UW News

May 1, 2008

Randall Moon to give Science in Medicine Lecture May 22

Randall Moon, director and the William and Marilyn Conner Professor for the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, will give the next Science in Medicine Lecture from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 22, in Hogness Auditorium in the UW Health Sciences Center.

In 1989 Moon, UW professor of pharmacology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, discovered that an oncogene, now called Wnt-1, triggers a signal transduction cascade that controls diverse aspects of early development.

His lecture, “Wnt Signaling in Regeneration and Regenerative Medicine,” will emphasize recent research in the laboratory that reveals how Wnt signaling holds promise as a therapy for regenerative medicine. Moon’s research leverages insights into how the Wnt family of proteins act as ligands to stimulate receptor-mediated signal transduction cascades, to better understand how these pathways are linked to diseases including cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s, and to work on therapies for these and other diseases.

Moon received his Ph.D. in zoology at the UW in 1982. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 Moon joined the UW faculty as an assistant professor of pharmacology, becoming a professor in 1997. He received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health for 1990 to 1994. In 1994 he became an associate investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, becoming an investigator in 1997. Moon is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Science in Medicine Lecture, presented by the UW School of Medicine, will be simulcast at the following locations:

  •  Harborview Medical Center Research & Training Building, room 121
  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System
    Seattle Division – Bldg. 1, Room 518
    American Lake Division – Bldg. 2, Room 343
    VA HSR&D Met Park, conference room E14
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, conference room G3102
  • WSU Riverpoint Campus Phase 1 Auditorium, SCLC 122

This lecture is open to all faculty, staff and students. No registration is required. For more information contact Vee White at veewhite@u.washington.edu.