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Christmas Dinner, Saturday December 10, 2011

Our annual CHRISTMAS DINNER will be held on Saturday, 10th December, at the CARLSON HALL of MOUNT IDA COLLEGE in Newton, Massachusetts, starting at 6:15 pm. Parking is ample, but do let us know if you require help with carpooling. After dinner we will adjourn to the Auditorium for the talk.

Our speaker, Dr. Robert McBurney, is the Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. For the past 24 years he has played leading roles in a number of biotechnology companies in Boston and the UK, prior to which he held academic posts in Australia, the UK and the USA. In 1974, he was the second Australian scientist to be awarded the Royal Society’s Florey Fellowship which took him to Churchill College, Cambridge, and the laboratory of Sir Alan Hodgkin, 1963 Nobel Prize recipient and then President of the Royal Society.

Dr. McBurney will speak about Howard Florey and the non-traditional role that Oxford University played in making penicillin available for the world.  He will also recount the important, but tragic, “tipping point” involvement of Boston in both the military and civilian use of penicillin during the 1940’s.

Attire for gentlemen will be black tie, college blazer or business suit. We remind those who plan to come that we give a commitment to our caterers several days before the dinner, and that after that point we are unable to refund any payment. The event cost is $75 per person ($55 for students). Booking is now closed.

 Directions to Mt. Ida College can be found here.

This mailing also serves as the notice for the Annual Meeting of Members and the Regular Meeting of Directors, which will take place at the dinner.

Sincerely,                                                                                Reception: 6:15 pm,   Dinner: 7:30 pm

David Manns                                                                   Location:    Mount Ida College

David G Manns (Trinity, Cantab.), President of the Society