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Kansas State University

The Rudy Clarenburg Lecture Series

The 2011 lecture series featured:

Scott T. Brady, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Brady presented a lecture:
September 19th, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.
“Life in the Fast Lane: Axonal Transport, Kinases and Neurodegeneration”

The seminar was held in the Mara Conference Center – Trotter Hall

Scott Brady

Dr. Brady received his undergraduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, where he earned bachelor's degrees in both Physics and Biology in 1973. At the University of Southern California he earned a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 1978, where he began his studies on the mechanisms of axonal transport in the laboratory of Dr. William McClure. Dr. Brady then moved to Case Western Reserve University for postdoctoral training in Neuroscience with Dr. Raymond Lasek from 1978-1981. He remained at CWRU as a research faculty member in the Department of Anatomy until 1985, and then moved to the Department of Cell Biology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He remained in Dallas until 2001 when he moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

In the early 1980's, Dr. Brady began doing summer research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA where he used live-cell imaging to study fast axonal transport. In collaboration with Drs. Robert Allen and Ray Lasek, he developed a novel preparation for study of transport based on digital microscopy of isolated axoplasm from the squid giant axon. Using these methods, Dr. Brady first showed that fast axonal transport depended on a new class of molecular motor and was one of the discoverers of the kinesin family of molecular motors. Subsequently, Dr. Brady's research has focused on cell and molecular biology of kinesins in neurons, making significant contributions to our understanding of the structure, regulation and molecular biology of the kinesins. His current research includes a focus on the role that axonal transport and regulation of molecular motors play in adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease

We are grateful that Dr. Brady presented the Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.


Former Clarenburg Lecturers

2010 Dr. Jochen Schacht
2009 Dr. Casey T. Weaver
2008 Dr. Colin G. Nichols
2008 Dr. Robert J. Genco
2007 Dr. Peter Agre
2007 Dr. William B. Guggino
2006 Dr. Mark A. Knepper
2006 Dr. Avril Somlyo
2004 Dr. Jim Riviere
2003 Dr. Jeanne M. Nerbonne
2002 Dr. Michael Welsh
2002 Dr. Gerald DiBona
2001 Dr. George A. Brooks
1999 Dr. Arthur "Buzz" Brown
1998 Dr. Clara Franzini-Armstrong
1998 Dr. Gordon Mitchell
1997 Dr. Kim Johnson
1997 Dr. Larry Sinoway