PHOTOS: New lecture series at The Scripps Research Institute highlights women in biomedical research

The Female Faculty Group at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla hosted the first of a new public lecture series, called ResearcHERS, providing a behind-the-scenes look at biomedical research and the work of women in the field.

The series kicked off Oct. 21, 2015 with a presentation by TSRI professor and trustee Linda Sherman, whose research focuses on the body’s immune system. In particular, Sherman explained how some of her lab’s insights into the immune system’s overreaction in type 1 diabetes might be harnessed to boost the body’s defenses against cancer.

The event included a Q&A session and an hors d’oeuvres reception, which provided opportunities for guests to interact with the TSRI faculty, including those working in chemistry, stem cell therapy and Alzheimer’s disease research.

The next ResearcHERS lecture will feature TSRI Professor Donna Blackmond, 4-6 p.m. March 9, 2015 in the Auditorium at TSRI. For reservations, contact Chelsea Luedeke at or (858) 784-7083.

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