Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lecture Series
The Center for BrainHealth invites scientists to share their scientific study with students and other researchers at the Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lectures. The lectures are heavily science focused and are not intended for a lay audience.
The lectures are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM.
Eric Kildebeck, PhD
Research professor at The Advanced Polymer Research lab (APRL) at the University of Texas at Dallas
Over the past 5 years, gene editing has grown from a niche field with a few candidate technologies into a major pillar of biomedical research. These technologies hold promise for treating diseases in many different organ systems in the coming decades, but translation to human patients is still handicapped by a major obstacle: Delivery of gene editors into the human body. In this talk, we will explore the current state-of-the-art for delivering gene editors to the central and peripheral nervous system. We will then look at future avenues for improving delivery methods and what the treatment of neurological disorders with gene therapy may look like in the not-so-distant future.
Eric earned a B.S. in biology from UT Dallas in 2005 as part of the inaugural cohort of Eugene McDermott Scholars. He earned a M.D./Ph.D. in cancer biology and gene therapeutics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2016. His research centers on therapeutic applications of CRISPR/Cas9 for neurologic and autoimmune diseases.