Established in 1980, the Professorship is named after the noted biochemists Sir Edward Penley Abraham and Guy Newton. They co-discovered the antibiotic cephalosporin at the Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford, and Sir Edward was also instrumental in the discovery of penicillin at the Dunn School.
The Professorship allows distinguished visiting academics to spend up to 12 months in Oxford. Visiting Professors deliver the prestigious Newton Abraham lecture, and undertake collaborative research in Oxford.
Genetic variation can have opposing effects on human disease, where the benefits of a protective variant against one disease can increase the risk of another.
Dr Mary Carrington is the Director of the Basic Science Program at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, and the Senior Principal Scientist at the National Cancer Institute, both in the US. Her primary research interests include host genetics in cancer, autoimmunity and infectious disease pathogenesis.
I provided four examples of the Yin/Yang of genetic variation in human health and disease: