The Student Research Forum (SRF) exists to serve the students at the University of Kansas Medical Center, to advance their research and to bolster their professional development. The forum provides a public stage for the presentation, assessment and discussion of their scientific investigations as well an opportunity to recognize and award exceptional research efforts. The symposium will provide exposure to talks from world-class researchers and promote interdisciplinary collaboration between fields, departments, professional schools and universities to foster high-quality, innovative research that will transform our present scientific understanding and ultimately improve the lives of people in the state of Kansas and throughout the world.
Each year the Graduate Student Council sponsors the Student Research Forum. A multi-day interactive event, the 2018 SRF will be held on April 2-3, 2018. It will showcase research conducted by students from the schools of medicine, nursing, health professionals, and graduate studies on Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, 2018. In addition to the student presentations, the SRF features a banquet (April 3, 2018) and the extremely popular A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture scheduled on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:00 focused on the professional development of attendees.
The 2018 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will feature Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Mario Capecchi, Ph.D.
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The A.L. Chapman Lecture series was created in honor of A.L. Chapman, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emeritus.
The honorary speaker for the 2018 A.L. Chapman Keynote Lecture is Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Mario Capecchi, PhD. Dr. Capecchi is a molecular geneticist and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Along with his colleagues, Dr. Martin Evans and Dr. Oliver Smithies, Dr. Capecchi was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He received this very prestigious award for his pioneering work on gene targeting and development of knockout mice. Dr. Capecchi's research has equipped scientists with the technique needed to manipulate the DNA of mice. This has broadened the opportunities for scientists to investigate gene function in various developmental stages of the mice.
Dr. Capecchi received his B.S. in chemistry and physics from Antioch College in 1961 and his Ph.D. degree in biophysics from Harvard University in 1967. While at Harvard, he completed his thesis under co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, Dr. James D. Watson. Under Dr. Watson's guidance, Dr. Capecchi studied the mechanisms of initiation of protein synthesis, including the demonstration of Formylmethionine tRNA as the initiator of protein synthesis and the mechanisms of protein termination. He joined the University of Utah in 1973 and his research interests include: the molecular genetic analysis of early mouse development, neural development in mammals, production of murine models of human genetic diseases, gene therapy, homologous recombination and programmed genomic rearrangements in the mouse.
Also, Dr. Capecchi has received several other notable awards including the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research, Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, Franklin Medal for Advancing Our Knowledge of the Physical Sciences, Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, Massry Prize, Wolf Prize in Medicine, and American Association of Cancer Research Lifetime Achievement Award, to mention a few. Dr. Capecchi is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.
The honorary speaker for the 2019 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will be announced after the 2018 forum.