Thursday, April 27
Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts (University of Denver)
$38 Adults | $22 Children 12 & Under
The Earth’s deadliest animal venoms are a source of a number of lifesaving medicines used to treat everything from heart attacks to diabetes. Yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish, and other venoms from around the world. In his mission, he survived charging elephants, pirated waters, plus a series of snake bites and venom spit in his face-- all his faults he admits! Back in the lab, using cutting-edge genomics, he creates combinatorial venom libraries to identify leads for novel medicines. The unique blueprint of venoms could be harnessed to design medicines that heal the very same life functions they usually target, from cardiovascular diseases, to cancer, and beyond.
Presented in partnership with the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver.