Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Medical Scientist Training Program

Annual Lectureship

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. 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.

Toni Darville
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

Previous Physician-Scientist Lecturers

Stephen B. Calderwood, MD, Physician and Chief, Division of Infectious Medicine, Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. His seminar was entitled “"Cholera: Insights from an Ancient Scourge That is Still a Modern Problem.”

Eric Rubin, MD, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chang School of Public Health. His seminar was entitled “Mycobacterial bacilli – we're all individuals.”

Alice S. Prince, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, Contribution of Host Signaling to the Pathogenesis of Bacterial Pneumonia

Allen C. Steere, MD, Director of Translational Research at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and discovered the infectious nature of Lyme Disease

George Kunos, MD, PhD, Scientific Director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health

J. Michael Bishop, MD, who along with Harold Varmus (head of NIH), received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine on retroviral oncogenes.

Helen Blau, PhD, Professor and Director, Baster Laboratory for Stem Cell biology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Thomas E. Shenk, PhD, The Elkins James A. Elkins Jr. Professor in the life sciences and Co-Director, Program in Global Health and Health Policy focuses on Human Cytomegalovirus replication and pathogenesis

Ken Chien, MD, Director of the UCSD Institute of Molecular Medicine and Co-Director of the UCSD Cardiovascular Center, focusing on understanding the molecular basis of multifactorial human diseases, especially cardiac arrhythmias.