsible for a precocious ageing disease, thereby paving the way for treatments for this disease that currently has no cure. These devastating disorders provide an extraordinary opportunity to identify processes that lead to normal ageing.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

About the speaker

Miria Ricchetti is team leader at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, in the Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. She holds a Master in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Genova, Italy. Most of her PhD training was carried out at the Max-Plank Institut for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. She also holds a Habilitation form the University of Paris XI, France.

Her interests focus on DNA damage repair during differentiation and ageing, with a particular interest in adult stem cells. She also works on mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA dynamics in physiology, disease, and ageing. Her team recently unveiled a novel defect, namely impairment of the mitochondrial DNA replication machinery due to overexpression of a little known protease, in a genetic disease associated with precocious ageing. These findings have possible implications for physiological ageing and for the treatment of pathological ageing.

About the French-American Science Festival

Following the great success of the fourth edition in 2015, the Office for Science and Technology in Chicago is organizing the fifth edition of the French-American Science Festival fom April 25th to April 28th, as part of the French Innovation Week organized by the Consulate General of France, the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago and the Alliance Française of Chicago.

Since 2011, the French-American Science Festival brings together scientists and educators from universities, national laboratories, industries and non-governmental organizations from France and the U.S, representing a wide range of fields, from biology to nanotechnologies, through astronomy. Every year, two general public conferences with leading scientists are organized on highly topical issues, in partnership with the Alliance française. The other conference will be held on April 25th and will be focused on freshwater biodiversity. In addition, in partnership with Northwestern University, and particularly with the Rick Morimoto’s laboratory, a full day of science education and outreach allows children from the schools of the Chicago area to discover science and to learn the scientific approach.

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