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Nobel Prize-winning Veterinarian to speak at School of Veterinary Medicine

August 14, 2000

Veterinarian Peter C. Doherty, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1996, will speak to veterinary students, scientists and interested members of the public at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's annual Oscar O. Schalm Lecture on Monday, September 18, 2000.

The lecture, "Dealing with Virus Infections," will take place from noon to 1:00 pm in 170 Schalm Hall, located at the Medical Sciences Complex on the Davis campus. The public is cordially invited to attend this free event.

Doherty is a professor the Department of Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Health Sciences Center. He chairs the Department of Immunology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a non-profit research hospital dedicated to the treatment of children from all over the world with catastrophic diseases. He received the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine shared with colleague Rolf M. Zinkernagel for discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defense (how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells).

Doherty qualified in veterinary medicine from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1966. He then obtained his Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1970. Dr. Doherty has authored and/or collaborated on more than 300 research papers and book chapters dealing in large part with T cell immunity in virus infections.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is California's prime resource for information on animal-related health topics, including the causes of infectious diseases shared by animals and humans.

The lecture honors the memory of Oscar W. Schalm, a founding faculty member at the School of Veterinary Medicine.