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Past Speakers


"Insights into neurodegenerative disease using stem cells, robotics, machine learning and genomics"

Steve Finkbeiner, MD, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Investigator at Gladstone Institute, University of California, San Francisco

Director, Taube/Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at Gladstone Institute

Investigator, Roddenberry Center for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine

Professor of Neurobiology and Physiology at UCSF



"Edward J. Van Liere, Father of the WVU Medical Center"

Special Guest Speaker:

William Neal, MD

Professor Emeritus, Preventative Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University

The first recipient of the first Van Liere award for medical student research in 1965.


"From Peroxisomes to Personalized Medicine"

Jeremy Berg, Ph.D.

Director of the UPMC Institute for Personalized Medicine
Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning
Professor of Computational and Systems Biology
University of Pittsburgh



"Endothelium-Dependent Dilation in the Human Microcirculation: A Window Into Vascular Health and Disease"

David D. Gutterman, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean
Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology
Medical College of Wisconsin



"The Future of Public Health & Medicine in a Crowded, Diverse, Stratified, Hi-Tech, Hot, Urbanized, Polluted, Thirsty, Hungry and Debt-Ridden World"

Howard Hu, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.

NSF International Dept Chair, Environmental Health Sciences
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Professor of Epidemiology
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan



"How to Make a Heart: Towards Heart Stem Cell Therapeutics"

Kenneth Chien, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School
Scientific Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute



"Genetic epidemiology of atherosclerosis hypertension, and target organ damage from hypertension"

Donna Arnett Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Chair and Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham



"Nutritional Intervention in Neural Degeneration & Stroke"

Chandan K. Sen, Ph.D. 

Assoc. Dean of Translational & Applied Research
Professor of Surgery; Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry
The Ohio State University



Neurobiology of Child Abuse & Neglect – Implications for Prevention & Treatment of Depression & Anxiety Disorders

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D. 

Reunette W. Harris Professor & Chair
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine



Translational Clinical Research in Patients - New Insights into Asthma

Charles G. Irvin, Ph.D. 

Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Director, Vermont Lung Center
University of Vermont College of Medicine



Early Childhood Exposure to Environmental Pollutants – Implications for Lung Disease

Charles G. Plopper, Ph.D. 

Professor of Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Director, NIH Multidisciplinary Program Project
University of California at Davis



Role of Stem Cells in Cancer Metastasis

Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D.

President and Scientific Director
Children’s Memorial Research Center
Professor of Pediatrics
Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University



Gut-Brain Axis: Relevance to Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

Patrick Tso, Ph.D. 

Professor of Pathology and Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Member, Genome Research Institute
Director, Mouse Phenotype – NIH Center of Excellence
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine



The Road to Stockholm: A Nobel Mission

Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D. 

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
UCLA School of Medicine
1998 Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine