October 05, 2023

Dean’s Lecture events focus on inflammation and its effect on disease (with photo gallery)

Steven Holland, M.D., director of the Division of Intramural Research, and chief of the Immunopathogenesis Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed “Anticytokine Autoantibodies: Hiding in Plain Sight”

Steven Holland, M.D., director of the Division of Intramural Research, and chief of the Immunopathogenesis Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Steven Holland, M.D., director of the Division of Intramural Research and chief of the Immunopathogenesis Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

In an exciting afternoon of research and discovery that showcased Michigan’s strength as a worldwide leader in research, members of the University community gathered October 5 at the North Campus Research Complex to hear about both the past and promise of scientific inquiry at the inaugural “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries” Dean’s Lecture.

Steven Holland, M.D., director of the Division of Intramural Research, and chief of the Immunopathogenesis Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was the inaugural Dean’s Lecturer and discussed “Anticytokine Autoantibodies: Hiding in Plain Sight.” 

Dr. Holland’s presentation was preceded by an overview of “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries” — the Michigan Medicine strategic research plan — given by Executive Vice Dean for Research in the Medical School and Chief Scientific Officer for Michigan Medicine Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D. Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Medical School Dean Marshall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., also delivered opening remarks before U-M President Santa J. Ono, Ph.D., welcomed Dr. Holland to the podium. His talk was the centerpiece of a day that focused on the topic of inflammation.

Festivities also included presentations by Medical School faculty J. Michelle Kahlenberg, M.D., Ph.D. (“When Inflammation Hides in Plain Sight”), Sonya Wolf-Fortune, Ph.D. (“Keratinocyte-Macrophage Inflammation Axis in Diabetic Wounds”) and Bethany Moore, Ph.D. (“Immunopathogenesis and Immunity in the Lung”). Dr. Holland then joined a panel discussion on “Inflammation: Friend or Foe?” that included U-M panelists Nicholas W. Lukacs, Ph.D., Maria Castro, Ph.D., and Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph.D.

The day concluded with a poster session featuring the work of 25 researchers/presenters, and a reception. A list of authors and their posters, as well as additional information on the “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries” Dean’s Lecture, can be found HERE. A recording of the lecture, presentations and panel discussion will be added to the page when available.