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 an opportunity for researchers to be apprised of findings outside of their immediate fields.

The series offers lectures in four categories: Science in Medicine Lectures, New Investigator Lectures, 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.

John Tuthill

John Tuthill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

New Investigator Lecture: How the Brain Encodes the Body: Neural Mechanisms of Proprioception and Motor Control
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
12:00 PM-1:00 PM | T-739 
University of Washington

Summary: To coordinate complex movements like walking or dancing, the brain must keep track of where the body is in space. This is accomplished through a "sixth sense", known as proprioception. Even though proprioception is so important to how we move through the world, we lack a basic understanding of how it works. We are working to understand how proprioceptive stimuli are detected by mechanosensory neurons, integrated and transformed by the brain, and subsequently used to guide motor behavior. The insights from this work might help guide strategies to restore proprioceptive sensation to patients with sensory neuropathy or ameliorate pathological conditions like chronic joint pain.

Kelley Harris, Ph.D.

Kelley Harris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Genome Sciences

New Investigator Lecture: Tracing the Evolution of Genomic Mutability 
Thursday, October 24, 2019
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM | Foege Auditorium
University of Washington

Summary: Genetic mutation is the ultimate force that creates and destroys life: all adaptations, cancers, and debilitating genetic diseases are set in motion when a cell divides and transmits an imperfect copy of its DNA to one of its daughter cells. As such, DNA replication fidelity is a trait with far reaching effects on both human health and the dynamics of evolution. Mutation rates vary between sites in the genome and also between closely related species, but little is known about the complex covariance of mutation rates across genomic space and evolutionary time. My lab is using genetic variation from diverse organisms to interrogate how mutational landscapes vary and evolve.

Whitney Harrington

Whitney Harrington, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases

New Investigator Lecture: Intergenerational Immune Interactions: The Role of  Maternal Cells in the Development of Fetal and Infant Immunity
Thursday, November 14, 2019
1:00-2:00 PM | Foege Auditorium
University of Washington

Summary: During pregnancy maternal cells traffic from the mother into the fetus and become widely distributed throughout the body, a phenomenon known as maternal microchimerism. We are interested in understanding how these maternal cells affect fetal and infant immune development, response to immunization, and susceptibility to infection. The insights from this work will improve our understanding of these intergenerational immune interactions and may lead to novel prevention strategies for malaria, HIV, and other infections.

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. On behalf of the School of Medicine and the Council on Research and Graduate Education, we congratulate the presenting 2018/19 Science in Medicine Lecturers.

Julie Park

Julie Park

Associate Professor, SOM: Pediatrics: Hematology-Oncology: Hematology-Oncology
Professor, PEDS - Hematology-Oncology
Bushnell, Towne, WIlderson Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuroblastoma, Pediatrics

Dr. Park's primary research focus has been investigating novel therapies for the treatment of refractory and recurrent cancers with a specific focus on high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare but aggressive form of childhood cancer. 

Science in Medicine Lecture: TBA
University of Washington

Stephanie Page

Stephanie Page, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
Section Head, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Harborview Medical Center

Stephanie focuses her research on male reproduction. Her current investigations are centered on understanding the impact of sex steroids on obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and lipids in men. 

Science in Medicine Lecture: TBA
University of Washington

Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Hematology
Bloodworks Northwest Faculty
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, and Pathology

The López laboratory has been involved for many years in studies aimed at understanding the basic mechanisms of platelet adhesion and the roles that platelets play in inflammation. 

Science in Medicine Lecture: TBA
MARCH 2020
University of Washington

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.

Ning Zheng

Ning Zheng, Ph.D.

Professor, Pharmacology

Ning Zheng seeks to understand the intricate interactions and coordinated functions of proteins and signaling molecules found in plants and animals, including humans. Using a structural biology approach, Zheng and his team conduct studies that span several interwoven research areas, including ubiquitination, transcription, plant biology, ion channels, circadian clocks, and drug discovery. Their overarching goal is to apply the underlying biological principles they learn to the development of novel therapeutics as well as to the planet’s ecological balance.

Distinguished Scientist Lecture: TBA

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Room and Time: TBA
University of Washington

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.

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