February 27, 2009

Muscular Dystrophy focus of next Discovery Lecture

Muscular Dystrophy focus of next Discovery Lecture

The lecture will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 5 in 208 Light Hall.

Campbell's laboratory is investigating the molecular causes of muscular dystrophy — a group of genetic diseases that primarily affects skeletal muscle and leads to progressive muscle weakness — and developing therapeutic approaches to treat the disorder. His group is specifically examining the structure and function of a protein complex linked to the disorder, called the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex, and its role in various types of muscle and non-muscle tissues.

Campbell is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Pathology and the Center for Matrix Biology.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries/.