One of the world's leading medical researchers and science
communicators, Lord Robert Winston, will visit Dunedin today
and speak to school pupils and University of Otago
Lord Winston is professor of science and society and emeritus
professor of fertility studies at Imperial College, London.
He has been the presenter of many BBC television series,
including Superhuman, Child of Our Time and the
Bafta-award winner The Human Body.
Gravida, the Auckland University-based national centre for
growth and development, has invited him to New Zealand to
speak to educational groups in Auckland.
His visit to Dunedin is hosted by Genetics Otago, whose
director, University of Otago biochemist Peter Dearden, is
also a member of Gravida's executive team.
Genetics Otago manager Sophia McKay was ''glad'' some school
pupils and university students would be able to hear from
Lord Winston, in his only speaking visit outside Auckland
during his New Zealand trip.
He will lunch with Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Otago
University vice-chancellor Harlene Hayne and later talk to
500 senior secondary school pupils from many schools, at
Otago Boys' High School, at 1pm.
He will later talk to Otago genetics postgraduate students.
Lord Winston, a surgeon and specialist in human fertility,
has pioneered treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation
and developed pre-implantation diagnosis.