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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, we will be conducting the Discovery Lecture Series via webinar to ensure the health and safety of all participants. All lectures, unless otherwise indicated, start at 4:00 p.m. Please register here in order to receive the webinar instructions.  


George Koob, PhD

  • Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

November 5, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Anesthesiology and the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research 


Bruce Tromberg, PhD

  • Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 

November 19, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science 


Michael 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


Juanita 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


Mukesh 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


Christine Cassel, MD

  • Presidential Chair, University of California, San Francisco

March 25, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Health Policy


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


Donald Berwick, MD, MPP 

  • President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

April 15, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Informatics