We are delighted about the news that an Irish-born scientist has jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine for work against parasitic diseases.
Donegal native William Campbell and Japanese Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering a new drug, avermectin, that has helped the battle against river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, as well as showing effectiveness against other parasitic diseases.
Mr Campbell was born in Ramelton, Co Donegal in 1930 and is affiliated to Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA. He qualified from Trinity College Dublin with first class honours in zoology before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, where he completed a doctorate on liver fluke.
We are really excited to feature many excellent science communicators at this year’s Midlands Science Festival. Check our events page in the coming weeks to find out more!