Monday 8th April 2013
Time: 1.00-2.00pm (tea/coffee available from 12.40pm)
Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health.
If you would like to suggest someone as a speaker, please contact the OWL Committee Chair, Professor Christine Kinnon.
For any administrative questions, please contact Nicole Hofmans.
Towards a Cure for the Lung Disease of Cystic Fibrosis
Part of the Otto Wolff Lecture series 2013
Professor Robert Wilmott
IMMUNO Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Saint Louis University &
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis, USA
In this talk, Professor Wilmott will review the genetics and pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis and will then go on to review some promising new therapies that are small molecules with the potential of correcting the basic defect of the disease.
Prof Wilmott was awarded his M.B., B.S. degree from the University College Hospital Medical School, London, England, where he graduated with Honors and a special Distinction in Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from London University. Prof Wilmott’s postgraduate training was in London at University College Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (now GOSH). He was a resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and he completed a Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Institute of Child Health (ICH).
Prof Wilmott was appointed Instructor in Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and returned a few years later as Assistant Professor. He became Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Division Director in Pulmonary Medicine at Wayne State University. Three years later he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as Director of Pulmonary Medicine at Children’s Hospital Medical Center and he was promoted to Professor a few years later. At the University of Cincinnati Prof Wilmott was a highly regarded clinician, teacher, and researcher, and served the University on a wide range of important committees. During that time he initiated the Gunnar Esiason Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Medicine Center and the Esiason Chair for Cystic Fibrosis Research. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, holder of the IMMUNO Chair of Pediatric Research and Pediatrician-in-Chief at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Prof Wilmott is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Pediatric Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Chest Physicians. In the UK he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, as well as a member of Britain’s Neonatal Society. Prof Wilmott is currently the senior editor of Kendig’s Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored over 80 articles in professional journals on the subject of cystic fibrosis and pediatric pulmonary diseases.