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Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Office of Research Host Annual Science Day

Last February, the School of Medicine and the Office of Research co-hosted the inaugural School of Medicine Science Day. The day celebrated the school’s history and achievements in research by faculty, residents and students, and featured discussions with colleagues in science.

Two attendees bump fists in a hallway
Dr. Adriana Montaño and Dr. William S. Sly bump fists in the hallway during the Science Day event. 

A Vir Biotechnology presentation entitled A World Without Infectious Disease kicked off the 2022 Science Day. This interactive discussion was led by several Vir experts including Lisa Purcell, Ph.D., vice president of microbiology and virology; Saint Louis Site head, Annie Zumsteg, Ph.D., director of microbiology, and Seungmin “Sam” Hwang, Ph.D., vice president of genetics and host-directed therapies.

The Vir session preceded a presentation by collaborators at the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) about accelerating clinical and translational research to improve health outcomes and the well-being of our communities. Dr. Fred Pestello, president of Saint Louis University and Dr. Christine Jacobs, dean and vice president of the School of Medicine, addressed faculty members and honored guests at the Faculty Investigator Appreciation Lunch. Dr. William S. Sly, professor emeritus and former chair of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department delivered the keynote address. Dr. Sly spoke about the legacy of Dr. Edward A. Doisy, Ph.D., SLU researcher and 1943 Nobel Prize winner, and about advancing the legacy of innovation in SLU research for future generations.

Highlights of the day were presentations from School of Medicine faculty and student researchers, covering topics ranging from immunotherapy, reproductive wellness for men and women with substance-use disorders, therapeutic strategies for frontotemporal dementia, as well as exploring therapeutic potentials for human disease.

We look forward to our upcoming School of Medicine Science Day on March 1, 2023.