Lunchtime Seminar Series


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FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:

  • women's health research
  • professional development for academic physicians
  • current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)

This interactive one-hour format provides School of Medicine faculty with diverse perspectives on a variety of medical and career development topics; offers opportunities for faculty presentations to Penn colleagues from multiple departments and with various areas of academic expertise; and promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is popular and well-attended by men and women faculty.

Afaf and facultySessions on women's health research are presented by multidisciplinary speakers with expertise in a variety of women's health issues including, e.g., breast cancer, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The portion of the Series devoted to professional development includes such topics as time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, managing a laboratory, balancing work and family, presentation skills, financial planning, mentoring, writing for publication, and "promotion 101." Finally, a host of timely, controversial medical topics are presented in what is essentially a "Grand Rounds" for the Medical School. These sessions include such topics as concerns about the avian flu epidemic; the complexities of coping with medical malpractice; how to reduce the number of uninsured while balancing cost issues; the effects of sleep deficit; and autism spectrum disorder, to list a few.

Presenters generally include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from other Schools across the University. Speakers may include anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers, all of whom offer fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.

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2016 - 2017 Current Seminar Series

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*Note: FOCUS is in the process of planning additional presentations for the Seminar Series so please check here for updates.


OCTOBER 7, 2016 (Friday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor South Tower, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Michael X. Delli Carpini, PhD
Walter H. Annenberg Dean
Professor of Communication
Annenberg School for Communication

Title: To Be Announced

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BIO: Forthcoming.



NOVEMBER 29, 2016 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor South Tower, Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Brittany Watson Tisa, VMD, PhD, BS/MS
Director, Shelter Animal Medicine
Staff Veterinarian, Ryan Hospital
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Title: To Be Announced

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BIO: Forthcoming.



DECEMBER 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

David B. Roth, MD, PhD
Simon Flexner Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Penn Center for Precision Medicine

A talk about Penn's Center for Precision Medicine
Title: To Be Announced

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BIO: David Roth went to Rice University, on a music scholarship, and then decided to become a cancer researcher after becoming aware of the revolution in molecular biology occurring in the 1970s. He obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Baylor College of Medicine and completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the National Cancer Institute, where he served as a Lt. Commander in the Public Health Service. He then trained as a postdoctoral research scientist with Martin Gellert, one of the pioneers of modern molecular biology. Roth joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in 1993, where he rose through the ranks to become a Professor and an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He moved to New York University in 2001, where he served as Chair of the Department of Pathology and Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 to take the Chairmanship of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, one of the nation’s premier Pathology departments and currently the number one such department in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Roth founded the Center for Personalized Diagnostics, which was developed to bring new diagnostics to cancer patients based on next generation sequencing. Since opening its doors for clinical testing two years ago, the Center has performed advanced diagnostics on over 5000 Penn cancer patients. This was an early example of Precision Medicine at Penn. In 2016, Roth was named the Director of the Penn Center for Precision Medicine.



FEBRUARY 28, 2017 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Nadia Dowshen, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Title: To Be Announced

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BIO: Forthcoming.



MARCH 6, 2017 (Monday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Aimee S. Payne, MD, PhD
Albert M. Kligman Associate Professor
Department of Dermatology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Pemphigus: A Rare Disease, A Rare Opportunity

Dr. Payne will discuss how studies on the pathophysiology, B cell repertoire cloning, and therapy of pemphigus established pemphigus as an ideal model for understanding and developing new therapies for human autoimmunity, including recent studies to re-engineer chimeric antigen receptor technology for autoimmune disease therapy.

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BIO: Dr. Payne is the Albert M. Kligman Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her career interest has been in pemphigus: diagnosing and treating patients with this potentially fatal autoimmune disease, and performing research to better understand disease, with the goal of improving therapy. Dr. Payne received her BS in Biology from Stanford University and her MD/PhD from Washington University School of Medicine, followed by residency and postdoctoral fellowship training in Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has focused on three major areas of investigation: 1) cloning and characterization of B cell repertoires to understand how autoimmunity occurs in pemphigus, which has discovered common features of the B cell response among patients; 2) cell biologic studies to identify mechanisms for loss of cell adhesion; and 3) patient-oriented research to improve pemphigus therapy, which has led to novel strategies for targeted therapy of disease. Dr. Payne’s work has been recognized with the American Academy of Dermatology Young Investigator Award, the Dermatology Foundation Charles and Daneen Stiefel Autoimmune Disease Scholar Award, the Sanofi Innovation Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Payne is active in the International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation patient group and is a member of an international committee of physicians that has developed consensus definitions and disease activity instruments for use in clinical trials. At Penn, Dr. Payne serves as Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and faculty advisor for the Association of Women Student MD-PhDs (AWSM), through which she enjoys interacting with the larger physician-scientist community.



APRIL 20, 2017 (Thursday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Donald H. Silberberg, MD
Emeritus Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Title: To Be Announced

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BIO: Forthcoming.


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