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Cardiff Professor gives opening lecture at new German scientific headquarters

30 May 2012

Professor Petersen spoke on his world-leading research on alcohol and the pancreas at the magnificent new building in Halle, Germany.

The new building is a gift from the German federal government to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the world’s oldest scientific academy. Professor Petersen is one of the few world scientists to be elected both to the UK’s Royal Society and the Leopoldina.

On the eve of the formal opening ceremony, Professor Petersen spoke for an hour – in German - in the Academy’s Festive Hall. He explained how his research has revealed the mechanisms by which alcohol abuse destroys the pancreas. He was introduced by Professor Irene Schulz-Hofer, Leader of the Leopoldina’s Life Science Class, as "one of the world’s leading researchers in the pancreatic field".

Professor Petersen said: "I was really delighted – and greatly honoured - to have the opportunity to give a major public lecture on this historic occasion. Having maintained a strong interest in German Literature since the two years I spent in a German Gymnasium in the late 1950s, it was a particular pleasure to deliver the lecture in German in order to make it accessible to a large general audience."

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Stephen Rouse

Public Relations Office

Cardiff University

Wales

United Kingdom

029 208 75596

RouseS@cardiff.ac.uk

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