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American geneticist and Nobel Prize in Medicine awardee. Keynote speaker Michael W Young’s numerous studies have provided an insight into physiological processes, such as sleep and metabolism. Organizations book speaker Michael W. Young for his talks regarding genes that are linked to sleep regulation and to inspire the next generations of students.
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Keynote speaker Michael W Young is an American geneticist who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2019. He co-shared the prize with Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza. During his career, Dr. Young made significant contributions to the identification of molecular processes that control the circadian rhythm.
His numerous studies have provided an insight into physiological processes, such as sleep and metabolism. Young received his biology degree from the University of Texas in 1971. Later, he continued studying in order to obtain a Ph.D. in genetics in 1975. This is where Young became interested in Drosophila studies, which led to his later research into cloning the period gene. Additionally, Michael Young pursued postdoctoral studies at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he developed an interest in molecular genetics with a special emphasis on transposable elements.
In the early 1980s, Young and two lab members at Rockefeller University intensively studied the circadian genes of Drosophila. Segments of recombinant Drosophila DNA were produced, amplified in bacteria, then injected into mutant animals. Michael W Young and his lab members utilized a locomotive behavior monitor in order to test behavioral activity. The crew observed and recorded flying activity day and night to prove that the fly recovered circadian behavioral cycles by gene transfer. Then, by detecting the gene sequence on the X chromosome, scientists discovered that the arrhythmic mutation generated a nonfunctional protein while the amino acid sequence of a functional protein varied for a long period and for a short period.
In the 1990s, Dr. Young contributed to the discovery of the molecular process that controls the body’s internal clock. On the basis of this discovery, he uncovered yet another key gene, Timeless. Later, Young examined molecular alterations in the circadian rhythm that are responsible for human sleep problems.
During his career, speaker Michael W Young has received a number of awards, with the latest one being the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2017. Michael joined the American Philosophical Society in 2018.
Drawing on his groundbreaking research, Young explores the intricate mechanisms behind our biological clocks and the genetic factors that govern our sleep-wake cycles. From uncovering the role of specific genes in regulating circadian rhythms to understanding the impact of disruptions to our internal clocks on health and well-being, Young shares his cutting-edge insights and discoveries in this captivating keynote. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the genetic underpinnings of sleep and circadian rhythms, and how this knowledge can be applied to optimize our sleep patterns and improve overall health and performance.
Young explores the cutting-edge technologies and breakthroughs that are revolutionizing our understanding of the human genome and its implications for the future. From gene editing and personalized medicine to genetic therapies and beyond, Young shares his insights on the latest advancements in genetics and their potential to transform healthcare, agriculture, and other areas of our lives.
Young shares insights on the latest discoveries and advancements in understanding the complex process of aging at the molecular level. From exploring the role of genetics in determining lifespan to uncovering the impact of lifestyle and environmental factors on the aging process, Young discusses the cutting-edge research and technologies that are extending our understanding of longevity.
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