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.


Roland Eils, PhD

  • Founding Director, Center for Digital Health at the Berlin Institute of Health

  • Charite University Medical Center Berlin

October 21, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Quantitative Systems Biology Center and the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center

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Susan Amara, PhD

  • Senior Director, National Institute of Mental Health

October 7, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology

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Jennifer Doudna, PhD

  • Founder and President, Innovative Genomics Institute

  • Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair and Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

July 22, 2021 | 2:35 p.m.

Sponsored by the Offices of the Executive Vice President for Research and the Dean of Basic Sciences

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Donald Berwick, MD, MPP

  • President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

April 15, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center

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Richard Tsien, PhD

  • Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
  • Director, Neuroscience Institute
  • Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience
  • Professor, Department of Neurology

April 8, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute

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Christine Cassel, MD

  • Presidential Chair, University of California, San Francisco

March 25, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Health Policy

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David DeMets, PhDdemets

  • Max Halperin Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

March 18, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Biostatistics

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Mukesh Jain, MDMukesh Jain, MD

  • Professor, Department of Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics, Case Western University

March 11, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program

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Juanita Merchant, MD, PhDJuanita Merchant, MD, PhD

  • Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

February 25, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt SCRIPS: Supporting Careers in Research for Interventional Physicians and Surgeons

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Michael Rosen, PhDMichael Rosen, PhD

  • Mar Nell and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry
  • Chair, Department of Biophysics

January 14, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Center for Structural Biology

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