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Staying Strong As We Age

  • WHEN Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $5 - $20

Muscle degeneration can occur in many human conditions, such as muscular dystrophies, HIV and even aging. There are no therapeutic strategies to prevent muscle loss, or treatments to regenerate skeletal muscle in response to normal wear and tear. Muscle stem cells offer a great promise for future therapies, but there is much we still need to understand about stem cell behavior. Join Dr. Alessandra Sacco as she leads us through her research to better understand muscle stem cells and shares her hopes for how they can help us live longer, stronger lives.

Alessandra Sacco completed her studies at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. In 2002, Dr. Sacco joined the laboratory of Prof. Helen M. Blau at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow (2002-2009), where she studied cell fusion between hematopoietic cells and muscle cells, as a potential mechanism for tissue repair. Recently she defined strategies to isolate adult skeletal muscle stem cells and performed single cell transplantation experiments, providing the first definitive evidence that adult muscle stem cells are able to self-renew in vivo. She received research funding from Muscular Dystrophy Association (2006-2008). In 2010, Dr. Sacco was recruited as Assistant Professor at SBP.

This is the fifth and last lecture in a five-part series called "Live Longer, Live Stronger Lecture Series" presented in partnership by the Fleet Science Center and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. These talks take place virtually on the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. from January through May 2021.

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Promotional graphic of an older man. Courtesy of the Flee...

Above: Promotional graphic of an older man. Courtesy of the Fleet Science Center.

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