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Major NIH Lectures

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 in 2012.

The NIH Director's Lectures
As part of NIH's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, the Director's Lectures feature leading researchers from around the globe. Nominated by scientists and interest groups throughout NIH, the NIH Director specifically approves these annual lectures.

  • IDH Mutations: Oncometabolite Deregulation of Epigenetic Remodeling—Craig B. Thompson, June 13, 2012. Videocast.
  • Twenty-first Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School, and Office—Martha Farah, May 2, 2012. Videocast.
  • Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends—Anthony Atala, January 25, 2012. Videocast.
R.E. Dyer Lecture
Established in 1950 in honor of former NIH director Dr. Rolla E. Dyer, a noted authority on infectious diseases. The lectureship, part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, features internationally renowned researchers who have contributed substantially to medical as well as biological knowledge of infectious diseases.

  • Working to End the HIV Pandemic: Glimmers of Hope—Myron S. Cohen, September 19, 2012. Videocast.
  • Molecular Dialogues with the Microbiota: Insights from the Zebrafish Intestine—Karen Guillemin, February 8, 2012. Videocast.
Robert S. Gordon Lecture in Epidemiology
Named in honor of Robert S. Gordon, Jr., former Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and Special Assistant to former NIH Director James Wyngaarden, it is part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Topics focus on clinical research and epidemiology.

  • The Obesity Epidemic: Why Have We Failed?—Lewis H. Kuller, February 15, 2012. Videocast.
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. This annual lecture is part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.

  • Nuclear Damage and Miscounted Chromosomes: Human T Cell Leukemia Virus Transformation of Cells—Kuan-Teh Jeang, October 24, 2012. Videocast
Florence Mahoney Lecture on Aging
Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and now part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, the lecture 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.

  • Is aging reversible? Resetting the clock—Thomas A. Rando, September 12, 2012. Videocast.
G. Burroughs Mider Lecture
Established in 1968 in honor of the first NIH director of laboratories and clinics. The lecture, part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Seriesis presented by an NIH intramural scientist to recognize and appreciate outstanding contributions to biomedical research.

  • Genome Integrity and Cancer Prevention: Molecular Mechanisms of DNA Repair”—Wei Yang, February 22, 2012. Videocast.
Marshall W. Nirenberg Lecture
This lecture, established in 2011, recognizes Marshall Nirenberg for his work to decipher the genetic code, which resulted in his sharing the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Nirenberg's career at the NIH spanned more than 50 years, and his later research focused on neuroscience, with particular emphasis on neural development. The Nirenberg lecture recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to genetics and molecular biology.

  • Evolution and Cancer—David Botstein, January 4, 2012. Videocast
Margaret Pittman Lecture
Part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, the lecture is given by a researcher dedicated to advancing and improving the careers of women scientists. Since 1994 when this annual lecture began, every speaker has exemplified the intelligence, scientific excellence and drive that made Margaret Pittman a leader as the first female laboratory chief at NIH.

  • Targeting Oncogenic Pathways in Head and Neck Cancer—Jennifer Grandis, December 12, 2012. Videocast.
  • Computational Biology in the 21st Century: Making Sense out of Massive Data—Bonnie Berger, February 1, 2012. Videocast.
J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture
The NIH Director’s Cultural Lecture, part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series was renamed in 2008 in honor of Joseph “Ed” Rall, who helped to define NIH’s modern intramural research program and, in the 1950s, to establish a stable academic-like community within a rapidly expanding government agency.

  • That Used to Be Us: How America Lost Its Way and How We Find Our Way Back—Thomas L. Friedman, May 24, 2012. Videocast.
This page last reviewed on March 19, 2013

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