College Lecture Series


Professorial Inaugural Lecture series, 2016-17

Professor Matt Bown, CVS

"Strength in numbers: lessons from large-scale research in vascular surgery"

To be held on Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5.30pm, LT1 and Atrium, Centre for Medicine.

Please confirm your attendance to Dr Danielle Benyon-Payne,

Professor Shu Ye, CVS

‘Heart disease: is it in our genes?’

To be held on Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5.30pm, LT1 and Atrium, Centre for Medicine.

Please confirm your attendance to Dr Danielle Benyon-Payne,

Professor Christine Pullar, CVS

'Old dogs for new tricks-The use of salbutamol to regenerate skin, reducing skin wound fibrosis/scars'

To be held on Thursday 22 June 2017, 12pm, FKMLT in Henry Wellcome Building.

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The Frank May Prize Lecture

Monday 26 June 2017, 5.30pm, FKMLT in Henry Wellcome Building

Lecture Title: The liquid biopsy, an emerging blood test for cancer

Lecture synopsis:

We are moving into the era of personalized medicine, where molecularly targeted therapy can be selected based on knowledge of the key genetic alterations that drive each patient’s cancer. However, tissue is not always available and tissue biopsy can be costly, painful and a potential risk to the patient. The “liquid biopsy” is an attractive alternative to detect and monitor cancer through blood based tests. This liquid biopsy allows us to “see” genetic changes that are happening in a cancer in real time through tiny fragments of DNA, termed circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA), that are released into the blood stream from dying cancer cells. This lecture will summarise key highlights of Professor Shaw’s liquid biopsy research at Leicester focussing on clinical studies and trials in breast and lung cancers. Analysis of this ctDNA is helping to detect cancer earlier than imaging, stratify patients to targeted treatments and monitor their response to this treatment. As the liquid biopsy comes of age the next step is to move this approach into the clinic for patient benefit.



Professor Jacqui Shaw is a former Leicester graduate having studied for her undergraduate Biological Sciences degree between 1983 and 1986.  She then moved to Imperial College where she completed her PhD and first post doctoral post. In 1993 she returned to Leicester as a new lecturer in the Department of Pathology where her current research interest in breast cancer developed.

Professor Shaw has been at the forefront of circulating tumour DNA research for over 17 years. She leads a research team of high international standing sustained through > £3M current grant funding. Research in her team is focussed on circulating nucleic acids for early detection and monitoring of breast cancer and her group have published several first in field papers. Her work was recommended by Faculty 1000 (F1000) as “an example of bench to bedside science that might be useful in the risk assessment and the monitoring of cancer”. Professor Shaw is also the cfDNA lead for TRACERx, the national Cancer Research UK funded trial in non-small cell lung cancer and she Shaw leads the cfDNA advisory group for the 100,000 Genomes project led by Genomics England. Professor Shaw also serves on a number of advisory and editorial boards. She has worked part time for 18 of the last 22 years and is a keen champion of women in science.


The Frank May Prize Lecture was established in the early nineties, endowed by the generosity of Dr Frank May and is delivered annually by a member of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. The annual Prize Lecture can be delivered by clinical or non-clinical members of the College but the area of research must be medically related. There is a selection process for nominated candidates and the successful applicant is chosen based on evidence of research excellence during the previous two years and evidence of outstanding promise for the future.



The Frank May Clinical Sciences Lecture

The Frank May Clinical Sciences Lecture was established in the early nineties, endowed by the generosity of Dr Frank May and is delivered normally biennially by a national or international figure in the field of medicine.

  • 1992     Professor Kenneth Calman
  • 1994     Professor Peter Lachmann
  • 1996     Professor Derek Noble
  • 1998     Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys
  • 2000     Professor George Radda
  • 2001     Professor Hugh Pennington
  • 2002     Professor Sir Charles George
  • 2004     Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
  • 2006     Professor Sir Mark Walport
  • 2007     Professor Dame Carol Black
  • 2009/10  Professor Dame Sally Davies
  • 2011      Sir John Savill
  • 2013      Sir Patrick Sissons

The University thanks longstanding supporter Dr Frank May MBE

The CRUK Leicester Centre Annual Lecture

Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence status was bestowed on Leicester in 1st April 2014.  The Centre brings together a unique partnership between the University of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, MRC Toxicology Unit and local cancer charity, HOPE Against Cancer.  The Cancer Research UK Leicester Centre combines laboratory and clinical disciplines to understand, detect, monitor and develop new treatments for cancer.  An expert scientist or clinician working in the field of cancer research is invited each year to present a keynote lecture for the Centre’s Annual Lecture series.


Professor Reiner Siebert, Direktor, Institut Für Human Genetik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel  “What molecular patterns can tell us of the clinical heterogeneity in B-cell lymphomas”

The Very Reverend Derek Hole Lecture

The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences initiated this lecture in 2011 following a bequest by The Very Reverend Derek Hole who is an Emeritus Provost of Leicester. He has had close connections with the University and Glenfield Hospital. Previous lecturers have included John Camm (2012 Inaugural Lecture), John McMurray (2013) and Rory Collins (2014)

The Redfearn Lecture

This lecture was established in 1970 to commemorate the life and work of Eric Redfearn (1924-1968), Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, whose outstanding career was tragically cut short by his death in a road accident at the early age of 43.

In addition to his research programme, Redfearn played an important role in the development of the Department of Biochemistry and the School of Biology at Leicester. Following his tragically early death, colleagues and friends established a fund to support a series of lectures in the Department in his memory. These have been held since 1970, and have been given by a series of very distinguished speakers on a wide range of topics in biology.

A management committee was established in 1975, at a General Committee of Council, to administer the fund. This committee consisted of the Chairman of the School of Biological Sciences, the Professors of Biochemistry, one non-professoral member of staff and the Registrar.

Previous Lecturers

  • 24th 2006 Jim Sellers
  • 25th 2009 Herbie Newell
  • 26th 2010 Venki Ramakrishnan
  • 27th 2011 Frank Gannon
  • 28th 2012 Bob Liddington
  • 29th 2015 Jean Beggs

The Nicholas B. Standen Lecture

This annual lecture was introduced to celebrate, acknowledge and recollect the considerable research contributions made by Prof Nick Standen during his 25+years at the University of Leicester to the field of electrophysiology and to our understanding of ion homeostasis in skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle. Due to ill health Prof Standen retired from the University in 2010 and this lecture, sponsored by the Physiological Society, is given by a leading researcher in an area of biomedical science allied to that focused on by Prof Standen in his research career.


Dysfunctional β-adrenergic Signalling and Structural Remodelling in Heart Failure

Prof. Andrew Trafford, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Manchester


Lessons from the Head, Lessons from the Heart: Kv7 Channels in Smooth Muscle Prof. Iain Greenwood, Biomedical Sciences Research Centre, St. George’s University of London


Targeting the Carotid Body to Control Hypertension: From Molecule to Man

Prof. Julian Paton, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Bristol

The John Swales Lecture

John Swales was Foundation Professor of Medicine at the University of Leicester and an international leader in hypertension.  Stephen Harrap (2012) gave the first lecture, Peter Rothwell (2013) and Morris Brown (2014).

The Sluckin Lecture

The Sluckin Lecture is an annual event at the University of Leicester to commemorate Professor Wladyslaw Sluckin (1919–1985), who was one of the founding members in 1960 of what was then the Department of Psychology and who served as Head of Department from 1973 to 1984.

The first Sluckin Lecture was delivered in 1991 by Professor Patrick Bateson, FRS, of King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequent lecturers have included Colwyn Trevarthen, Kacper Miklaszewski, Margaret Boden, Patrick Rabbitt, Robert Hinde, Jan Deregowski, Richard Gregory, Jeffrey Gray, John Sloboda, Adrian Furnham, Nick Chater, Colin Blakemore, Rufus Johnstone, Aubrey Manning, Anthony Dickinson, Trevor Robbins, Michael Rutter, Nicholas J. Mackintosh, Andrew Mayes, Dorothy Bishop and David Shanks.

The most recent Sluckin Lecture took place on 7th May 2015 with Professor Wandi Bruine de Bruin from Leeds University Business School as Guest Speaker.  Further information can be found at

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