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BBC Host and Innovative Science Writer to Deliver 2014 Science and Medicine Lecture at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Annual Symposium and Congress
FAIRFAX, VA – November 15, 2013 – A well-known British science writer specializing in the field of emerging field of evolution, genetics, and synthetic human biology will deliver the important annual Science and Medicine Lecture at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Annual Symposium and Congress this April 2014 in Boston. Adam Rutherford, PhD, will deliver his lecture on Sunday, April 27, at 10:00 am during the Opening General Session.
If you are attending the ASCRS•ASOA meeting in Boston, you will want to make sure this talk is on your schedule. Dr. Rutherford will explore ideas in synthetic biology, simulation of the origin of life, and how these issues pertain to our interpretation of modern history and the future. By all accounts, his talk is sure to raise questions about the future of medicine and how these changes will affect us as patients, doctors, and members of a global community.
Dr Rutherford, who holds a PhD from University College London and whose background is in the genetics of the eye development and disease, has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker taking a new look at ideas about creation, synthetic biology, and evolution. He has gained a wide audience in the United Kingdom and beyond with his irreverent television series, articles, and interviews. His first book, Creation, was released in the UK last spring and in the U.S. this summer and earned praise from the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Observer, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian Magazine, which raved: “It’s rather elegant, moving through the mechanisms of molecular biology to explore the underlying questions of when and how life began. Rutherford is careful not to get too starry-eyed about any of the people or experiments he depicts... through Rutherford’s eminently sensible lens, it’s hard not to get excited.”
In January 2012, Rutherford made Horizon: Playing God for BBC 2, an important documentary marking the rise of synthetic biology. Hehas also made Men in White for Channel 4 and Genome and The Cell for BBC 4. The latter was shown in over 40 countries and placed in the Daily Telegraph’s list of 10 Classic science programs. Rutherford has conducted several interviews for The Culture Show, BBC 2. He has also made a number of documentaries for Radio 4 covering topics such as MMR and autism, epigenetics, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema and scientific fraud. Until recently, Rutherford was also an editor for the magazine Nature.
The Science and Medicine Lecture was established by ASCRS as a forum for expanding and enriching our appreciation of fields of science and medicine outside ophthalmology. The annual lecture aims to encourage attendees to think about larger issues in the practice of medicine and honors those whose curiosity and constant striving for innovation have led them to investigate aspects of medicine and science that broaden, enliven, and inspire.
Previous authors and thought leaders who have presented this lecture include:
- (2013) Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD
When Experts Disagree: A New Approach to medical Decision Making
- (2012) Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe
- (2011) Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
- (2010) John D. Banja, PhD
Managing Medical Errors: How to Talk with Your Patient and Live with Yourself
- (2009) Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP/ABCN
The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older
- (2008) Michael M. Merzenich, PhD
Cortical Plasticity in Infant, Child and Adult Brains
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international educational society with more than 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. www.ASCRS.org.