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.
Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University
Weimin Zhong is Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He attended Peking University as an undergraduate (premed) and studied medicine at Peking Union Medical College, then obtained his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University. After postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, he joined the Yale faculty in 1999 and obtained tenure in 2008. His laboratory studies neural development and stem cell biology. His research focuses on how stem cells balance the competing needs of self-renewal and differentiation during organogenesis and tissue maintenance, seeking to gain novel insights into the pathogenesis of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to his teaching and research at Yale, he also helps to organize, and participate in, undergraduate and graduate education in several universities and research institutes in China.