Faculty of HAS: Professor John Hancock's Inaugural Lecture - A Radical Look at Cell Signalling

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Date: 22 March 2017
Venue: Lecture Theatre (Room 2B020) UWE, Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


A Radical Look at Cell Signalling

Abstract

Cell signalling mechanisms underpin the control of cellular function in all organisms. From the moment of conception to the point of death the activities of cells will be meticulously regulated by cell signalling pathways. Such biochemical pathways involve a wide range of components, from small transient molecules to large complex proteins. Over the last three decades it has become apparent that many small reactive compounds are part of this integrated control system. However, such molecules are inherently toxic, often inhibiting or even destroying biological systems. Governments around the world release guidelines on dietary needs, encouraging people to counteract the negative effects of these molecules. Yet, we could not survive without them and this presentation discusses the positive roles these compounds have in controlling cells. Why is healthy life not possible without the involvement of numerous molecules which can kill?

About John T. Hancock

John T. Hancock is Professor of Cell Signalling within the Department of Applied Science, UWE. He studied and carried out research at the University of Bristol before coming to UWE in 1993. John has always had an interest in how small reactive molecules are used in biological systems, especially in how they control cellular function. He is the author of several internationally-renowned textbooks, including Cell Signalling which is now in its fourth edition (2016, OUP) as well as numerous research papers in international journals. In 2014 John was named in the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited list as one of the world's top 1% of scientists.

Cost: Free
Contact: Emma Jefferies
E-mail: emma.jefferies@uwe.ac.uk

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