Environmental Factor, September 2008, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Upcoming Distinguished Lecturer Richard Boucher
By Eddy Ball
The 2008 - 2009 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series will welcome its first speaker, Richard Boucher, M.D., at 11:00 a.m. September 8 in Rodbell Auditorium. Boucher will speak on "Cystic Fibrosis: A Failure of Lung Defense Against the Environment."
Boucher is the Kenan Professor of Medicine and director of the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lab's major interest lies in basic and translational research into the functions of airway epithelia in health and disease. The group investigates the physiology of airway surface liquid at the microscopic and the integrated (alveolar/airway) macroscopic levels, the sites and regulation of Na+ transport in the conducting airways, the role of extracellular nucleotides in airway homeostasis and gene therapeutic approaches to cystic fibrosis lung diseases.
The talk will be hosted by Principal Investigator Jim Putney, Ph.D., of the Calcium Regulation Group.