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Sixth Anita Harding Memorial Lecture and Queen Square Inaugural Lecture

12 July 2018

UCL Institute of Neurology is pleased to report on the Sixth Anita Harding Memorial Lecture, and inaugural lecture of Professor Gillian Bates, which was held on 10th July 2018.

Inaugural group

Professor Gillian Bates (Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology) gave a lecture entitled “Huntington’s disease: the end game in sight?”, followed by a vote of thanks from Professor Sarah Tabrizi (Joint Head of Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Institute of Neurology) who gave the previous Anita Harding Memorial lecture.

The memorial lectures are held in honour of Professor Anita Harding, the first female Professor of Clinical Neurology in the UK, whose discoveries included the first identification of a mitochondrial DNA mutation in human disease.

"I have worked on Huntington’s Disease for 30 years, research that has spanned the cloning the disease gene, the development of mouse models, the identification of pathogenic mechanisms and the validation of therapeutic targets. Anita Harding was an outstanding scientist, clinician and role model for me during 1980s and early 1990s and it was an honour and privilege to have been asked to give the 6th Anita Harding Lecture for my inaugural. Since moving to the Institute of Neurology in 2016, I have established new collaborations with creative and inspirational colleagues at UCL, but most important, Professor Sarah Tabrizi and I have established the UCL Huntington’s Disease Centre, bringing me closer to my clinical colleagues and the patients who are the true motivation for our work". Professor Gillian Bates (Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology)

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Image from left to right: Professor Nick Wood, Professor Mike Hanna, Professor Sarah Tabrizi, Professor Gill Bates, UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur