25 Feb 2010 00:00:00.000
He was told he couldn’t do Biology at school because he was a boy, but at the age of 17 he was offered a place at the University of Queensland, and in 1973 he made a discovery in the field of immunology that was so profound he was awarded a Nobel Prize for medicine.
Professor Peter Doherty, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the veterinary profession’s only Nobel Prize winner, was at The University of Nottingham on Wednesday February 24 2010 to inspire vet school undergraduates to think about research as a career.
Professor Doherty is touring the UK giving a seminar at each of the country’s seven veterinary schools. The tour is being funded by the Clinical Veterinary Research Training Award (CVRT) — a £10.5m grant awarded by the Wellcome Trust in 2007 and run in partnership with the UK’s veterinary schools — to support research training for veterinary undergraduates and postgraduates, with the objective of getting more vets into veterinary and biomedical research.
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Gary England, Foundation Dean of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and Professor of Comparative Veterinary Reproduction said: “We are delighted that the Wellcome Trust is funding this initiative designed to inspire veterinary undergraduate students towards a career in research. Professor Doherty is a global leader in his field and we were privileged to have him visit us and share his experiences and passion for veterinary medicine and research.”
The five year CRVT award recognises that there is a national need for veterinary-qualified researchers. It is being carried out at The University of Nottingham in partnership with the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and the University of Oxford (Laboratory Animal Medicine Component).
Professor Sandy Trees from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, who led the application for the CRVT award said: "This programme aims to create clinically literate researchers and research-literate clinicians. It will provide a cohort of veterinarians superbly equipped to contribute to the solution of some of the major health and welfare problems facing animals and humans in the twenty-first century”.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.