Noted physician-researcher Nelson Chao, M.D., M.B.A., will deliver City of Hope’s upcoming Gerhard Schmidt Memorial Lecture in Transplantation Biology and Medicine.
|Nelson J. Chao (Photo courtesy of Duke University)|
Chao will give the lecture “A Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Research” in Argyros Auditorium in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 28.
Chief of the Division of Cellular Therapy and leader of the bone marrow transplant program at Duke University Medical Center , Chao will present novel insights into graft-versus-host disease, immune reconstitution and engraftment.
“Dr. Chao is a longtime colleague and good friend who has made many scientific and clinical contributions to the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation,” said Stephen J. Forman, M.D., chair of the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Francis and Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. “We are all looking forward to his honoring us by delivering the Gerhard Schmidt lecture this year.”
The event has become a popular prelude to City of Hope’s “Celebration of Life” Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, which this year takes place on April 30.
The lectureship commemorates the contributions of the late Gerhard Schmidt, M.D., who joined City of Hope in 1977 and established the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant and Histocompatibility Laboratory programs.
Schmidt lost his own battle with cancer in 1993.
Awarded annually to physicians and researchers who are making advances in hematopoietic stem cell transplants, the lectureship helps sustain Schmidt’s legacy.