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Upcoming Distinguished Lecture

By Eddy Ball
November 2006

Doublas Green
Lecturer Douglas Green. (Photo courtesy of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital)

Douglas R. Green, Ph.D., will deliver the Falk Lecture on November 14 at 2:00 PM on "Apoptosis: The Paths of Perdition." Green is the chair of Immunology at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and Peter C. Doherty Endowed Chair of Immunology.

Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is the body's way of fragmenting cells for elimination. In an Essential Science Indicators Special Topics Interview, Dr. Green explained the importance of understanding the process of apoptosis. "Apoptosis affects every cell type and organ system; it is an important part of normal development and homeostasis, and the major protection from spontaneous cell transformation leading to cancer," he said. "It is also the basis for degenerative diseases and many types of tissue damage. An in-depth understanding of apoptosis and how it can be controlled has wide-ranging implications for health and disease."

Green's talk will be the third in the institute's Distinguished Lecture Series. Program Analysis Branch Chief Ben Van Houten is the lecture host. He will join Dr. Green following the lecture for a roundtable with NIEHS fellows and scientists.

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