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.

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2018/19 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 10, 2018

Christine MacDonald

​Christine Mac ​Donald, Ph.D. - New Investigator

UW Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, James and Gaye Pigott Endowed Chair at UW School of Medicine

Lecture Title: "Brain Injury and Psychological Health following Combat Deployment: The Invisible Wounds of War"

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 11 AM-12 PM
Location: Health Sciences | HST T739
University of Washington

​October 31, 2018

Su In Lee

Su-In Lee, New Investigator

UW Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Associate Professor Department of Genome Sciences 

Lecture Title: "Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine"

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | 11 AM-12 PM
Location: Health Sciences | HST T739
University of Washington

​November 15, 2018

Trisha Davis

Trisha Davis, Ph.D. - Science in Medicine

UW Professor and Chair, Earl W. Davie/Zymogentics Chair, Department of Biochemistry

 Lecture Title: "Ensuring an Equal Genetic Inheritance: A Tale of Yeast, and the Effort to rebuild one of Nature's most Complex Molecular Machines." 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 1-2 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060 ​
University of Washington 

*Please note that this lecture will not be televised to remote locations. Please join us on the UW campus by utilizing one of the convenient and free shuttles.


January 17, 2019

Thomas Grabowski

Thomas Grabowski, M.D. - Science in Medicine

Director of UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center and UW Integrated Brain Imaging Center, UW Professor of Radiology and Joint Professor of Neurology

Lecture Title: "Imaging the Organization of the Brain in Health and Disease" 
 Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Location: Health Sciences Building, Turner Auditorium | D-209
University of Washington

February 28, 2019

Michael Boeckh

Michael Boeckh, Ph.D.- Science in Medicine

Head, Infectious Disease Science Program, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, UW Professor of Medicine, Attending Physician and Head, SCCA Infectious Disease Consulting Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Lecture Title: TBD 
 Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 12 PM - 1 PM 
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060​
University of Washington

March 14, 2019

Bessie Young

Bessie Young, M.D., MPH - Science in Medicine

UW Professor, Division of Nephrology, Section Head, General Nephrology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Dept. of Medicine 

Lecture Title: TBD
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Location: Health Sciences Building, Turner Auditorium |  D-209​
University of Washington


​WWAMI Lecture

To Be Announced

No WWAMI Lecture this Season


​Distinguished Scientist Lecture
April 17, 2019

Phil Greenberg

Phil Greenberg, M.D.

Head of Program Immunology, Clinical Research Division, UW Professor of Medicine Oncology and Immunology

Lecture Title: TBD

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: TBD
University of Washington

Annual Lecture
May 2, 2019


John A. Iafrate

Pathologist in Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Medical Director, Center for Integrated Diagnostics, Profressor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Lecture Title: TBD

Wednesday, May 2, 2019 | 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Location: TBD
University of Washington ​