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Time=Lives Talk: Not if, when

Monday, November 17, 2014
7:50 AM - 8:00 AM
GH-Ballroom II-IV


Eric Minikel, Co-Director, Prion Alliance
Sonia Vallabh, Co-Director, Prion Alliance; PhD program, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School

Meet Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh, a husband and wife team who are on a personal quest to cure fatal familial insomnia (F.F.I.). After Sonia lost her mom at 52 to prion disease and discovered she too has the defective gene, the two changed their career trajectories and became researchers determined to find answers. They will share what drives them to pursue this complicated puzzle, the scientific opportunities they have uncovered, and the promise of what's ahead.