2012 Canada Gairdner Award winner to discuss how our biological clock ticks

Throughout October, the Gairdner Foundation welcomes the 2012 Canada Gairdner Award recipients to schools across Canada through its National Program lecture series celebrating biomedical science. The National Program reaches over 6,000 students at 21 universities including Western University.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute are pleased to welcome 2012 Canada Gairdner Award recipient, Michael Rosbash as he presents his future-shaping research to students and community members.  Among the world’s most important biomedical research awards, the Canada Gairdner Awards are a major indicator of leading scientific discovery.

This lecture series is designed to encourage the next generation of Canadian scientists, and to foster a culture of innovation in our country.

What:  A lecture featuring one of the 2012 Canada Gairdner Award recipients

Who:  Michael Rosbash, 2012 Canada Gairdner Laureate, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA will discuss “Circadian rhythms: Molecules, neurons and circuits”  Rosbash is one of three scientists being recognized jointly for their  discovery of how our circadian clock – commonly known as our biological clock – ticks, affecting patterns of sleep and wakefulness, metabolism, and our response to disease.

When:  Monday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. for the lecture.  High school students will be arriving at 9:00 a.m. to meet with two Schulich Medicine & Dentistry scientists to discuss their research career paths.  After the Gairdner lecture, the high school students will be sharing a pizza lunch with Rosbash, along with a more casual discussion of his research.

Where:  Auditorium A (3rd floor), University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Wallis, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, 519-661-2111 ext. 81136, cell: 519-777-1573, Kathy.wallis@schulich.uwo.ca