Theme: Lincoln’s Medical Breakthroughs: The Past, Present & Future
Date: 21st February 2017
Prof. David Vaux (Sub-rector and Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford)
Prof. Eric Sidebottom (Former Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
Mustafa Aydogan (DPhil in Pathology)
Chair: Francesca Donnellan (DPhil in Clinical Medicine)
Organiser: Heather Mann (DPhil in History)
Dr Eric Sidebottom worked with the Florey lab and is now a historian of science alongside his research. Not only is Dr Sidebottom an authority on Oxford’s medical history, he was once taught by the most important figure in the discovery of penicillin, Lord Florey. He charts Lincoln’s longstanding connections with the Dunn School and the world-changing breakthroughs in medicines such as penicillin. His passion for Oxford’s medical history are obvious in his Medical Guide to Oxford, Oxford Medicine: A Walk Through Nine Centuries and in the 2013 film Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines.
Professor David Vaux’s current research focuses on the nuclear envelope and its associated disease states. The nuclear envelope is the barrier between the nucleus and the rest of the cell, and his team study the roads and tunnels that carry molecules deep into or through the nucleus (these tunnels become more of a spaghetti junction in patients with the premature ageing disease progeria). If that wasn’t enough, the other team in his lab study how diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and motor neuron disease work on the cellular level.
After nearly a century of pathology-slanted studies, the Dunn School has begun turning its face to modern cell biology. Mustafa Aydogan will be addressing the present and future of this transition through the lens of his observations at Dunn School as well as the type of research he does in the laboratory on a daily basis. He will address the key discoveries/inventions in cell biology, but also the structural and practical factors which have led this transition.