The Student Research Forum 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 (SRF). A three-day interactive event, this year's SRF will be held on March 30 - April 1, 2016. It will showcase research conducted by students from the schools of medicine, nursing, health professionals, and graduate studies on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. In addition to the student presentations, the SRF features a banquet (March 31, 2016) and the extremely popular A.L Chapman Keynote Research Lecture scheduled on Friday, April 1, 2016 focused on the professional development of attendees.
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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 2016 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will be Dr. Oliver Smithies, Ph.D., a University Professor at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In 2007 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Mario Capecchi and Martin Evans for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells.
Dr. Smithies was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, obtained both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Balliol College in Oxford. From 1953 to 1960 Dr. Smithies was an associate research faculty member at the University of Toronto in Canada. Afterwards, he became a professor of Genetics and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison from 1960 to 1988. In 1988, Dr. Smithies was designated an Excellence Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Dr. Smithies is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He shared the 2003 Wolf Prize in Medicine with Mario Capecchi and Ralph L. Brinster. He has also awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by both the University of Sao Paulo and the Univeristy of Oxford.