CHARLOTTETOWN – The University of Prince Edward Island will host the Canada Gairdner Wightman Laureate for the 2013 Gairdner Lectures.
This morning, Dr. James C. Hogg will deliver a lecture to senior high school science students from across the province entitled “Why is breathing important?” This afternoon, he will give a public lecture called “Developing new treatments for chronic lung disease.”
The afternoon lecture is open to the public and is free of charge. The event begins at 2 p.m. in McMillan Hall of the W.A. Murphy Student Centre.
Since earning his PhD in experimental medicine from McGill University in 1969, Dr. James C. Hogg has remained focused on the study of obstructive lung disease. He has advanced our understanding of how both healthy and diseased lungs work, including asthma, and the effects of smoking and pollution.
He built a world-renowned centre for pulmonary and cardiovascular research at St. Paul’s Hospital in British Columbia, which trains more than 100 professionals every year. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
The Gairdner National Program is a 10-day lecture series given by Canada Gairdner Award winners to more than 6,000 students at 21 universities from St. John’s to Vancouver.
The National Program reaches students across the country, making the superstars of science accessible and inspiring the next generation of researchers. Along with the Canada Gairdner Awards, the National Program is part of Gairdner’s efforts to promote a stronger culture of research and innovation across the country.
The Canada Gairdner Awards were created in 1959 to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life.
They are Canada’s only globally known and respected international science awards, and Gairdner is the only national organization that consistently brings the world’s best biomedical researchers to Canada to share their ideas and work with scientists across the country.