On May 19th 2017, the University of Ottawa bestowed an honorary doctorate degree to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Bruce Beutler, who also gave a talk at uOttawa that day. The talk was presented by the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology and the uOttawa Inflammation Research Centre. The title of his talk was “Solving mouse phenotypes in real time”.
Dr. Beutler described his research journey over the years which resulted in his Nobel Prize award. He also talked about his research activities which involve creating mutations in mice and evaluating the outcome of those mutations rapidly.
Dr. Bruce Beutler is currently the Director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His initial work was on the Tumor Necrosis Factor and the activation of the innate immune system. He discovered an important family of receptors that allow mammals to sense infections, activating the inflammatory response. For this work, he received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology on “Activation of Innate Immunity”.