Seminar: Peninsula Oxidative Stress Research Forum (POSReF)
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Biological Responses to Smoking, Air Pollution and Ageing

Speaker: Henry J Forman, Founding Faculty and Professor of Biochemistry, University of California, Merced and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.

Professor Forman’s expertise is in the areas of oxidative stress and signal transduction. He has published over 200 manuscripts. 

Professor Forman has conducted over 40 years of research in free radical biology and chemistry, and has done pioneering work in several areas. He was a co-discover of mitochondrial superoxide production, first demonstrated that rats adapting to hyperoxia induced mitochondrial superoxide dismutase in lung alveolar epithelial cells, and first demonstrated that endogenous hydrogen peroxide production by macrophages activated NF-kappaB. He continues to make key observation of the role of oxidants and other electrophiles in cell signalling. For over 30 years, his work has largely focused on the role of oxidants in both damage and signalling in the lung. Professor Forman is currently the Associate Editor for Reviews for Free Radical Biology & Medicine and President of the Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine. He was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointed scientist on the Governing Board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. 

If you're a fan of murder mystery, Professor Forman has published his first novel, Poisonous Science, set in the world of toxicology.

A buffet lunch will be provided immediately before the start of this extraordinary seminar, so please email Susan Westoby by Monday 15 September to register attendance.

Location: Room JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter.

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About POSReF 

The POSReF forum was established in 2003 because it was evident that Oxidative Stress Research within multiple disciplines clearly represents a strong focus of research activity. Researchers regularly attending the forum come from diverse disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology (plant and animal), physiology, pharmacology, rheumatology, dermatology, experimental medicine, and many others. Attendees are drawn from researchers within the Medical School (University of Exeter), Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and the commercial biotechnology sector within the peninsula. 

POSReF seminars are delivered jointly by Plymouth and Exeter Universities.

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