Named Lectures

MAHATHIR SCIENCE 
AWARD LECTURE

The Mahathir Science Award is given by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia for scientific excellence in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology.

John S Mackenzie

 

PathWest and Curtin Unversity, Perth, Western Australia;

One Health Platform Foundation, Berlare, Belgium

ONE HEALTH: BREAKING DOWN THE PROFESSIONAL SILOS AND RESPONDING TO EMERGING ZOONOTIC AND MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES

Abstract


As we approached and reached the new Millennium, four important events of disease emergence and/or spread occurred – the first two in 1999 were the emergence of Nipah virus in Malaysia, and the spread of West Nile virus from the Old to the New World; and the latter two were the emergence of SARS in 2003 and highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in 2004. These four examples of emerging diseases have in many ways focused attention on the importance of understanding the drivers of their emergence and spread, and as all four caused zoonotic diseases, their animal origins. In addition, the SARS epidemic provided a good demonstration and warning of the potential for an unknown pathogen to emerge from a wildlife source at any time and in any place and, without warning, threaten the health, well-being and economies of all societies. It also became apparent that it was essential to better understand the drivers of emergence and spread. The finding that Nipah and SARS originated in wildlife gave rise to a number of studies of the viromes of various wildlife species, particularly bats from Africa and Asia, and it was shown that these species harboured a wide range of novel viruses. Many of these were identified following deep sequencing and are represented only by short RNA sequences, but a few have been isolated as infectious organisms. The zoonotic nature of these viruses clearly underscored the importance and need for a One Health approach in their response – that is to understand the ecology of the animal or reservoir hosts and the nature of the environmental factors that might predispose to emergence and spread. Thus responses to recent outbreaks of emergent zoonotic diseases, such as MERS, Zika and Chikungunya, have had a strong One Health component. The presentation will describe and discuss some of the factors driving emergence and spread of zoonotic and vector-borne virus diseases, and the importance of the One Health concept in their response and control.





FEBS LECTURER

Dominique Soldati-Favre

 

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine University of Geneva Medical School Geneva, Switzerland

FUNCTIONAL AND COMPUTATIONAL GENOMICS REVEAL UNPRECEDENTED VERSATILITY IN STAGE-SPECIFIC Toxoplasma gondii METABOLISM

Abstract


Education is not only the transmission of knowledge. More importantly, it is the shaping and inspiration of students. The essence of education is to inspire the curiosity of students to understand the world, the science and themselves; to establish their independent learning ability and to develop their critical thought and their practical skill to change our world for the better in the future. Therefore, the most important responsibility of teachers is not just to teach students what has already been known, but to guide them to discover what should be learned and to incorporate the new information into their own knowledge system efficiently. To achieve all these ideals, the student-centered learning model should play its full role both in and out the classroom to evoke the learning initiative of students and facilitate the formation of their proactive self-learning habits. As for teachers, they should be more like coaches, but not preachers. Teachers can take full advantages of the modern information technologies as well as the teaching methods to maximize their influence on the students’ learning process. Nowadays, there are more and more high-quality online courses and novel teaching models such as flipped class and blended learning. Besides, some newly developed interconnected teaching tools also appeared recently. The “Rain classroom” is such a convenient intelligent teaching tool that cooperates with both PowerPoint and WeChat (a popular social software in China) as a small plug-in. This small teaching tool plays a big role during the teaching and learning process. It can provide an efficient and worthwhile feedback to both teachers and students in the flipped class and record huge amount of data to reflect the status of our teaching and learning processes. All these provide us powerful assistants to achieve our teaching goals. Moreover, learning by doing is also an integral part of effective learning processes. The project-based self-learning and self-management pattern is a valuable strategy to develop the learning ability and research capacity of students. This is totally a student-centered learning-by-doing process and probably the mostly impactful teaching strategy facing for the future.





FAOBMB AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

Jin-Soo Kim

 

Centre for Genome Engineering
Institute for Basic Science
Daejon, South Korea

CRISPR GENOME EDITING IN PLANTS, ANIMALS AND HUMAN CELLS

Abstract


Education is not only the transmission of knowledge. More importantly, it is the shaping and inspiration of students. The essence of education is to inspire the curiosity of students to understand the world, the science and themselves; to establish their independent learning ability and to develop their critical thought and their practical skill to change our world for the better in the future. Therefore, the most important responsibility of teachers is not just to teach students what has already been known, but to guide them to discover what should be learned and to incorporate the new information into their own knowledge system efficiently. To achieve all these ideals, the student-centered learning model should play its full role both in and out the classroom to evoke the learning initiative of students and facilitate the formation of their proactive self-learning habits. As for teachers, they should be more like coaches, but not preachers. Teachers can take full advantages of the modern information technologies as well as the teaching methods to maximize their influence on the students’ learning process. Nowadays, there are more and more high-quality online courses and novel teaching models such as flipped class and blended learning. Besides, some newly developed interconnected teaching tools also appeared recently. The “Rain classroom” is such a convenient intelligent teaching tool that cooperates with both PowerPoint and WeChat (a popular social software in China) as a small plug-in. This small teaching tool plays a big role during the teaching and learning process. It can provide an efficient and worthwhile feedback to both teachers and students in the flipped class and record huge amount of data to reflect the status of our teaching and learning processes. All these provide us powerful assistants to achieve our teaching goals. Moreover, learning by doing is also an integral part of effective learning processes. The project-based self-learning and self-management pattern is a valuable strategy to develop the learning ability and research capacity of students. This is totally a student-centered learning-by-doing process and probably the mostly impactful teaching strategy facing for the future.





FAOBMB EDUCATION AWARD 

Xiaolun Yu

 

School of Life Science & Technology
Xi’an Jiaotong University
Xi’an, China

TEACHING NOW, FACING THE FUTURE

Abstract


Education is not only the transmission of knowledge. More importantly, it is the shaping and inspiration of students. The essence of education is to inspire the curiosity of students to understand the world, the science and themselves; to establish their independent learning ability and to develop their critical thought and their practical skill to change our world for the better in the future. Therefore, the most important responsibility of teachers is not just to teach students what has already been known, but to guide them to discover what should be learned and to incorporate the new information into their own knowledge system efficiently. To achieve all these ideals, the student-centered learning model should play its full role both in and out the classroom to evoke the learning initiative of students and facilitate the formation of their proactive self-learning habits. As for teachers, they should be more like coaches, but not preachers. Teachers can take full advantages of the modern information technologies as well as the teaching methods to maximize their influence on the students’ learning process. Nowadays, there are more and more high-quality online courses and novel teaching models such as flipped class and blended learning. Besides, some newly developed interconnected teaching tools also appeared recently. The “Rain classroom” is such a convenient intelligent teaching tool that cooperates with both PowerPoint and WeChat (a popular social software in China) as a small plug-in. This small teaching tool plays a big role during the teaching and learning process. It can provide an efficient and worthwhile feedback to both teachers and students in the flipped class and record huge amount of data to reflect the status of our teaching and learning processes. All these provide us powerful assistants to achieve our teaching goals. Moreover, learning by doing is also an integral part of effective learning processes. The project-based self-learning and self-management pattern is a valuable strategy to develop the learning ability and research capacity of students. This is totally a student-centered learning-by-doing process and probably the mostly impactful teaching strategy facing for the future.





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