Evin Allen and Kathleen Fitzgerald attend the Royal Irish Academy's 'Hoffmann Masterclass'
Two PhD students of the School of Pharmacy, Evin Allen and Kathleen Fitzgerald, attended the ‘Hoffmann Masterclass’ given by Professor Jules Hoffmann, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine 2011, 29 July 2014
These masterclasses are designed to be informal, informative and motivational and give young researchers the opportunity to interact with a speaker who is a world leader in his or her field. The masterclass was held at the Royal Irish Academy headquarters in Dublin City and the guest speaker was 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology winner Professor Jules Hoffmann. Professor Hoffman spent most of his career working at the University of Strasbourg and much of his study has been devoted over the last 30 years to unravelling the mechanisms of antimicrobial defence in insects. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 2011 for his research in discovering the Toll gene in innate immunity in the fruit fly in combination with Bruce Beutler who discovered its mammalian homolog the Toll-like Receptor. The format of the masterclass included a 30 minute introduction by Professor Hoffmann into his area of research and career to date followed by an informal 60 minute Q&A session with the PhD participants who were given the opportunity to ask questions and ‘learn from a master’.