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Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series

The UCI School of Medicine Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) brings together influential leaders from healthcare and academia to share their insights, knowledge, experience and anecdotal stories with our faculty, staff, students and community members.

The annual DDLS program includes three events, each with unique speakers: an extraordinary person from the basic sciences, an influential leader from the clinical arena and an exemplary individual from the area of clinical trials.

The event consists of a scientific presentation and a separate community event, which draws more than 200 guests.

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About the speaker: Ardem Patapoutian is a molecular biologist and physiologist. His laboratory identified the molecules that sense temperature and pressure involved in touch, pain, and regulating blood pressure. Patapoutian was born in Lebanon in 1967 and immigrated to the USA in 1986. He graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a B.S. and received his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1996. He joined the faculty of Scripps Research in 2000, where he is currently the Presidential Endowed Chair in Neurobiology and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2017) and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020). He is a co-recipient of the 2020 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the 2021 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, and the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (all shared with David Julius).



Past Lectures

Headshot of Bohdan Pomahac

May 10, 2023

Bohdan Pomahac, MD

Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Yale New Haven Health

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Headshot of Richard Barohn.

Mar 06, 2023

Richard J. Barohn, MD

Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean, University of Missouri School of Medicine

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Headshot of Thomas R. Cech.

Oct 20, 2022

Nobel Laureate Thomas R. Cech, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder | Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Headshot of Robert J. Leftowitz

Nov 12, 2021

Nobel Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD

James B. Duke Professor of Medicine & Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry Duke University School of Medicine

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Headshot of Maria Millan

Sep 11, 2019

Maria T. Millan, MD

President and CEO California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)

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