The MSTP hosts an annual lectureship by a distinguished medical scientist who has successfully integrated basic science with medicine. In addition to the keynote address that is delivered to the institution at large, the trainees dine and personally interact with the guest. This unique opportunity for the trainees provides them with insight and guidance for careers in academic medicine from some of the most influential medical scientists of the times.
Our latest selected physician-scientist to meet with us was:
Toni Darville, MD
Chief, Infectious Diseases
Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology
Vice Chair of Pediatric Research
North Carolina Children's Hospital
Associate Director, MSTP
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Darville gave a well-received seminar entitled "Identification of candidate T cell vaccine antigens to protect against Chlamydia trachomatis and biomarkers of increased risk among highly exposed women." In addition, she took the time to talk one-on-one with our MSTP students over the dinner hour. She was wonderfully knowledgeable and candid.