This Memorial Lecture is dedicated to the memory of Geoffrey H. Bourne, DPhil, DSc (1909-1988), the first Vice Chancellor of St. George’s University (1978-1988). Dr. Bourne was an educator, scientist, writer and visionary, whose professional life was largely spent in England and the United States, where he was professor and chairman of anatomy at Emory University, Atlanta and then Director of the Yerkes Regional Primate Center at Emory.
As Vice Chancellor, Dr. Bourne played an outstanding role in the early development of St. George’s University, guiding its growth with a determined and steady hand.
A St. George’s University School of Medicine graduate, Dr. John J. Cush has gone on to become Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Medical Director of the Arthritis Center of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His 2004 lecture was titled “Direct to Consumer Advertising of Medical Products.”
Sir Graeme Catto currently serves as President of the General Medical Council in the United Kingdom. He is also Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Aberdeen and Consultant Nephrologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He gave his 2003 lecture titled “The Function of the GMC in the United Kingdom.”
The distinguished microbiologist and parasitologist Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior has been a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge since 1978, and was Professor of Animal Pathology at the University of Cambridge from 1978 to 1993. His 2002 lecture was titled “Veterinary Medicine – A Comparative Science.”
Dr. William H. Foege joined the CDC in and was director from 1977 – 1983. He also served as executive director of the Carter Center from 1986 – 1992, and now serves as Senior Medical Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program. His 2001 lecture was titled “Public Health in the 21st Century.”
Dr. Russ Zajtchuk is currently president of Chicago Hospitals International. For more than 27 years, he served in various positions in the US Army, most recently as commanding general of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, MD. His 2000 lecture was titled “Humanitarian Assistance and Telehealth in Central America.”
Dr. Artemis P. Simopoulos is President of The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for World Health in Washington, DC. Her 1999 lecture was titled “Evolutionary Aspects of Diet and Essential Fatty Acids.”
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci came to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1968 as a clinical associate in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation (LCI) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He was appointed Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation in 1980, a position he still holds, and Director of NIAID in 1984. His 1998 lecture was titled “AIDS: Considerations for the 21st Century.”
Dr. Edmond H. Fischer, along with a partner, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992 for describing how reversible phosphorylation works as a switch to activate proteins and regulate various cellular processes. His 1997 lecture was titled “Cell Signaling in Health and Disease.”
Lord Walton of Detchant has made significant contributions to the study of neurology and founded the Muscular Dystrophy Laboratories at Newcastle General Hospital. His phenotypic classification of muscle disease laid the foundation for subsequent studies in molecular genetics. His 1996 lecture was titled “The Dilemmas of Life and Death.”
Sir Walter was Principal of Hertford College, Oxford from 1996 - 2005 and remains head of the CRUK Cancer & Immunogenetics Laboratory at Oxford University. His 1995 lecture was titled “Cancer Genetics and the Human Genome Project.”
Sir Richard Doll was an epidemiologist who proved the correlation between smoking and lung cancer and heart disease. His 1994 lecture was titled “The Prevention of Cancer.”