The Department of Pediatrics and the University of Colorado School of Medicine hosted a special symposium on June 6, 2016, to commemorate the career of Dr. Richard Johnston.
Dr. Johnston had an outstanding career in pediatric academic medicine at the University of Colorado, and is a world leader in immunology and inflammation research, a field he helped to launch while Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish. In addition, he was instrumental in shaping the direction of the March of Dimes Foundation.
The event opened with remarks by Drs. Richard Krugman, Peter Henson, Edward McCabe and John Reilly, highlighting Dr. Johnston’s career and his contributions to the University of Colorado, National Jewish and the March of Dimes. Later in the symposium, three scientific presentations were made by former mentees of Dr. Johnston’s, including Drs. Daniel Ambruso (the immune system), Christian Speer from Wurzburg, Germany (fetal inflammation in very preterm infants) and Samuel Silverstein (cellular immunotherapy of infections and tumors).
Dr. Max Cooper presented Grand Rounds on, How did our Adaptive Immune System Evolve. Following a reception for Dr. Johnston, there were workshops with the guest lectures.