Joseph Larner Memorial Lecture in Pharmacology by Dr. Ronald Evans
Sponsored by department(s) : Pharmacology
Event Date : March 22, 2024
Start Time : 09:30 am
Time Duration: 0 minutes
Location : Leonard Sandridge Auditorium
Dr. Ronald Evans of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will be presenting a lecture on his research: "Nuclear Receptors: Overcoming Insulin Resistance and the Obesity Epidemic”
"Ronald Evans is an authority on hormones, both their normal activities and their roles in disease. A major achievement in Evans’ lab was the discovery of a large family of molecules, called nuclear hormone receptors, which respond to various steroid hormones, vitamin A and thyroid hormones. These hormones help control sugar, salt, calcium and fat metabolism, affecting our daily health as well as treatment of disease. The receptors Evans discovered are primary targets in the treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and leukemia, as well as osteoporosis and asthma.
In addition, Evans’ studies led to a new class of PPAR delta drugs called exercise mimetics, which promote the benefits of fitness without the need to train. Exercise mimetics represent an important advance in addressing problems arising from excess weight and obesity, such as frailty, muscular dystrophy and type 2 diabetes"