Science in Medicine Lecture Series

​The Science in Medicine Lecture Series was officially established in 1976 as a means of recognizing and honoring notable School of Medicine faculty research achievements and providing and opportunity for researchers to be apprised of findings outside of their immediate fields.

See a complete list of previous ~ Science in Medicine speakers

The series has evolved since its inception and now consists of five lecture categories: Science in Medicine Lectures, New Investigator Lectures, the WWAMI Lecture, the Distinguished Scientist Lecture, and the Annual Lecture. The speakers are nominated by members of the UW scientific community and final selection is determined by a committee of peers from the Council on Research and Graduate Education (CORGE).

New Investigator Lectures

The New Investigator Lectures, initiated in 1988, provide an important forum for the UW School of Medicine to learn about exceptional junior faculty members' current scientific research

Science in Medicine Lectures

Science in Medicine Lecturers are accomplished faculty selected in recognition of their research as well as for a recent exciting discovery.

WWAMI Lecture

Established in 1985, the WWAMI Lecture is given by an affiliate faculty member from one of the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) sites. The WWAMI Lecture provides a valuable opportunity for interaction between the invited speaker and colleagues at the UW School of Medicine.

Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Inaugurated in 1993, the Distinguished Scientist Lecture recognizes an accomplished UW senior scientist for outstanding achievements in his or her field of research.

Annual Lecture

The first Annual Lecture was presented in 1973 and later became incorporated into the official Science in Medicine Series.   The Annual Lecture recognizes a prominent, nationally recognized scientist whose research has had a profound impact on his or her field.

Lecture Livestream​:

March 28

  • Seattle Children’s - JMB 806, Jack MacDonald Building
  • South Lake Union - Orin Smith Auditorium
  • Gonzaga Campus - Schoenberg Center 303

May 2

  • Seattle Children’s - JMB 706, Jack MacDonald Building
  • South Lake Union - Orin Smith Auditorium
  • Gonzaga Campus - Schoenberg Center 303

2017/18 Science in Medicine Lecture Series

On behalf of the School of Medicine and the Council on Research and Graduate Education, we congratulate the presenting 2017/18​ Science in Medicine Lecturers!

For questions regarding the Science in Medicine Lecture Series, please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Education at 206.221.5807 or email​


​October 26, 2017

Andrew Hseih

​Andrew Hsieh, M.D.

UW Assistant Professor
Molecular & Cellular​ Biology; Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology

Lecture Title: "Protein synthesis control in cancer etiology and therapeutics"

Date/Time: Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 1-2 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060
University of Washington

​November 2, 2017

Kym Ahrens

Kym Ahrens, M.D., MPH

UW Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics; Seattle Children's Hospital & Research Institute

Lecture Title: "Adolescents and young adults in foster care: Using mixed methods research to improve outcomes for a vulnerable population"

Date/Time: Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 1-2 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060
University of Washington

​December 7, 2017

Brian Shirts

Brian Shirts, M.D., Ph.D.

UW Assistant Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine

Lecture Title: "Extreme Personalized Medicine: Building understanding of family specific-variation"
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 1-2 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060 ​
University of Washington


February 1, 2018

Linda Wordeman

Linda Wordeman, Ph.D.

UW Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Department of Biology

Lecture Title: "The Curious Intersection between DNA Repair and Microtubule Dynamics"
 Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB, D-209
University of Washington

February 8, 2018

Brian Childers

Martin K. Childers, D.O. Ph.D.

UW Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

Lecture Title: "An unexpected path from the laboratory to the clinic: a dog's story."
 Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB, D-209
University of Washington

March 28, 2018

Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong, Ph.D.

UW Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Structure

Lecture Title: "Assembling precise neuronal wiring patterns in the healthy and diseased eye."
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB, D-209 
University of Washington


​WWAMI Lecture

To Be Announced

No WWAMI Lecture this Season


​Distinguished Scientist Lecture
April 26, 2018

Bertil Hille

Bertil Hille, Ph.D.

Wayne E. Crill Endowed Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Lecture Title: "G-Protein coupled receptors and membrane phosphoinositide dynamics modulate neuronal excitability"

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Hogness Auditorium | HSB,A-420 
University of Washington

Annual Lecture
May 2, 2018

Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D.

Department of Global Health, Rice University

Lecture Title: "Can We Create and Scale Affordable Technologies to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in sub-Saharan Africa?" 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB,D-209
University of Washington