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Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture

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July 25, 2020 - 10AM ET
2020 WHF Hunt Lecturer Margaret Liu, MD

COVID-19: The Intersection of Vaccine Technology,
Disease Pathophysiology, and a Global Pandemic
Virtual SAWC-WHS Online Meeting

Hunt Lecture Legacy

It is with deep sadness that we join the family and announce that Thomas K. Hunt, MD recently passed away. Dr Hunt was a pioneer in wounds who impacted wound research and wound treatments. To read more about Dr Hunt's life and work, please click here Thomas K. Hunt, MD, FACS.

The WHF-TK Hunt Lectureship was developed to honor Dr Hunt's legacy of research, mentoring and education by selecting awardees who have made major contributions or innovations to the field of science that could impact the field of wound research. The lectureship is currently 43% endowed. Please consider helping us fulfill the endowment today so Dr Hunt's legacy will be remembered and honored by future wound researchers through this unique lecture series.

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.

  • TK Hunt children Tom Hunt Jr and Karyn Hunt Ellis at the 2019 WHF-Thomas K. Hunt Lecture
  • Honorary Hunt Lecturer George A. Brooks (center) with TK Hunt Children Tom and Karyn on either side, WHF Board and WHS President Sashwati Roy (3rd from left)
  • Tom Hunt Jr and Karyn Hunt Ellis with their father's friend, colleague and 2019 WHF-TK Hunt Lecturer George A Brooks and his wife Rosemary Agostini, MD
  • 2018 Thomas K. Hunt Lecture.
  • WHF President Laura Parnell, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer Elaine Fuchs, and WHF Board Member Elof Eriksson.
  • WHF Board Members and TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer Elaine Fuchs (pictured from L: Marjana Tomic-Canic, WHS Past President; Manuela Martins-Green, WHF Board Member; Laura Parnell, WHF President; Elaine Fuchs, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer; Elof Eriksson, WHF Board Member; Paul Liu, WHF Secretary)
  • WHF President Laura Parnell and Elaine Fuchs, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer.
  • Thomas K. Hunt at the 2017 WHF Hunt Lecture.

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 are selected annually by the Wound Healing Foundation. The award will fund the travel, lodging, meeting registration and compensation. Awardees are also able to attend a special private annual luncheon with the Thomas K. Hunt lecturer. If you donate to this lecture or your company provides the endowment of this lectureship, your company may also participate in this unique activity. To help complete the endowment of this program, visit 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.

2020 Lecture – Margaret A. Liu, MD

Margaret A. Liu, MD, DSchc, MDhc, FISV
Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Adjunct Full Professor at the University of California, San Francisco
CEO PAX Therapeutics

Margaret A. Liu obtained an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, a B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Colorado College, and passed the Epreuve pour le Diplôme d’Enseignement, à l’unanimité (judges’ unanimous decision), in piano from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She completed Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology, all at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Previous visiting, faculty, and adjunct faculty appointments were at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, and The University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Working with Prof. Herman Eisen, known for his seminal work on antibody binding, elucidating the T cell receptor sharpened her immunological skills while a Visiting Scientist at MIT. Later while at Merck, she worked closely with Dr. Maurice Hilleman, the legendary vaccinologist who developed more than 40 vaccines.

Use of gene-based vectors for the development of preventions and treatments for infectious diseases and cancer, specifically vaccines and immunotherapeutics is Dr. Liu’s expertise. Two of the technologies that she pioneered have now been developed by companies into licensed products: bispecific antibodies for cancer therapy, and DNA vaccines for veterinary applications and which are in numerous human clinical trials for vaccines (for example, one of the first COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials), gene therapy, and immunotherapy for cancer, autoimmune diseases, and allergy.

Dr. Liu currently is CEO of PAX Therapeutics, a nascent biotech company using gene delivery of VEGF to optimize healing of ligaments and tendons after surgical repair for rupture. She also consults in the fields of vaccines and immunotherapy for companies, universities, and non-governmental, scientific governmental organizations and international agencies such as WHO, and is a director at Ipsen Pharma. Previous roles included: Senior Director at Merck Research Laboratories, Vice President of Vaccines Research and Gene Therapy at Chiron Corporation, Senior Advisor in Vaccinology at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vice-Chairman of Transgene, and Executive Vice-Chair of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), an independent international organization with signatory countries in Seoul, Korea established by UNDP. Dr. Liu is a Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Chairman of the Board and President Emeritus of the International Society for Vaccines. Dr. Liu has received numerous awards and honors including an NIH Physician Scientist Award. She was invited by the Nobel Committee to lecture in the Karolinska Research Lecture series, was named one of “The 50 Most Important Women in Science” by Discover magazine, has multiple patents, and has been selected for numerous honorary lectureships. She has also had the conferral of two honorary doctorates, the most recent being Medical Doctor honoris causa from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Past WHF Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture Speakers are:

2019 George A. Brooks, PhD
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Lactate Shuttling and Redox Signaling in Normal and Pathophysiology
View Lecturer Bio
2018 Elaine Fuchs, PhD
The Rockefeller University, NYC, NY
Coping with Stress: Stem Cells in Injury, Cancer and Inflammation
View Lecturer Bio
2017 Napoleone Ferrara, M.D.
University of California, San Diego
Anti-Angiogenic Therapy: From Bench To Clinic
View Lecturer Bio and 2017 Presentation
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
View Lecturer Bio
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
View Lecturer Bio
2014 Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., presented by Jordan A. Krall, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Tumor stromal interactions and malignant progression
View Lecturer Bio
2013 Thomas K Hunt, MD
Professor Emeritus, University of California San Francisco
Lactate, Oxygen and Wound Healing
View Lecturer Bio