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Why Neurons Die to Cause Neurodegeneration: A Need for Reevaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease and ALS Pathogenesis and Therapy

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Yale Starlight Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

Event Time

August 3, 2021 | Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
August 3 2021 | Tuesday
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Participation Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


Participants within China can click “HERE” further below to register. Participants from outside of China can use the following link to register:


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The language of the event will be Chinese.

The Event

China has a higher number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD) than any country in the world. Globally, this disease has become the fifth leading cause of death among people aged 65 and over. Another neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which has recently come into the spotlight, afflicts close to 100,000 Chinese families.

On August 3, Weimin Zhong, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University, will discuss why neurons die to cause neurodegeneration. He will provide insights on how his lab is conducting cutting-edge research on the biology of stem cells, their therapeutic use in regenerative medicine, and how cancers and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and dementia arise.

The Speaker

Weimin Zhong
Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University

Weimin Zhong is Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He attended Peking University as an undergraduate (premed) and studied medicine at Peking Union Medical College, then obtained his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University. After postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, he joined the Yale faculty in 1999 and obtained tenure in 2008. His laboratory studies neural development and stem cell biology. His research focuses on how stem cells balance the competing needs of self-renewal and differentiation during organogenesis and tissue maintenance, seeking to gain novel insights into the pathogenesis of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to his teaching and research at Yale, he also helps to organize, and participate in, undergraduate and graduate education in several universities and research institutes in China.

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