Dr. Peter Doherty, a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will deliver the Litwack Lecture at today’s (Feb. 20) CVM Annual Research Forum and Litwack Lecture at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Jointly sponsored by the CVM Faculty Committee on Research and Phi Zeta organization, the Annual Research Forum celebrates veterinary science at NC State through poster sessions and oral presentations by DVM students, graduate students, and house officers.
More than 35 poster sessions and 24 oral presentations will be delivered during the day-long forum which concludes with an awards ceremony and Dr. Doherty’s Litwack Lecture, “From Vet School to Stockholm and Beyond!” .
Dr. Doherty is a Laureate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Michael F. Tamer Chair in the Department of Immunology at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Doherty received the Nobel Prize with Dr. Rolf Zinkernagel for the discovery of how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells. Their research led to a better understanding of mechanisms the cellular immune system uses to recognize foreign microorganisms and self molecules. Highly relevant to clinical medicine, the research relates to efforts to strengthen the immune response against microorganisms and certain forms of cancer, and to efforts to diminish the effects of autoimmune reactions in inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatic conditions, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
The Litwack Lectures are supported by the Martin Litwack Fund, an endowment created by family and friends as a memorial to Dr. Litwack, who was an acknowledged leader in establishing the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Litwack was a charter member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation and was active in many professional organizations including the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He served as president of the Triangle, Eastern North Carolina and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Associations.
Active in community affairs, Dr. Litwack received numerous service and leadership honors, including the North Carolina Association of the Professions Special Recognition Award. He is well remembered for his commitment to education, to North Carolina State University, to the North Carolina livestock industry, and to the health of the general public.
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