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Fleet Science Center

Senior Monday - Mechanics of Genetic Diseases

  • Mon Oct 4
  • 10:30 am
  • Fleet Science Center
  • $10

Most genetic disorders are present from birth and some are quite rare, sometimes affecting only one person in every several thousand or million. Join Dr. Jonatan Matalonga as he shares more about his work on the discovery of new genetic disorders and improving our understanding of those we already know. Using zebrafish, mouse models, patient cells and stem cell technologies, he and is fellow researchers are probing the pathological mechanisms of genetic disorders to address unanswered questions.

Senior Monday - Our Dynamic Microbiomes and the Brain

  • Mon Nov 1
  • 10:30 am
  • Fleet Science Center
  • $10

Our lifespans are ever-increasing, but our healthspans are not, leading to long periods of unpleasant and expensive suffering with chronic conditions. Many of these conditions have receantly been linked to the microbiome, via advances in DNA sequencing technology and software to interpret those sequences. We change our microbiomes every day through the foods we eat, the environments we experience, even the people we live and work with. The implications of these changes in the microbiome for our health are just beginning to be understood. And many of the effects are systemic: what happens in the gut doesn’t stay in the gut, and your gut microbiome can affect your liver, your joints, and even your brain. Through the American Gut Project and the Microsetta Initative, the largest crowdsourced and crowdfunded citizen-science project yet conducted, we now know about the microbiomes of many types of people, from the healthiest (student-athletes, centenarians) to the sickest (cancer patients, ICU patients, those with depression, those with C. diff). Amazingly, diet has an especially profound effect on our microbiomes, often outweighing the effects of disease or medications. This raises the prospect of a system for real-time analysis of our microbiomes that helps guide our daily decisions in a way that optimizes our microbiomes for extending our health-span.

The lecture will be followed by the special screening of The Human Body at noon.

Senior Mondays - The Future of Immunotherapy

  • Mon Dec 6
  • 10:30
  • Fleet Science Center
  • $10

The Future of Immunotherapy: Treatments benefiting all cancer patients

It’s not an overstatement to say that immunotherapy—an approach that uses our own immune system to kill a tumor—has revolutionized the treatment of cancer. Doctors continue to report incredible results, including tough-to-treat tumors seemingly melting away. However, the treatment doesn’t work for everyone, and even if it does work initially, it often stops working as time goes on. Jennifer Hope, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Bradley lab at Sanford Burnham Prebys, is working to find ways to make cancer immunotherapy work for more people.

The lecture will be followed by the special screening of Flight of the Butterflies at noon.


Senior Mondays are the first Monday of each Month.

  • Lecture: 10:30 am
  • Film: noon
  • Price: $10.00

If you're 65+ get together with other Torrey Piners for Senior Monday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The entrance fee of only $10.00 includes a lecture, all current exhibits, and an IMAX movie.

The lectures begin at 10:30 AM in the Heikoff Dome Theater. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. Lecture space is limited, and lectures often sell out. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo's Cafe and the North Star Science Store. Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early.

Tickets are available through the Fleet website and at the ticket counter.

Note: The schedule is subject to change, so it's a good idea to check the Reuben H. Fleet Web site at http://www.rhfleet.org/events/senior-mondays. You will also find more information about the lectures, speakers and films there at the Web site.

Torrey Pines Club Contact: Barbara [ Bjshramek@aol.com]
619-286-1250.