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Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) - Stem cells, aging, and aging stem cells

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 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series Presents the Annual Florence S. Mahoney Lecture on Aging:

Speaker: Amy Wagers, Ph.D.

About the lecture:

A leader in the field of stem cell biology, Dr. Wagers has done groundbreaking research to uncover new migratory pathways and signaling networks that regulate the functioning of hematopoietic stem cells. Understanding how these cells function could lead to better treatments for a range of diseases including cancer, anemia, and diabetes. For her lecture, Dr. Wagers will discuss the fundamental principles that govern tissue aging and determine stem cell function in organ regeneration and degenerative disease.

The annual Florence S. Mahoney Lecture on Aging is named in honor of Florence Stephenson Mahoney (1899–2002). She devoted the last half of her life to successfully advocating for the creation of the National Institute on Aging and increased support for the NIH.

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 WALS 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.

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Wednesday, April 5

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Building 10, Clinical Center, Masur Auditorium