Professor Jim Goding - Monash University

Professor Jim Goding - Monash University

Cory Theatre - GTAC
Start Time: 
Wed, 20/03/2019 - 6:30pm
End Time: 
Wed, 20/03/2019 - 7:30pm

​A difficult birth: the history of the oral contraceptive pill

​Special seminar hosted by ANZAAS, Victorian Division

In 1965, Jim Goding spent a year in Massachusetts working in the laboratory of Dr Gregory Pincus, where the oral contraceptive pill was developed and introduced into clinical practice. It is the story of a stubborn genius in organic chemistry, a brilliant biologist, a multimillionaire heiress with a mad husband, a Catholic gynaecologist, battles with the Vatican, radical feminism, and possibly a touch of murder.

Jim Goding is Emeritus Professor of Experimental Pathology at Monash University. He graduated in medicine in 1971. After PhD studies with Gus Nossal at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, California. He then returned to the Hall Institute as Head of the Immunochemistry Laboratory. In 1985 he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Monash University. His research interests have involved the structure and function of receptor molecules in the immune system. His book Monoclonal Antibodies: Principles and Practice went through three editions. Together with Bruce Leyland, he has recently published “Who Will Believe My Verse? The Code in Shakespeare’s Sonnets”.