Roman Lecture Series
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Dr Wadim Roman (Fig. 1) was born in Manchuria in 1904 and educated in Berlin. In 1928 he entered clinical biochemistry and co-founded the journal “Enzymologia” in 1936, which he became chief editor in 1939. He was forced to flee Berlin for Holland in 1937 and immediately post-war became the chief analyst with a British petrochemical company (and involved in the design of instruments that lead to the gas chromatograph. In 1953 Dr Roman was appointed head of the Division of Biochemistry at the IMVS in Adelaide and was president of the AACB between 1964 and 1966. He retired in 1969 and the lectureship was created in 1971/2.
The Roman Travelling Lectureship perpetuates Dr Roman's the help and encouragement he gave to many junior biochemistry staff and his efforts to promote and enhance the status of clinical biochemistry.
The Roman Lecturer may be either an Australian or international speaker.
The main task of the Roman lecturer is to meet with members of the profession, especially clinical biochemists in training and discuss their work. This is in keeping with Dr Roman's idea that the future of clinical biochemistry lies in encouraging and attracting good, young scientists into the field.
Fig. 1. Picture of Dr Wadim Roman
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