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POSTPONED 13th Annual Kaulenas Lecture - Stanley B. Prusiner

Event Details

April 22, 2020
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Integrated Sciences Building

Room: 135

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

This event has been postponed.

It will be rescheduled for the fall semester.


In recognition of his pioneering work discovering prions, the underlying cause of neurodegenerative diseases including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or Mad Cow), Dr. Prusiner has also received the Wolf Prize, the Lasker Award, the Potamkin Prize, and the National Medal of Science. He was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1992. Dr. Prusiner will be speaking about recent discoveries in his lab, namely that the same misfolded protein phenomenon that gives rise to prion diseases is now widely recognized to play a role in most neurodegenerative diseases.

The Kaulenas Lecture honors Mindaugas (Steve) Kaulenas, whose contributions to the university spanned thirty-five years, 1967-2002. As chair first of the Zoology and later of the Biology Department for thirteen years, he was an active researcher and enthusiastic lecturer focusing on developmental biology and the biology of aging. This annual lecture is proudly sponsored by the UMass Biology Department. This event is also sponsored by the Initiative on Neurosciences (IONS) at UMass.

Event Category

Lecture/Talk/Panel Biology