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 input from the Honors Lecture Committee of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to give a Beyer Lecture.

This lecture is in honor of Karl Beyer, MD-PhD, a dual-degree graduate of UW-Madison in the late 1930s and pioneer in the development of agents to treat hypertension and edema.

2019 Annual Spring Symposium information

The 2019 MSTP Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 4, at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and will feature keynote speaker Tony Windebank, MD, from the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Windebank is a clinical neurologist and professor of neurology. He has a successful research laboratory that focuses on spinal cord regeneration, and he helped found the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

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Previous MSTP Symposium speakers

Speakers over the past decade have included:

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