Nobel Prize-winning health expert Dr Harold Varmus is to deliver the University’s second Fulbright Lecture.
Dr Varmus will speak on 9 May as part of a three-date lecture tour of the UK, discussing international relations in science and medicine.
His Edinburgh lecture will focus on the work of the Malaria Research and Training Center in Bamaka, Mali. He will explore the history of the centre, the impact it has had and further political implications.
The Fulbright Commission was established in 1948 to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the United Kingdom and United States.
Dr Varmus’s lectures will continue The Fulbright Commission’s links with the University, which began in 2012. The initiative is led by the College of Humanities and Social Science.
Dr Varmus is Director of the National Cancer Institute in the United States. He was previously President of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s oldest and largest private cancer centers. He was also Director of the National Institutes of Health, a global leader in medical research.
He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1989 for studies of the genetic basis of cancer.
Dr Varmus is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries.
He was a co-chair of Unites States President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Public Library of Science.
He also chaired the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health, a $200 million medical research initiative launched by Bill Gates.
The Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship enables one United States professor each year to teach, give public lectures and conduct research at the University.
The University is hosting three academics, for six months each, over a six-year period.
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