Monday, 11 September 2017
Professor Peter McCourt from the University of Tromsø, Norway presented the inaugural Robin Fraser Lecture this afternoon in the Rolleston Lecture Theatre.
This lecture recognises the enthusiastic contribution of Professor Fraser to University of Otago, Christchurch Research Seminars over many years. It will be awarded annually to an international researcher of high standing in their respective field.
Professor McCourt gave an entertaining lecture on liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs), which act as a filter between the blood and liver hepatocytes. Advanced microscopy techniques have led his laboratory to obtain fascinating images of the small pores (fenestrations) in these cells that act to control as the filter.
He also discussed various aspects of LSEC biology, in particular, their ability to scavenge different molecules from the bloodstream, their potential role in the immune system, and what happens to the LSECs as we get older.