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Diversity in Biology Speaker Series: Type-I Interferon Signaling in CNS Homeostasis and Parkinson-like Dementia
March 10 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series invites you to attend a talk by Dr. Erika B. Villanueva.
Aging-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) are devastating to affected individuals, their families, and society as a whole. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for these disorders.
Therefore, detecting underlying disease mechanisms are imperative for identifying novel drug targets and ultimately, more meaningful outcomes for patients diagnosed with PD.
This talk focuses on how neuronal and glial immune signaling in the central nervous system (CNS) contributes to brain homeostasis and health.
About the Speaker
Dr. Erika B. Villanueva is a Filipino-Canadian currently living in Denmark. She grew up in Coquitlam, BC, and earned her BSc at the University of Waterloo in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, she earned her MSc in Dr. Andis Klegeris’ Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology group at UBCO. Subsequently, she moved back to Vancouver to spend the next four years in Dr. Michael R. Hayden’s Huntington’s Disease Research Group at the Centre for Medical Medicine and Therapeutics as a research technician. In 2016, Erika moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to study neuroinflammation at the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen, under the guidance of Dr. Shohreh Issazadeh-Navikas. She earned her doctorate last fall, and is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Molecular Pharmacology group at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen.