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The Cartwright Lecture

The Cartwright lectureship was established in the late 1870s through a bequest from Benjamin A. Cartwright of Newark, NJ to the Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). In his will, Mr. Cartwright stated that he wished to institute a course of lectures "modeled after the Lettsonian or Croonian Lectures of England"—formal occasions that featured important summaries of existing medical knowledge or, in some cases, reports of cutting-edge investigations in medicine or surgery. The lectures were given regularly from 1881 until World War I, at which time they were discontinued indefinitely.

In 1928, the P&S Alumni Association transferred the Cartwright fund directly to the College, with the recommendation that the bequest remain untouched until the fund could accrue enough to support a lecture series of the highest quality and distinction, in keeping with what Mr. Cartwright had originally indicated and envisioned. Five decades later—and nearly a century after Mr. Cartwright's passing—this long-time goal was finally realized with the reinstatement of a new and improved lecture series in 1974.

The Cartwright lecture series has since become a major forum for the exchange of scientific knowledge, attracting scholars, researchers, and clinicians from the world's premier medical, scientific, educational, and policymaking institutions to speak and participate (among them: top officials from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health, one United States Senator, and numerous Nobel Laureates).

Available Videos:
Speaker: David Ho, M.D.
Lecture Date: June 28, 2012
Lecture Title: "Passive Immunization Approach to HIV Prevention"

2013-2014 EVENTS

Richard W. Tsien, DPhil

Richard W. Tsien, DPhil
Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience
Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
Director, NYU Neuroscience Institute
NYU School of Medicine

"Novel Calcium Signaling Mechanisms and Neuropsychiatric Disorders"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Reception to follow in the Alumni Auditorium Lobby

Richard W. Tsien, DPhil, is director of the Neuroscience Institute, the Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience, and chair of the Neuroscience and Physiology Department at the NYU School of Medicine. Before joining NYU in August 2011, Dr. Tsien served as the George D. Smith Professor of Molecular Genetic Medicine at Stanford University, where he founded and served as inaugural chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. After a six-year term as chair, in 1994 he co-led a successful Stanford-wide movement to establish an institute for neuroscience, the Stanford Brain Research Center, which he co-directed from 2000 through 2005. He served a 10-year term as director and principal investigator at Stanford’s Silvio Conte Center for Neuroscience Research. As a scientist, Dr. Tsien is a world leader in the study of calcium channels and their signaling targets, particularly at pre- and postsynaptic sites. He studies how synapses contribute to neuronal computations and network function in both healthy and diseased brains. His research, generously supported by the NIH and private foundations, has contributed substantially to understanding how neurotransmitters, drugs, and molecular alterations regulate calcium channels with implications for diverse clinical areas, such as pain and autism. His research has been published in more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, and he has served on editorial boards for numerous journals. He has also served as section chair for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Neuroscience Section) and the National Academy of Sciences (Neurobiology Section) and has been a member of scientific advisory boards for several institutes, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2011, Dr. Tsien was awarded the Axelrod Prize by the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Tsien received both an undergraduate and graduate degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Rhodes Scholar, graduating with his doctorate in biophysics from Oxford University in England after which he joined the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine and served for nearly two decades. He is a member of both the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences.


2013 Sydney Brenner, PhD, CH, FRS Salk Institute
2012 David D. Ho, M.D., The Rockefeller University
2010 David M. Oshinsky, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
2008 Bert Sakmann, M.D., Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research
2004 Sir Paul Nurse, Rockefeller University
2003 Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2002 Dr. Elaine Fuchs, University of Chicago
2001 Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California at San Francisco
2000 Dr. Judah Folkman, Harvard Medical School
1997 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, State of New York
1996 Dr. Norman E. Shumway, Stanford University
1995 Dr. Bruce M. Alberts, National Academy of Sciences
1993 Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, National Institutes of Health
1992 Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, University of Texas, Dallas
1991 Dr. W. French Anderson, National Institutes of Health
1990 Dr. Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
1989 Dr. David Baltimore, The Whitehead Institute
1988 Dr. Luc Montagnier, Pasteur Institute
1987 Dr. Michael J. Bishop, Univ. of California, San Francisco
1986 Sir Bernard Katz, University College, London
1985 Dr. George Palade, Yale University
1984 Dr. Matthew Stanley Meselson, Harvard University
1983 Dr. Arnold Relman, New England Journal of Medicine
1982 Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek, National Institutes of Health
1981 Dr. Joshua Lederberg, Rockefeller University
1980 Sir Peter Medawar, Clinical Research Center, Harrow
1979 Dr. DeWitt Stetten, Jr., National Institutes of Health
1978 Dr. John R. Hogness, University of Washington
1977 Dr. George L. Engel, University of Rochester
1976 Sir George White Pickering, Oxford University
1975 Dr. Charles B. Huggins, University of Chicago
1974 Dr. Paul B. Beeson, Oxford University
1916 Prof. Richard Mills Pearce, Philadelphia
1912 Dr. Ludwig Aschoff, Freiburg, Germany
1910 Dr. Adolf Magnus Levy, University of Berlin
1908 James Ewing, Cornell University
1906 Baron Kanehiro Takaki, Surgeon General, Japanese Navy
1904 Baron Kanehiro Takaki, Surgeon General, Japanese Navy
1902 Dr. Richard Cabot, Boston
1900 Prof. John G. Curtis, Columbia University
1898 Prof. William W. Keen, Jefferson Medical College
1896 Prof. George H. Huntington, Columbia University
1894 Prof. Russell H. Chittenden, Yale University
1892 Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborne, Columbia University
1890 Dr. John S. Billings, United States Army
1888 Prof. William H. Welch, Johns Hopkins University
1886 Prof. William Osler, University of Pennsylvania
1884 Prof. Burt G. Wilder, Cornell University
1883 Prof. W.T. Belfield, Rush Medical College, Chicago
1882 Prof. John C. Dalton, College of Physicians and Surgeons
1881 Prof. Robert Bartholow, Jefferson Medical College

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