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Professors Anne Marie Rafferty and Stephen Holgate in conversation
Tue 6 June 2017, 17:15 – 18:30 BST
Two eminent professors will be in discussion at this free evening event, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery's Nightingale Lecture Series.
Stephen Holgate is Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician within Medicine at the University of Southampton. Stephen has enjoyed a stellar career in science including investigating causal pathways in asthma and chaired Main Panel A of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.
Anne Marie Rafferty is Professor of Nursing Policy at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, King's College London. She is an expert in workforce research and policy in healthcare and historian.
What can we learn from an exemplary scientist about research and building a research career? What does it take to become a top flight scientist? This conversation will enable staff and students from King's and beyond to learn from the experience of one of the nations’ top scientists and explore how to build a highly successful research career; what does it take to scale the giddy heights of academe to become a celebrated scientist in your field? These and other questions will be put to Stephen and the session opened up to the audience for a Q&A. In the course of the evening we shall learn about role modelling in career development; what makes science exciting; the attributes of a high performing research culture and where, based on its trajectory from the Research Excellence Framework (REF), nursing and midwifery research might be heading. Stephen chaired the oversight panel for REF, which included nursing, midwifery, pharmacy and dentistry research. What suggestions would Stephen offer to developers of nursing and midwifery’s research base as well as budding nurse and midwifery researchers of the future? Stephen will respond to your questions too.
This event is open to all, and will be followed by a free drinks reception at the Anatomy Museum, on the 6th floor of the King's Building above the Chapel.
Stephen Holgate: Brief Biography
Stephen is MRC Professor of Immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton. After qualifying in Medicine in London, he pursued a research career on the mechanisms of asthma and allergy involving a wide range of different approaches. He has a particular interest in the toxicology of air pollutants and the roles of viruses and allergens as drivers of airway inflammation and remodelling. His work has resulted in over 1000 peer reviewed publications and an h index of 151. He has been President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the British Thoracic Society and is currently President of the British Association for Lung Research and the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum. He has been Chair of MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board, the MRC Translational Research Group, Member of MRC and NERC Strategy Boards and Chaired the Clinical, Health and Biological Sciences Main Panel of the REF2014. He is a Trustee of the British Lung Foundation, Cancer Research UK and the Kennedy Trust. In 2003 he cofounded Synairgen, a drug discovery company for respiratory disease and currently chairs the Defra Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee. His contributions have been recognised by a number of awards including The King Faisal International Prize in Medicine and the J Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine. He was a Founder Member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, served on its Council and founded the Clinical and Veterinary Section of the Academie Europea. In 2011 Stephen was awarded CBE in recognition of his contributions to clinical science.