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Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched the Flexner 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. All lectures, unless otherwise indicated, start at 4:00 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.


Tony Capra, Ph.D. and Lisa Bastarache, M.S. -  Cutting-Edge Discovery Lecturec/b

  • Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Department of Biomedical Informatics

January 30, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Offices of the Executive Vice President for Research and the Dean of Basic Sciences


Richard Locksley, MD

  • Director of the Sandler Asthma Basic Research Center, University of California, San Francisco

February 20, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation


Jennifer Grandis, MD

  • Robert K. Werbe Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

February 27, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Otolaryngology 


Susan Amara, PhD

  • Scientific Director, National Institute of Mental Health

March 12, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology 


Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD

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

March 26, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Supporting Careers in Research for Interventional Physicians and Surgeons (SCRIPS)


Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado, PhD

  • Investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 

April 16, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Developmental Biology, and Stem Cell Biology