Global Cambridge in Kuala Lumpur

Global Cambridge in Kuala Lumpur

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Join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope, Professor Andrew McCaskie and Dr Serena Nik-Zainal at Global Cambridge Kuala Lumpur
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 - 7.00pm to 10.00pm +08
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

The changing face of medicine

Hear your host Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope (Trinity 1983), and two very different Cambridge researchers, each at the cutting-edge of their fields.

Professor Andrew McCaskie, a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery, is at the forefront of moves to make us move more – and to find innovative ways to avoid surgery through prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis before it reaches critical stages. Dr Serena Nik-Zainal (Murray Edwards 1995), a CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics, uses next-generation genetic sequencing to locate patterns in cancer, allowing for early detection and more effective targeted treatment.

Together they will discuss the changing face of medicine: from moving more to mapping the human genome.

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Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope 2020

Stephen J Toope OC, LLD is the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Professor Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

He publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world. His book, Legitimacy and Legality in International Law, co-authored with Professor Jutta Brunnée, won the ASIL’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship.

Alumni information: 
Trinity 1983

Professor Andrew McCaskie MB ChB MMus MD FRCS FRCS (T&O)

Professor Andrew McCaskie

Professor McCaskie is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery.

He is the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre, which brings together leading clinicians, engineers and biologists from research and clinical groups from universities across the UK to develop regenerative therapies for people with Osteoarthritis.

Professor McCaskie led the Smart Step programme as part of Stage II UK Regenerative Medicine Platform and is a co-investigator in the recently established UK Regenerative Medicine Platform: Engineered cell environment. The overarching aim is to develop innovative therapies for musculoskeletal disease, particularly in osteoarthritis, which affects around eight million people in the UK alone.

Professor McCaskie has been President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society, member of the Council of Management of The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, and member of Council of the British Orthopaedic Association. He is one of the three editors of Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery (27th edition) and is the Director of the Academic Foundation Programme in Cambridge and initiated the transplant and regeneration theme.

He now leads an emerging initiative to advance musculoskeletal care by considering the importance of movement in both health and disease, based around a research hospital concept: Cambridge Movement Centre.

Dr Serena Nik-Zainal MD PhD

Dr Serena Nik-Zainal

Following a first-class basic degree in preclinical science, Dr Serena Nik-Zainal obtained a medical degree from the University of Cambridge, sponsored by Petroliam Nasional Berhad Malaysia (PETRONAS) and as a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. She trained in general internal medicine before specialising in Clinical Genetics. Serena has been an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since February 2013.

Serena undertook a PhD at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), exploring cancer using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. She was heavily involved in the development of the whole genome sequencing (WGS) data processing pipeline for human cancers. Armed with WGS data, she pioneered a multitude of analytical principles to reveal underlying abnormal biology of tumours. Serena led the production and analysis of the largest cohort of whole genome sequenced cancers of a single tissue type to date, of 560 breast cancers. In parallel, she has been exploring the causes of mutational signatures whether environmental or cell-intrinsic, using human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) systems.

Now based at University of Cambridge at the MRC Cancer Unit and the Department of Medical Genetics, Serena is determined to advance the field of mutational signatures through a combination of computational and experimental approaches, to create clinical applications.

Alumni information: 
Murray Edwards 1995

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£10.00 per person


W Kuala Lumpur
121, Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

Location information

The nearest stations to the W Hotel are Bukit Nanas monorail station (line 8) and KLCC LRT station (Kelana Jaya line).

Directions by car are available on the W Kuala Lumpur's website.