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Registration for the 2017 MD/PhD Student Conference is now open!

2017 Keynote Speakers
Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D. - Neural signal processing algorithms.

Dr. Brown is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School; an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital; and the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT. He is also an investigator in the Picower Center for Learning and Memory at MIT. Dr. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Science, and the National Academy of Engineering.


Kim Orth, Ph.D. - Bacterial strategies for infection and survival.

Kim Orth is the Earl A. Forsyth Chair in Biomedical Science and Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. The Orth Lab is interested in elucidation of virulence factors from pathogenic bacteria to gain novel molecular insight into eukaryotic signaling systems and host-pathogen interactions. Dr. Orth is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Young Investigator Award, and the Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research. Dr. Orth recieved her M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her PhD from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center.


Douglas Lowy, M.D. - Exploring papillomaviruses in the development and prevention of canver.

Douglas Lowy is the Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  A cancer researcher for more than 40 years, Dr. Lowy received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2014 for his research that led to the development of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.  Lowy received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, New York City, and trained in internal medicine at Stanford University, California, and dermatology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.



Kevan Shokat, Ph.D. - Chemical approaches to deciphering and controlling signal transduction pathways.

Dr. Shokat is currently an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, where he also served as Department Chair from 2010-2014 at the University of California at San Francisco. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at UC Berkeley with Professor Peter Schultz, and post-doctoral work in immunology at Stanford University with Professor Chris Goodnow, Kevan began his independent research career at Princeton University where he was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor in four years. He has received numerous awards including being named a Fellow of the Pew Foundation, Searle Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Glaxo-Wellcome Foundation, and the Cotrell Foundation. He has also received the Eli Lilly Award, given to the most promising biological chemist in the country under the age of 37. He was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (2010), the Institute of Medicine (2011), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011).

Important Dates

May 19:   Oral presentation and Travel Award submission deadline
June 13:  2017 early registration deadline
June 13:  Cancellation with Refund deadline
June 13:  Abstract submission deadline (poster presentation)
July 14:   2017 late registration deadline


Invitation Letter


Dear Invitee,


It is with great pleasure that the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus invites you to attend the 32nd Annual National MD/PhD Student Conference.  The Conference will take place July 14-16 in Keystone, Colorado.  For more than 30 years, the conference has brought MD/PhD students from across North America to Colorado to share their research, hear featured speakers, participate in small groups, interact with a career panel and enjoy the Rocky Mountains.  Participants have the unique opportunity to network with their fellow MD/PhD students, meet leading researchers, and consider the evolving role of the physician scientist.


As in the past, we have invited a diverse group of accomplished scientists and role models conducting research programs with relevance to basic science and translational medical research. In addition, student oral presentations and poster sessions will ensure that a wide spectrum of topics are discussed including, but not limited to, cancer biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, bioengineering, developmental biology, and public health. There will also be a number of career improvement breakout sessions intended to help students to be successful as clinician scientists.


The program includes free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the conference venue. Summit County and the nearby cities of Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne and Breckenridge allow for outdoor exploration, shopping and social gatherings after hours. There are a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities conveniently located near the conference site and several are incorporated into the conference.


Ten Diversity Travel Awards will be given to conference attendees. We strongly encourage students to apply for these up to $1000 awards that cover registration and travel expenses.


In addition, there will be three Outstanding Abstract Awards this year in the form of $500.


We invite you to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the National MD/PhD Student Conference with us and hope that you will find it as valuable as past attendees have.





The 2017​ Organi​zing Committee