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35th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series
Aging and Cancer: Are telomeres and telomerase the connection?
Professor SHAY Jerry W.
Vice Chairman, Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
Associate Director, Harold Simmon's NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Southland Corporation Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Research USA
Date: 20 April 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:30 am
Venue: Room G02, Lo Kwee-Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building
CUHK campus
Telomeres progressively shorten throughout life. A hallmark of advanced malignancies is the ability for continuous cell divisions that almost universally correlates with the stabilization of telomere length by the reactivation of telomerase. The repression of telomerase and shorter telomeres in humans may have evolved in part as an anti-cancer protection mechanism.  Thus, telomerase is a very attractive and novel target for cancer therapeutics. Dr. Shay’s presentation will focus on the current state of advances in the telomerase area, including human diseases associated with telomere dysfunction.

Jerry W. Shay is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, an Associate Director of the Harold Simmon's NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and holds the Southland Corporation Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Research. He is also the Program Director of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at UT Southwestern and holds the title of Distinguish Teaching Professor.
In 2012 he was awarded a University of Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, in 2013 the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Professor Award and in 2015 the Distinguished Basic Science Educator Award. Dr. Shay’s seminal work on the relationships of telomeres and telomerase to aging and cancer is well recognized. He was placed in the Institute for Scientific Investigations as one of the most highly cited scientists in the field of "Molecular Biology and Genetics". Science Watch placed Dr. Shay into the Doctors of the Decade list and he was ranked as one the most cited authors in the area of General Biomedicine (h-index =105). He was also included in a list of highly influential biomedical researchers (Eur. J. Clin. Inves. 43(12):1339-65, 2013). Dr. Shay received the AlliedSignal Award, the Ted Nash Foundation Award, the American Association of Aging Hayflick Award, and was also named an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar.

Ms. Joresa Ng
School of Biomedical Sciences
Tel: 3943 6820 / Email:

* No pre-registration is required for this event.