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A Nobel laureate and the Chancellor of Newcastle University will officially name new scientific facilities.

Sir Paul Nurse, the eminent geneticist, Nobel Laureate and President of the Royal Society, and Sir Liam Donaldson, Chancellor of Newcastle University and former Chief Medical Officer will perform the official naming ceremony of the Baddiley-Clark Building on Thursday (21st April). 

The new state-of-the art facilities house the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology and the Institute of Health and Society on a site formerly occupied by the Old Brewery near the Medical School.

The family of Professor Sir James Baddiley will attend the ceremony where glass sculptures by artist Effie Burns representing science in art will be unveiled. It will be followed by the annual Baddiley lecture (details below).

Sir Paul Nurse who will be opening the Baddiley wing of the building said: “Work here will carry forward the research built on Sir James’ work and provide insights into important questions in biology, especially about bacterial cells. Ultimately, this will be pivotal in our ongoing fight against antibiotic resistant infections.”

The Institute of Health and Society occupies the other part of the building which is named after Dr John Clark a pioneer of Public Health research and practice. An early physician at the Newcastle Infirmary who founded the Newcastle Dispensary in 1777, he did much to deal with infectious diseases in Newcastle and campaigned tirelessly for better care of the poor in the town.  He is credited with bringing universal vaccination to the poor in the area.

Professor Eileen Kaner, Director of the Institute of Health and Society said: “This building brings together academic expertise in social science, public health, statistics, psychology, health economics and other disciplines with the aim of producing world class research into public health and health services.”

The innovative building has been shortlisted for several awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects (North East) Award. Financially it has been supported by the Wolfson Foundation and Wellcome Trust.

Baddiley Lecture 2011 - Control of the Cell Cycle

The 3rd Baddiley Lecture is to be given by Sir Paul Nurse FRS on Thursday 21st April at 3.30pm in the RB Green Lecture Theatre, Dental School.

Sir Paul is one of the UK’s most prominent scientists, having recently taken up positions as President of the Royal Society and Director General of the new institute at Kings Cross, the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI).

He is one of the most decorated scientists of our age and was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.


published on: 19th April 2011

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