CMM Annual 'Sir Anthony Epstein' Lecture
The Sir Anthony Epstein lecture was inaugurated at the University of Bristol in 2009 to recognise the achievements of outstanding scientists in the fields of cancer biology, infection and immunology. It celebrates the achievements of Sir Anthony Epstein who was Professor of Pathology at Bristol University (1968-85) and one of the discoverers of the Epstein-Barr virus.
A new speaker will be confirmed soon. Full details of the speaker and how to book your attendance will also be found here.
The Sir Anthony Epstein lecture is held annually, usually in November, and is open to all staff, students and members of the public to attend. It is an evening lecture and is followed by a drinks reception and is free to attend.
Find below all our previous speakers from the past few years.
2019: Professor Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci
"Journey with an Outbreak Detective: Destination - the genomics revolution" Professor Sharon Peacock is Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at the University of Cambridge, and an honorary consultant microbiologist at the Cambridge clinical and public health laboratory based at Addenbrookes Hospital. She has been a Non-Executive Director at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2015, where she is chair of the Quality Committee and a member of the Board and Audit Committees. Sharon has worked as an academic microbiology in the United Kingdom and South East Asia for the last 25 years, during which she has trained 22 PhD students, published more than 400 scientific articles and book chapters, and currently manages >£9M of funding as PI.
2018: Sir John Gurdon FRS FMedSci
"Nuclear transfer and its contribution and understanding of cell differentiation". Sir John Gurdon did his undergraduate work in Zoology in the University of Oxford and later a one-year postdoctoral position at CalTech in USA. He returned to Oxford and became a university lecturer in Embryology. In 1971 he moved to the MRC Molecular Biology Laboratory in Cambridge, continuing his work on Amphibian developmental biology. In 1983 he moved to the University of Cambridge as John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Cell Biology. He co-founded a research Institute of Developmental and Cancer biology with Professor Laskey as co-chairman and was Chairman of this Institute until 2002.
2017: Professor Steve Jackson FRS FMedSci
"Cellular responses to DNA damage: Translating mechanistic insights into precision cancer medicines". Professor Jackson is from The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge. Professor Steve Jackson FRS, FMedSci is the University of Cambridge Frederick James Quick and Cancer Research UK Professor of Biology. He is also Head of Cancer Research UK Laboratories at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, and an Associate Faculty member of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
2016: Professor Wendy Bickmore FRS FMedSci FRSE
"The remote control of gene expression". Professor Bickmore is the Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh. Wendy is an EMBO member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is the president of the Genetics Society of Great Britain. She is an editor on many journals including PLoS Genetics and Cell.
2015: Professor Frances Balkwill OBE FMedSci
"Cancer - the other half of the story?". Professor Balkwill is Professor of Cancer Biology at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London. One of the country's leading cancer researchers, she is heavily involved in science public engagement and in 2008 was awarded the OBE for services to science communication.
2014: Professor Adrian Hayday FMedSci FRS
"How T cells sense tissue normality & tissue stress". Professor Adrian Hayday is Kay Glendinning Professor of Immunobiology at King’s College London; co-lead of the Clinical Academic Grouping in Genetics Rheumatology, Immunology, Infection, and Dermatology at Kings’ affiliated hospitals; a Senior Group Leader at the London Research Institute, Cancer Research UK and fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
2012: Sir Paul Nurse FRS FMedSci
"Great Ideas of Biology". Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001. In 2016 he was elected to be the Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
2011: Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen
"A brief history and perspective of tumour virus rese". Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2008 (for the discovery of the role of papilloma viruses in cervical cancer).