MERCED — UC Merced's lecture series, "Frontiers in Science" turns its focus on autoimmune diseases this week, according to university officials.
The lectures are free and open to the public, according to university spokeswoman Lorena Anderson. Hoyer's lecture will begin 10 a.m. Saturday at the Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater.
Professor Katrina K. Hoyer will speak about diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis in a lecture titled "Autoimmune Disease: The Traitor Inside."
The main purpose of the immune system is to protect us from infection, however, sometimes the immune system attacks the body's tissue, causing damage.
During the lecture, Hoyer will cover a range of topics including how the human body normally controls responses against itself and efforts by researchers to better understand how autoimmune diseases occur.