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Tuesday, 18 June 2013
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Auditorium, Level 7, QBI
UQ Location:
Queensland Brain Institute (St Lucia)
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Mr Reeza Nazer
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Queensland Brain Institute

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Laureate Professor Peter C. Doherty from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, and the Department of Immunology, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, will be the guest speaker at QBI’s 2013 Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture on 18 June.

Title: 'Killer Viruses and Killer Cells”.

Peter Doherty trained as a veterinarian, spent a decade researching infectious diseases of domestic animals and has, for the past 40+ years been involved in basic biomedical research. He and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for a discovery made at the John Curtin School of Medial Research and the ideas they developed (from 1973-5) concerning the nature of cell-mediated immunity and transplantation. Named Australian of the Year in 1997, he became committed to the public communication of science and has, while continuing his involvement with talented young researchers, written four “trade” books: “The beginner’s guide to winning the Nobel Prize” (2005), “A light history of hot air”(2007), “Sentinel chickens: what birds tell us about our health and the world” (2012), and “Pandemics: what everyone needs to know” (2013). His next book will be on science in the public space.

This annual lecture is named in honour of the late Mr Peter Goodenough (1936 – 2004), a QBI benefactor, whose personal battle with motor neuron disease (MND) led to an inspirational bequest for fundamental scientific research. These funds have primarily been used to establish, staff and support the Peter Goodenough and Wantoks Research Laboratory. Completed in November 2007, this laboratory is home to QBI’s Molecular Genetics of Human Disease team. It is a showcase example of how members of the community can make a powerful and lasting contribution to the future health of all Australians. Mr Goodenough resolved to ensure his personal wealth would be directed to fighting MND, even though he knew he would personally not benefit from the research.


Event: Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture
Date: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm, followed by a cocktail party
Where: Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute, Building #79
Upland Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus

RSVP: By calling +61 7 3346 6353 or by e-mailing events@qbi.uq.edu.au

Directions to UQ

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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