Barbara J. Deeb Lecture in Comparative Medicine


This lecture in Comparative Medicine was established in 2006 by the family of Dr. Deeb and the faculty and alumni of the Department of Comparative Medicine. The lectureship honors her scientific contributions in the field of Comparative Medicine and to the specialty veterinary practice of small mammals.

After graduation from the University of Illinois with a D.V.M. in 1963, Dr. Deeb completed a M.S. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Washington in 1966. Subsequently, Dr. Deeb moved to Beirut, Lebanon , where she was on the faculty of the American University of Beirut . There she conducted research on toxoplasmosis in cats, while teaching and supervising the laboratory animal facility. Dr. Deeb joined the faculty of the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington in1983 and remained there until 1996, when she opened her own practice, Allpet Veterinary Clinic, as well as a diagnostic laboratory, Sound Diagnostics, which specialized in serology for small mammals.

Dr. Deeb made significant contributions in the area of pathogenic infections of animals, particularly, rodents and rabbits. She contributed several book chapters on diseases of rabbits. Dr. Deeb had a strong interest in the human-animal bond and animal welfare, which she expressed through her activities with the Delta Society. She died from cancer May 9, 2005 .

In establishing this lectureship, the department envisioned that the lecturer be chosen on the basis of having made significant contributions and important advances in biomedical research through the use of animals.

2006 Deeb Lecture – May 11, 2006, 1:30-2:30 pm, HSB T-747
Jerrold Ward, DVM, PhD - Chief, Infectious Disease Pathogenesis Section, Comparative Medicine Branch, NIAID, NIH."Mouse Models of Human Cancer or Mouse Models of Mouse Cancer"

2007 Deeb Lecture – October 29, 2007, 12:00-1:00 pm, HSB D-209
Richard Palmiter, PhD - Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Professor, Biochemistry at the University of Washington. "The essential function of AgRP neurons"

2008 Deeb Lecture – Thursday, May 29, 2008, 12:00-1:00 pm, HSB D-209
Tilahun Yilma, DVM, PhD - Director & Distinguished Professor of Virology, International Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of California, Davis. "Strategies for Enhancing the Safety and Efficacy of Recombinant Vaccines."

2010 Deeb lecture – Monday, March 29, 2010, 12:00-1:00 pm, HSB T-733
Peter C. Doherty, BVSc, MVSc, PhD - Nobel Laureate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne. “Anti-Viral Immunity: Lessons from Influenza Virus ”

2011 Deeb lecture – Monday, April 18, 2011, 3:30-4:30 pm, HSB D-209
Christopher C. Goodnow, BVSc, PhD, FAA - Director, Australian Phenomics Facility and Director, Immunogenomics Laboratory, Professor, John Curtin School of Medical Research. "Actively Acquired Self-Tolerance: How are Mirror Image Responses Signalled?"

2012 Deeb lecture –Friday, October 5, 2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, HSB T-639
Michael Oldstone, MD - Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. "The Anatomy of Arenavirus Pathogenesis: Essential Role of Alpha-Dystroglycan and Dendritic Cells."

2013 Deeb Lecture –Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 4:00-5:00 pm, SLU Orin Auditorium
Ronald M. Evans, PhD – Professor and Director, Gene Expression Laboratory, HHMI Investigator, March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Biology, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies La Jolla, CA. “Nuclear Receptors and the Hunger Game”

2014 Barbara Deeb Lecture - Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm, SLU Orin Auditorium
Bruce Beutler, MD, Regental Professor and Director, Center for Genetics of Host Defense, UT Southwestern Medical Center; recipient of 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. “Real-time resolution of immune phenotypes induced by random germline mutagenesis in mice”.

2016 Barbara Deeb Lecture - Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 3:30-4:30 pm, SLU Orin Auditorium
Diane Mathis, PhD
, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Harvard Medical School; Morton Grove Chair of Immunohematology, Division of Immunology, Department of Microbiology & Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.  Title:  “Regulatory T cell control of organismal homeostasis”

2017 Barbara Deeb Lecture - Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3:30-4:30 pm, HSB T-639
Lora Hooper, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology, Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas-Dallas. Title: "The gut microbiome: a master regulator of metabolism."

2018 Barbara Deeb Lecture - Friday, October 5, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm, HSB Room T-625
Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology, Departments of Pathology and Microbiology, School of Medicine, New York University.

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