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Centerpiece to beViral Networks, Reconnected: A Digital Humanities/History of Medicine Research Forum”

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series. All lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A). Lectures are also live-streamed globally and archived by NIH VideoCasting, which is made possible through a generous gift to the NLM from the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m: The centerpiece of the 2019 series will be Viral Networks, Reconnected: A Digital Humanities/History of Medicine Research Forum, a special program reuniting three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, and hosted by NLM. Together at Viral Networks, Reconnected, Christopher J. Phillips of Carnegie Mellon University, A. R. Ruis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah Runcie of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of digital humanities and the history of medicine.

Viral Networks, Reconnected will be held on in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A) This special program is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, as part of the partnership between NLM and NEH to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives.

The 2019 NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series will also feature:

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (NLM Lister Hill Auditorium): Oliver Gaycken, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English and Core Faculty in the Film and Comparative Literature Programs of the University of Maryland, speaking on “Fantastic Voyages Through the Historical Audio-Visual Collections at the National Library of Medicine,” involving a series of case studies this extraordinary and world-renowned audio-visual collection.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (NLM Lister Hill Auditorium): Andrew T. Simpson, Ph.D., 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Duquesne University, offering the 3rd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on “Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and His Influence in the Changing Business of Healthcare and the Delivery of American Medicine.”
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (NLM Lister Hill Auditorium): Miriam Posner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Information Studies Department of the University of California Los Angeles, offering the 11th Annual James H. Cassedy Lecture in the History of Medicine, on Mind-Body Problems: Lobotomy, Science, and the Digital Humanities. Dr. Posner’s lecture is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (NLM Lister Hill Auditorium): Ted Brown, PhD, Professor of History and Medical Humanities, University of Rochester, offering a special lecture in honor and memory of Elizabeth Fee, PhD (1946–2018) on “The World Health Organization’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978: What Was It Then, Where Is It Now?”


All are at 12:00–1:00 p.m.; Wilson Hall (Building 1); seminars will be videocast on

  • Friday, January 11: Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, M.D. (NIAID), Translational studies in patients with autoinflammatory diseases…from bedside to bench and back
  • Friday, February 8: Antonina Roll-Mecak, Ph.D. (NINDS), Everything you want to know about microtubules but were afraid to ask
  • Friday, March 8: Justin Taraska, Ph.D. (NHLBI), Imaging the dynamic nanoscale structure of the plasma membrane
  • Friday, April 5: Lucy Forrest, D.Phil. (NINDS), Satisfying symmetry: uncovering functional insights from patterns in membrane protein structures
  • Friday, April 26: Peter Crompton, M.D. (NIAID), Unraveling the mechanisms of immunity to malaria
  • Friday, May 3: Bibiana Bielekova, M.D. (NIAID), Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers: path to personalized neurology
  • Friday, June 7: Michail Lionakis, M.D., D.Sc. (NIAID), Of humans and mice: Fundamental mechanisms of issue-specific antifungal immunity


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The NIH- and FAES-sponsored course “Demystifying Medicine” is designed to excite the interest of Ph.D. and M.D. students, fellows, researchers, and others in bridging the gap between amazing advances in basic science and the challenges of clinical disease. There are no formal requirements to attend as many of the weekly sessions as desired. The format involves a translational physician, a basic scientist, and usually a live patient who puts a human face on the disease. The January 8 session will feature NIAID Director Anthony Fauci who will be speaking about “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: A Perpetual Challenge” and Jeffrey Taubenberger(NIAID), who will be speaking about “The Next Influenza Pandemic.”

January 8: Anthony Fauci, M.D. (NIAID), “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: A Perpetual Challenge”; Jeffrey Taubenberger M.D. Ph.D. (NIAID), “The Next Influenza Pandemic”

January 15: Anthony Suffredini, M.D. (CC) and Robert Munford, M.D. (NIAID), “Sepsis and the NIH Critical Care Center”

January 22: Clifton Barry, Ph.D. (NIAID) and Ray Chen, M.D., Ph.D. (NIAID), “Tuberculosis: The Great White Plague Keeps Coming Back”

January 29: Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins)and Lionakis Michais M.D., D.Sc. (CC), “Fungus Infections: Neglected, Dangerous and Increasing”

February 5: Stefan Sievert, Ph.D. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) and John Dekker, M.D. Ph.D. (CC), “Exploring Deep Sea Ecosystems and Human Disease”

February 12: Marc Ghany, M.D. (CC) and Anuradha Budhu Ph.D. (NCI), “Hepatocellular Cancer: Progress in a Devastating Disease”

February 19: Louis Reichert Ph.D. (Simons Foundation), and Toren Finkel M.D., Ph.D.(University of Pittsburgh; NHLBI) “Mounts Everest and K2: Too Little and Too Much Oxygen”

February 26: Steven Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D. (NCI) and Nirali Shah, M.D. MHSc (NCI), “Immunotherapy of Cancer”

March 5: Steve Pinker, Ph.D. (Harvard), “Bridging Science and Humanities” (SPECIAL LECTURE to be held in Masur Auditorium, Building 10)

March 12: Ronald Summers, M.D., Ph.D. (CC) and Baris Turkbey, M.D. (NCI), “Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Radiology”

March 19: Sharon Savage, M.D. (NCI) and Marston Linehan, M.D. (NCI), “Inheritable Cancer”

March 26: Shawn Burgess, Ph.D. (NHGRI) and Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D. (NIDCD), “Regaining and Losing Hearing: from Zebrafish to Humans”

April 2: Nadia Biassou, M.D. Ph.D. (CC) and Marine Vernet, Ph.D. (NIMH), “Perception and Misperception in the Nervous System”

April 9: Roger Glass, M.D., Ph.D. (Fogarty/NIH) and John Coffin, Ph.D. (NCI/Tufts), “Global Challenges in Infection with HIV and Other Viruses”

April 16: Douglas Rosing, M.D. (NHLBI) and Manfred Boehman, M.D. (NHLBI), “Cardiovascular Failure and Regeneration”

April 23: Ronald Germain, M.D., Ph.D. (NIAID) and James Katz, M.D. (NIAMS), “Autoimmunity: Basic and Clinical Advances and Challenges”

April 30: Andrew Singleton, Ph.D. (NIA) and Sonja Scholz, M.D., Ph.D.(NINDS), “Dementias in the Genomic Era”

May 7: Michael Gottesman, M.D. (OD), Win Arias, M.D. (CC), Sharon Milgram, Ph.D. (OD), and others, “Future for Ph.D.s”


The NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, colloquially known as WALS, is the highest-profile lecture program at the NIH. Each season includes some of the biggest names in biomedical and behavioral research. The goal of the WALS is to keep NIH researchers abreast of the latest and most important research in the United States and beyond. An added treat is the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, which features top authors and other cultural icons. All speakers are nominated by the NIH community. For the full list of the speakers for the current lecture season, go to

January 9: Lynne E. Maquat, Ph.D. , University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, “Nonsense-mediated mRNA Decay in Health and Disease”

January 16: Alondra Nelson, Ph.D., M.Phil., Columbia University, “The Social Life of DNA”

January 23: Jeffrey A. Hubbell, Ph.D. , University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering, “Molecular Engineering of Immunotherapeutics: From Regulation in Autoimmunity to Immunity to Cancer”

January 30: Gerald M. Rubin, Ph.D. , Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “What the fly brain can teach us about the neural mechanisms of complex behaviors”

February 6: Elodie Ghedin, Ph.D. , New York University; Rolla E. Dyer Lecture, “Microbial Networking (…It’s Like Tinder for Bugs)

February 13: Judith Campisi, Ph.D. , Buck Institute for Research on Aging, “Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons?

February 20: Alain Fischer, M.D., Ph.D. , Institut Imagine/Collège de France, “Pediatric Immune Diseases, All Genetics?”

February 27: Sandra L. Wolin, M.D., Ph.D., National Cancer Institute; NIH Directors Lecture, “Autoantigens and autoimmunity: a bedside to bench and back again story”

March 6: Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, “The opioid crisis: how can we bridge the vast gap between science and practice?”

March 13: John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D., D.Sc., Stanford University; Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture: “In scientific method we don’t just trust: or why replication has more value than discovery” 

March 27: Lauren O. Bakaletz, Ph.D. , The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; “How to Bust Up Bacterial Biofilm”