[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 20th June 6:30 pm - Jacques Miller & the Thymus

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Jun 12 02:39:52 UTC 2012

Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne Wednesday 20th June, 6:30pm

All welcome, no booking needed.  Bring your friends!
At: Gene Technology Access Centre, 1H Royal Parade, Parkville
Free drinks and pizza after the talk

Professor Jacques Miller AC PhD DSc FAA FRS
Emeritus Professor, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

“The thymus – a long neglected organ, has an immune function”

Notable advances in the 1950s were concerned with white blood cells known as small lymphocytes. They were shown to recirculate from blood through lymphoid tissues into lymph and back to blood and to initiate various types of immune responses. As the thymus was not a site of recirculation, as its lymphocytes were unable to produce antibody and to reject foreign skin grafts, and as its removal in the adult (thymectomy) had no untoward effects, it was widely held not to have any immune function. My work on leukaemia in mice in 1959 to 1960 showed on the contrary that it was crucial to the development of the immune system.

After graduating in medicine from Sydney University, Jacques Miller did a PhD at the Chester Beatty Research Institute of Cancer Research, studying virally-induced leukaemia in mice. He found that mice without a thymus at birth were incapable of rejecting foreign tissues and resisting many infections, and thus showed that the thymus is vital for immunity. Due to this finding, he remains the world's only living person who has discovered the functions of a human organ. Among his many prizes is the Copley Medal, the most prestigious medal of the Royal Society of London.


Enter GTAC from Story Street or from Royal Parade, Parkville. It is in the grounds of University High School, behind the oval.

ANZAAS Vic is pleased to acknowledge the support by GTAC, CSL, WEHI and the Faculty of Science, Melbourne University, for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series
Further Info: David Vaux  davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com<mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>  9345 2941

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