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<< Saturday, August 17, 2013 >>

Autoimmune Disease: The Traitor Inside

Lecture/Seminar - Natural Sciences | August 17 | 10 a.m. |  Castle Air Museum

5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater

School of Natural Sciences

Professor Katrina Hoyer opens the return of the popular Frontiers in Science lecture series with a discussion about autoimmune diseases.

Hoyer, with the School of Natural Sciences, speaks at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. The talk is free and open to all.

The immune system's main function is to protect us from infection. However, sometimes the immune system inappropriately attacks our own tissues, causing damage. The damage from this dysregulated response is responsible for autoimmune diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

In this talk, Hoyer will share current knowledge about how our bodies normally control responses, the process of inappropriate immune responses that result in autoimmune disease and the efforts researchers are undergoing to better understand how autoimmunity occurs.

Hoyer joined UC Merced in 2012. She earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular Pathology at UCLA studying B cell lymphomas, and continued her training in immunology at UCSF. Her research focuses on the control and dysfunction of immune cells in response to autoimmune disease and lymphoma development.


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