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December 6, 2023 – Sofia Axelrod, Ph.D.
Sleep and Beyond: How Basic Research is Leading a Revolution in Circadian Medicine

November 15, 2023 – A. James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathways to Regeneration: Uncovering New Possibilities in Medicine

2023 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Lily Jan, Ph.D. and Eve Marder, Ph.D.
Lily Jan, Ph.D. and Eve Marder, Ph.D.

May 11, 2023 – Elaine V. Fuchs, Ph.D.
Skin Stem Cells: Coping with Stress, Inflammation, and Cancer

April 27, 2023 – Erich D. Jarvis, Ph.D. and Constantina Theofanopoulou, Ph.D.
Hardwired for Song and Dance: The Neurobiology of Language and Movement

2022 CELEBRATING SCIENCE Benefit – Sohail Tavazoie, M.D., Ph.D.
Taking Aim at Moving Targets: How Promising New Cancer Drugs Block Metastasis

Inaugural Symposium for The Price Family Center for the Social Brain – David Anderson, Ph.D. ’83
Understanding Our Social Brain: How Neurons Encode Innate Social Behaviors

2022 Fall Morning Lecture – Dana Orange, M.D., M.Sc.
New Insights into Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Self-Testing Could Revolutionize the Fight Against Autoimmune Diseases

Kellen Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund Speaker Series – Shruti Naik, Ph.D. and Ekaterina V. Vinogradova, Ph.D.
Candid Conversations: Illuminating the Tenure-track Pathway

2022 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Katalin Karikó, Ph.D.
Katalin Karikó

2022 25th Anniversary Lecture and Luncheon – Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D.
Unlocking the Science of Memory

2022 Spring Webinar for Benefactors & Friends – Holly S. Andersen, M.D.
Heart Disease and Stroke in 2022: Research, Treatment, Prevention

A Portrait of Discovery: Five Rockefeller Trailblazers Who Made Scientific History
An Unveiling Celebration

Kellen Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund Speaker Series – Karen Akinsanya, Ph.D., Leigh Baxt, Ph.D., Jeanne Farrell, Ph.D., and Jessica Hopfield, Ph.D. ’91
Pathways in Bioscience: Four Prespectives Beyond the Bench

2021 Women & Science Fall Morning Webinar – Kate Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Why Are Diseases of Affluence and Age Rising?

2021 CELEBRATING SCIENCE Virtual Benefit
Honoring Pfizer and Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO

Fall Webinar for Benefactors & Friends – Daniel Mucida, Ph.D.
The Inside Story: How the Microbiome Influences Communication Between Our Nervous and Immune Systems

2021 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Pamela J. Björkman, Ph.D.
Pamela J. Björkman, Ph.D.

24th Annual Women & Science Lecture – Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D., ’05
Nature vs. Nurture: Exploring the Building Blocks of Social Behavior

Kellen Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund Speaker Series – Brandy Houser, Ph.D.
Demystifying the Therapeutic Development Ecosystem: A Roadmap of What You Need to Know

Women & Science Spring Morning Webinar – Mandë Holford, Ph.D., ‘03
From Beach to Bench and Beyond: Venom’s Therapeutic Potential for Pain and Cancer

Kellen Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund Speaker Series – Karen Akinsanya, Ph.D
Conversations with Women Leaders in Bioscience

Women & Science Fall Morning Webinar – Natalie L. Rasgon, M.D., Ph.D.
The Brain on Stress: A Pandemic of Depression, Diabetes and Dementia

2020 CELEBRATING SCIENCE Virtual Benefit
The Convergence of Science and Medicine

2020 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Joanne Chory, Ph.D.
Joanne Chory, Ph.D.

2020 Fall Webinar – Paul Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
Burning Question: Can Some Body Fat Keep You Thin?

2020 COVID-19 Webinar for W&S – Marina Caskey, M.D.
Antibody Therapeutics and Pathways to Prevention

2019 Fall Breakfast Program – Xioawei Zhuang, Ph.D.
Visualizing the Invisible: Bio-Imaging at the Nanoscale and Genomic Scale

2019 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.
Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.

2019 Fall Evening Program – Sidney Strickland, Ph.D.
The Clot Thickens: New Concepts for Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

2019 CELEBRATING SCIENCE Benefit – Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Constant Change: The Ever-Developing Brain

2019 Lecture and Luncheon – Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.
Diet, Genes, and Disease

2019 Spring Evening Program – Winrich Freiwald, Ph.D., Christina Pressl, M.D.
What Makes Us Human?
The Neuroscience of Social Intelligence


2019 Spring Breakfast Program – Alison North, Ph.D.
A Voyage Into an Invisible World
How Modern Microscopes are Transforming Science


2018 CELEBRATING SCIENCE Benefit – Michael Young, Ph.D.
Sleep: A Necessary Luxury

2018 Fall Evening Program – Jue Chen, Ph.D., Roderick MacKinnon, M.D.
Science Goes 3-D
Revealing the Atomic Secrets Inside Our Cells


2018 Fall Breakfast Program – Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.
The CRISPR Revolution
Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution


2018 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.
Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.

2018 Lecture and Luncheon – Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D.
DNA Repair: The Power of Precision Medicine in Treating Cancer

2018 Spring Breakfast Program – Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., Yejing Ge, Ph.D., Samantha Larsen
Women, Science, and Mentoring: NextGen Leaders and Entrepreneurs

2018 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Regina Cunningham, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC, FAAN
Nursing: A Catalyst to Drive Value in Health Care

2017 Fall Breakfast Program – Paula A. Johnson, M.D.
Sex and Gender: Critical Components in the Quest for Precision Medicine

2017 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – JoAnne Stubbe, Ph.D.
JoAnne Stubbe, Ph.D.

2017 Fall Evening Program – Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D.
Memory: New Insights into the Dynamic Brain

2017 Lecture and Luncheon – Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.
Global Health is Local Health: Eradicating Threats From A to Zika

2017 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Gwenyth R. Wallen, Ph.D., R.N.
Clinical Research Nursing and Nursing Science: A Perfect Partnership

2017 Spring Breakfast Program – Nina V. Fedoroff, Ph.D.
GMOs, CRISPR, and Modern Agriculture

Special Evening Program – Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D., Laura Landro
A Conversation with Richard P. Lifton led by Laura Landro

2016 Fall Breakfast Program – Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.
Tiny Conspiracies: Cell to Cell Communication in Bacteria

2016 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.
Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.

2016 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D.
How Long Could We Live? Harnessing Our Longevity Genes

2016 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Advancing Science, Improving Lives

2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.
Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.

2015 Fall Breakfast Program – Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.
Genetic Disorders of Dietary Excess: Getting to the Heart of the Matte

2015 Fall Evening Program – Michael W. Young, Ph.D., Ana C. Krieger, M.D., M.P.H.
SLEEP: Why Our Brains and Bodies Need It

2015 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D., Laura Landro
Understanding Addictions: Genes, Molecular Neurobiology, Behavior, and New Treatment Insights

2015 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Afaf I. Meleis, Dr. P.S. (hon), FAAN
NextGen Health Care: The Stars are Aligned

2014 Fall Evening Program – Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
At the Frontier of Neuroscience: Launching the BRAIN Initiative

2014 Fall Evening Program – Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D.
The Pink and Blue in Gray Matter: Hormones, Gender, and the Developing Mind

2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D.
Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D.

2014 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Stem Cells and the Promise of Regenerative Medicine

2014 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Lily Thomas, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Implementation of Evidence-Based Nursing: Implications for Leadership, Education, and Practice

2014 Winter Evening Program – Sohail Tavazoie, M.D., Ph.D., Jennifer Stein, M.D., Ph.D., Debra Black
Sun Exposure, Genetics and Melanoma: A Worldwide Health Challenge

2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.
Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.

2013 Fall Breakfast Forum – Holly S. Andersen, M.D.
Affairs of the Heart: Gender Differences in Heart Disease and Stroke

2013 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Ancient Molecules and the Modern Brain: Understanding Our Social Nature

2013 Winter Evening Program – John Coates, Ph.D., Linda Wilbrecht, Ph.D.
The Biology of Risk-Taking: How Age, Gender and Experience Affect Decisions and Behavior

2013 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Diana J. Mason, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Research and Innovations in Nursing and Health Care

2012 Fall Evening Program – Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.
Illuminating Resilience: How Stress and Trauma Can Transform Us

2012 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.

2012 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Titia de Lange, Ph.D.
When Good Genes Go Bad: Deciphering the Cancer Genome

2012 Beatrice Renfield Lecture
Past, Present, and Future of Clinical Research Nursing

2012 Spring Breakfast Forum – Kimberly Mowry, Ph.D.
A Pattern for Life: How a Single Egg Cell Sets the Stage for Development

2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Brenda Milner, Ph.D.

2011 Fall Breakfast Forum – Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Stem Cells: What These Lifelong Companions Can Teach Us About Cancer, Aging and Regenerative Medicine

2011 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D., Frederic Malle
Scent & Behavior: An Evocative Relationship

2011 Beatrice Renfield Lecture – Deborah A. Chyun, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN
Diabetes and Heart Disease: Mentoring the Next Generation of Nurse-Scientists

2011 Spring Breakfast Forum – Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D.
Regarding the Resilient Genome: How Cells Block Cancer and Age Gracefully

2010 Fall Evening Program – Sarah F. Leibowitz, Ph.D., Evelyn Attia, M.D.
Body Image, Nutrition, and Eating Disorders: Insights from Neuroscience and Psychiatry

2010 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. and Janet D. Rowley, M.D.

2010 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Jan L. Breslow, M.D., Barry S. Coller, M.D.
The Latest Word on Heart Disease and Stroke: Research, Prevention, and Treatment

2010 Spring Breakfast Forum – Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., Darcy Kelley, Ph.D., Halla Tomasdottir
Hormones and Profits: Is Gender Balance Better for Business?

2009 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Suzanne Cory, Ph.D., F.R.S.

2009 Fall Breakfast Forum – Sohail Tavazoie, M.D., Ph.D.
Stopping Cancer in its Tracks: New Approaches to Preventing Metastasis

2009 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., Eric Kandel, M.D., Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.
The Brain Trust Speaks: Three Leading Investigators Consider the Future of Neuroscience

2009 Beatrice Renfield Lecture
Professional Nursing in the 21st Century Challenges & Opportunities

2008 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize – Marilyn A. DeLuca, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Dr. Carol W. Greider, and Dr. Vicki Lundblad

2009 Spring Breakfast Forum – David G. Nathan, M.D.
The Cancer Treatment Revolution

2008 Fall Breakfast Forum – Mary Sano, Ph.D., Samuel Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Paul Greengard, Ph.D.
Can Science Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease?

2008 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D.
Understanding Addiction: Genes, Behavior and New Treatment Insights

2007 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Dr. Gail Martin, Dr. Beatrice Mintz, and Dr. Elizabeth Robertson

2008 Spring Breakfast Forum – Sarah Schlesinger, M.D.
At Long Last a Cervical Cancer Vaccine is Here: Are Other Vaccines on the Way?

2008 Winter Evening Program – Joel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. P.H., Deborah Balk, Ph.D., Ellen Brennan-Galvin, Ph.D., Darren Walker, Esq.
The Future of Cities: How Climate Change, Population Trends and Urbanization Will Transform Our World

2007 Fall Evening Program – Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D.
Aging and the Discovery of “Longevity Genes”

2007 Fall Breakfast Forum – Sidney Strickland, Ph.D.
When Good Nerves Go Bad: Stem Cell Treatment of Neurological Disease

2007 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Titia de Lange, Ph.D., Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D., Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.
Women In Science: Pioneers, Progress and the Unfinished Agenda

2007 Spring Breakfast Forum – Sarah F. Leibowitz, Ph.D.
Fats, Sugar and Alcohol: A Delicate Balance in Body Weight Regulation

2007 Winter Evening Program – Barry S. Coller, M.D.
Translational Research—How the Drug Pipeline Works

2006 Fall Evening Program – Eric Kandel, M.D.
We Are What We Remember: Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality

2006 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Dr. Mary Frances Lyon

2006 Fall Breakfast Forum – Darcy Kelley, Ph.D., Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., Margaret Polaneczky, M.D., Samuel E. Gandy, M.D., Ph.D.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Revisited: Four Years Later

2006 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Simple Creatures, Complex Lives: Understanding the Genetic Basis of Behavior

2006 Spring Breakfast Forum – Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.
Prions, Mad Cow Disease and Shape-shifters of Memory

2006 Winter Evening Program – Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D.
Outwitting Cancer: The Promise of New Vaccine Therapies

2005 Fall Evening Program – Martha Farah, Ph.D., Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.
In an Era of Prozac and Ritalin—Is Brain Enhancement Ethical? Is It Smart?

2005 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Dr. Philippa Marrack

2005 Fall Breakfast Forum – Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.
Scents and Sensibility

2005 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Paul Nurse, Ph.D., Madhav Dhodapkar, M.D., Titia de Lange, Ph.D., Anne Moore, Ph.D.
Cancer Treatment and Prevention—Where Are We Headed?

2005 Spring Breakfast Forum – Eric Kandel, Ph.D.
We Are What We Remember: Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality

2005 Winter Evening Program – Jan L. Breslow, M.D., Barry S. Coller, M.D.
Affairs of the Heart: Recent Insights into Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

2004 Inaugural Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Dr. Nicole Le Douarin

2004 Fall Breakfast Forum – Sarah J. Schlesinger, M.D.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vaccines—and More

2004 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Mamphela Ramphele, Ph.D.
Women’s Health and Development: A Global Perspective

2004 Spring Breakfast Forum – Ali Brivanlou, Ph.D.
The Promise of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

2003 Fall Breakfast Forum – Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D., Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.
A Conversation about the Biology of Stress and Addiction

2003 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Is Beauty Skin Deep? The Fascinating Biology of the Skin

2003 Spring Breakfast Forum – Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
Weight Loss, Weight Gain: Genetics and the Body-Brain Connection

2002 Fall Breakfast Forum – Darcy Kelley, Ph.D., C. Dominique Toran-Allerand, M.D., Samuel E. Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Richard S. Bockman, M.D., Ph.D., Jan Breslow, M.D., Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.
The Estrogen Question: Science Seeks an Answer

2002 Spring Lecture and Luncheon
How Children Learn: Language, Hearing & the Brain

2002 Spring Breakfast Forum – Lisa Drakeman, Ph.D., Teena Lerner, Ph.D.
All’s Well that Ends Well: What Chomosome Tips Can Tell Us about Cancer and Aging

2001 Fall Breakfast Forum – Nina Bhardwaj, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Darnell, M.D., Ph.D.
New Vaccine Strategies: Priming the Immune System to Battle Cancer and Infection

2001 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Terry Gaasterland, Ph.D., Arnold Levine, Ph.D.
Biology Enters the Information Age: Combating Illness with Personalized Medicine

2001 Spring Breakfast Forum – Lisa Drakeman, Ph.D., Teena Lerner, Ph.D.
Biotechnology in the Post-genomic Era

2000 Fall Breakfast Forum – Richard Bockman, M.D., Ph.D., Jan Breslow, M.D., Howard Fillit, M.D., Barbara Levine, M.D.
The Estrogen Question: Aging, Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, Menopause and Nutrition

2000 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D.
Dynamic Architecture: Recent Thoughts on the Brain’s Growth and Repair

2000 Spring Breakfast Forum – Robert Lahita, M.D., Ph.D., Jeffrey Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D.
Vulnerabilities of the Female Immune System: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Autoimmune Disorders

1999 Fall Breakfast Forum – Arnold Levine, Ph.D.
Putting the Breaks on Cancer: The p53 Tumor Suppressor Gene

1999 Spring Lecture and Luncheon – Titia de Lange, Ph.D.
The Problem with Immortality: Chromosomes, Cancer & Aging

1999 Spring Breakfast Forum – Michael W. Young, Ph.D.
The Other Biological Clock: How the Body’s Daily Rhythms Affect Life and Death

1998 Fall Breakfast Forum – Jan Breslow, M.D.
Heart Disease: Women’s Leading Health Threat

1998 Spring – Darcy Kelley, Ph.D., Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.
Estrogen & the Brain: New Insights into Women’s Health