China has a higher number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD) than any country in the world. Globally, this disease has become the fifth leading cause of death among people aged 65 and over. Another neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which has recently come into the spotlight, afflicts close to 100,000 Chinese families.
On August 3, Weimin Zhong, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University, will discuss why neurons die to cause neurodegeneration. He will provide insights on how his lab is conducting cutting-edge research on the biology of stem cells, their therapeutic use in regenerative medicine, and how cancers and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and dementia arise.