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Packed house for Sir Martin’s lecture

28 October 2008

Professor Sir Martin Evans

More than 200 students and staff gathered in a packed-out lecture theatre to hear Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Martin Evans speak on The Origins of ES Cells at the 4th Graduate School in Biomedical & Life Sciences Annual Lecture.

Sir Martin, Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff, discovered how to culture embryonic stem cells (ES cells) in 1981, and subsequently developed the related technology of targeted genetic manipulation. In 2007, he was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in recognition of his work. The lecture gave an overview of Sir Martin’s journey in the field, providing an insight into the background to his work, the breakthroughs in an important area of cell biology and the potential promise of stem cell work for biology and medicine.

Postgraduate research students in the biomedical and life sciences had on display 40 posters depicting their research projects, with prizes awarded for the top three posters. A panel of research staff and postgraduate research students carried out the initial judging process, with Sir Martin deciding the winners. This year’s winners were:

1st Prize (£200): Cleo Bonnet (MEDIC)

2nd Prize (£150): Alison Wakefield (BIOSI)

3rd Prize (£100): Steven Barberini (MEDIC)

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