VENUE/Áit: Dingle Bookshop

DATE/Dáta: 27th April

TIME/Am: 18.00pm

PRICE: €5.00

Luke O’Neill is Professor of Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin, where he leads an 18 member research team working on the molecular basis to inflammation and inflammatory diseases. He is a world authority on innate immunity, which lies at the heart of inflammation, with a particular interest in Toll-like receptors, inflammasomes and metabolic reprogramming. He was awarded the Royal Dublin Society / Irish Times Boyle Medal for scientific excellence in 2009, the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal for Life Sciences in 2012 and the European Federation of Immunology Societies Medal in 2014. He was elected a member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) in 2005 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. Thompson Reuters have listed him as being one of the world’s most influential scientists, ranking in the top 1% of scientists working in the areas of immunology and pharmacology.

Will we cure all diseases?

There have been remarkable advances in our understanding of underlying possible causes of diseases that afflict humanity where current treatments are ineffective or poor. Mark Zuckerberg recently launched a $3bn programme to cure all diseases by 2116. How likely is that? Where will the new medicines come from? What will a world free of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and even aging look like?

Luke will be interviewed by Muireann Kelleher, director of marketing & strategic planning at Glanbia.

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