[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 20th May, 6:30pm - Prof Kathryn North

David Vaux vaux at wehi.EDU.AU
Mon May 11 23:08:14 UTC 2015


Free, all welcome (booking not needed). Bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, located in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)
Wednesday 20th May 2015, 6:30 pm

 Professor Kathryn North 

Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute,
David Danks Professor of Child Health Research, University of Melbourne
 
“A gene for speed: ACTN3, athletes, evolution and impact on human health”

Professor North and her team have identified a common variant in the ACTN3 gene that results in absence of the fast muscle fibre protein α-actinin-3 in 1 in 5 people, and has been positively selected during recent human evolution.
Loss of α-actinin-3 is detrimental to sprint and power performance in elite athletes, and results in reduced muscle bulk and strength in the general population by switching the metabolic and contractile properties of fast glycolytic muscle fibres towards a slower oxidative phenotype. They have now shown that the effect of ACTN3 genotype on muscle metabolism influences disease severity in muscle wasting conditions, and may also influence weight gain in response to changes in diet.


Professor Kathryn North is a paediatrician, neurologist, clinical geneticist and researcher. She is recognised internationally for her expertise in genomic medicine and as a world leader in research into neurofibromatosis, inherited myopathies and genes that influence human muscle performance. Her laboratory research focuses on the molecular basis of inherited muscle disorders, as well as genes that influence normal skeletal muscle function and elite athletic performance. Her clinical research focuses on clinical trials of therapies for muscular dystrophy as well as the development of interventions for children with learning disabilities.
 
Forthcoming Talk: 

Wed 15th April         A/Prof Mark Boland   University of Melbourne Accelerator Physics

 We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series


 Further Info:     David Vaux  9345 2941  davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com <mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>

http://www.anzaas.org.au/victoria/ <http://www.anzaas.org.au/victoria/>

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