Professor Mark Walker and Professor Victor NizetProfessor Victor Nizet, of the University of California San Diego, has delivered the 2011 Skerman Lecture, on the topic of bacterial pathogenesis and the host innate immune response.

The lecture, which took place at the Queensland Biosciences Precinct on 18 August, was attended by approximately 120 staff, students and friends of SCMB.

Professor Nizet's lecture, entitled "Bacteria and Phagocytes: Mortal Enemies", addressed the microbiological causes of human infections associated with pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, group A Streptococcus and Group B Streptococcus.

"Systemic infection reflects the diverse abilities of these pathogens to resist clearance by the multifaceted defences of the human innate immune system" said Professor Nizet.

He argued that understanding the molecular basis of pathogen innate immune resistance reveals novel therapeutic targets for treatment or prevention of invasive human infections.

Professor Nizet is the latest in a long line of distinguished international guests to deliver the annual Skerman Lecture.

It recognises the contribution of Professor Vic Skerman to the development of Microbiology at The University of Queensland; he was Foundation Chair of Microbiology and was Head of Department for well over 20 years.

For more details, visit the Skerman Lecture page.

Picture: Professor Victor Nizet (right) with research collaborator Professor Mark Walker, from UQ's School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

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