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Next Southern Illinois Section Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Cape Girardeau, MO

6:00 PM Dinner, Bella Italia, 20 N Spanish St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
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7:30 PM Meeting, Rhodes Hall, Room 121

Oxidative Stress and its Role in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Onset

Dr. Adam Jacoby, Department of Chemistry,
Southeast Missouri State University

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease that degrades motor function. Around 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year. Many of the main causes of ALS onset are still a mystery. Our research at Southeast Missouri State University focuses on the role oxidative stress plays in the onset of the disease. Oxidative stress is a biological imbalance of reactive oxygen species, many of which are called free radicals. Various forms of oxidative stress were stimulated in stem cells to “trick” them into becoming ALS neurons.  This research is one small step in understanding how ALS onset occurs.


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