One of the country’s leading scientists Professor Dame Julia Polak, who has her own dramatic survival story to tell, will be speaking at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School on Wednesday 28 April.
Dame Julia is the founder and director of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre at Imperial College London. Her work is centred on researching into ways of growing lung and bone tissue to provide an alternative to transplantation.
Her pioneering skills are all the more remarkable because in 1995, she had a double heart and lung transplant as a result of pulmonary hypertension which is a potentially life threatening disease.
Dame Julia is the guest speaker at the annual lecture organised jointly by South Downs Health NHS Trust, the University of Sussex and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. South Downs Health Chairman Quintin Barry says:
“We are extremely fortunate to have such an eminent speaker at the lecture this year and I am particularly pleased that it demonstrates our ever increasing links with the excellent new medical school in the City.”
Jon Cohen, Dean of Brighton and Sussex Medical School is also delighted,
“It is a particular pleasure for me that Julia Polak has agreed to visit our new medical school, not only because of her inspiring personal story and remarkable scientific achievements, but because I have collaborated with her on a number of projects and I know how exciting a lecture from Julia will be!“
Dame Julia received a DBE for her services to medicine last year.
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the lecture on Wednesday 28 April at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton. There is a reception at 6pm and the lecture starts at 6.30pm.
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