Benning Society Lectures

The endowment also establishes the prestigious H. A. and Edna Benning Medical Society. The group includes each of the Benning chair holders and sponsors a lecture or symposium series held at the university focusing on leading-edge medicine.

2015–2016 Lecture Series and 2016 Benning Public Lecture in Medicine

September 22, 2015
Bioscience Symposium and
Don Summers Memorial Lecture
7:00pm, Marriott University Park Hotel
David Baker, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
University of Washington
“Post-Evolutionary Biology; Design of Novel Protein Structures, Functions and Assemblies”
Host: Wes Sundquist, Biochemistry

October 27, 2015
Andrew Weyrich, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Basic & Translational Sciences
Professor of Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine
“Novel Functions of Anucleate Platelets in Health & Disease”
Host: Guy Zimmerman, Internal Medicine

November 10, 2015
Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Research Professor
Armstrong Professor of Genetic Medicine, Pediatrics,
Medicine, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Biological Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“Hypoxia-Inducible Factors in Physiology and Medicine”
Host: Josef Prchal, Medicine

November 24, 2015
Jan-Ake Gustafsson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling
“Estrogen Receptor beta and Liver X Receptor beta in Health and Disease”
Host: Tianxin Yang, Internal Medicine

December 8, 2015
Patrick T. Ellinor, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
“Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation”
Host: Martin Tristani-Firouzi, CVRTI

January 12, 2016
Jody Rosenblatt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Oncological Sciences
Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah School of Medicine
“Epithelial Cell Turnover: New Roles of Mechanical Tensions Controlling Cell Death and Division”
Host: Brad Cairns, Oncological Sciences

January 26, 2016
Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D.
Professor of Development Neurobiology
Director, The Center for Regenerative Medicine
Department of Chemical Physiology
The Scripps Research Institute
“The Secret Lives of Stem Cells: Genomics, Epigenetics and Cell Replacement Therapy”
Host: Thomas E Lane, Pathology

February 9, 2016
Peter Tontonoz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine
HHMI Investigator
University of California Los Angeles
“Transcriptional Control of Lipid Metabolism”
Host: Claudio Villanueva, Biochemistry

February 23, 2016
Ron Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science/ Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Mammalian Synthetic Biology”
Host: Dana Carroll, Biochemistry

March 8, 2016
Barry M. Lester, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Pediatrics
Director, Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk
Women and Infants Center for Children and Families
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
“Epigenetically Yours, A Signature for the Development of Mental Health Disorders in Children”
Host: Karen Buchi, Pediatrics

March 22, 2016
Lorenz Studer, M.D.
Director of the Sloan-Kettering Center for Stem Cell Biology
Professor of Neuroscience, Developmental Biology and Neurosurgery
Weill-Cornell Graduate School
Sloan-Kettering Institute
“Targeting Neural Disease via Pluripotent Stem Cells”
Host: Alex Shcheglovitov, Neurobiology and Anatomy

April 11, 2016
Benning Public Lecture
6:00pm, Rice Eccles Stadium
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Professor
Departments of Medicine (Medical Genetics) and Genome Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine
“Genomic Analysis of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer:
From Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health”
Host: Lynn Jorde, Human Genetics

April 26, 2016
Stanislav Shvartsman, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Princeton University
“Quantitative Understanding of RASopathies: A Large Class of Developmental Abnormalities”
Host: Anthea Letsou, Human Genetics

May 10, 2016
Michael N. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry
Biozentrum, University of Basel
“TOR Signaling in Growth and Metabolism”
Host: Kirk R. Thomas, Internal Medicine
Costa Georgopoulos, Biochemistry

May 24, 2016
Sarah A. Tishkoff, Ph.D.
David Lyn Silfen University Professor
Departments of Genetics and Biology
University of Pennsylvania
“Integrative Genomic Studies of Adaptive Traits in Africa”
Host: Nels Elde, Human Genetics

2014–2015 Lectures

September 23, 2014

Bioscience Symposium and Don Summers Memorial Lecture
7:00pm, Marriott University Park Hotel
Zhigang He, Ph.D
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Harvard Medical School
“Towards Rebuilding Neuronal Circuits after Injury”
Host: Richard Dorsky, Neurobiology and Anatomy

October 14, 2014

Carlos Campbell, M.D., M.Ph.D
Director, Malaria Control and Elimination Program
Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health
“Malaria Eradication: An Audacious Goal”
Host: Kristine Campbell, Pediatrics

October 28, 2014

Chris Hill, D.Phil.
Professor of Biochemistry
University of Utah
“Activating the Proteasome”
Host: Wes Sundquist, Biochemistry

November 11, 2014

Michael Sheetz, Ph.D.
Director, Mechanobiology Institute of Singapore
National Institute of Singapore
“Cells Sense Rigidity by Pinching the Matrix”
Host: Wes Sundquist, Biochemistry

November 25, 2014

Joseph Wu, M.D., Ph.D
Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Professor, Dept. of Medicine/Cardiology and Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiac Cells for Disease Mechanism and Drug Discovery”
Host: Martin Tristani-Frouzi, CVRTI

December 9, 2014

Monte Westerfield, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Institute of Neuroscience
University of Oregon
“Usher Syndrome: From Genes to Therapies”
Host: David J. Grunwald, Human Genetics

January 13, 2015

Jeffrey Lichtman, MD, Ph.D
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard Medical School
“Connectomics in Systems Biology”
Host: Joseph Yost, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Pediatrics

January 27, 2015

Cedric Blanpain, Ph.D.
Professor of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
WELBIO, Interdisciplinary Research Institute
Universite, Libre de Bruxelles
“Mechanisms Regulating Stemness in Sink Cancers”
Host: Gabrielle Kardon

February 10, 2015

Anne Carpenter, Ph.D.
Director of Imaging Platform
The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
“Extracting Biological Knowledge from Images”
Host: Dean Y. Li, Internal Medicine

February 24, 2015

Kathryn J. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology
New York University School of Medicine
“Role of Netrin-1 in the Regulation of Chronic Inflammation”
Host: Peter Jensen, Pathology
Dean Y. Li, Internal Medicine

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Benning Public Lecture

Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Medicine
Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Duke University School of Medicine
"Thoughts on the Second Century of Academic Medicine"
Host: Wes Sundquist, Biochemistry

View the video of Dr. Andrews lecture here.

March 10, 2015

Helen Hobbs, M.D.
Director, McDermott Center for Human Growth & Development
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
“Nature, Nurture and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”
Host: Anthea Letsou, Human Genetics

March 24, 2015

Matthew H. Samore, M.D.
Chief, Division of Epidemiology
University of Utah
“Program to Improve Population Health through Science and Innovation”
Host: John Hoidal, Internal Medicine

April 14, 2015

Jasper Rine, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
University of California, Berkeley
Epigenetic Regulation of Transcription”
Host: David Stillman, Pathology

April 28, 2015

David Agard, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco
“The Structure of Mechanism of the Hsp90 Molecular Chaperone: New Insights into the Yin and Yang of Client Activation”
Host: Christopher Hill, Biochemistry

May 12, 2015

Connie Eaves, Ph.D.
Distinguished Scientist / Professor
Terry Fox Laboratory
British Columbia Cancer Agency
Department of Medical Genetics
University of British Columbia
“Hematopoietic Stem Cells - the Concept and the Reality”
Host: Michael Deininger, Hematology