Regulating Body, Mind and Spirit: The Roles of Copper in Human Physiology
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Visiting Miegunyah Fellow Professor Svetlana Lutsenko (Johns Hopkins University, USA) will describe the latest understanding of the nutrient trace metal copper at the molecular and whole body levels (together with iron and zinc). She will discuss the nature of the diseases that arise from imbalances in copper that are linked to important metabolic processes, particularly energy production from food.
Professor Lutsenko is unchallenged as the pre-eminent molecular biologist currently working on the molecular pumps that transport copper in humans. Their malfunction is directly responsible for the devastating copper imbalance disorders known as Menkes and Wilson diseases. Imbalance is also associated with many neuro-degenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neuron diseases.