Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture Series

The Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture Series features top-tier scientists and physicians performing high-impact research in a variety of areas.

Most Lectures, with few exceptions, will be held on the third Thursday of each month beginning in September. The seminars will be of broad interest and are open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and the public. A list of previous speakers is located here.  A printer-friendly seminar schedule for 2017-2018 is now available. Some seminars are recorded and can be viewed by University of Iowa faculty, staff and students online. 

UI Carver College of Medicine departments, institutes, centers, and programs may nominate speakers at https://uiowa.infoready4.com/ under CCOM Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lecture Nominations. Questions should be directed to Sonya Housholder

2017-2018 Schedule

James McNamara, MD

Neurotrophin Signaling and Epileptogenesis: Mechanistic and Therapeutic Insights

James McNamara, MD
Professor of Neurobiology
Duke School of Medicine Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Neurology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience
Duke University School of Medicine
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Neurology

Thursday, October 5, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF) 

Ronald Kahn, MD

Plasticity of Adipose Tissue and Its Communication in Metabolic Disease

C. Ronald Kahn, MD
Section Head, Integrative Physiology and Metabolism, Joslin Diabetes Center
Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology Michael J. Brody Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

Roger Kornberg

The Molecular Basis of Eukaryotic Transcription

Roger Kornberg, PhD 
2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor in Medicine
Stanford School of Medicine
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry Carl S. Vestling Lecture​

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF) 

Dr. Paul Ridker

Inflammation and Atherosclerosis: From Population Biology to the Bench to a Novel Treatment

Paul Ridker, MD, MPH
Senior Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
and the François M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

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Dr. Duojia Pan

Hippo signaling in growth control and beyond

Duojia Pan, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Fouad A. and Val Imm Bashour Distinguished Chair in Physiology
Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Co-Sponsored by the Ramon and Victoria Lim Medical Science Lectureship in Internal Medicine

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm
Urmilla Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF)

Mitchell Lazar


This lecture will be rescheduled to next year. 

The Ups and Downs of Transcriptional Regulation of Metabolism

Mitchell A. Lazar, MD, PhD
Willard and Rhonda Ware Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases
Director, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Co-Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Thursday, May 3, 2018


Louis Staudt


This lecture will be rescheduled to next year. 

Lymphoma treatments guided by multi-platform proteogenomic screens

Louis Staudt, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Cancer Genomics​
Co-Chief, Lymphoid Malignances Branch
National Cancer Institute 
National Institutes of Health
Co-Sponsored by the Medical Scientist Training Program and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018-2019 Schedule Dates

September 20, 2018
October 18, 2018 - Douglas Lowy (NCI), Pharmacology/Brody Lecture
November 15, 2018 - Eva Nogales (UC Berkeley), Biochemistry
February 21, 2019 - Gokhan S. Hotamisligil (Harvard), FOEDRC
March 7, 2019 - Susan Amara (NIH), Iowa Neuroscience Institute
April 4, 2019 - Emery Brown (MIT), Anesthesia/Radiology/Iowa Neuroscience Institute
May 2, 2019 - Lily Jan (UCSF/HHMI), Lim Lectureship