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2017 Speakers


Sally E. Wenzel, M.D.wenzel

  • Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Director, Asthma Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 
  • Chair in Translational Airway Biology, Subsection Chief of Allergy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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November 9, 2017
Sponsored by the Medical Scientist Training Program

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William P. Tansey, Ph.D.

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Vanderbilt Faculty Cutting-edge Discovery Lecture

Epigenetics, Transcription, and Disease

October 26, 2017
Sponsored by Office of the President and CEO

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Joshua C. Denny, M.D., M.S., FACMIdw

Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D., MSCI

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Vanderbilt Faculty Cutting-edge Discovery Lecture

Propelling Precision Medicine and its Promise of Health Equity

October 12, 2017
Sponsored by Office of the President and CEO

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Marija Zanic, Ph.D.lovly-zanic-jackson

Christine M. Lovly, M.D., Ph.D.

Lauren Parker Jackson, Ph.D.

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Vanderbilt Faculty Cutting-edge Discovery Lecture

Cutting-Edge Molecular Tools Drive Basic Science Discovery and Patient Care

September 21, 2017
Sponsored by Office of the President and CEO

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David Allis, Ph.D.

David Allis, Ph.D.

  • Joy and Jack Fishman Professor, Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics, The Rockefeller University
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences

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Varying the Terrain of Epigenetic Landscapes: Implications for Gene Regulation, Development, and Cancer

September 7, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

At the request of Dr. Allis, this lecture was not recorded.


Eric R. Kandel, M.D.Eric R. Kandel, M.D.

  • University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor, Department of Neuroscience Columbia University
  • Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science
  • Co-Director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
  • Investigator, HHMI
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000

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The Biology of Memory and Age Related Memory Loss

May 4, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology (Elaine Sanders-Bush Lecture Series)

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Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.

Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.

  • Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute Jennifer and Bernard Lacroute Term
  • Chair in Neuroscience Research Investigator, HHMI

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Postponed to a later date.
No lecture on April 20th.

Apr 20, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Center for Structural Biology

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James Spudich, Ph.D.

James Spudich, Ph.D.

  • Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry
  • Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: from Fundamental Research to New Therapeutic Approaches

Apr 6, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

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Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.

Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D. – 2016 Vanderbilt Prize Winner

  • Head, Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, The Rockefeller University

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Stem Cells in Silence, Action and Cancer

Mar 30, 2017
Sponsored by the Office of the President and CEO

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Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.

Ajit Varki, MBBS (M.D.)

  • University of California, San Diego Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine
  • Co-Director, Glycobiology Research and Training Center
  • Co-Director, UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)
  • Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Member, Institute of Medicine

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Glycans: the Dark Matter of the Biological Universe

Mar 23, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Medicine

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Paul Bieniasz, Ph.D.

Paul Bieniasz, Ph.D.

  • Investigator, HHMI
  • Professor and Head, Laboratory of Retrovirology, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, The Rockefeller University

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Intrinsic Cellular Defenses Against Retroviral Attack

Mar 9, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

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Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D.

Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health

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Engineering Medicine For A Global Society

Mar 2, 2017
Co-Sponsored by the Institute of Imaging Science and the Office for Diversity Affairs

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Josep Dalmau, M.D., Ph.D.

Josep Dalmau, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Research Professor ICREA-IDIBAPS
  • Service of Neurology, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona
  • Adjunct Professor Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine

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Antibody-mediated Diseases Of The Synapse

Feb 23, 2017
Sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics

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