Of Worms and Men: lecture to explore biomedical research

Alison Woollard Lecture

19 February 2014

One of Britain's top biologists is set to give a free public lecture at Aston, next month. 

Dr Alison Woollard, lecturer in genetics at Oxford University, will deliver her Aston Insight, entitled ‘Of Worms and Men: Lessons in Biology and Medicine’ on March 5 2014.

The lecture will cover the many similarities that all organisms share at genetic level and how work on tiny roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), and other modal organisms, can be applied to humans, despite their complexity.

Work on model organisms remains at the forefront of biomedical research today, illuminating a myriad of biological problems, from learning more about the genetics of behaviour to understanding the development of cancer.

This lecture will explore and how the latest discoveries in biomedical research may contribute to the medicines of the future.

Alison Woollard is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys sharing her passion for genetics and developmental biology. She recently delivered a series of lectures, broadcast on BBC4, at the prestigious Royal Institution in London, one of Britain’s oldest scientific bodies. Alison’s current work concerns the molecular mechanisms of cell fate determination during C. elegans development. She also has a developing interest in the biology of ageing.

This lecture, which is free and open to the general public, takes place at 6pm, The Sumpner Lecture Theatre, Aston University Main Building, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

Refreshments will be provided beforehand and a buffet will follow. To book a seat, register here. For further information please contact Emma Sutton on 0121 204 4542 or email events@aston.ac.uk