Posted on 26 September 2011
Professor Colin Blakemore, who became an honorary York graduate in July, will examine ‘Healthcare in the future: the good news and the bad news’ at the National Science Learning Centre on 28 September.
Professor Blakemore’s lecture on healthcare in the future is particularly relevant at a time when York is consistently raising its game in health and medical research
Professor Tony Kendrick, Dean of the Hull York Medical School
A Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College, Professor Blakemore’s research has focused on vision, the early development of the brain, and conditions such as development visual impairment and Huntington’s disease.
A former Chief Executive of the British Medical Research Council, he has been actively involved in the public communication of science for more than 30 years.
Professor Tony Kendrick, Dean of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), said: “We are very honoured to welcome Colin Blakemore to York. He has been committed to engaging with the public and communicating science for over 30 years, winning many prizes, including the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday Prize. He has written regularly in the Guardian and other publications in the UK and internationally, is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, and has published a number of books about science for a general readership.
“Professor Blakemore’s lecture on healthcare in the future is particularly relevant at a time when York is consistently raising its game in health and medical research. This includes gene therapy development by the Department of Chemistry to take on the fatal lung disease, cystic fibrosis, while the HYMS/Biology Centre for Immunology and Infection is on the brink of a vaccine for leishmaniasis, a disease which causes untold misery to hundreds of thousands of people every year. In healthcare, dramatic results have been achieved in rehabilitation programmes for cardiac diseases by the York Cardiac Care Research Group.”
Professor Blakemore holds a Chair at the University of Warwick, and at the Joint Graduate Medical School of Duke University and the National University of Singapore, where he is Chairman of Singapore’s Neuroscience Research Partnership with its funding council A Star. He is also Chairman of the Food Standard Agency’s General Advisory Committee on Science, and the Health Protection Agency’s Electromagnetic Fields Discussion Group. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Biology.
Professor Blakemore’s lecture will coincide with the publication of the latest issue of the University's Research and Innovation magazine, which in this issue focuses on York's health-related research. The magazine is the University's flagship research news publication, highlighting major research stories from across the University and the impact these developments have on our daily lives.
Professor Blakemore’s lecture will take place on 28 September at 6pm in the National Science Learning Centre auditorium. Admission is by free ticket only available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01904 324466.