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NIH Almanac - Lectures

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The constant exchange of ideas is crucial to progress in medical research. Findings in one field often unexpectedly affect thinking in others. To encourage this exchange of ideas in its own laboratories, NIH hosts more than 1,200 scientific lectures each year by its own researchers and by distinguished visiting scientists from other research institutions. Here are a few highlights of the many lectures NIH hosted during the past year.
The NIH Director's Lecture
R.E. Dyer Lecture
The George Khoury Lecture
The DeWitt Stetten Jr., Lecture
The Florence Mahoney Lecture
Gordon Lecture
The Kinyoun Lecture
The G. Burroughs Mider Lecture

The NIH Director's Lecture
Speakers nominated by researchers and scientific interest groups throughout NIH, and approved by the NIH Director.

January 21, 2004
John W. Daly, "Pathogenesis Studies of Polyglutamine-Induced Neurodegenerative Disease"

February 11, 2004
Catherine Verfaillie, "Greater Potency of Adult Stem Cells"

October 6, 2004
David R. Cox, "Human Genetic Variation and Common Diseases: A Short-Term Approach for Improving Human Health"

February 12, 2003
Huda Y. Zoghbi, "Pathogenesis Studies of Polyglutamine-Induced Neurodegenerative Disease"

October 29, 2003
NIH Director's Cultural Lecture
John McNeill, "Environment and Society Since 1900: A Global Perspective"

November 19, 2003
James E. Darnell, Jr., "The STAT3 Transcription Factor as a Cancer Target"


R.E. Dyer Lecture
The lectureship was established in 1950 in honor of former NIH director Dr. Rolla E. Dyer, a noted authority on infectious diseases. The Dyer lectureship is an honor conferred on an internationally renowned researcher who has contributed substantially to medical as well as biological knowledge of infectious diseases.

April 14, 2004
Rolf M. Zinkernagel, "Antiviral Immunity and Vaccines"

January 15, 2003
Susan Gottesman, "Biological Circuits with Small RNA Switches"


The George Khoury Lecture
Organized by NIH scientists to honor the memory of Dr. George Khoury, who was highly regarded as a superb scientist and caring mentor of the postdoctoral fellows in his laboratory.

October 13, 2004
Laimonis A. Laimins, "Life Cycle of Human Papillomaviruses in Differentiating Epithelia"

September 17, 2003
Peter Gruss, "The George Khoury Legacy: From Transcription to Regenerative Medicine"


The DeWitt Stetten Jr., Lecture
Established by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in 1982 and presented annually in honor of Dr. Stetten, the third NIGMS director.

October 27, 2004
Roderick MacKinnon, "Ion Channels: Life’s Electronic Hardware"

October 22, 2003
Andrew Fire, "RNA-Triggered Genetic Silencing Mechanisms"


The Florence Mahoney Lecture
Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The series recognizes Mrs. Mahoney's lifetime commitment to medical research and its benefits to people worldwide. Florence Stephenson Mahoney is widely known for her dedicated efforts in shaping national health science policy, particularly with respect to aging.

December 15, 2004
Leroy Hood, "Systems of Biology and Predictive and Preventive Medicine"

March 12, 2003
Elizabeth Blackburn, "Telomeres and Telomerase: Their Functional Interplay and its Cellular Consequences"

December 3, 2003
Gary Ruvkun, "Genetic and RNAi Analysis of C. Elegans Aging"


The Gordon Lecture
Named in honor of Robert S. Gordon, Jr., M.D., former Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and Special Assistant to former NIH Director, Dr. James Wyngaarden. Topics focus on clinical research and epidemiology.

May 12, 2004
Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, "Diversity, Body Size and Diabetes: Genetics Without Genotyping"

April 16, 2003
Jeremiah Stamler, "Nutrition, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol – And Low Risk"


The Kinyoun Lecture
Established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1979 to honor Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun, who established in 1887 the Laboratory of Hygiene on Staten Island, the predecessor of the National Institutes of Health.

October 14, 2004
Francis V. Chisari, "The Host-Virus Standoff During Persistent Viral Infections"

October 24, 2003
Julie Gerberding, "21st-Century Health Threats: The New Normal"

The G. Burroughs Mider Lecture
Established in 1968 in honor of the first NIH director of laboratories and clinics. The lecture is presented by an NIH intramural scientist to recognize and appreciate outstanding contributions to biomedical research.

March 24, 2004
Neal G. Copeland and Nancy A. Jenkins, "Retroviral Insertional Mutagenesis: A Roadmap for Navigating the Cancer Genome"

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