Montana State University

Free lecture to focus on use of dietary lipids against disease

September 23, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the use of dietary lipids to address human disease will be given on Monday, Oct. 18, at Montana State University.

Charles Serhan, the Simon Gelman Professor at Harvard Medical School, will speak on "Molecular Nutrition for the Brain and White Blood Cells: When Lipids are Good Guys" at 4 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. A reception will follow in the Leigh Lounge.

Serhan is director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has identified powerful new mechanisms for the resolution of inflammation based on lipids. The lipids can be enhanced nutritionally and appear to have great potential for advancing health and for medical applications.

The acute inflammatory response is essential to the immune system's ability to fight off pathogenic organisms, but inflammation can injure tissues if it is not properly arrested or resolved. Many human diseases are driven by excessive chronic inflammation, including heart disease, stroke, arthritis, allergy, gum disease and some types of cancer. Chronic inflammation is also believed to be a root cause of Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and Alzheimer's disease.

Serhan's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, visit
http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/kopriva.html

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu