Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mmm pie

Welcome to Pi day - a favorite holiday among geeks, according to CNN, whose article is actually quite interesting explaining several interesting uses of pi, including finding planets, DNA folding and drug design.

On a vaguely related note (drug design) next week's MCDB seminar is a little different in that the speaker is from industry.

Thursday, March 22, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Rathmann Auditorium (1001 LSB)

Timothy W. Behrens, MD, Senior Director, ITGR Human Genetics
Genentech, Inc.

Developing biomarkers for inflammatory diseases

In this presentation, Tim Behrens will discuss overall strategies for developing biomarkers that predict treatment effects in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and provide examples of the application of this approach in rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Short Bio:
Dr. Timothy Behrens moved to Genentech in 2006 following 20+ years in academia, with a focus on three major themes: 1) development of B lymphocytes; 2) genetics of human autoimmune diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus; and 3) identification of biomarkers for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Recently, Dr. Behrens has been particularly intrigued by the problem of applying cutting-edge genetic and proteomic technologies into the clinic to answer important questions like 'How active is the disease in this patient?' and 'How likely is this patient to respond to a particular drug?'

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