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A Sip of Science

A Sip of Science features science-relevant discussions between community members and our experts.

Our Sip series debuted in 2018 and was named “Best Way to Drink and Learn” in the Best of Phoenix 2020 listing by Phoenix New Times. Scientists make their expertise easy to understand. They focus on timely topics for community members who want to stay up on the latest and learn more.

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Discovery Series

The Discovery Series, launched in 2013, brings eminent scientists, thought leaders and innovators from around the world to the Biodesign Institute to share their research expertise.

Discovery Series lectures and interactive discussions which follow exposes our faculty, staff and students to the latest developments in science, technology and medicine, keeping Biodesign researchers abreast of current trends and breakthroughs. Discovery Series events also provide networking and collaborative research opportunities. Lectures are open to the community. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please join us!

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Understanding the Electronic Properties of Biomolecules

December 15, 2021 5:19 pm

Cyclic dinucleotide signaling: New antibacterial and immunomodulatory therapeutics

June 29, 2022 5:02 pm

Karen Szumlinski, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology & Neuroscience Research Insitute at University of California, Santa Barbara. Recorded April 20, 2022. 

Substance use disorder is a chronic, relapsing, neuropsychiatric condition that affects 2% of the world’s population.  Substance use disorder is the leading risk factor of premature death globally. In addition to the deaths directly attributed to drug over-dose or fatal accidents, substance use increases the risk for many types of cancers, in addition to cardiovascular, metabolic, renal, and hepatic diseases, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, various neuropsychiatric conditions and suicide, accounting for 3-5% of the disease burden in many Western countries. 

The work to be discussed in this talk seeks to identify the environmental, genetic, age- and sex-related determinants of alcohol, opioid, and psychostimulant use vulnerability, as well as their co-morbidity with affective, neurocognitive and eating disorders. Using rodent models, we have distinguished between the neurobiological impact of various addictive substances of relevance to the design of substance-specific therapy. We are exploring and validating the therapeutic potential of drugs already approved by the FDA for other uses for neuroimmune modulation as an approach to reduce drug-taking and craving.

The Discovery Series, launched in 2013, brings eminent scientists, thought leaders and innovators from around the world to the Biodesign Institute to share their research expertise.  Discovery Series lectures and interactive discussions which follow exposes our faculty, staff and students to the latest developments in science, technology and medicine, keeping Biodesign researchers abreast of current trends and breakthroughs.  

The Biodesign Institute at ASU delivers the future of nature-inspired scientific innovation today for the betterment of human health, community safety and global sustainability.

Karen Szumlinski, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology & Neuroscience Research Insitute at University of California, Santa Barbara. Recorded April 20, 2022.

Substance use disorder is a chronic, relapsing, neuropsychiatric condition that affects 2% of the world’s population. Substance use disorder is the leading risk factor of premature death globally. In addition to the deaths directly attributed to drug over-dose or fatal accidents, substance use increases the risk for many types of cancers, in addition to cardiovascular, metabolic, renal, and hepatic diseases, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, various neuropsychiatric conditions and suicide, accounting for 3-5% of the disease burden in many Western countries.

The work to be discussed in this talk seeks to identify the environmental, genetic, age- and sex-related determinants of alcohol, opioid, and psychostimulant use vulnerability, as well as their co-morbidity with affective, neurocognitive and eating disorders. Using rodent models, we have distinguished between the neurobiological impact of various addictive substances of relevance to the design of substance-specific therapy. We are exploring and validating the therapeutic potential of drugs already approved by the FDA for other uses for neuroimmune modulation as an approach to reduce drug-taking and craving.

The Discovery Series, launched in 2013, brings eminent scientists, thought leaders and innovators from around the world to the Biodesign Institute to share their research expertise. Discovery Series lectures and interactive discussions which follow exposes our faculty, staff and students to the latest developments in science, technology and medicine, keeping Biodesign researchers abreast of current trends and breakthroughs.

The Biodesign Institute at ASU delivers the future of nature-inspired scientific innovation today for the betterment of human health, community safety and global sustainability.

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Substance use disorder: A global problem requiring an effective translational medicine approach

June 29, 2022 5:02 pm

Arntzen Grand Challenges

The Arntzen Grand Challenges Lecture series is inspired by Dr. Charles (Charlie) Arntzen, Founding Director of the ASU Biodesign Institute.

Dr. Arntzen is internationally recognized for his novel applied research on the development of genetic strategies for using plants to manufacture pharmaceuticals and produce cost-effective vaccines or drugs to save lives around the world, especially in developing nations.

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