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Dr. David Dolphin, University of British Columbia professor emeritus, speaks of his discoveries at an Ottawa dinner on March 20, 2006 on receiving the 2005 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Canada's most prestigious science award comes with a guarantee of $1 million in research funding over the next five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Dr. Dolphin was honoured for his work on Visudyne, a blindness treatment growing out of his interests in organic chemistry and the basis for the global pharmaceutical company he co-founded, QLT Inc. (A speech made by Dr. David Dolphin on his acceptance of the 2005 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, and is well known to millions as the host of CBC's popular science television series, The Nature of Things. An internationally respected geneticist, David Suzuki was a full Professor at the University of British Columbia from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. Currently, he is a professor emeritus with UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute. Through his role as chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the author of more than 40 books, the most recent of which is entitled David Suzuki, The Autobiography (April 2006).
David writes, "As a geneticist, I am thrilled and excited with the profound insights and manipulative powers acquired by molecular biologists. I am absolutely sure there will be important applications that will be derived from this technological prowess. However, I also believe it is far too premature to begin to apply these techniques for medical treatments, food, or to condone the release of manipulated organisms into the wild (like salmon or trees). While our acquisition of knowledge has been stunning, biotechnology is an infant field where our technological dexterity has not been matched by our understanding of the complex interactions and interconnections that make an organism and community of organisms what they are. Nor does this knowledge guarantee its confident and ethical use in the arenas of economics or politics. In this talk, I will present my case for the hazards of our current rush to apply this limited knowledge." (A Global Citizenship Seminar Series
seminar originally presented on 13-Mar-2006)
The UBC Discovery Tour podcast was developed as a unique way for Grade 11-12 students in BC's Lower Mainland to experience the UBC campus during Celebrate Research Week 2006, an exciting week packed with events from all Faculties showcasing amazing researchers and their work at UBC. (A special podcast produced by UBC Community Affairs for Celebrate Research Week 2006
, originally presented on 09-Mar-2006)