Presidential Distinguished Lecture to be held Nov. 2

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for his discovery of infectious proteins called prions, linked to Alzheimer’s and other diseases.clear graphic
Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for his discovery of infectious proteins called prions, linked to Alzheimer’s and other diseases. 

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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 30, 2012) — Nobel Laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., will present the 2012 Presidential Distinguished Lecture at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Prusiner is director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.

The lecture will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in the Holly Auditorium on the university's Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Prusiner is internationally recognized for discovering a class of pathogens (disease-causing agents) that he named prions. He advanced the idea that some event occurs with aging that refolds disease-specific proteins into a misfolded infectious state known as a prion. Many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, may be explained by the prion concept, he said. For this work, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997.

“It was a discovery that people didn’t really want to accept for a long time because it went against so many preconceived notions,” he said in a video on the Nobel Prize website. “The idea that a protein is infectious, that a disease could be both genetic and infectious, and then even spontaneous, these were concepts that people had a hard time accepting.”

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