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Nobel Laureate speaks at Prion Symposium

October 11, 2013

The research that earned Dr. Stanley Prusiner the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 was pioneering. His identification of prions challenged the existing paradigm of disease transmission. As data accumulated and corroborated his findings, Prusiner's discovery was embraced by the scientific community.

Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997.

Thursday, October 17
8-9 a.m.
University Center of the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Nobel Laureate to speak

The Prion Research Center at Colorado State University is hosting Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner as the keynote speaker at the Expanding Prion Horizons Symposium.

The talk presents a remarkable opportunity to meet and hear a Nobel Prize winner. Prusiner's lecture is free and open to the public.

Prusiner is the Director, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at University of California, San Francisco, and a professor in the Department of Neurology.

Much of his current research focuses on developing therapeutics aimed at halting neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, the frontotemporal dementias and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Keynote address

Dr. Prusiner keynote is titled, "A Unifying Role for Prions in Neurodegenerative Diseases."

The address will be held at the University Center for the Arts and is being sponsored by the Prion Research Center.

Most important discovery in physiology or medicine

Prusiner received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for his research in prions. This prize is awarded to the person who has made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology and medicine. Only 104 Nobel Prizes in Physiology and Medicine have been awarded since 1901.

During his groundbreaking research Prusiner coined the term 'prion,' explaining a previously undescribed form of infection due to protein misfolding.

Contact: Drs. G. Telling, C. Mathiason, M. Zabel
Phone: (970) 491-3975