The Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Joseph Martin,
is returning home to Alberta to deliver the keynote address
in the inaugural Margarete Wuensche Memorial Lecture on Friday,
March 12, at 5:30 pm in the Libin Lecture Theatre, Faculty
of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW.
All media and members of the public are invited to attend.
Wuensche was born in Graz, Austria in 1935, and moved to
Calgary with her husband Rolf Wuensche and daughter
Caroline in 1975. She immersed herself in the Calgary community
and was soon known as a “silent angel” with an
extraordinary optimism, energy, wisdom and humour that helped
guide her friends and family through their lives. After her
passing on December 31, 2002, her friends and family established
the Margarete Wuensche Memorial Lecture in honour of her memory.
Dr. Joseph Martin was appointed Dean of the Harvard Faculty
of Medicine seven years ago. Prior to returning to Harvard,
Dr. Martin served as Chancellor of the University of California,
San Francisco for four years. Born in Bassano, Alberta, Dr.
Martin earned his MD degree from the University of Alberta
in 1962. He completed his residency in neurology and a fellowship
in neuropathology at Case Western Reserve University, and earned
his PhD in anatomy from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Martin’s research has focused on hypothalamic regulation
of pituitary hormone secretions and on application of neurochemical
and molecular genetics to better understand the causes of neurological
and neurodegenerative disease. In 1980, he established the
National Institute of Health-sponsored Huntington’s Disease
Center without walls. Early work in the Center led to a breakthrough
in identifying a genetic marker near the gene for Huntington’s
disease; this culminated recently in the identification of
the gene for the disorder.
5:30 – 5:40
pm Welcome Address
Drs. Sam Weiss and Alastair Buchan
5:40 – 5:45
pm Tribute to Margarete Wuensche
Mr. Rolf Wuensche via videolink
5:45 – 6:45
pm Keynote Address
Proteins, plaques, and prions: toward an understanding of brain
Dr. Joseph Martin, Dean, Harvard Medical School
6:45 – 6:50
pm Closing Remarks
Dr. Harvey P. Weingarten, President and Vice-Chancellor, University
6:50 - 8:00 pm Wine and Cheese Reception and Research Poster
This special evening is hosted by the Calgary Brain Institute
of the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. This institute
is dedicated to world-class research including neural stem
cell biology, stroke research and patient care, brain tumour
and brain imaging. It is a centre of excellence in neuroscience
and mental health research, education and discoveries.
For more information:
Director, Media Relations
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary