Dr. Edward B. Leahey and Michael I. Leahey Lecture Series

This program is provided by the Administrative Core and Evaluation.


The annual Leahey Lecture, sponsored by the Leahey Foundation, the Department of Medicine, and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, memorializes two outstanding individuals: Edward B. Leahey, Jr., MD, for his pioneering cardiac research, and his brother Michael I. Leahey, for his vital contributions to the funding and administration of clinical trials. The Leahey Lecture was established to address scientific and administrative issues in the conduct of clinical research, including relationships among academic medical centers, governments, and industry. The Leahey Lecture takes place once a year. Past lectures include:

Inflammation and Atherothrombosis: From Population Biology to Proven Intervention
Paul M. Ridker, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA
Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital

Genomics Enters Medicine: Ethical Challenges Associated with the Return of Results to Patients
Paul S. Appelbaum, MD
Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law
Director, Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center

21st Century Biomedicine: Translating Discovery to Patient Care
Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD
President, Brigham and Women’s Healthcare
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Biotechnology Innovation: Translating Genetics and Basic Science Discoveries to Therapies
George D. Yancopoulos, MD, PhD
Founding Scientist and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron
President, Regeneron Laboratories

Catalyzing Translational Innovation
Christopher P. Austin, MD
Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

From Cardiovascular Disease to Health: The Journey of the High-Risk Plaque
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
Physician-in-Chief, The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Trials: The Ever Changing Management of Cardiovascular Patients
Christopher P. Cannon, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

The Randomized Clinical Trial as a Long and Complicated Journey: Lessons from the ACCORD Trial
William T. Friedewald, MD
Professor of Clinical Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Clinical Medicine, Columbia University

Translational Therapeutics of the Arachidonic Acid Cascade
Garret A. FitzGerald, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania

The Joys of Translational Research
Barry S. Coller, MD
Professor of Medicine, The Rockefeller University

A Vision for the Future of Clinical Research – and How to Position CUMC for That Future
Lee Goldman, MD
Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Columbia University

Drug Discovery and Development: The important complimentary roles of industry and academia
Steven M. Paul, MD
President, Lilly Research Laboratories

Demystifying the US FDA: How Best Practices in Clinical Trials Advance Human Health
Robert J. Temple, MD
Associate Director for Medical Policy, U.S. FDA

The Societal Imperative for Academic Medical Centers to Develop Efficient Clinical Research Capability
Robert M. Califf, MD
Fortin Professor of Cardiology, Duke University

The Leahey Foundation

The Leahey Foundation honors the accomplishments of the Leahey brothers: Edward’s pioneering cardiac research and Michael’s vital contributions to the funding and administration of clinical trials.

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The Leahey Lectures are open to the Columbia University community.


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