‘On The Sofa’ Business Networking with Professor Ian Sutherland

21st May 2024 - 18:30 to 21:30

Price: Members £5pp / Non-Members £9.50pp

Don’t miss out on our upcoming ‘On the Sofa’ session, happening in less than a weeks time! Led by our esteemed past Club Chairman, Mike Beesley, get ready to embark on a captivating journey through the remarkable career of our guest speaker, Professor Ian Sutherland.

Professor Sutherland’s achievements in Biomedical Engineering are nothing short of extraordinary. With a career spanning decades and spanning continents, his contributions have reshaped the landscape of medical technology. From pioneering projects at NASA’s George C Marshall Space Flight Center on “Machining of Space Age Alloys” to groundbreaking research in drug purification, Professor Sutherland’s impact extends far and wide, touching lives and even reaching the stars.

Professor Sutherland’s career and life journey have been truly remarkable. Here are just a few highlights that he will share during his conversation with Mike:

• In 1971, Professor Sutherland moved to Huntsville, known as Rocket City, to work at NASA on the “Machining of Space Age Alloys”.

• In 1973, he joined the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research, where he played a pivotal role in developing a 7-day insulin infuser for diabetics, a project that saw massive success with over 4,000,000 infusers made by Novo-Nordisk.

• Headhunted by Professor Howard Jacobs of Middlesex Hospital, Ian worked on treating women with Amenorrhea, developing a pulsatile infuser that delivered 100 microlitres of LHRH every 90 minutes, a project that saw great success. At the time, Sutherland joked that he could proudly boast at diner parties that he “got 50 women pregnant last year” with his wife present.

• His work led to his appointment as an honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, where he conducted research on Foetal Monitoring and Pelvic Pain, even demonstrating his work to Princess Diana during her visit as Patron of the Save the Baby Fund.

• Ian later worked at MRC’s Clinical Research Centre, contributing to projects like the Juno Mission and developing the Glovebox which NASA liked so much, they used on every mission of the Space Shuttle.

• He also collaborated with Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, on extracting Honokiol from Magnolia tree bark as a treatment for lung cancer.

• In 2019, following the passing of his late wife Rosamund, Ian undertook a remarkable fundraising effort for the Bristol Old Vic. During lockdown, he scaled an impressive 24,432 ft from Katmandu to the peak of Everest by climbing from the basement to the roof of his house 573 times over ten days, raising an incredible £16k. (Article here)

Included in your ticket, enjoy a glass of fine wine perfectly paired with a delectable buffet, enhancing your networking experience. While there’s a modest ticket fee to cover the refreshments, the insights gained from this evening are priceless. As our events grow in popularity, your support ensures that we can continue to provide top-notch experiences for our members and guests.

This will be the last ‘On The Sofa’ session this side of the year, as we will take a break until late Autumn – so don’t miss out!

For Members to book, please contact reservations@thecliftonclub.co.uk

For Non-Members to book, purchase your ticket here.