Anne McLaren Lecture 2018: in pictures

15 May 2018

Fellows, students and friends of Kellogg gathered together in the College Hub on 10th May for the annual Anne McLaren Lecture, followed by a formal Guest Night Dinner in the College Dining Hall.

This year’s Anne McLaren Lecture was delivered by Kathy Niakan who talked to us about her work and answered questions from the audience. Kathy Niakan is a group leader investigating the mechanisms of lineage specification in human embryos and stem cells at the Francis Crick Institute.

In 2017 Niakan and her team revealed the role of a fertility “master gene” in one of the world’s first demonstrations of DNA editing in human embryos. The study could help uncover the cause of recurrent miscarriages and lead to more effective fertility treatments. It also raises ethical questions about the prospect of controversial gene editing techniques being used clinically to correct defects in, or even enhance, human embryos in the future.

The OIBC Anne McLaren Lecture is held in conjunction with Kellogg College and the Trustees of the Oxford International Biomedical CentreDr Anne McLaren, DBE, Hon DSc, FRS (1927-2007) was a Trustee of the Oxford International Biomedical Centre. Her distinction as an experimental scientist in the field of mammalian embryology was matched by her concern for the ethical and legal consequences of in vivo fertilisation (IVF) and other clinical advances in human embryology. She is commemorated in Anne McLaren House at Kellogg College.

Further photographs from the event can be seen on the College Facebook Page.