Other Cork events

Solving Molecular Mysteries Underlying Cancer Genetics and Bacterial Evolution

Past event - 2024
13 May Doors open: 6.30pm
Event starts: 7pm
Ends at 9pm
Hamish's Bar & Bistro, Áras Na Mac Léinn, Main Campus, UCC, College Road, Cork,
Cork VGV6+G2 Cork
Join us on 13th May at Hamish's Bar where we'll talk about forces such as antibiotics and viruses that shape bacterial evolution and discuss the genetic underpinnings of ovarian cancer and the tools we use to study it. Event starts at 7pm.

Good Cells or Good Riddance: Helping Scientists to Help Ovarian Cancer Patients

Aideen McCabe (PhD Student, University College Cork)
Ovarian cancer is complicated. This is because there are 5 types of ovarian cancer, each with their own unique characteristics and in how serious they are for the patient. In order to study ovarian cancer in the lab we use cancer cells taken from ovarian cancer tumours and we don’t know which of the 5 types of ovarian cancer they came from originally. It’s very important that the cells scientists use match the type of ovarian cancer they are studying. This is where I come in. For my project, I was able to match cancer cells used by scientists to one of the five types of ovarian cancer using DNA data- in particular DNA changes (or mutations) and which parts of the DNA are switched on or off (or gene expression).

Gone viral: how viruses help our gut bacteria share their genes

Tanya Borodovich (PhD Student, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork (a world leading SFI Research Centre))
Our gut is inhabited by an impressive diversity of bacteria. Viruses that attack these bacteria are usually bad news for them. But that is not always the case. Occasionally, a virus is instead ‘tricked’ into spreading bacterial genes, to great benefit of the bacterial population. With great diversity and vast number of bacterial viruses in the human gut, this gene sharing can impact the evolution of gut bacteria in a spectacular way. In this talk I will share some highlights of what we know about this kind of gene transfer and how we study it.

Microbes and immunity; Guts, lungs and immunity

Dr John McSharry (Senior Lecturer, University College Cork)
John, will discuss his current research focusing on how microbes in the gut recover after antibiotics , how microbes in your lung exacerbate asthma and how immunity can be affected by hormones.
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Other Hamish's Bar & Bistro events

2024-05-15 Tales of Microbes and Molecules: Invisible forces that tip the scales between health and disease Hamish's Bar & Bistro Áras Na Mac Léinn, Main Campus, UCC, College Road, Cork, Cork, VGV6+G2 Cork, Ireland