Tea Talk: Safe Treatment Strategies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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Anteater Test Kitchen, Anteater Recreational Center

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Conversation Kitchen Tea Talks with Christie Mortales, Ph.D.

Christie's talk features her research on Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the neurons of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This leaves people affected with MS with any number of disabilities such as impaired speech and mobility. There is no cure, and current treatments often have toxic side effects. Christie’s research focuses on (1) how a molecular network called the galectin-glycoprotein lattice controls the functions of immune cells, (2) how a compromised lattice on specific immune cells cause them to promote MS, and (3) how one special sugar can fix a damaged lattice and become a potential, safe treatment for MS.

Following her talk, you are welcome to join Chef Jessica VanRoo and learn how to Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Coffee.


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