2009: Baruch S. Blumberg, MD, PhD

The 3rd Saxon Graham Lecturer was Nobel Prize recipient Baruch Blumberg, MS, PhD, professor of medicine and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Topic: The Adventure of Science and Discovery

The research, discoveries and vision of Nobel laureate Baruch S. Blumberg, MD, PhD, have had a farreaching impact on public health around the globe. He spoke about how science works, both about his work discovering the hepatitis virus and inventing a vaccine against it and his more recent work with NASA where he directs the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Astrobiology is concerned with research on one of the most fascinating questions in biology—the origins, evolution and destiny of life on Earth and in the universe.

Blumberg was awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery in 1967 of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), a leading cause of liver cancers. His work on blood tests to screen for HBV and an effective vaccine for the virus has made a major impact on global public health and has saved millions of lives.