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Annual Prize Lecture in Clinical Science

11 October 2007

Dr Tadataka 'Tachi' Yamada, Executive Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Programme, will deliver the UCL annual prize lecture in Clinical Science on 24 October.

Dr Tadataka Yamada

Dr Yamada will speak on 'Perspectives on Global Health'. In his current role, Dr Yamada oversees grants totalling several billion pounds that are used to apply technologies to address major health challenges of the developing world, such as TB, HIV, malaria, malnutrition, and maternal and child health.

Born in Japan, Dr Yamada undertook his medical training in the US. A period as investigator in the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases led to training in gastroenterology at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he held his first faculty position.  He later became Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the University of Michigan Medical Center before joining GlaxoSmithKline, where he ultimately became Chairman, Research and Development and a Member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Yamada is the author of more than 150 original manuscripts on gastroenterology. Studies by Dr. Yamada and his collaborators led to basic discoveries in the post-translational processing and biological activation of peptide hormones, the structure and function of receptors for hormones regulating gastric acid secretion, and the regulation of genes involved in the acid secretory process. 

Among numerous accolades, Dr Yamada is a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and is a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The lecture will take place at 5.30pm in the Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre 1. Attendance is by ticket only.

To find out more, contact Mireya Friedrich of the UCL Centre for Molecular Medicine on  +44 (0)20 7679 6667.