1st Annual Faculty Research Lecture in Translational Science
Awarded to Michael R. Harrison, MD

The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the selection of Michael R. Harrison, M.D., as the recipient of the inaugural Faculty Research Lecture – Translational Science.  In selecting Dr. Harrison to receive this award, the Senate recognizes the immense value of faculty who translate bench science to a bedside clinical practice directly benefiting both patients and legions of other clinicians worldwide.

Lecture Title: Womb with a View: the Fetus Becomes a Patient
Date/Location: April 19, 2011 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Cole Hall, Parnassus Campus

Michael R. Harrison, MD
   Michael Harrison, MD

Dr. Harrison’s lecture, “Womb with a View: the Fetus Becomes a Patient,” will be held on the UCSF Parnassus Campus (Cole Hall) on April 19, 2011 (3:30-5pm).

Known throughout the world as the “Father of Fetal Surgery,” Dr. Harrison has pioneered with his colleagues at UCSF the practice of fetal and pediatric surgery for the past thirty years. His research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine and have served as a model for others.

Dr. Harrison has been responsible for many visionary techniques for both in-utero open fetal surgery and endoscopic surgical repair (FETENDO Fetal Surgery) of many fetal abnormalities.  He has studied the pathophysiology and natural history of a number of life-threatening fetal abnormalities including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation of the lung, sacrococcygeal teratoma, fetal obstructive uropathy, and myelomeningocele.

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In addition, Dr. Harrison's team has developed in-utero stem cell transplantation to treat immunodeficiencies, enzyme deficiencies, and hemoglobinopathies.  His surgical practice focuses on repair of complex birth defects involving the chest, lung, abdomen, bowel, and bladder, and surgical care of children from birth through adolescence.

Dr. Harrison is a Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.  He is also Director Emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Dr. Harrison was also recently appointed to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM). Chartered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has developed into the National Academies under which the IOM is a part. The IOM is a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

Again, the Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture will be held in Cole Hall at the Parnassus Campus on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 3:30pm.  A reception will follow by the Nobel Wall.


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