August 4, 2008

The Secret Science Club Presents Award-winning Cancer Researcher Scott Lowe of Cold Spring Harbor Lab on Wednesday, August 6 at 8:30 pm

Hold onto your wigs and key, ladies and gents, Dr. Scott Lowe is taking the Secret Science Club on a fantastic voyage through inner space to explore the microscopic machinery of the cell…

Scott Lowe explores “apoptosis”—the programmed death of damaged cells—a process necessary for organisms to properly develop and survive. He asks: How do cancer cells thwart the apoptotic machinery, enabling them to proliferate uncontrollably? What mutations may affect tumor development and responses to cancer therapies? If cancer genes are “switched off,” can cancer be cured?

Deputy Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center and an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Scott Lowe has developed mouse models and genomic technologies to study the complexities of tumor evolution and resistance to chemotherapy. He is also involved in the search for the human cancer genome—“a comprehensive collection of the genetic alterations responsible for major cancers.”

The recipient of the Sydney Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award, a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award, the AACR Outstanding Investigator Award, the AACR-NFCR Professorship in Basic Cancer Research, the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, and the AAAS Fellow Award, Dr. Lowe is working to apply findings to developing improved cancer treatment and methods of overcoming drug resistance.

--Groove to genetically altered tunes and s
tick around for the scintillating Q&A

--Try our cocktail of the night: the Lab Rat . . . it's one experiment, you won't want to miss!

--Check out the
physics experiments at 6:30 pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park (see previous post)

The “Secret Science Club” meets August 6 at 8:30 pm in the subterranean grotto @ Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400 Subway: R to Union St.; F to 4th Ave.; Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave.

No cover charge. Just bring your smart self.

Doors open at 8 pm. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

PLEASE BRING ID: 21+. Pocket protectors suggested.

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