​Past Retreat Keynote Speakers

Retreat 2019: Rachel Easton, M.D., Ph.D. class of '99
Currently: Executive Director, Clinical Development
Immunocore, LLC
Title of Talk: “Uveal melanoma, Immuno-oncology, and a few other things I never learned about in med school…”​

Retreat 2018: Vivianna Van Deerlin, M.D., Ph.D. class of '94
Currently: Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine​
Title of Talk: “Navigating the road to precision diagnostics: A clinical, academic, 
and personal journey”

Retreat 2017: Ellis J. Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D. class of '85
Currently: Clinical Director, Physican-in-Chief and Executive Vice-President
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Title of Talk: “Learning from Patients, and the Path from Lab Bench to Clinical Research​”​

Retreat 2016: Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D. class of '87
Currently: Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Title of Talk: “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health”

Retreat 2015: David J. Loftus, M.D., Ph.D. class of '89
Currently: Medical Director
NASA
Title of Talk: “From Terrestrial Medicine to Space Medicine: The Journey of a Physician Scientist​"

Retreat 2014: Andrew C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D. class of '86
Currently: Senior Vice President
Genentech, Inc.
Title of Talk: “Molecular Medicine: Personalizing health care to meet the challenges of drug discovery and patient care"

Retreat 2013: Dan R. Littman, M.D., Ph.D. class of '80
Currently: Professor of Molecular Immunology 
New York University 
Title of Talk: “Microbiota-immune system interactions in health and autoimmune disease"
 
Retreat 2012: William Klunk, M.D., Ph.D. class of '84
Currently: Professor of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh 
Title of Talk: “Imaging Amyloid: Now that we can see it, what does it all mean?"
 
Retreat 2011: Clifford Saper, M.D., Ph.D. class of '77
Currently: Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Harvard University
Title of Talk: “How to Pick a Scientific Question"
 
Retreat 2008: Jeff J. Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D. class of '80
Currently: Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University
Title of Talk: "Connectomics in the Developing Nervous System"
 
Retreat 2007: Clifford V. Harding, M.D., Ph.D. class of '85
Currently: Professor of Pathology and Oncology
Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program
Case Western Reserve University
Title of Talk: "Mycobacterium tuberculosis lipoproteins, Toll-like receptors and regulation of antigen presenting cells"
 
Retreat 2006: David D. Chaplin, M.D., Ph.D. class of '80
Currently: Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair of Microbiology
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Title of Talk: “Interplay between Innate and Adaptive Immunity in the Lung"
 
Retreat 2005: Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D. class of '90
Currently: Stuart A. Wallace Chair in Pathology,
Professor of Pathology and Molecular & Human Genetics
Co-Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Title of Talk: “Transitions and Transgenesis Along One MSTP Career Pathway "
 
Retreat 2004: Barbara L. Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D. class of '82
Currently: Professor of Medicine-Hematology/Oncology
Weil Medical College of Cornell University
Title of Talk: "Neurotrophins: Jekyll and Hyde Growth Factors"
 
Retreat 2003: Marc L. Reitman, M.D., Ph.D. class of '83
Currently: Director of Obesity and Metabolic Research
Merck Research Laboratories
Title of Talk: "The physiology of lipoatrophy deduced from the A-ZIP/F-1 mouse"
 
Retreat 2002: Denise L. Faustman, M.D., Ph.D. class of '85
Currently: Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Immunobiology
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University School of Medicine
Title of Talk: "Role of Defective Apoptosis in Type 1 Diabetes and Other Autoimmune Diseases"
 
Retreat 2001: Ellis J. Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D. class of '85
Currently: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology
Children's Hospital-Boston, Harvard Medical School
Title of Talk: "Genetic Approaches to Rare Diseases: Thiamine-Responsive Megaloblastic Anemia Syndrome"
 
Retreat 2000: Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D. class of '85
Currently: Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Cancer Biology, The Rockefeller University
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weil Medical College of Cornell U.
Title of Talk: "The Intersection of Tumor Immunity and Neurologic Disease: Studies of the Paraneoplastic Neurologic Disorders"
 
Retreat 1999: Sandra L. Hofmann, M.D., Ph.D. class of '83
Currently: Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics
University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center
Title of Talk: "Protein Acylation and Deacylation: Lessons from the Lysosome"
 
Retreat 1998: Mark S. Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. class of '86
Currently: Vice President of Research
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Title of Talk: "Adventures in Information Space: GenBank, Genomes and a Turning Point in Biomedical Research"
 
Retreat 1997: Keith L. Parker, M.D., Ph.D. class of '81
Currently: Professor of Medicine, Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center
Title of Talk: "Molecular Mechanisms of Sexual Differentiation"
 
Retreat 1996: Ira Tabas, M.D., Ph.D. class of '81
Currently: Professor of Molecular Medicine; Anatomy & Cell Biology; Physiology & Cellular Biophysics
Columbia University Medical School
Title of Talk: "Sphingomyelinases and Atherogenesis"
 
Retreat 1995: Michael Kasten, M.D., Ph.D. class of '84
Currently: Professor of Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology, University of Tennessee
Chair of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Title of Talk: "Modulation of Cell Cycle and Cell Death after DNA Damage"
 
Retreat 1994: Michael Green, M.D., Ph.D. class of '81
Currently: Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director of the MD/PhD Training Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Title of Talk: "Leveraging Basic Science to Discover Novel HIV Inhibitors"