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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. 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/#competitionDetail/1756810 under CCOM Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lecture Nominations. Questions should be directed to Sonya Housholder

Due to the pandemic, this lecture series will be held virtually or speakers will be rescheduled to later dates. 

2020-2021 Schedule

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Rescheduling to 2021-2022

Sekar Kathiresan, MD
Director, Center for Genomic Medicine
Ofer and Shelley Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Director, Cardiovascular Disease Initiative
Broad Institute
Co-Sponsored by the Iowa Institute for Human Genetics

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hypoxia as a Therapy for Mitchondrial Disease

Vamsi Mootha, MD
Professor, Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School

Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology Michael J. Brody Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, October 15, 2020
4:00-5:00 pm
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One Brain, Many Genomes: Somatic Mutation and Genomic Diversity in the Human Brain from Development to Degeneration

Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD
Bullard Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital Boston

Co-Sponsored by the Medical Scientist Training Program

Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00-5:00 pm
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Pascale Cossart, PhD 
Secrétaire Perpétuel de l’Académie des Sciences
Emeritus Professor at the Pasteur Institute
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location TBD

2020-2021 Open Schedule Dates

April 15, 2021
May 6, 2021

2021-2022 Open Schedule Dates

August 19, 2021
September 16, 2021
October 21, 2021
November 18 2021 - (tentative)
February 17, 2022
March 10 or 24, 2022
April 7, 2022
May 5, 2022