The BSGCT Public and Patient Engagement Subcommittee organise this series of talks designed to provide a lay introduction and background to the rapidly developing world of gene and cell therapy.
Wednesday 7th June, 18:30 BST
A novel way of designing gene therapy approaches for neurological diseases
Prof Gabriele Lignani, University College London
Dr Gabriele Lignani is an Associate Professor at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy. He received his PhD in 2012 in Experimental Neuroscience from the University of Genoa and he did his first postdoc at the Italian Institute of Technology. Then he moved to UCL for his second postdoc and was awarded a Marie-Curie individual fellowship to develop new CRISPR-based editing tools to treat epilepsy. In 2018 he started his own lab as Epilepsy Research UK Emerging Leader to further develop novel gene therapies for epilepsy. He then obtained an MRC New Investigator Award to develop new CRISPR-based technologies and obtained several other discovery and translational grants. He is board member of several committees and Associate editor for Frontiers in Gene Editing and Contributing Editor for Epilepsy Currents; he also leads the Athena Swan initiative for gender balance in his Institute. Recently he has been awarded the Harinarayan Young Scientist Award by ILAE for his research in gene therapy for epilepsy, and the Michael Prize 2023 for the best scientific contribution to progress in the field of experimental epilepsy. The focus of his lab is to develop gene therapy and editing techniques for neurological disorders, to study the role of homeostatic plasticity in epilepsy and understand the basic epileptic mechanisms.
Registration is free for members and non-members
CPD Credits: BSGCT members can claim 6 CPD credits for attending these seminars. These credits can be claimed by current members who are registered with the Royal Society of Biology CPD scheme. Details of how to claim the credits will be provided during the seminar.