Biology of Hepatitus B Virus

Biology of Hepatitus B Virus


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1984-1985).

Dr. Blumberg, a Nobel laureate, is Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford University, and Associate Director for Clinical Research and Senior Member of The Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia. Born in New York City, Dr. Blumberg earned the M.D. degree at Columbia University in 1951 and the Ph.D. degree at Oxford University in 1957. Dr. Blumberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1976 for his discovery concerning new mechanisms for the origin and dissemination of infectious diseases. Dr. Blumberg has been University Professor of Medicine and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania since 1977. He is staff member at Jeanes Hospital and American Oncologic Hospital in Philadelphia, and is attending physician at Veterans Administration Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Oxford, a fellow of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, and a fellow of the Department of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was chief of the Geographic Medicine and Genetics Section, and attending physician at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health from 1957 to 1964. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Dr. Blumberg has received many awards including the Pennsylvania Medical Society Distinguished Service Award in 1982, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation A ward of the American College of Physicians in 1977, the Gairdner Foundation International Annual Award and the Modern Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award in 1975. He has received a number of honorary degrees and holds membership in numerous professional organizations and medical societies.

His Work Dr. Blumberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the Australia antigen, an antigenic substance in the blood. His discovery of the Australia antigen ultimately became a major breakthrough in hepatitis research. Dr. Blumberg's work leading to this discovery began as a consequence of his interest in inherited polymorphisms of blood.

His Lecture: October 13, 1984: "Biology of Hepatitis B Virus"


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October 13, 1984

Biology of Hepatitus B Virus