Upcoming Honorary Guest Lecture: ‘Disease-Associated Somatic Repeat Expansions: A Therapeutic Target’ by Dr. Christopher Pearson

The event has to be postponed due to flight cancellation, with apologies.

Date: February 20, 2024, 3:00 pm

Venue: Institute of Neurogenetics, BMF seminar room on the 4th floor.

The Institute of Neurogenetics is delighted to host an Honorary Guest Lecture by Dr. Christopher E. Pearson, Ph.D., a world-renowned scientist within the Genetics & Genome Biology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children and Full Professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Molecular Genetics. Additionally, Dr. Pearson is the esteemed Canada Research Chair in Disease-Associated Genome Instability.

Dr. Pearson commenced his academic journey with a Ph.D. from McGill University, concentrating on the intricacies of DNA replication and the dynamics of protein-cruciform-DNA interactions. His postdoctoral work at the Texas Medical Center focused on elucidating the mechanisms underpinning disease-causing DNA repeat instability in a spectrum of conditions, including myotonic dystrophy, spinocerebellar ataxia, and Huntington's disease, among others. Since his tenure at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and the University of Toronto, Dr. Pearson has significantly advanced our comprehension of genetic instability and its consequential role in neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases.

In his forthcoming presentation, titled “Disease-associated Somatic Repeat Expansions: A Therapeutic Target,” Dr. Pearson will talk about his research into the mechanisms of disease-causing repeat instability and the prospective therapeutic targets for managing neurological, neurodegenerative, and neuromuscular diseases. We cordially invite students, academic faculty, and professionals with an interest in genetics and neurology, alongside the broader scientific community, to participate in this insightful session.