UW Medicine Faculty Present the Leading Edge of Research

Since its launch in 1976, the Science in Medicine Lecture Series has recognized the School of Medicine faculty research achievements and provided an opportunity for researchers to explore topics outside of their immediate fields.

Lectures are organized into the four categories described below. Speakers are nominated by members of the School of Medicine scientific community and final selection is determined by a committee of peers from the Council on Research and Graduate Education (CORGE).

Science in Medicine Lecture Series

Peer-selected UW Medicine faculty present lectures on the forefront of research.

New Investigator Lectures | The New Investigator Lectures provide an important forum for the recognition of exceptional junior faculty members’ current scientific research.

Science in Medicine Lectures | Science in Medicine Lecturers recognizes the body of research for established faculty members as well as recent exciting discoveries.

Distinguished Scientist Lecture | The Distinguished Scientist Lecture recognizes an accomplished School of Medicine senior faculty member, honoring outstanding achievements in their field of research.

Annual Lecture | The Annual Lecture recognizes a prominent, nationally recognized scientist from another research institution, whose research has had a profound impact on their field.

Upcoming Science in Medicine lecture:

"Enlisting glial cells for self-repair in the nervous system: it’s never too late to change their fate."

Date: February 9, 2023, at 11 AM – 12 PM

Zoom Webinar: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92951758455

Thomas A. Reh, PhD

Professor, Department of Biological Structure

The neural retina of mammals, like most of the rest of the central nervous system, does not regenerate new neurons after they are lost through damage or disease. The regenerative ability of non-mammalian vertebrates, like fish and amphibians, to replace lost neurons is remarkable, and lessons learned over the last 20 years have revealed some of the mechanisms underlying this potential.  This knowledge has recently been applied to mammals to develop methods to stimulate regeneration in mice.  In this lecture, I will highlight the progress in this area, and propose a roadmap for how the clinical implementation of regenerative strategies could be applicable to many different human retinal diseases.