World-renowned scientists will tell you first-hand about their discoveries and research. Nobel Prize Laureates, distinguished researchers and remarkable doctors will give us a rare glimpse of all the hard work behind some of the major discoveries of our time and tell us their story of what it took to get there.
A VIRUS, A GENE AND CANCER: AN ANATOMY OF DISCOVERY
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Having been awarded with the Nobel Prize in Medicine, in 1989, Professor Michael Bishop was pioneer in research involving oncogenic retroviruses, as he discovered the first human oncogene – c-Src –, and his findings led to the understanding of cellular alterations in oncogenesis. With his book How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science, Professor Bishop will now inspire new generations of scientists in the pursuit of knowledge.
ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION, CURRENT 'STATE OF ART" AND EARLY WORK ON GENE THERAPY FOR DIABETES
British surgeon Professor Roy Calne was a pioneer in the field of transplantation and was also involved in the development of immunosuppressants to extend survival of organ recipients. Throughout his career, he was awarded several prizes, including the Lister Medal, from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. His scientific breakthroughs are certain to inspire the audience at this year's edition of the iMed Conference.
Doctors Without Borders
In more economically developed countries Health Care is guaranteed, but are we aware of the reality for the rest of the world? Do you know what MSF does and in which situations the organisation intervenes? As a future doctor, would you be able to act with only sparse resources?
Doctor Gilles Van Cutsem, who is Medical Coordinator for MSF in South Africa and Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research of the University of Cape Town, is going to answer all these questions and more whilst relating tragic cases that happened in the field.
REFLECTIONS OF A WAR SURGEON
Dr. Gino Strada graduated in Medicine and Emergency Surgery from the University of Milan, subsequently becoming a heart and lung transplant surgeon. In 1988 Dr. Strada was heading for conflict zones and in 1994 he was co-fouding the NGO EMERGENCY. This organisation coordinates more than 60 hospitals, clinics and first aid posts and by 2015, EMERGENCY had operated in 15 countries – providing medical and surgical assistance to over 6 million people. Dr. Gino Strada's vision of high quality gratis medicine in war zones was a paradigm shift and has since proved itself a revolutionary idea – the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery being the best example. Dr. Strada has fought many battles against war, even speaking out against his own government when needed be, and has had a major contribution in banning the production of land mines in Italy. In 2015 he won The Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize for Peace.
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