Membrane fusion is a universal process that allows cells to deploy tiny, enclosed, fluid-filled structures called vesicles to store and release packets of active substances. This system allows the organs in the body to use hormones to communicate with each other and for the brain to use neurotransmitters to send messages. Similar vesicle packets distribute proteins within a cell, enabling the specialized organelles contained in each cell to function properly and to propagate in cell division. Imbalances in these pathways contribute to diabetes and cancer, as well as immune and neurological diseases.
Dr. James E. Rothman, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine & Kavli Prize Laureate in Neuroscience; Sterling Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology, Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Rothman’s talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Frank Sesno, an Emmy winning American journalist and former CNN Washington bureau chief who is the director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.
Co-hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science with The Kavli Foundation, the Royal Embassy of Norway, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (United States), and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.