Professor Fiona Powrie FRS from Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford gave the Bridget Ogilvie Lecture 2016 yesterday with a talk entitled “Gut reactions: Immune pathways in the intestine in health and disease”. We were delighted that Dame Bridget Ogilvie was also in attendance.
Fiona Powrie is Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, a basic and translational inflammatory sciences centre at the University of Oxford. Her research has identified the functional role of regulatory T cells in intestinal homeostasis and established the cytokine IL-23 as a therapeutic target in chronic intestinal inflammation. Her current interests include characterisation of the interaction between the intestinal microbiome and the host immune system and how this mutualistic relationship breaks down in inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and cancer. Fiona received the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2012. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, EMBO in 2013, and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.
The Bridget Ogilvie Lecture is named after Dame Bridget Ogilvie who was Director of the Wellcome Trust 1991 - 1998 and who played an important role in the development of the College (now School) of Life Sciences, in particular in the special award of £10 million that lead to the building of the Wellcome Trust Building in 1997. Each Wellcome funded Division in SLS takes turns in nominating the Bridget Ogilvie Lecturer and this year was the turn of CSI.
During their visit to Dundee, both Fiona and Bridget met with various researchers from across the School and had a tour of our newest building, the Discovery Centre.