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Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) - From human genetics to therapeutic hypothesis for nervous system disorders: pain and Alzheimer’s disease

November 8, 2017

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Building 10, Clinical Center, Masur Auditorium

The NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, colloquially known as WALS, is the highest-profile lecture program at the NIH. Lectures occur on most Wednesdays from September through June from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Building 10 on the NIH Bethesda campus.

Each season includes some of the biggest names in biomedical and behavioral research. The goal of the WALS is to keep NIH researchers abreast of the latest and most important research in the United States and beyond. An added treat is the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, which features top authors and other cultural icons. All speakers are nominated by the NIH community.

The full WALS lecture season agenda is available at


Morgan Sheng, MBBS, Ph.D.
Vice President, Neuroscience
Genetech, Inc.

Lecture summary:
Dr. Sheng is Vice-President, Neuroscience, and responsible for directing neuroscience research and drug discovery efforts at Genentech. An expert on synapse biology, Dr. Sheng is now focused on the genetic underpinnings and pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, fronto-temporal dementia. In this translational context, recent research activities of the Sheng lab have centered on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of synapse loss, regulation of mitophagy, microglial involvement in neurodegeneration, and functions of TREM2.

This lecture will be followed by a reception in the NIH Library. Special thanks to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) for its support of the weekly reception. FAES is proud to co-sponsor with the NIH in hosting the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.

To watch the lecture online, visit Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Fire regulations require that every person in Masur Auditorium must have a seat. Standing in the aisles or in the back of the auditorium is not permitted. Sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Jacqueline Roberts,, 301-594-6747, or the Federal Relay, 800-877-8339.