Kantoff-Sang Lecture Videos
- Alan Garber, MD, PhD
- Jeffrey S. Flier, MD
- William Chin, MD
- Elliott Antman, MD
- David Scadden, MD
John Ayanian, Arnold Epstein, Frances Jensen,
Phillip Kantoff, and Lee Nadler
Through presentations and a panel discussion, senior leadership from within Harvard articulated their ideas - and ignited a discussion - on how to forge innovative collaborations between HMS and other schools that will foster a catalytic transformation in the approach to biomedical research and education.
The Inaugural Kantoff-Sang lecture was held at Harvard Medical School in the Armenise Amphitheatre on November 29th, 2011, from 4-6pm. This new lecture series honors Dr. Phillip Kantoff through a generous gift from Dr. Delia Sang in memory of her father, Dr. Heng-Kang Sang. Dr. Kantoff was Dr. Heng-Kang Sang's oncologist during his final years.
At the inaugural lecture, Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, described new programs that HMS has undertaken to facilitate translational and clinical research. Alan Garber, Provost of Harvard University, emphasized the need to include sociology, psychology, and economics in the spectrum of research. William Chin, HMS Executive Dean for Research and Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science, said that one of the key challenges is that, despite amazing advances, we still haven't truly overcome the complexity of disease. Elliott Antman, HMS Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, says the challenges that need to be solved nowadays are more complex and the exponential growth of knowledge makes it impossible for a single physician or scientist to master it all; "We have to do this as teams." David Scadden, Co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, spoke about the importance of attracting new young scientists through multidisciplinary courses like his freshman seminar, "Blood: From Gory to Glory."
The underlying theme of the event was clear: Astounding work happens when different disciplines intersect.