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Sydney Brenner Research Symposium

When: Tuesday, 09 April 2024 - Tuesday, 09 April 2024
Where: Hybrid Event
Parktown Health Sciences Campus
New Training and Teaching Resource Centre, Wits Faculty of Health Sciences, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
Start time:8:30

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Cost: N/A

Science meets history - celebrating the life, times, and scientific journey of Sydney Brenner. Sydney Brenner Institute Research Symposium

Prof. Shabir Madhi, Dean of the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences, and Prof. Michèle Ramsay, Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB), invite you to the Sydney Brenner Institute Research Symposium, a partnership with the Adler Museum and the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory Library & Archives.

The SBIMB, named after Nobel Laureate and Wits University graduate, Sydney Brenner (1927-2019), is a Research Institute within the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences, established in 2014 and has been directed by Prof. Michèle Ramsay over the last 10 years. The vision of the SBIMB is to offer a world-class research environment where top scientific and clinical researchers conduct innovative and relevant biomedical research to address some of Africa’s greatest health challenges and to develop the next generation of African scientists.

April 5th 2024 marks five years since Dr Brenner’s death at the age of 92. The SBIMB commemorates Dr Brenner by honouring his legacy and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Institute.

The symposium will showcase the research conducted by postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers at the SBIMB since its inception. The symposium will also explore the impact of medical history and the history and philosophy of science on the curriculum of undergraduate medical and health-related sciences, in the pursuit of knowledge, science, and critical thinking today.


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