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November 3, 2006

Public Invited to MBL Associates Coffee and Conversation, November 9

Robert Greenberg to Speak About "New Hope for Neglected Tropical Diseases"

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL Associates will present a Coffee and Conversation on Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 AM in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Meigs Room, located in the Swope Center, MBL Street, Woods Hole. The event is part of a free series of informal morning lectures about research in the biological sciences. The public is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Robert Greenberg, Ph.D., an Associate Scientist in the MBL’s Program in Molecular Physiology, will discuss his research on schistosomes, flatworms that parasitize humans and cause a the widespread tropical disease schistosomiasis.

Using molecular biological approaches, Dr. Greenberg is working to better understand the nervous system of schistosomes. The ultimate goal of this work is to provide possible molecular targets for new, potent, and specific antiparasitic agents.

More than one tenth of the world's population is affected by tropical parasitic diseases, and greater than 50% are at risk, yet investment for research and new treatments for these diseases lags behind that for diseases in the developed world. However, as Dr. Greenberg will discuss, new interest in these diseases may be emerging.

Dr. Greenberg received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Virginia. Before joining the MBL in 2004, he was an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Whitney Laboratory, University of Florida.

Parking for event is available in the MBL’s Bar Neck Road parking lot, located two blocks from the Swope Center on Bar Neck Road. Phone registration requested but not required. To register, or for more information, please contact the MBL Associates Office, 508-289-7281.

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The MBL is an international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.MBL.edu

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.