Nobel Laurete Inspires The Next Generation of Scientists

    21 November

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    Old Campbellian and Nobel Laurete for Medicine, Professor William Campbell returned to Campbell College this morning to inspire the next generation of scientists. 

    Professor Campbell; the only Irish person to win a Nobel Prize for Medicine, was centrally involved in the discovery of a drug to tackle infection caused by roundworm parasites. These parasites can cause blindness and painful conditions, affecting those who live in some of the poorest countries in the world. Before the discovery over 35 million people were affected annually until Professor Campbell, in 1987, led the decision by Merck to distribute the drug for free to millions of people. 

    Originating from County Donegal Professor Campbell boarded at Campbell College from 1941-1948. It was at that time, in the course of a school outing to an agricultural show, he learned of the existence of parasitic worms for the first time. We were delighted that Professor Campbell could visit the campus today to talk to students from both Junior and Senior school and inspire the next generation of scientists.

    Boys from Prep 5 and Prep 6 welcomed Professor Campbell to the Library to show him the research they had carried out on; River Blindness, the journey to discovery and types of parasites. Professor Campbell then held two informative lectures for Senior School pupils, each finishing with a Q&A session; first with Year 13 and 14 A Level Biology students and then with Year 8 scholars and students from Years 9,10 and 11.  

    To watch the feature from BBC Newsline on our visit from Professor Campbell please click here. (Interview at 15 minutes 55 seconds in)