Skip to main content

Linacre Lectures

Linacre Lectures

The annual Linacre Lecture, delivered by a leading research scientist in the general field of medicine, was established by a benefaction from Thomas Linacre (c. 1460 - 1524). The lectures are open to all members of the University and are usually held in April or May. A list of lectures since 1991 can be found below.

  • 2018 - Professor Sir Peter Ratclife, Elucidation of hypoxia signalling pathways: implications for medicine 
  • 2017 - Professor Azim Surani, Human Germline: The external link between all generations
  • 2016 - Professor Lord Krebs, How what we eat can help save the planet and our health
  • 2015 - Professor Sharon Peacock, Antimicrobial Resistance in the Genomic Era
  • 2014 - Professor Dr Franz-Ulrich Hartl, Molecular Chaperones - Guardians of the Proteome
  • 2013 - Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Improving the Health of the World
  • 2012 - Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, Genetic Fingerprinting and the Turbulent Genome
  • 2011 - Professor Chris Dobson, New Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • 2010 - Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, How the Ribosome Decodes the Genetic Message
  • 2009 - Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, A Journey in the World of Molecules
  • 2008 - Professor Herman Waldmann, Policing the Immune System
  • 2007 - Professor Roger Pedersen, Understanding Stemness
  • 2006 - Professor Frances Ashcroft, Unravelling Diabetes: from Molecule to Malady
  • 2005 - Professor David Barker, The growth of children who develop coronary heart disease in later life
  • 2004 - Professor Stephen O’Rahilly, Obesity and the hard-wiring of human appetite
  • 2003 - Professor Edwin Southern, DNA, Darwin and Disease
  • 2002 - Sir David Lane, Discovering New Therapies for Cancer
  • 2001 - Professor Kay Davies, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Past, Present and Future
  • 2000 - Professor Salvador Moncada, Nitric Oxide: from atmospheric pollutant to universal biological mediator
  • 1999 - Professor Wyllie, Apotopsis: Cell Death in Living Tissues
  • 1998 - Professor Colin Blakemore, Development of the Cerebral Cortex: A Recipe for Medical Disaster
  • 1997 - Professor Sir John Gurdon, Redirection of Cell Fate, and Prospects for Cell Replacement: from Clones to Signals
  • 1996 - Professor Baruch Blumberg, Medical Research in the Next Millennium
  • 1995 - Dame Anne McLaren, Social Equity
  • 1994 - Professor George Radda, A Biochemist’s View of Human Disease through Magnetism
  • 1993 - Professor Sir Roy Calne, The Present State and Future Prospects of Organ Transplantation
  • 1992 - Sir Donald Acheson, A Pale House in Whitehall
  • 1991 - Dr Sydney Brenner, Simple Thoughts on Complex Genomes