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2024 University Faculty Lecture

Revolutionary: The Quest to Detect and Cure Alzheimer’s 

Among our aging population, diseases like Alzheimer’s are approaching epidemic proportions — and by the time they’re detected, it’s often too late to provide treatment. In the 2024 University Faculty Lecture, UW Bioengineering Professor Valerie Daggett will share how her team is working on tests to detect these diseases years before symptoms develop — and how her lab is creating novel treatments to stop disease progression in its tracks.

Come hear more about this revolutionary work.

Monday, April 1, 2024
5:30–6:30 p.m.
HUB North Ballroom or view via livestream


This talk is intended for a general audience. Free and open to the public. Closed-captioning and ASL interpretation provided.
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About Valerie Daggett

Winner of the UW 2023 University Faculty Lecture Award, Daggett is the David and Nancy Auth Endowed Professor in the Department of Bioengineering. She’s the founder and CEO of AltPep, a spinout from the Daggett Research Group, her UW lab. Her research teams use computational and experimental approaches to detect and treat amyloid diseases that result from the misfolding of proteins.

Daggett has been nationally recognized for her research and is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the Biophysical Society. She has published over 275 scientific papers and holds several patents.

Read a recent Q&A with Valerie Daggett to learn more about how a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease could also work for Type 2 diabetes.

View last year’s lecture

Our best theory of how the universe works may be imperfect. At the 2023 University Faculty Lecture on March 29, 2023, UW Physics Professor David W. Hertzog explained how scientists were using subatomic particles called muons to do some detective work. A collaborative experiment involving UW researchers showed muons behaving differently than predicted — another clue to help solve the mystery. Watch a recording of the lecture below.

View the full archive here.