Upcoming Lectures

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched the Discovery Lecture Series featuring the world's most eminent scientists, who will speak on the highest-impact research and policy issues in science and medicine today. In light of COVID-19, the Discovery Lecture Series may be conducted via interactive webinar, or in person with associated live stream. See each event listing for details. All lectures, unless otherwise indicated, start at 4:00 p.m. Please register here in order to receive the webinar instructions (only for lectures indicated as virtual).


Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD

  • University Professor of the Medical Humanities, Professor of Medicine, Health Policy and American Studies, George Washington University

  • Adjunct Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

April 18, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. | Location: 208 Light Hall

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program

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Frances Ashcroft, FRS, FMedSci, DBE

  • Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford

  • Fellow, Trinity College of Oxford

  • Fellow, Royal Society of London

March 21, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. | Location: 208 Light Hall

Sponsored by the Offices of the Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer and the Dean of Basic Sciences

A recording of the lecture will be posted soon.


Timothy Springer, PhD

  • Chair, Computational and Systems Biology Program Latham Family Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

  • Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Investigator, Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

February 8, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. | Location: 208 Light Hall

Sponsored by the Brock Family Center for Applied Innovation

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