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For Immediate Release: July 21, 2010
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

MBL Distinguished Alumnus to Speak on Stem Cells, Tissue Regeneration, and their Implications for Youthful Longevity at July 23 Friday Evening Lecture


WOODS HOLE, MA—Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine will deliver the MBL Distinguished Alumni Friday Evening Lecture at 8:00 pm on July 23 in the Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.

Dr. Sánchez Alvarado will speak about organisms that are said to remain perennially youthful and will discuss what fundamental lessons we are learning from these organisms about stem cell regulation, tissue renewal and regeneration, and our own biology. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sánchez Alvarado received a B.S. in 1986 from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was formerly a staff associate at Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dr. Sánchez Alvarado has been on the faculty of the MBL Embryology Course since 2004, and is a 1995 alumnus of the course. He has received numerous awards, honors, and fellowships and is a member of numerous scientific and editorial boards.

The Friday Evening Lecture Series will continue throughout the summer at the MBL. The remaining lectures in the series are below. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu/FEL

July 30, 2010
"The Nitrogen Dilemma: Feed the World or Protect the Environment?" - James N. Galloway, University of Virginia; Recipient of the 2008 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

August 6, 2010
Arctic Americans and Ice Age Animals Versus the Fossil Fuelers" - Peter Matthiessen, Two-time National Book Award-winning novelist and nonfiction writer
August 13, 2010
Joshua Lederberg Lecture - "Telomere Biology in Aging and Cancer" - Woodring E. Wright, UT Southwestern Medical Center

August 20, 2010
"Establishing a Body Plan: Maternal Control of Axis Formation in Drosophila" - Sager Lecture - Trudi Schupbach, Princeton University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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