Michael J. Brody Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture honors the memory and contributions of Dr. Michael J. Brody, a distinguished professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa.

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Dr. Brody attended the Bronx High School of Science and later Columbia University (BS, Pharmacy) before moving to the University of Michigan where he earned a PhD in pharmacology in 1961. That same year, he joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa and established himself as a highly effective and respected educator and mentor, a leading figure in collegiate and university governance, and an internationally-honored scientist for his contributions to understanding the mechanisms of hypertension.

Dr. Brody received many awards during his distinguished career, including the Okamoto Award (1987) and the CIBA Award for Hypertension Research (1990). The awards Dr. Body valued most however, were those he received for outstanding instruction from medical and other students. He mentored more than 20 doctoral students, more than 40 postdoctoral fellows and influenced countless others who passed through the graduate program. It is thus fitting that graduate students, about whom he cared so much, select and invite each year a distinguished scientist to present the Michael J. Brody Memorial Lecture.

The following speakers have presented this lecture:

C. Ronald Kahn, MD
Section Head, Integrative Physiology and Metabolism, Joslin Diabetes Center Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
"Plasticity of Adipose Tissue and Its Communication in Metabolic Disease"
October 31, 2017

Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
"Seven Transmembrane Receptors"
October 5, 2016

Gail Mandel, PhD
Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Repressor Mechanisms and Pathways to Disease"
October 15, 2015

Ardem Patapoutian, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology, Dorris Neuroscience Center, The Scripps Research Institute, Director of Discovery Research, Genomics Institute, Novartis Research Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Ion Channels Involved in Sensing Mechanical Force"
October 16, 2014

Charles T. Esmon, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Lloyd Nobel Chair, Cardiovascular Biology, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
"The Role of the Protein C Pathway and Histones in the Control of Coagulation and Inflammation"
September 19, 2013

Erica A. Golemis, PhD
Deputy Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Co-Chair, Developmental Therapeutic Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center
"Nedd9 & Aurora-A Integrating Multiple Signaling Pathways in Cancer and Other Pathologies"
October 2, 2012

David Clapham, MD, PhD
Aldo R. Castaneda Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Novel Ion Channels"
October 20, 2011

Nathaniel Heintz, PhD
James and Marilyn Simons Professor, The Rockefeller University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Genetic Dissection of the Mouse Nervous System: Toward a 21st Century Brain Pharmacology
October 28, 2010

Pietro De Camilli, MD
Eugene Higgins Professor of Cell Biology and Neurobiology, Director, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair, Yale University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Molecular Mechanisms of Endocytosis"
November 19, 2009

Allan Basbaum, PhD, FRS
Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco
"The Neurobiology of Pain: From Molecules, to Circuits to Behavior"
October 21, 2008

Randy Schekman, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Transport Vesicle Biogenesis: Mechanism and Disease Connections"
September 13, 2007

Joan Brugge, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School
"Morphogenesis and Oncogenesis in 3D Epithelial Cultures"
January 8, 2007

Susan Taylor, PhD
Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
"Dynamics and Signaling by PKA"
November 22, 2005 

Timothy Hunt, PhD
Cancer Research UK, Cell Cycle Control Laboratory, London Research Institute, Co-Recipient 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine
"The Control of the Cell Cycle"
October 13, 2004

Ferid Murad, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical School
"Role of Nitric Oxide and Cyclic GMP in Cell Signaling and Vasodilation"
October 23, 2003

Erwin Neher, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
"Exploring the Functional Role of Synaptic Proteins with Rapid Techniques"
November 1, 2002

Other Former Brody Lecturers:

Bertili Hille, PhD - 2001
J. Michael Bishop, MD - 2000
Tony Hunter, PhD - 1999
Oliver Smithies, DPhil - 1998
Kenneth W. Culver, MD - 1997
Edwin G. Krebs, PhD - 1996
Lee E. Limbird, PhD - 1995
Alfred Gilman, PhD - 1994
Robert Furchgott, PhD - 1993