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October 19, 2004

Nobel Prize winner to speak at U of G

The winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology will present a talk called “On Antiviral Immunity and Vaccines” Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Peter Clark Hall, University Centre. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rolf Zinkernagel will deliver the 2004 Roy C. Anderson Memorial Lecture in Parasitology, named for late zoology professor emeritus Roy Anderson.

Head of the Institute of Experimental Immunity at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Zinkernagel was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize with Peter Doherty of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. They received the award for discovering how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells, a key to understanding how the body distinguishes between itself and foreign organisms.

That information is useful to medical researchers studying everything from diseases to organ transplants, said zoology professor Patrick Woo, lecture organizer. “We can also come up with better ways of producing vaccines, for example, against HIV.”

The Anderson Memorial Lecture series began in 2002. A longtime U of G professor and award-winning researcher, Anderson published more than 250 papers and edited several well-received books in his field. He was a former chair of the department of zoology at Guelph. He died in 2001.

This lecture is sponsored by the College of Biological Science and Anderson’s family, friends and students. An informal reception will precede his talk, beginning at noon.

For more information, contact Woo at (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53581.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, Ext. 56982.

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