Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI) welcome Dr. Pierre Drapeau to conduct lectures themed around “Genome Editing.” Pierre Drapeau is a professor and the Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal. Professor Drapeau is the Canadian pioneer of zebrafish as a model of development and diseases of the nervous system. He is recognised for his research on neural development and synapse formation. Using a functional genomics approach he is validating mutations of human genes underlying disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Drapeau has created genetic models for neurodegenerative and developmental diseases using zebrafish as a model of choice. These models allow the analysis of mechanisms regulating the differentiation of neuronal stem cells and the screening of small molecules for the development of therapeutic approaches for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

His two lectures were titled:

  1. Modulation of neural stem cell differentiation
  2. Neuroleptics for ALS: small chemical screen and small clinical trial