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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.  A printer-friendly seminar schedule for 2019-2020 will be available at a later date. 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

2019-2020 Schedule


The Metabolic Biology of the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Health and Disease

Gökhan Hotamisligil, MD, PhD
James Stevens Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism
Director, Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic and Metabolic Research
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Co-Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Thursday, September 12, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF) 

Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons

Judith Campisi, PhD
Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Co-Sponsored by the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

Leptin and the Homeostatic Control of Food Intake and Body Weight

Jeffrey Friedman, MD, PhD 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Marilyn M. Simpson Professor
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
The Rockefeller University
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience and Pharamcology Michael J. Brody Memorial Lecture

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF) 


Genome Editing: A View from the Edge

Dana Carroll, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
Member, Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program
Huntsman Cancer Institute

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

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Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Bullard Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital Boston
Co-Sponsored by the Medical Scientist Training Program

Thursday, April 16, 2020
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

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Thursday, May 7, 2020
Prem Sahai Audotorium (1110A MERF)

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2020-2021 Schedule Dates

September 17, 2020 - Dr. Sekar Kathiresan (IIHG)
October 15, 2020 - Dr. Vamsi Mootha (Neuroscience & Pharmacology/Brody Memorial Lecture)
November 19, 2020
February 18, 2021 - (tentative) MSTP speaker
March 25, 2021 - Pascale Cossart (Microbiology & Immunology)
April 15, 2021
May 6, 2021