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 Medicine at the Crick

Our Medicine at the Crick event series showcases major advances in biomedical science and raises awareness of the medical implications of major scientific advances amongst the Crick and wider UK biomedical community. Each event comprises a series of talks and a panel discussion. Government guidelines allowing, we hope to host this as a hybrid event with a limited in-person audience joined by others online. Register now for your free place.

Medicine at the Crick event series

These events showcase major advances in biomedical science.

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Autophagy and Medicine: Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease

Our seventh Medicine at the Crick event will be hosted by Dr Rupert Beale and includes a keynote talk from Dr Herbert (Skip) Virgin of Vir Biotechnology Inc.

Autophagy is a process by which cells engulf their own contents and digest them – literally self-eating. It plays multiple roles in maintaining homeostasis by for example generating nutrients, removing damaged cellular structures and targeting pathogens. Components of the autophagy machinery can be co-opted for other functions, including by pathogens.

Despite its role in many pathophysiological processes, we are only just beginning to understand how it can be manipulated to enhance health and prevent disease. The 7th event in our series presents an overview of autophagy and its functions, and a state of the art review of the roles of autophagy in neurodegeneration, infection and immunity.




Confirmed speakers

David Rubinsztein

 Prof David Rubinsztein

University of Cambridge  

Katja Simon

 Prof Katja Simon 

University of Oxford

Skip Virgin

 Dr Herbert (Skip) Virgin|

 Vir Biotechnology Inc