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Leading Lights: WMS Inaugural Lectures 2012 - Inner Space Walking


At a Glance
Date: 9 March 2012
Time: 12.15pm (reception from 11.15am)
Location: Medical Teaching Centre, Warwick Medical School
Open To: Staff, students, alumni and the general public
Cost: Free - registration required

The first of the 2012 Leading Lights lunchtime lectures from professors of Warwick Medical School. Here, Professor Rob Cross will argue that inner space is every bit as mysterious as outer space.

Rob CrossIn keeping with tradition, Professors at Warwick Medical School give an Inaugural Lecture. Our series continues in 2012 with Leading Lights, a series of lunchtime lectures.

Members of the public, University colleagues and associates are invited to attend and find out more about the work undertaken in the Medical School.

In this first lecture of the series, Professor Rob Cross will argue that Inner space, the world inside our cells, is every bit as mysterious as outer space.

Professor Cross said: "Inner space is crisscrossed by an array of linear tracks called the cytoskeleton, which serves the cell like the railway system of a country. Right now, in every cell in your body, tiny walking machines are striding along these tracks, carrying cargoes of molecular parts.

"My research career has been spent trying to understand how these walking molecular motors work. I will discuss why this is an important problem, whose imminent solution will have deep consequences, and not just for biomedicine. I will reminisce a little and stir up the silt of collective memory using icons that encapsulate my influences and enthusiasms, and those of my generation.

I will mention my collaborators, who are also my friends, and say something about collaborations. I will talk about the importance of mentoring. But most of all I want to talk about the science that we want to do in the new CMCB here at Warwick. The adventure of walking with molecular motors through inner space is just beginning: extraordinary, revolutionary discoveries lie just around the corner."

Further information

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register in advance here.

Visit the WMS Webpage for this lecture here, or find out about other lectures in the series here.