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Duke Medical Scientist Training Program Annual Research Symposium

Every year the MD/PhD students of the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program present their work to the University in an Annual Research Symposium. Please join us in sharing our scientific accomplishments through a poster session and senior oral presentations. The symposium kicks off the Medical School Second Look Weekend for newly admitted students and concludes with a keynote address about the vital role of the clinician-scientist.


Unfortunately, due to health concerns, Duke is taking precautions and has chosen to cancel the 2020 MSTP Symposium. For updates regarding Duke's policies and procedures relating to COVID-19, click here.

MSTP Symposium Flyer 2020

Symposium 2020

March 12, 2020
TSCHE Learning Center, Ground Floor

Keynote Speaker

Dianna McGookey Milewicz, MD, PhD
President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine; Vice Chair Department of Internal Medicine; Director, MD/PhD Program, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Schedule of Events

12:50 pm: Remarks by Chris Kontos, MD, Duke MSTP Director
1:00 pm: MS4 Oral Presentations
2:15 pm: Poster Session 1
2:45 pm: MS4 Oral Presentations
3:45 pm: Poster Session 2
4:15 pm: Keynote Address by Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD

Symposium 2019

March 14, 2019
TSCHE Learning Center, Ground Floor

Keynote Speaker

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Stanford University

“Understanding mechanisms of allergy and asthma and translating basic science findings to clinical medicine”

Schedule of Events:

12:50 - 1:00 pm: Opening Remarks by Chris Kontos, MD, MSTP Director
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Keynote address: Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Student Talks
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Poster Session
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Student Talks
6:00 pm: Dinner reception - invitation only

Symposium 2018

March 15, 2018
TSCHE Learning Center, Ground Floor

Keynote Speaker

Douglas R. Lowy, MD

NIH Distinguished Investigator
Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology
Head, Signaling and Oncogenesis Section
Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health

“A physician scientist in cancer research: basic science and clinical application”

Schedule of Events:

11:45: Lunch
12:30: Keynote address: Douglas R. Lowry, MD
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Poster Session
2:30 -2:40 pm: Remarks by MSTP Director Dr. Chris Kontos, MD
2:45 - 5:00 pm: Student Talks
6:00 pm: Dinner reception - invitation only

Symposium 2017

William Kim, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
On the Road to Becoming a Physician-Scientist, Am I There Yet?

Symposium 2016

Mukesh K. Jain, MD, FAHA
University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center
Scientific Director, Harrington Discovery Institute
Life of a Physician-Scientist:Principles, pleasures, pifalls

Symposium 2015

Thomas R. Insel, MD
Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
A Career in Biomedical Research: The Good, the Bad, and the

Symposium 2014

Rocky Tuan, PhD
Professor and Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Regenerative Application of Adult Stem Cells and Biomimetic Scaffolds: Technologies and Model

Symposium 2013

William Kaelin, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
The VHL tumor Suppressor: Insights into Oxygen Sensing & Cancer Metabolism

Symposium 2012

Harold E Varmus, MD
Director of the National Cancer Center
Nobel Laureate
Good Questions Drive Good Science

Symposium 2011

Lewis T. (Rusty) Williams, MD, PhD
Founder and Executive Chairman of FivePrime Therapeutics
MSTP Alumni
Secrets of the Secretome: Discovering Novel Proteins, New Functions and Protein Drug Candidates in the Extracellular Space

Symposium 2010

Charles Czeisler MD, PhD
Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Neurobiology of the Human Circadian Pacemaker and its Role in the Regulation of Sleep

Symposium 2009

Oliver Smithies, PhD
Excellence Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina
2007 Nobel Laureate
On Being a Scientist for Sixty Years

Symposium 2008

Mary-Claire King, PhD
American Cancer Society Professor
Departments of Medicine (Medical Genetics) and Genome Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine
Adventures of a Minstrel Geneticist

Symposium 2007

Joseph McCormick, MD
James H Steele Professor and Regional Dean
School of Public Health, University of Texas at Brownsville

Symposium 2006

Susan Fisher Hoch, MD
Professor of Epidemiology, University of Texas at Brownsville
Virus Hunter's Tales: Ebola to HIV