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Sharp Minds

The First Monday of Each Month

Sharp Minds Lecture Series  

Start the month the smart way, by attending a Sharp Minds lecture at the Fleet Science Center. At Sharp Minds, you’ll hear from local scientists about their latest research and discoveries in a friendly, inviting environment. These lectures address hot topics on the first Monday of every month and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.   Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment.



January 3

One Size Does not fit all: Research Approaches to Overcome Challenges in Ovarian Cancer Treatment

10:30–11:30 a.m. followed by the special screening of Dream Big at noon.

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest cancer among women. There are different types of ovarian cancer, which are linked to differences in disease presentation, genetic mutations, and treatment response. In this talk Dr. Layng will discuss the importance of studying these differences to understand how ovarian cancer evolves and responds to treatment, and to improve patients' outcomes


Fabriana Izidro Alves de Lima Layng, M.D., M.P.H.

Fabiana Izidro Alves de Lima Layng is a Brazilian obstetrician/gynecologist and pelvic surgeon with ten years of experience in providing care to under-served and underprivileged women.As a physician, Fabiana provided individual health services but, has always been aware of the pivotal role of the social environment on a person’s health outcomes. Dr. Layng is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in the lab of Dr. Powis.

Date: February 7

Title: What NASA's new JWS Telescope means to local physicists and astronomers

Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m. followed by the special screening of Hubble at noon.

Join a local physicist and astronomer from the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of California, San Diego as they share facts about NASA's new telescope (JWST) and why researchers are so excited about the latest "eye in the sky".