Boyle Medal Lecture

( From Passion to Benefits - why it's great to be a scienctist )

Location: RDS Concert Hall

( Ballsbridge Dublin 4 )

Audience: General Audience

Date: Nov 16th 2009 7pm

Contact: Karen Sheeran karen.sheeran@rds.ie 01 2407289

RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal Conferral & Public Lecture. Luke O'Neill, Professor of Biochemistry at TCD, has been awarded Ireland's premier science award, the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence, for his pioneering work on the molecular understanding of innate immunity and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Professor O'Neill will give a public lecture on his groundbreaking discoveries and his passion for science. He will describe what drew him to science as a career - from the desire to satisfy curiosity about the big questions of who we are, where we came from and where we're going - to how science is a superb pursuit and why scientists are the best of people. He will describe his own discoveries in the field of immunology and explain why Charles Darwin, Ilya Mechnikov and Gary Larson are his heroes. The practical benefits of science and his own research, how essential it is for governments to support fundamental scientific research, and how science can save the world will be discussed also.


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