The Medical Scientist Training Program sponsors a one-day symposium in the spring featuring an outside keynote speaker, oral presentations of student research, student poster presentations and activities to foster student-faculty interactions. The symposium is organized by the student Seminars Committee.

The keynote speaker is an MD-PhD physician-scientist with an active research program. The speaker is selected by MSTP students with guidance from the MSTP director.

2020 Annual Spring Symposium information

The 2020 MSTP Symposium was scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 26, at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery but was cancelled due to COVID-19 and university restrictions. The scheduled keynote speaker was Anna Greka, MD, PhD, from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. We hope to invite Dr. Greka to campus at a future date.

Previous MSTP Symposium speakers

Speakers over the past decade have included:

  • Tony Windebank, MD, Mayo Clinic Rochester (2019)
  • Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2018)
  • Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, Oncology and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2017)
  • Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD, Virology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco (2016)
  • Helen Hobbs, MD, Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics, UT Southwestern (2015)
  • Michael Yaffe, MD, PhD, Biology and biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014)
  • Marcus Raichle, MD, Radiology and Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis (2013)
  • Erkki Ruoslahti, MD, PhD, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Barbara (2012)
  • Lalita Ramakrishnan, MBBS, PhD, Microbiology, Medicine, and Immunology, University of Washington (2011)
  • Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, Bioengineering and Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford (2010)
  • George Daley, MD, PhD, Biological Chemistry/Molecular Pharmacology and Pediatrics, Harvard (2009)
  • Johan Stenflo, MD, PhD, Department of Clinical Chemistry, University of Lund (2008)
  • Martin Yarmush, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, Harvard (2007)
  • Jeffrey Friedman, MD, PhD, Center for Human Genetics, Rockefeller (2006)
  • Vanessa Gamble, MD, PhD, Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics (2005)
  • Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Washington University (2004)
  • Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Harvard (2003)
  • Kit Lam, MD, PhD, Cancer Center and Department of Medicine, UC-Davis (2002)
  • Shawn Coughlin, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Research Institute, UCSF (2001)