Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions)
Speakers: Noah Bloch and Vicky Chou
For a decade between the mid-1980’s to the mid-1990’s, the outbreak of Mad Cow disease shook up the meat industry and the scientific community. How Mad Cow disease could spread from cow to cow, and from cow to humans puzzled scientists and ultimately led to the identification of a new type of infectious agent: prions. In this lecture, we will cover the story from mystery to discovery and the agent behind it all: prions. At the end of our talk, we will discuss how insights from studying Mad Cow disease has informed our approach to tackling other neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.