Glenn Millhauser

Mad Cow Disease: Why We All Have the Prion Protein and How It Can Go Wrong in Disease


Ever wonder what causes Mad Cow Disease and how it impacts human health? In the second of the S&E Library's Synergy Lecture Series, UCSC Professor of Chemistry Glenn Millhauser will talk about the prion protein (PrP) and its relationship to a class of infectious, fatal, dementing diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). These diseases include Mad Cow Disease and the human affliction, Cruetzfeld-Jakob Disease.


According to Professor Millhauser, despite nearly 20 years of research on the prion protein, its physiological function remains unclear. In modern biochemistry, understanding the structure of a protein and how it interacts with other materials can unlock the mysteries of its function. Prof. Millhauser's research on the analysis of proteins involved in metabolic and neurological diseases has assisted our understanding of how the prion protein works in maintaining our neurological health. Prof. Millhauser will discuss general features of prion diseases and late-breaking insights into the prion protein's proposed function.

Please join us for this exciting look into cutting-edge research at UC Santa Cruz.


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Glenn Millhauser
Professor, Chemistry

Mad Cow Disease: Why We All Have the Prion Protein and How It Can Go Wrong in Disease

Place: Science & Engineering Library, Current Periodicals Room
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2004
Time: 4:00 p.m.


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