Wesley Research Institute (WRI) welcomed 2009 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine Professor Elizabeth Blackburn on Tuesday 19 June to deliver her only seminar to senior clinicians and scientists during her visit to Australia.
Prof Blackburn presented her award-winning research of telomeres and telomerase that has led to a greater understanding of cancer and ageing in humans.
She related the length of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes, as well as the activity of telomerase to the development of diseases including cancers, heart disease and other ageing characteristics that could impact life expectancy.
Also in attendance was WRI Chief Patron Her Excellency Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO , Assistant Minister for Health Dr Chris Davis MP, WRI Director Professor Julie Campbell AO and Dr David Kennedy from Atlantic Philanthropies.
“We are indeed honoured to have Prof Elizabeth Blackburn at the Wesley Research Institute,” said Prof Julie Campbell.
“To be hosting an Australian female Nobel Laureate elevates the occasion to one of enormous pride and inspiration,” said WRI Chairman Mr Martin Albrecht.
Prof Blackburn is visiting Australia to speak with high school students in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart in a series of talks called Hooked on Science, to inspire them to take an interest in science and maths in senior high school.
For more information contact Wesley Research Institute on 07 3721 1500 or email email@example.com