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South Wales branch

A virtual talk in collaboration with the Cardiff Scientific Society.

Talk summary

Proteins are amazing three-dimensional machines that carry out life's essential processes. Modern methods in structural biology are enabling us to see these structures at work in ever-increasing molecular detail. Yet the most fundamental process of all, how proteins fold and assemble into these complex machines, remains a mystery.

Understanding the rules of protein folding would not only enable new protein structures with new functions to be made, but would also enable us to understand how, and why, errors of protein folding give rise to disease, and why these errors become more common as we age. Given the enormous burden of diseases associated with protein misfolding, typified by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and type II diabetes, cracking the folding code has never been more important.

Fortunately, progress is being made at a rapid pace, kindling hopes that therapies to combat protein folding diseases will soon be within our grasp.

The talk will be delivered by Professor Sheena Radford OBE FRS FMedSci,  Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds.

Booking and cost

This event is free to attend. Advance booking is essential through the EventBrite page from 10th January. Bookings will close on 4th February. The meeting joining link will be circulated to registered guests ahead of time.


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