Alan Alda to get an up-close look at lung imaging research at Robarts Research Institute

Award-winning actor, writer and science communication advocate Alan Alda will get an insider’s look at the cutting-edge research at Robarts Research Institute that is helping to improve the lives of patients with chronic lung disease. On November 10, Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will welcome Alda as the keynote speaker for the Leaders in Innovation Dinner, which this year celebrates excellence in the field of chronic lung disease research. Prior to his keynote address, he will tour the lung imaging facilities at Robarts.

Media are invited to join the tour and interview Alda immediately afterward. This will be the only opportunity to interview Alda during his visit.

The Leaders in Innovation Dinner includes the presentation of the 2016 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to renowned asthma researchers Dr. Stephen Holgate from the University of Southampton in the UK and Dr. Malcolm Sears from McMaster University’s Department of Medicine.

Media are welcome to take photos and video during the presentation of the Taylor Prize, which will take place at approximately 8 p.m. at the London Convention Centre. No photography, video or audio recordings are permitted during Alda’s keynote address in the evening.

Media is also invited to attend the Public Forum, “End the Silent Suffering: New hope for patients with asthma and COPD.”  As part of the Leaders in Innovation activities, researchers from across the globe will share their latest research breakthroughs in asthma and COPD with the community through a moderated round-table discussion featuring the Taylor Prize winners and moderated by The Globe and Mail health columnist, Andre Picard.

Event Details:

Public Forum – End the Silent Suffering: New hope for patients with asthma and COPD

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Auditorium A, University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre

Alan Alda Media Tour

When:  Thursday, November 10, 2016, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Robarts Research Institute, Western University


Awarding of the J. Allyn Taylor Prize in Medicine

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016, approximately 8 p.m.

Where: London Convention Centre

Please contact Crystal Mackay by Monday, November 7, if you plan to attend.

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.933.5944, @CrystalMackay


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