2023 Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration and Lecture

Sep 7, 2023

03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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21st Annual Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration

3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, Prem Sahai Auditorium in MERF 

This celebration has become an annual highlight. Each year, the Distinguished Mentor Award has recognized one of our most important mentors, and the Distinguished Mentor Lecturer has given one of the best lectures of the year. 2023's event promises to follow that exciting tradition. This celebration was envisioned and is supported by Daryl and Nancy Granner.

Please contact Keaton Baayen at keaton-baayen@uiowa.edu with questions.

Distinguished Mentor Awardee: Joseph Zabner, MD

Dr. Zabner, Professor of Internal Medicine Pulmonary - Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, has an outstanding record of mentoring trainees, faculty and staff at all levels (including being a primary mentor for four National Institutes of Health career development award-winners and three fellows who have received the prestigious Parker B. Francis Pulmonary Fellowship Award). His approach has helped fuel success for many others. By his example and with his guidance and leadership, he has influenced the lives and careers of many scientists, researchers and physicians all over, especially at the University of Iowa. 

Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer: William G. Kaelin Jr., MD


Dr. Kaelin, 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Recipient, Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Kaelin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He recently served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, the AACR Board of Trustees, and the IOM National Cancer Policy Board. He is a recipient of the Paul Marks Prize for cancer research from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Prize from the AACR.

In April 2010, Kaelin was named one of five recipients of the prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award, and he also was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor’s Lecture are made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Daryl Granner, '58 BA, '62 MS, '62 MD, and Nancy Granner, '58 BA. Dr. Granner is a Distinguished Alumnus and Professor Emeritus and founding director of the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Institute.

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