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Past Alford Lectures

Baylor College of Medicine is grateful for the ongoing support of the Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation and the Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundation, which has brought the following esteemed experts to the College:

2023: “Metabolic Adaptations in the Tumor Microenvironment – Renal Cell Carcinoma”

Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D., Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor and chair of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, physician-in-chief for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics 

2022: “COVID-19 Vaccines: Science vs. Antiscience”

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development

2021: “DNA Damage: Responses: Canonical and Non-Canonical, Bench to Bedside”

Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute, professor of Pediatrics and the William and Jane Shingleton Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University School of Medicine

2020: “Exosomal miRNAS as Hormones – A Novel Model of Tissue Communication

C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., chief academic officer and head of the Section of Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at the Joslin Diabetes Center, the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

2019: “Interactions Between Bone and Blood in Health and Disease”

Joy Y. Wu, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Endocrinology, Stanford University School of Medicine

2018: “Horror Autoinflammation: Cutting Gordian Knots at the Pool of Bethesda”

Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research of the National Human Genome Research Institute

2017: “Tors Story, An Odyssey Into the Diffusion of Innovation”

Bert W. O’Malley, Jr., M.D., the Gabriel Tucker Professor and chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, co-director, Center for Head and Neck Cancer, professor of Otorhinolaryngology in Neurosurgery and professor of Radiation Oncology, associate vice president of the Physician Network Development, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health System

2016: “A New Disease, a New Surgical Technique and a New Modality: Therapeutic Targeting of HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancer”

Robert L. Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, departments of Otolaryngology and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

2015: “Circuits, Circuit Disorders and Rationale for Deep Brain Stimulation”

Mahlon R. DeLong, M.D., professor of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine