Zoltan Takacs: Deadliest Lifesavers

Sun January 26 - Mon January 27, 2020
Zoltan Takacs: Deadliest Lifesavers

Arts Commons Presents
National Geographic Live

Zoltan Takacs: Deadliest Lifesavers

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00pm
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00pm
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall

*Please be on time. For the respect of the speakers and other patrons, latecomers will only be seated at an appropriate break in the presentation.

The Earth’s deadliest animal venoms are a source of a number of lifesaving medicines used to treat everything from heart attacks to diabetes. Yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish, and other venoms from around the world. Back in the lab, using cutting-edge genomics, he creates combinatorial venom libraries to identify leads for novel medicines.

Driven by his childhood passion, he’s traveled to 155 countries and become an aircraft pilot, scuba diver, and real-life survivor, roughing it in a hammock deep in the Amazon or on remote Pacific islands. In his mission, he survived charging elephants, pirated waters, a series of snake bites, and venom spit in his face (all his faults he admits). Now he’s allergic to both snake venom and antivenom.

What makes venoms so valuable to medicine is their molecular design. Venoms have evolved to precision-target and annihilate vital life functions—meaning that the blueprint of venoms could be harnessed to design novel medicines to heal those very same life functions, from cardiovascular diseases to cancer and beyond.

 

 

 

Part of the National Geographic Live series presented by Arts Commons.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
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Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.

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