Medical researcher and science educator visits

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 postgraduate students.

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.

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