Science & Technology

Cell in Life – good and bad!

Professor Kevin Ryan
12th February 2018, 7:00pm

It seems natural to think that the cells in our body are programmed to survive for as long as they are required. Our existence and our health, however, are based on a fine balance between cell growth and cell death. From the very beginning, the way in which our bodies are formed during development depends on orchestrated cell proliferation as we grow, but also selective cell death which, amongst other things, moulds the architecture of our bodies. As adults, cell death also plays extremely important roles in our bodies. The balance of cell growth, survival and death is critical for the prevention of human disease. For example, too much death can lead to diseases such as neurodegeneration whereas too little can lead to cancer. Over the last 40 years our understanding of the molecular mechanism of different forms of cell death has increased dramatically. This knowledge is now being applied to design new therapeutics to treat various forms of human disease. 

About the Speaker

Professor Kevin Ryan obtained a BSc from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Following post-doctoral work at the US National Cancer Institute, he was awarded a CRUK Senior Fellowship and established a research group at the CRUK Beatson Institute. In 2007 he became Senior Group Leader at the Beatson and later that year was appointed Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow. Kevin’s studies focus on understanding how tumour cells regulate apoptosis and autophagy during tumour development and cancer therapy. He has received several awards for his work including the EACR ‘Cancer Researcher Award’ and the 2012 Tenovus Medal. Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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Chicken with Diane sauce with new potatoes and vegetables

Goat's cheese and red onion quiche (v)

Lemon tart

Fresh fruit salad

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