Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Richard Gomer portrait

Richard Gomer will present the 
2018 Sigma Xi
 Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Lecture
"Potential Therapeutics for Fibrosing Diseases."

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4 p.m. 
Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE) Room 115.
Reception Immediately following the lecture. Flyer

Richard Gomer, professor and holder of the Thomas Powell ’62 Chair in Science, Department of Biology, College of Science, the 2017 Sigma Xi Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Awardee, conducts research in three areas of biomedicine: tissue size regulation, tissue cell composition, and fibrosing diseases. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences. He holds a doctoral degree from California Institute of Technology.

Lecture Abstract:
Fibrosing diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, end-stage kidney disease, and cardiac fibrosis involve the inappropriate formation of scar tissue in internal organs.These diseases are generally untreatable and are associated with 30-45 percent of deaths in the US. This lecture will describe work which indicates that a human blood protein could be a possible therapeutic for fibrosing diseases. Injections of this protein recently showed good efficacy and safety in a Phase 2-117-patient clinical trial for pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Gomer will describe his work to understand fibrosis, which then led to second and third-generation potential therapeutics.

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