Date(s) - 17/09/2017
5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Bermuda High School
Towards a Cure for Cancer
– targeting bad cells through splicing
[Please note: a drinks sampler from African Kitchen will be served at 4:30 pm. Presentation starts at 5:00 pm]
Carika Weldon, PhD, is a lecturer in Biomedical Science at De Montfort University in Leicester. Prior to joining the faculty as the youngest lecturer the university has ever had, she obtained her BSc (Hons) Medical Biochemistry in 2011 and her PhD in Biochemistry in 2015 from the University of Leicester.
Dr Weldon’s doctoral work focused on the mechanism that regulates cell death, and uncovered a promising new direction in cancer treatment. She now runs her own lab and is in demand globally to present on her work.
Dr Weldon decided to give back to her community by founding The Bermuda Principles Foundation.
In November 2016, Dr Weldon led the first cohort of DMU undergraduate students to Bermuda for the #ScienceWithScientists Tour.
The foundation was the chief Organizer of the 1st Bermuda Splicing conference held in February 2017.
I will discuss what alternative splicing is and how it provides a new avenue for finding novel cancer therapies.
Many cancer treatments kill the parts of the body that are growing fast. This kills the tumour but also kills normal cells too (like hair and stomach lining).
To find better treatments you need to look for specific targets that are only found in cancers and not normal cells. By looking at how RNA is processed into proteins we can find new specific cancer targets that can give us better cancer treatments.
My work focuses on this and I will discuss the methods, results and potential for future research.
Why it matters
It is good for the public to know about current research in cancer therapies as this will give hope.
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