In honour of the late Dr. James Charteris Paterson, Western University will be hosting its annual Paterson Lecture Series on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Auditorium A of the University Hospital from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Paterson was a professor with the Department of Pathology at Western University from 1965 to 1972, where he, alongside Dr. John Fisher, established the initial departmental research programs leading to MSc and PhD programs in basic medical sciences.
A devoted professor and researcher, the first lecture series developed in Dr. Paterson’s memory took place in 1982. Today, the tradition continues, with esteemed academics from around the world travelling to Western University to partake in these Paterson Lecture Series.
Martin Chalfie, PhD, Harvard University, and professor at Columbia University, will be speaking about “Guarantor Transcription Factors in Cell Differentiation” at the 2017 Paterson Lecture.
Chalfie is a well celebrated scientist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2008 for the discovery and development of the green florescent protein, GFP. The discovery has completely changed the landscape of biomedical research and represents the most common way of labelling proteins in cells and animals. Chalfie has continued to provide biological insights into nerve cell development and function, and the mechanisms of neurodegeneration.
His seminal contributions have been recognized by other prestigious awards as well, including the Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Heart Association, the Golden Goose Award and the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science.