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 2018-2019 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

2018-2019 Schedule

Mitchell Lazar

The Ups and Downs of Transcriptional Regulation of Metabolism

Mitchell A. Lazar, MD, PhD
Willard and Rhonda Ware Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Disesases
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, September 20, 2018
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF) 

Dr. Douglas Lowy

Global Control of HPV-associated Cancers by Vaccination and Screening

Douglas Lowy, MD
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Laboratory of Cellular Oncology
Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology Michael J. Brody Memorial Lecture

Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

Eva Nogales

Visualizing the molecular machinery in transcription initiation by cryo-EM

Eva Nogales, PhD 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry​ and the Inclusive Excellence Seminar Series

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

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

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Dr. Susan Amara

Dynamic regulation of signaling pathways in dopamine neurons: the intracellular actions of amphetamines

Susan Amara, PhD
Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Scientific Director, Intramural Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Co-Sponsored by the Iowa Neuroscience Institute

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

Dr. Emery Brown

Deciphering the Dyamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia

Emery Brown, MD, PhD
Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Anesthesia and Radiology and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute

RESCHEDULING: Due to a conflict with the American Pain Society meeting, we will reschedule Dr. Brown's visit to Spring 2020.
Wedneday, April 3, 2019
Prem Sahai Audotorium (1110A MERF)

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Dr. Lily Jan

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Lily Jan, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Professor of Physiology
University of California, San Francisco
Co-Sponsored by the Ramon and Victoria Lim Medical Science Lecture in Neurology

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF)

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2019-2020 Schedule Dates

September 12, 2019 - Dr. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil (FOE Diabetes Research Center)
October 1, 2019 - Dr. Judith Campisi (Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center)
November 14, 2019 - Dr. Jeffrey Friedman (Pharmacology/Michael Brody Lecture)
February 20, 2020
March 12 or 26, 2020
April 16, 2020 - Dr. Christopher Walsh (MSTP)
May 7, 2020 - Dr. Louis Staudt (Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/MSTP)


2020-2021 Schedule Dates

September 17, 2020 - Dr. Sekar Kathiresan (IIHG)
October 15, 2020
November 19, 2020
February 18, 2021
March 11 or 25, 2021
April 15, 2021
May 6, 2021