Engage with local scientists as they discuss their latest research and discoveries in a friendly, inviting environment. These lectures address hot topics on the first Monday of every month, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Stay for a special noon documentary showing. 

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with general admission or a Senior Monday ticket.  


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Ferhat Ay, Ph.D.

February 5
Charting New Territory Within the Architecture of Our Genome

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Priyanka Saminathan, Ph.D.

March 4
Why Are Women More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Dr. Erin Sundermann

April 1
The Role of Sex/Gender & Lifestyle on Alzheimer's Disease Risk

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Melanie Dratva, B.S

April 1
The Role of Sex/Gender & Lifestyle on Alzheimer's Disease Risk


Save the Date  

Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease?
Mar 4 at 10:30–11:30am

Older women are twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Priyanka Saminathan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, will share her research on how both sex and age play a vital role in driving Alzheimer’s disease and discuss the impact her research could have on the development of new bio-markers and therapeutics.

Apr 1 at 10:30–11:30am

Researchers from the UCSD Women Inflammation and Tau Study (WITS) will discuss sex differences in Alzheimer's disease.


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