Valerie Opipari Endowed Lectureship

The Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Dr. Valerie Opipari’s leadership and contributions to the Department of Pediatrics during her tenure as Chair (2003-2018), her work to develop and advance the department’s research programs, and her commitment to support and promote faculty and trainees in their academic and research careers.  The annual lectureship brings leading physician scientists to Michigan Medicine to share innovations in pediatric and children’s health research and to inspire, mentor, and support the next generation.

The Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship invites a leader in Pediatric/Children's Health Research to give a lecture at the annual Pediatric Research Symposium. The purpose of the Symposium is to support and promote research in the Department of Pediatrics. The visiting scholar also participates in meetings and mentoring panels with residents, fellows and junior faculty to discuss pathways and issues of a career in academic research.

The lectureship is a special highlight of the annual Pediatric Research Symposium.  The 2021 Opipari Lecture will be presented (virtually) at Grand Rounds on

Tuesday, May 11, 2021  -  8-9:00 AM - The Annual Opipari Lecture/Pediatric Research Symposium (Grand Rounds)

"Chasing the MALT1 proto-oncoprotein: perspectives on a career in pediatric research" 
Linda McAllister-Lucas, M.D., Ph.D. 
(Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC)

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Meeting ID: 930 8139 7249 | Passcode: 66297


The inaugural 2019 Opipari Endowed Lectureship took place on Monday, May 13 at 4:00pm in the Dow Auditorium, Towsley


2019 Inaugural Opipari Endowed Lectureship-Polk

D. Brent Polk, MD, AGAF
Keck School of Medicine, USC
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
"Cytokine signaling restrains inflammatory bowel disease development: the bright side of cytokine signaling"


Valerie Opipari, M.D.

Valerie P. Opipari, M.D.

Ravitz Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatrics