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Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe to give this year’s Linacre Lecture

The annual Linacre Lecture will take place at St John’s College on 12 February and will be given by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe.

This year’s Linacre Lecture will be presented by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS and is entitled ‘Elucidation of hypoxia signalling pathways: implications for medicine’.

Professor Ratcliffe studied Medicine at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He undertook his clinical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London before moving to Oxford to specialise in renal medicine.

In 1990 he obtained a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship to work on cellular responses to hypoxia, retrained in molecular biology, and founded the Hypoxia Biology Laboratory at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford. The work of the Laboratory led to the discovery that the oxygen sensing process underlying the regulation of erythropoietin production in the kidneys and liver operates across essentially all animal cells, and that it directs a broad range of other cellular and systemic responses to hypoxia.

Professor Ratcliffe was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002, and in 2003 he was appointed Nuffield Professor and Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine. His work on oxygen sensing has been recognised by a number of awards including the Louis-Jeantet Prize in Medicine, the Canada Gairdner International Award and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2014.

The Linacre Lecture will take place at 5pm on Monday 12 February in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, and will be preceded by tea at 4.15pm. All members of the University are welcome to attend.