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2022 Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration and Lecture

20th Annual Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, Prem Sahai Auditorium in MERF 

This celebration has become an annual highlight. Each year, the Distinguished Mentor Award has recognized one of our most important mentors, and the Distinguished Mentor Lecturer has given one of the best lectures of the year. 2022's event promises to follow that exciting tradition. This celebration was envisioned and is supported by Daryl and Nancy Granner.

Distinguished Mentor Awardee: Peg Nopoulos, MD

Dr. Nopoulos is Professor and Chair of our Department of Psychiatry. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her pioneering research in relating brain structure to cognitive function and behavior including in schizophrenia and in young people at risk for Huntington's disease. She is widely recognized for her commitment to and excellence in education. Dr. Nopoulos is an exceptional mentor whose mentees have gone on to distinguished careers of their own. She has an outstanding record of selflessly mentoring students, post-doctoral trainees, and faculty.

Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer: Abraham Verghese, MD


Dr. Verghese is Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and Internal Medicine at Stanford University Medical School. He is the author of three best-selling books, two autobiographies, My Own Country and The Tennis Partner, and one novel, Cutting for Stone. Dr. Verghese is widely recognized for his focus on humanity in medicine. His writing and work have explored the importance of bedside medicine, the physical examination, and human interactions in the era of advanced technology.

The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor’s Lecture are made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Daryl Granner, '58 B.A., '62 M.S., '62 M.D., and Nancy Granner, '58 B.A. Dr. Granner is a Distinguished Alumnus and Professor Emeritus and founding director of the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Institute.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Lisa Bunn in advance at (319)335-7619 or lisa-bunn@uiowa.edu