Public lecture by Nobel Prize winner

La Trobe University, on Tuesday 9 November, will give the public a chance to hear directly from one of the world’s best scientific minds about the current state of play in cancer research.

Harold zur HausenHe is Professor Emeritus Harald zur Hausen who will deliver the University’s prestigious Nancy Millis lecture, a free event, on the main Melbourne campus at Bundoora.

Professor zur Hausen will speak about the latest advances in understanding the role of infectious agents in human cancers –  particularly in relation to possible causes for leukemias, lymphomas and colorectal cancer – and the resulting importance of this for cancer prevention.

Former Scientific Director of the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, Professor zur Hausen was joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008.

His special interest is in virus-induced malignancies. He has discovered a large number of new virus types and won the Nobel Prize for showing the role played by papillomaviruses in cervical cancer.

This work has a strong link with Australia. The subsequent development and clinical trials of the cervical cancer vaccine to protect women from the human papillomavirus were carried out by former Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer, who shares a key science prize, the William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumour Immunology, with Professor zur Hausen.

Professor zur Hausen has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cancer and, since 2006, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Union against Cancer and the National Science Transfer and Development Agency in Bangkok, Thailand.

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What:  ‘State and Perspectives of Infectious Agents Causing Human Cancers'.

When:     Tuesday 9 November 2010, 6-7pm

Where:     Szental Lecture Theatre, Melbourne (Bundoora) campus

RSVP:      Kristen Pascoe: T: (03) 9479 2556; E:

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