The Gr. 9 - 12 classes are attending the Gairdner Foundation Student Outreach Lectures at the University of Calgary as part of their Science programs. The lecture features two world renowned scientists: Dr. Lewis Kay, and Dr. Huda Zoghbi.
Dr. Lewis Kay's (Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto) research focuses primarily on biomolecular structures and shapes. Dr. Kay was awarded the 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award for the development of modern NMR spectroscopy for studies of biomolecular structure dynamics and function, including applications to molecular machines and rare protein conformations with implications in neurodegeneration and cancer.
Dr. Huda Zoghbi is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children's Hospitaaffiliated with the Texas Children’s Hospital. Her research is focusing on a particular gene that has been recognized as being responsible for causing Rett Syndrome.
Students will be hearing the lectures in a University of Calgary lecture theatre and then will attend a luncheon where they will have the opportunity to ask the lecturers questions. We are very excited to add this opportunity to our Science program.