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Posted on 05 Mar 2020

Students inspired by Nobel Prize winner at the RSM Dangoor Lecture

Last term, a group of scientists from Year 11 and 12 had the opportunity to attend the annual Dangoor Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine, where they had the privilege to hear Nobel Prize winner, Sir Paul Nurse discuss ‘What is life?’.

Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist whose discoveries have helped to explain how the cell controls its cycle of growth and division - particularly significant considering that errors in cell growth and division may lead to cancer and other serious diseases. Paul’s contributions to cell biology and cancer research were recognised with a knighthood in 1999 and saw him jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001.

Sir Paul’s lecture took students through his work and the five great ideas of biology; the cell, the genes, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry and biology as an organised system. Students enjoyed the higher level subject matter and the opportunity to probe Sir Paul Nurse with questions after the talk. 

Ms Youlden, Director of Learning for Science, said, “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to hear from such an inspiring and engaging scientist as Sir Paul Nurse thanks to the Royal Society of Medicine. Our students were asking insightful questions all evening and were fantastic ambassadors for the Academy.” 

The lecture was held in the Naim Dangoor Auditorium, part of the Dangoor Centre for Medical Education. Sir Naim Dangoor was passionate about contributing to medical research, and the Royal Society of Medicine is one of many organisations that benefit from the philanthropy of the family’s Exilarch’s Foundation. Westminster Academy was proud to become the partner school of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2014 thanks to our sponsors, the Dangoor family.

Read more about the event on the RSM website here.

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