Join us for a free screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 2017, exploring the true story of an African-American woman who became the unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s. This special event screening will be followed by a talk by research scientist Professor Jennifer Stow, who will discuss the incredible impact Henrietta Lacks’s cells have had on cancer research.

Oprah Winfrey shines in a spectacular lead performance in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. “Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.” HBO

Meet the UQ presenter

Jennifer Stow

Professor Jenny Stow is IMB’s Deputy Director (Research), where she is responsible for managing the scientific and competitive funding performance of the institute, as well as IMB’s postgraduate program.

Professor Stow completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Monash University in Melbourne, after which she undertook postdoctoral training at Yale University’s School of Medicine as a Fogarty International Fellow. She was soon appointed Assistant Professor in the renal unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she established an independent research group in cell biology. She returned to Australia in 1994 as a Wellcome Trust Senior International Fellow to join UQ’s Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology (now IMB).

Professor Stow leads her own IMB laboratory within IMB's divison of cell biology and molecular medicine, and is a current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow.


About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the third World Science Festival Brisbane from 21-25 March 2018.

Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland will showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.

Full program.


GOMA, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Cinema A, GOMA