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13.05.19 Doctorate Honoris Causa conferred on Sir John Gurdon at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa

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The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa confers an honorary doctorate in Translational Medicine on John Gurdon

Honorary Doctorate

At 6pm on 13th May 2019, at the Festival of Medical Science, The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa conferred on Prof Sir John Gurdon a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Translational Medicine.

This had been recommended by the Italian Ministry of University and Research and the overwhelming support of the Institute of Life Sciences and the Academic Senate of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies community, in recognition of "his distinguished life’s work for having revolutionized the pre-existing theories on cellular specialization and paving the way for new vision of Biology and Medicine".

John then gave a Lectio Magistralis at Aula Magna of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, entitled 'Past, present, and future of nuclear reprogramming'.

From 9th to 12th May, John had given a Lectio Magistralis at the 5th Festival of Medical Science in Bologna at the invitation of Professor Lucio Cocco and the Executive Scientific Committee of Bologna University.

An interview with John conducted during the Bologna visit appears in the Italian national newspaper Il Resto del Carlino.


[The name of the statue shown below is Sisifo 2004 and it was made in 2004 by Bohemian artist Anna Chromy.]

JBG lecturing Italy May 2019



JBG plus hosts and statue Italy May 2019



Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.

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