September 18, 2018
Basic Science Day Showcases Wide Spectrum of Discovery Research at Duke
Eleven Duke faculty members and 34 biomedical students presented their basic science research at the School of Medicine’s 9th Annual Basic Science Day on Wednesday, September 12 in the Trent Semans Center Great Hall. Faculty members gave 30 minute oral presentations, and students presented their posters during two hour long poster sessions.
The event is held every year to celebrate the importance of basic science research at Duke. More than 400 people attended this year, despite the approach of Hurricane Florence to the North Carolina coast. However, the Lefkowitz Lecture to be given by James Spudich, MD, the Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Biochemistry and Cardiovascular Disease at Stanford University, was canceled due to weather-related travel issues and will be rescheduled.
Mary E. Klotman, MD, the Dean of the School of Medicine, stated “Great science and great scientists have always been a part of our core mission here at Duke and something we take great pride in. I’m thrilled that we’ve actually had two Nobel laureates [Robert Lefkowitz and Paul Modrich] from our basic science departments.”
Discussing the implementation priorities of the school over the coming few years, Dean Klotman went on to include the launch of the Science and Technology Initiative, which is an investment partnership with Duke University to recruit and hire the best scientists to Duke.