April 9th
07:00-07:40 PM EEST UTC+3
Virtual Conference

What medical scientists should learn when everything is online?

In order to help students develop “the ability to think for themselves”, as Hartwell puts it, scientists and teachers are required to deliver the knowledge and skills needed for growth and progress by rethinking learning, innovating education and training for and addressing new skills requirements. “We want our students to have an authentic experience of science”, says Hartwell, and in digital-age learning this is made possible through systemic and holistic change, having the potential to make educational systems more innovative and efficient, while also allowing individuals to engage in new and more flexible ways of lifelong learning.


Leland Hartwell

Nobel Prize Laureate

Leland Hartwell, along with Tim Hunt and Sir Paul Nurse, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle. Through studies of yeast, he was able to identify hundreds of genes that govern cell division. He also showed that the cell cycle comes to a halt if the cell’s DNA is damaged. He identified more than 100 genes, termed cell-division-cycle (CDC) genes, involved in cell-cycle control and also found that the cycle includes optional pauses, called checkpoints, that allow time for repair of damaged DNA. His work helped in expanding the scientific understanding of cancer and other diseases that occur when the machinery of the cell cycle goes awry.

He served on the faculty of the University of California, held the position of President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, and helped found the Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University. But Hartwell’s work extends far beyond research laboratories, as he is also deeply involved in medical education and how the digital era is shaping science, which will be the main focus of his lecture.