Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine

The Lister Institute's building in Chelsea Bridge Road, London, by the architect Alfred Waterhouse; now the private Lister Hospital.

Established as a research institute in 1891, with bacteriologist Marc Armand Ruffer as its first director, using a grant of £250,000 from Edward Cecil Guinness of the Guinness family.

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Coenzyme A

Coenzyme, notable for its role in the synthesis and oxidation of fatty acids, and the oxidation of pyruvate in the citric acid cycle.

Structure of coenzyme A: 1: 3′-phosphoadenosine. 2: diphosphate, organophosphate anhydride. 3: pantoic acid. 4: β-alanine. 5: cysteamine.
Details of the biosynthetic pathway of CoA synthesis from pantothenic acid.
Some of the sources that CoA comes from and uses in the cell.

Its structure was determined during the early 1950s at the Lister Institute, London, together by Lipmann and other workers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.


Organic molecule that is an essential micronutrient which an organism needs in small quantities for the proper functioning of its metabolism.

A bottle of B-complex vitamin pills
Calcium combined with vitamin D (as calciferol) supplement tablets with fillers.
Jack Drummond's single-paragraph article in 1920 which provided structure and nomenclature used today for vitamins

The term "vitamin" was derived from "vitamine", a compound word coined in 1912 by the biochemist Casimir Funk while working at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.

Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh

Irish businessman and philanthropist.

The 1st Earl of Iveagh
Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (after Arthur Stockdale Cope)

Iveagh also donated £250,000 to the Lister Institute in 1898, the first medical research charity in the United Kingdom (to be modelled on the Pasteur Institute, studying infectious diseases).

Alexander R. Todd

Scottish biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1957.

Todd held posts with the Lister Institute, the University of Edinburgh (staff, 1934–1936) and the University of London, where he was appointed Reader in Biochemistry.

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The Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, Chelsea, London, founded 1891. In 1978 became a science funding body

Arthur Harden

British biochemist.

Harden in 1929

Harden continued to work at Manchester until 1897 when he was appointed chemist to the newly founded British Institute of Preventive Medicine, which later became the Lister Institute.

Charles James Martin (physiologist)

British scientist who did seminal work on a very wide range of topics including snake toxins, control of body temperature, plague and the way it was spread, dysentery, typhoid and paratyphoid, nutrition and vitamin deficiencies, proteins, and myxomatosis as a means of controlling rabbit populations.

Sister Florence Elizabeth McMillan, Dr Anderson in the centre and Sir Charles James Martin on the right

He was a director of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, serving from 1903 to 1930.

Joseph Lister

British surgeon, medical scientist, experimental pathologist and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery and preventative medicine.

Lister in 1902
Lister's carbolic steam spray apparatus, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
The microscope given to Lister by his father J.J. Lister in 1849
Joseph Lister in his youth
Louis Pasteur in his laboratory
The widespread introduction of antiseptic surgical methods followed the publishing of Lister's Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery in 1867
The Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross. The portrait of American surgeon Samuel Gross at work created by Thomas Eakins in 1875. Gross rejected Lister's methodology when Lister visited the International Medical Congress in Philadelphia in 1876. Gross is quoted as saying: "Little if any faith is placed by any enlightened or experienced surgeon on this side of the Atlantic in the so-called carbolic acid treatment of Professor Lister". Examination of the portrait reveals that the assistant is holding the surgical instrument by the blade instead of the handle, delivering germs directly into the wound. The assistants have dirt on their hands, and a family member is present at the operation, bringing more germs into the operation
The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins in 1889. It details an operation by David Hayes Agnew, professor of surgery who was on the point of retiring, to the students of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Examination of the portrait shows that the surgeons are now wearing surgical dress, the use of surgical drapes over the body is predominant and a nurse is present as it is an operation on a woman. Lister work elicited a worldwide revolution in surgery in less than 25 years.
Micro-pipette used by Lister that dispensed a bacterial
solution diluted to contain an average of “rather less than one bacterium” per drop
Lister spraying phenol over patient. 1882.
Joseph Lister acclaims Louis Pasteur at Pasteur's Jubilee, Paris, 1892. Photograph after a painting by Jean-André Rixens
Arms of Joseph Lister: Ermine, on a fess invected sable three mullets of six points argent in chief a Staff of Aesculapius erect proper with canton of a baronet, Red Hand of Ulster
Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Lister Room, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Lister Frieze, Polyclinic Umberto I hospital in Rome. The tympanum sculptures show Lister operating
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Coast House, Deal, with its blue plaque to Lister.
Lister's hearse prior to his funeral service at Westminster Abbey
Lord Lister Memorial in Portland Place by Sir Thomas Brock in bronze, 1924
Plaque commemorating Joseph Lister on the facade of the polyclinic in Vienna
Plaque at 12 Park Crescent, Regent's Park, London
Photogravure plaque, Wellcome Institute, London

In 1903, the British Institute of Preventive Medicine was renamed Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in honour of Lister.

Major Greenwood

English epidemiologist and statistician.

Major Greenwood

After a period of study with Karl Pearson he was appointed statistician to the Lister Institute in 1910.

Marc Armand Ruffer

Swiss-born British experimental pathologist and bacteriologist.

Marc Armand Ruffer

In 1891, he was appointed the first director of the British Institute of Preventive Medicine, latterly the Lister Institute.