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 multi-day interactive event, this year's SRF will be held on April 5-6, 2017. It will showcase research conducted by students from the schools of medicine, nursing, health professionals, and graduate studies on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. In addition to the student presentations, the SRF features a banquet (April 6, 2017) and the extremely popular A.L Chapman Keynote Research Lecture scheduled on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:00 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 2017 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will be Michael Yaffe, MD, PhD. Dr. Yaffe is the Chief Scientific Editor of Science Signaling published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the David H. Koch Professor of Science and Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he is attending trauma surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Colonel in the Army Reserves.
Dr. Yaffe was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal from the United States Army in 2016 for his services as tauma surgeon on active duty in Afghanistan. He also treated victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Dr. Yaffe is founder of Concensus Pharmaceuticals and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and co-founder of The DNA Repair Company.
Dr. Yaffee recieved his B.S. in 1981 at Cornell University, followed by his PhD in 1987 and his MD in 1989 from Case Western Reserve University. From 1989 to 1996 he completed his internship and residency in general surgery as well as a fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-Longwood Program in Critical Care.
The honorary speaker for the 2018 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will be announced after the 2017 forum.