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Salk Institute Researcher To Give Allergan Foundation Lecture

Published: February 15, 2013

Ronald M. Evans of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla will give the annual Allergan Foundation Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 20, presented by the CSULB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

He will give a general talk at noon in the University Student Union’s Beach Auditorium on “Can Exercise Mimetics Substitute for Exercise?” followed by an open meeting and Q&A session at 2:30 p.m. in MLSC 156, and a research seminar at 4 p.m. in HSCI Lecture Hall 101 on “Nuclear Receptors and the Hunger Game: From Feast to Famine.”

The lecture event is supported by a grant from the Allergan Foundation and is open free to the CSULB community and the public.

Evans is professor and director of Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory and March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Biology who is an expert on the role of hormones in regular biological activities and in disease. His website states, “A major achievement in Evans’ lab was the discovery of a large family of molecules, named receptors, that respond to various steroid hormones, Vitamin A and thyroid hormones. These hormones help control sugar, salt, calcium and fat metabolism; thus, they impact on our daily health as well as treatment of disease. The receptors Evans discovered are primary targets in the treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia, as well as osteoporosis and asthma.

“In addition, Evans’ studies led to a new hormone that appears to be the molecular trigger controlling the formation of fat cells. This hormone and its chemical derivatives represent one of the newest and most important advances in understanding problems arising from excess weight and obesity and the potential treatment of adult onset diabetes (Type II diabetes).”

Ronal Evans
Ronald M. Evans

Among his numerous awards are the 2012 Wolf Prize in Medicine, which is Israel’s highest medical research honor; and the 2004 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.

For more information, visit the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics website or call 562/985-4941.

–Anne Ambrose