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Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 8:15 - 9:15AM
  • WHF President Laura K. S. Parnell, 2016 WHF-TK Hunt Honorary Lecturer Robert Langer, and WHS President Andrew Baird.
  • WHF sponsored luncheon for 2016 WHF-TK Hunt Honorary Lecturer Robert Langer and WHF Fellows.

2017 Lecture - Napoleone Ferrara, M.D.

Dr. Ferrara earned his M.D. degree in 1981 from the University of Catania Medical School in Italy. After completing his postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, he joined Genentech Inc. in 1988. It is there where he spent nearly 25 years working on the isolation, molecular cloning and biological characterization of VEGF-A which resulted in the development of bevacizumab, the first anti-angiogenic agent to be approved by the FDA for cancer therapy. His research also led to the development of ranibizumab, which has been FDA-approved for the treatment of multiple intraocular neovascular disorders. In December 2012, Dr. Ferrara joined the University of California, San Diego as a Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology & Pharmacology, and Senior Deputy Director for Basic Science of the Moores Cancer Center. He plans to continue his research focusing on the biology of angiogenesis and the identification of its regulators.

Dr. Ferrara has authored over 300 scientific publications, which have been cited over 130,000 times according to Google Scholar. He is also the recipient of numerous scientific awards, including the AACR Cain Memorial Award, the Lefoulon-Delalande-Institut de France Prize, the Passano Award, the General Motors Cancer Research Award, the ASCO Science of Oncology Award, the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award, the Lasker-deBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, the Economist Innovation Award, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award and the Gairdner Foundation International Award. Dr. Ferrara has been an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA since 2006 and most recently became an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Make plans to attend Dr. Ferrara's lecture at the WHF-Thomas K. Hunt Endowed Lecture. This lecture will be at the WHS meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 8:15-9:15AM at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The Foundation believes Dr. Ferrara's scientific and intellectual contributions on the biology and regulation of angiogenesis will be stimulating for meeting attendees and thus positively impact future wound healing research.

Past WHF Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture Speakers are:

2016 Robert Langer, Sc.D..
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering
2015 Leroy Hood, MD, PhD..
Institute for Systems Biology
Proactive P4 Medicine: Catalyzing a Revolution in Healthcare through a Longitudinal, Digital-Age 100,000 Person Wellness Project
2014 Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., presented by Jordan A. Krall, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Tumor stromal interactions and malignant progression
2013 Thomas K Hunt, MD
Professor Emeritus, University of California San Francisco
Lactate, Oxygen and Wound Healing

2016 Lecture - Robert Langer, Sc.D.

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2015 Lecture- Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D.

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2014 Lecture - Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D.

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2013 Lecture - Thomas K. Hunt, MD

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Hunt Lecture Legacy

The Foundation is raising funds to support several endowed lectures to be given at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society.

The Wound Healing Foundation established the Thomas K. Hunt Endowed Lecture in 2013 to honor the legacy of Dr. Hunt and to inspire and educate wound healing researchers on related research innovations. The award is not limited to those who are directly involved in wound healing research, that is, consideration will be given to researchers who demonstrate the ability to bridge scientific gaps and cross boundaries through the use of basic physiology to understand healing processes in multiple organ systems.

Additional characteristics of the WHF Thomas K. Hunt Lecture awardees may include but are not limited to:

  1. Major contributions to scientific inquiry that is likely to advance the field of wound healing
  2. Technological innovations or mechanistic insight that can quantify or improve wound healing or its research
  3. Academic achievement through mentoring across disciplines
  4. Potential impact on wound research directions or therapies

Future awardees of the Thomas K. Hunt Lectureship will be selected annually by the Wound Healing Foundation. The award will fund the travel, lodging, meeting registration and an honorarium. As of December 1, 2015, this lecture was 43% endowed. To help complete the endowment of this program, please go to our donate page to make a donation today.

Endowed Lectures

The Foundation is raising funds to support several endowed lectures to be given at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society. Lectures can be given by a clinical scientist and/or a basic scientist focused on improving wound care or wound healing. The goal of this campaign is $100,000 for each lecture to be endowed.