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Victor Hruby to Present the March 2019 SaddleBrooke Science Café


Victor J. Hruby, Regents Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona, will present the March 2019 Science Café talk "The Chemistry of Human Behavior" on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

For good health, all the different types of cells in our bodies must communicate with each other and especially with the brain, and modulate each other.  Much of this intercellular communication is done by peptide hormones and neurotransmitters.  Generally, these compounds interact with proteins that are imbedded on the cell surface membrane and are called G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs).  These interactions then lead to changes in the cells’ functions.  This process is referred to as information transduction.  A breakdown in these communications, either directly or indirectly, leads to many of the degenerative diseases of the mind and body.  Indeed, over 30% of our current drugs interact directly with GPCRs and many others intervene in the intercellular chemical pathways that are modulated by hormones, neurotransmitters and GPCRs.  Cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, most mental disorders, pain and addiction involve these systems.  Specific examples related to pain, addiction and behaviors such as eating and sexual function will be discussed.

The talk will be held at the SaddleBrooke DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S Clubhouse Dr., Tucson AZ 85739. If you are unable to attend in person, the talk will be streamed LIVE on SaddleBrooke's Youtube Channel.

About Science Cafés: Science Cafés, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have four separate café series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.

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