1 June 2011
Venue: Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Building, Newark Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 2AT
Neuroprotection is a broad term that covers generically all strategies designed to protect the beautiful yet fragile architecture and function of the nervous system. The successful translation of this concept to the clinic is difficult. The high rate of attrition in translation highlights the need to challenge some of our assumptions about the reaction of the nervous system to injury. It also suggests the need for new models and approaches. The research carried out by Professor Adina Michael-Titus has covered over the years diverse aspects of neurotransmission and its dysfunction in disease. Her lecture will provide a personal perspective on the challenges ahead.
Adina Teodora Michael-Titus was born in Romania and started her university education at the Faculty of Medicine “Carol Davila” in Bucharest. After becoming a refugee, she continued her studies in France, at the University of Rouen and University of Paris. Her doctoral work was focused on the therapeutic potential of endogenous opioids. After postdoctoral work at the Unite de Neuropsychopharmacologie of the CNRS, she came to the UK as Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, at Queen Mary and Westfield College. In 1992 she joined the School of Medicine and
Dentistry. After a period of research in drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry, in Denmark, she came back to the School and became Reader in Neuroscience in 2007. After her return she initiated a programme of research on new neuroprotection strategies in neurotrauma and neurodegeneration and became Professor of Neuroscience in 2010.
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