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Nobel Laureate to Deliver Keynote at May 23 Harrington Symposium

UH clinicians are invited to attend the Keynote Lecture by 1985 Nobel Laureate Joseph L. Goldstein, MD, during the kick-off of the 2017 Harrington Discovery Institute 5th Annual Scientific Symposium on May 23. Dr. Goldstein’s presentation is titled “A Century of Cholesterol and Coronaries: From Plaques to Genes to Statins.”

The lecture will take place Tuesday, May 23, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A reception will follow.

Dr. Goldstein is Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In 1985, he was named Regental Professor of the University of Texas.

Dr. Goldstein and his colleague, Michael S. Brown, MD, discovered the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor and worked out how these receptors control cholesterol homeostasis. At the basic level, this work opened the field of receptor-mediated endocytosis, and at the clinical level it helped lay the conceptual groundwork for development of drugs called statins that lower blood LDL-cholesterol and prevent heart attacks. Drs. Goldstein and Brown shared many awards for this work, including the Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research (1985), Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1985), and National Medal of Science (1988).

Dr. Goldstein is Chairman of the Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury and is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rockefeller University. He also serves on Scientific Advisory Boards of the Broad Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Welch Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Member of Royal Society.

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