2020 Horwitz Prize Lectures

from left to right:  Robert Fettiplace, A. James Hudspeth, and Christine Petit
November 24, 2020 - 12:00pm - January 28, 2021 - 3:30pm

Lecture 1

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

Robert Fettiplace, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

"Tmc1 Deafness Mutations Illuminate Hair Cell Transduction"

Robert Fettiplace, PhD, is professor of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied at Cambridge University, where he obtained a BA in medical sciences and a PhD in biophysics.

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Lecture 2

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. EST

A. James Hudspeth, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and the Rockefeller University, New York, New York, USA

"Your Biological Hearing Aid: mechanical amplification by hair cells of the inner ear"

A. James Hudspeth, MD, PhD, is the F.M. Kirby Professor at the Rockefeller University in New York City and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He graduated with a BA in biomedical sciences from Harvard College and completed his MD and PhD at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, respectively.

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Lecture 3

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10 a.m. EST

Christine Petit, Collège de France, Paris, and Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Tracing the Road from the Genetic Dissection of Auditory Molecular Mechanisms to Hearing Restoration”

Christine Petit, MD, PhD, is professor “Classe exceptionnelle” at Institut Pasteur and professor and chair of Genetics and Cellular Physiology at the College de France in Paris, France. She graduated from Orsay University with a degree in biological sciences, genetics, and biochemistry, received her PhD at Institut Pasteur, and completed her MD at Pierre et Marie Curie University.

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The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize was established under the will of the late S. Gross Horwitz through a bequest to Columbia University. It is named in honor of the donor’s mother, Louisa Gross Horwitz, who was the daughter of Dr. Samuel David Gross (1805-89), a prominent Philadelphia surgeon who served as president of the American Medical Association and wrote “Systems of Surgery.” Of the 103 Horwitz Prize winners to date, 51 have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes. Most recently, 2014 Horwitz Prize winner James P. Allison, PhD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Tasuku Honjo, MD, PhD, of Kyoto University. For a list of previous Horwitz Prize awardees, please click here.

The 2020 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Lectures will be hosted virtually this year. Drs. Fettiplace and Husdpeth will present their lectures on Nov. 24 and Dr. Petit on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

More information about the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize and the lectures is available at the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize site.

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