Monday Club with Harvard Medical School Professor Richard L. Stevens

Monday Club Lunch with

Harvard Medical School Professor Richard L. Stevens

From “mast cells” to the medicine cabinet; the significance of scientific research in the fight against human disease

Date: Monday 4 April

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: Union Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Price: $30.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Professor Richard Stevens is an internationally recognized leader in the scientific areas of immunology and molecular biology. He is a Professor at the St George Hospital and the University of Newcastle. He recently moved to Sydney from Boston where he is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. This move stems originally from an award by HCA Foundation. His Australia-Harvard Fellowship in 2010 enabled him to begin collaborative research here.

Professor Stevens’s research (see http://www.richardstevensphd.org/) is focused on the mast cell, which is a key cell in our immune system. While his group demonstrated that mast cells are needed to combat bacteria and helminths (parasites), these same cells were shown to have detrimental roles in many of the great diseases of the world. Professor Stevens’s award‑winning research has been instrumental in our understanding of the adverse roles of mast cells in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, allergic inflammation, and other diseases.

Dr. Stevens obtained his PhD from the Boston University School of Medicine. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the National Institutes of Health, he became a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1979. Over the last three decades, Professor Stevens participated in numerous teaching programs within Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Not only was Professor Stevens on the editorial boards of leading scientific journals, he served on numerous scientific committees in the United States, and has met with the leadership of the American government on numerous occasions to emphasize the importance of basic science research to humanity.

Professor Stevens will discuss the global impact of his work here in Australia in the treatment of human disease. His presentation also will focus on some of the challenges of current funding mechanisms in the translation of basic scientific research into useful therapeutics.

We hope you and your guests can join us for an engaging discussion.