The American Society for Clinical Investigation is proud to present the ASCI Scientific Sessions: a monthly spotlight on distinguished investigators and their contributions to biomedical research. The Scientific Sessions are free and open to all, with a goal to create a space for our community, beyond our annual meeting, to gather and celebrate discovery.

Next Session

December 15, 2021, 1-2 pm Eastern:

Christine E. Seidman, MD
“Genetic Cardiomyopathies – How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?”

Dr. Christine Seidman is the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard Medical School, an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was elected to the ASCI in 1992 (profile here).

Dr. Seidman has pioneered the discovery of the genetic basis for heart muscle disorders, including hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathies and congenital heart disease. Her work has enabled development of clinical gene-based diagnostics, early and accurate identification of at-risk individuals, and pre-emptive interventions to limit the progression and devastating outcomes associated with these disorders.

Dr. Seidman is the recipient of the American Heart Association Basic Science Prize and Joseph A. Vita Award, the ASCI Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award, the Pasarow Foundation Award in Cardiovascular Research, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cardiovascular Research, the Institut de France Fondation Lefoulon-Delalande Grand Prix for Science Award and the European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Science.

This event will be moderated by Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD. Dr. Ardehali, the 2021-2022 ASCI President, is Professor of Medicine-Cardiology and Professor of Pharmacology; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program; and Director, Center for Molecular Cardiology, at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Future Sessions

January 18, 2022, 1-2 pm Eastern
    James E. Crowe, Jr., MD
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

February 18, 2022, 1-2 pm Eastern
    Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD
    Baylor College of Medicine

March 8, 2022, 1-2 pm Eastern
    Bruce Beutler, MD
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

April 2022
    No Session

May 13, 2022, 1-2 pm Eastern
    Charles L. Sawyers, MD
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Past Sessions

November 10, 2021, 12-1 pm Eastern:

Elaine Fuchs, PhD
“Epithelial Stem Cells: Survival of the Fittest”

Elaine Fuchs is renowned for her research in skin biology, its stem cells and associated genetic disorders, particularly cancers. She is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University.

Dr. Fuchs’ awards and honors include the US National Medal of Science, L’Oreal-UNESCO Award, Albany Prize in Medicine, March of Dimes Prize, International Pezcoller Award in Cancer Research, EB Wilson Award in Cell Biology, Vanderbilt Prize, AACR Clowes Award, ISSCR McEwen Award for Innovation in Stem Cell Research, and the Canada Gairdner International Award. She is an honorary member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, American Philosophical Society, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society.

​​This event was moderated by Sophie Paczesny, MD, PhD. Dr. Paczesny is Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology as well as Co-Leader of the Cancer Immunology Program at the Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Paczesny serves on the ASCI Council, is Chair of the ASCI Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee, and Co-Chair of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Immunobiology working group.

October 20, 2021, 1-2 pm Eastern:

Daniel J. Drucker, MD
“Evolving mechanisms and clinical indications for incretin-based therapies”

Dr. Drucker is currently Professor of Medicine and Molecular and Medical Genetics, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He holds the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre-Novo Nordisk Chair in Incretin Biology. Dr. Drucker was elected to the ASCI in 1995 (see profile).

Dr. Drucker is the recipient of numerous awards: the Claude Bernard Medal and Lecture from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association, the Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research, the Rolf Luft Award from the Karolinska Institute, the ASCI | Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (shared with Drs. Joel F. Habener and Jens J. Holst), the Transatlantic Medal of the British Endocrine Society, and the Canada Gairdner International Award. Dr. Drucker is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

This event was moderated by Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD. Dr. Ahima, 2018-2022 Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, is Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, and the leader of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Ahima is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the ASCI (elected 2005).

September 15, 2021, 1-2 pm Eastern:

William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD
“von Hippel-Lindau Disease: A Bedside to Bench to Bedside Story”

Dr. Kaelin is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and a professor and senior physician-scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Kaelin was elected to the ASCI in 1997 (see profile).

Dr. Kaelin is recipient of numerous awards including the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Dr. Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability; the 2016 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (with Sir Ratcliffe and Dr. Semenza); and the 2012 ASCI Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award (with Dr. Semenza).

This event was moderated by Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD. Dr. Ardehali, the 2021-2022 ASCI President, is Professor of Medicine-Cardiology and Professor of Pharmacology; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program; and Director, Center for Molecular Cardiology, at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.