Student Research Forum
The Student Research Forum (SRF) exists to serve the students at the University of Kansas Medical Center, to advance their research and to bolster their professional development. The forum provides a public stage for the presentation, assessment and discussion of their scientific investigations as well an opportunity to recognize and award exceptional research efforts. The forum will provide exposure to talks from world-class researchers and promote interdisciplinary collaboration between fields, departments, professional schools and universities to foster high-quality, innovative research that will transform our present scientific understanding and ultimately improve the lives of people in the state of Kansas and throughout the world.
Each year the Graduate Student Council sponsors the Student Research Forum. A in-person multi-day interactive event, the 2024 SRF will be held on April 1, 2024 - April 5, 2024. It will showcase research conducted by students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professionals. In addition to the student presentations, the SRF features a banquet and the extremely popular A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture.
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A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture
The A.L. Chapman Lecture series was created in honor of A.L. Chapman, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emeritus.
2024 A.L. Chapman Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly
Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly will be the A.L. Chapman Keynote Speaker of this year's Student Research Forum (SRF). Dr. Kelly is the Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor and Professor of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute. He is a recipient of the prestigious Wolf Prize in Chemistry and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His groundbreaking research has advanced our understanding of the molecular mechanisms and therapeutic strategies for pathological protein aggregation, which underlies many aging-associated degenerative diseases.
The title of Dr. Jeffery W. Kelly’s talk is “Pharmacological Adaptation of Proteostasis to Ameliorate Aging-associated Degenerative Diseases”. In this talk, he will share his insights on the cellular protein homeostasis network's role in regulating proteome function and maintaining cellular balance, particularly in the context of aging-associated amyloid diseases and the discovery of small molecule kinetic stabilizers, tafamidis, in his lab.