The Paterson Lecture Series was started in memory of Dr. James Charteris Paterson, a Professor in the Department of Pathology at Western University from 1965-1972. He and Dr. John Fisher established the initial departmental research programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees in basic medical sciences.
Born in Chelsey, Ontario, Dr. Paterson graduated from the University of Toronto in 1925. For almost ten years he worked in South America in industrial and tropical medicine before training as a Pathologist in Toronto. During this period he developed an interest in cardiovascular pathology and, after service with the RCAC during World War II, he came to the University of Western Ontario in 1945 to pursue his research on vascular disease.
During the subsequent years he served as Chief of Pathology at Westminster Hospital and a Professor of Pathology. At one point he was Chairman of the WHO Study Group in Atherosclerosis. Dr. Paterson was devoted to the training of students and of many residents. He carried out studies on atherosclerosis, and also on toxicity of inhaled metals such as Cadmium.
Dr. Paterson passed away in January 1972. The Paterson Lectureship was established in his memory and the first lecture was given in October 1982 by Dr. Barry Pierce on the subject “How does the blastocyst regulate malignant cells?”
The Paterson Lecture will be given by Dr. Martin Chalfie on Thursday, December 14th, 2017. Dr. Martin Chalfie is one of the world’s most celebrated scientists and received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2008 together with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien “for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent 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. Dr. Chalfie has continued to provide biological insights into nerve cell development and function, and the mechanisms of neurodegeneration. We are truly honoured that Dr. Chalfie will deliver the Paterson Lecture.