Got Magnesium? How Mg2+ Lets Cells Know When to Grow

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Guest Speaker: Katherine Brandao, PhD

Conversations in Local Health Research

Friday, May 10, 2013

10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ricketson Auditorium

Brown Bag Lunch with speaker to follow presentation

Got Magnesium? How Mg2+ Lets Cells Know When to Grow

2013-05-10 Katherine Brandao Cropped 

What does the healthy function of the brain and immune system have in common with how cells produce energy and how enzymes work? The answer is magnesium; a simple chemical element, but with important and complex roles in human health. When magnesium levels are low, the cells lack adequate energy supplies and the consequence is that the cell stops growing and performing its proper function. Luckily, magnesium is found in a variety of foods including dark chocolate, spinach and almonds. Join us as we learn about the cutting edge research to understand how human cells regulate magnesium levels and therefore cell growth, and how these pathways impact our overall health. 

Katherine Brandao, PhD is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Integrated Department of Immunology at National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver. Her advisors are Carsten Schmitz, PhD and Anne Laure Perraud, PhD.

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