September 2011 Chapter Meeting

“Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons”

Prof. Judith Campisi , Ph.D.
Buck Institute

Judith Campisi received a PhD in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and postdoctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.  As an Associate Professor at the Boston University Medical School, she launched an interest cellular senescence and its role in tumor suppression and aging.  She joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1991.  In 2002, she established a second laboratory at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, where she is a Professor.  At both institutions, she established a broad program to understand the interface between cancer and aging.  Her laboratory has made several pioneering discoveries in these areas, and her research continues to challenge and alter existing paradigms.  In recognition of her research, she received numerous awards, including MERIT awards from the US National Institute on Aging, the Allied Signal Corporation, Gerontological Society of America and American Federation for Aging Research, the Longevity prize from the IPSEN Foundation and the Bennett Cohen award from the University of Michigan.  She currently serves on numerous national and international editorial and advisory boards.

Age is the largest single risk factor for developing a plethora of chronic diseases, ranging from neurodegeneration to cancer.  Most-age-related diseases are degenerative.  Cancer, however, is a gain-of-function disease.  Is there a common biology that links cancer and the degenerative diseases of aging?  I will discuss the possibility that processes designed to suppress cancer – specifically DNA damage and senescence responses – link cancer to degenerative disease through an inflammatory process that is controlled by and evolutionarily-conserved longevity pathway.  Our hypotheses indicate that we must be clever and knowledgeable if we are to intervene into aging processes that promise to ameliorate many of the chronic diseases of aging, including cancer.

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Novartis* , 5300 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, fee collected at door
Transit–BART and free Shuttle by Emery Go Round from MacArthur BART on Hollis Line.
Parking and registration directions:  Park at lot located next to Building X, on Hollis St., north of 53rd St.  Check-in at Building X.   Directions to Novartis here.
Why drive alone? Carpool and get to know a friend!