The second annual Duke University School of Medicine Research Week was held virtually from Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Activities for the week included presentations from School of Medicine faculty members, the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture, a Clinical Keynote Lecture, and a virtual poster session featuring the research of students and trainees from clinical and basic science departments.

Research Week playlist of presentations

Monday Speakers: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, Clare Smith, PhD, Ed Miao, MD, PhD

Faculty Speakers

Welcome and speaker introduction, Colin Duckett, PhD
Mapping Emotions: Towards Precision Psychiatry
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology

Global Assessment of Host-pathogen Interactions Underlying Tuberculosis
Clare Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Pyroptosis prevents cytosolic replication in neutrophils
Ed Miao, MD, PhD, Professor of Immunology


Helen Hobbs, MD

Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture

Genetic Disorders of Dietary Excess
Helen Hobbs, MD

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Kanecia Zimmerman, MD, MPH, Diego Bohorquez, PhD, Ranee Chatterjee, MD

Faculty Speakers

Welcome and speaker introduction, Susanna Naggie, MD 
Turning an Ocean Liner on a Dime:  Clinical Trialist to Community Epidemiologist in Four Months
Kanecia Zimmerman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

A Gut Choice
Diego Bohorquez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Neurobiology

Diabetes Prevention: A Tale of Two Micronutrients
Ranee Chatterjee, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine



Lily Peng, MD, PhD

Clinical Keynote Lecture

Democratizing Screening & Diagnostics with AI
Lily Peng, MD, PhD

Product Manager, Google Brain
Co-founder, Nano Precision Medical