Azusa Pacific University welcomes Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, Ph.D., and Claire Pomeroy, M.D., MBA, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at University of California, Davis, to discuss “Advances in Medicine,” a conversation with medical researchers and practitioners about the latest medical breakthroughs. This Azusa Pacific University Segerstrom Science Symposium takes place Thurs., Jan. 14, and provides an opportunity for tomorrow's medical researchers and professionals to learn from leading experts about recent discoveries and their impact on medicine.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in APU’s Upper Turner Campus Center (UTCC), beginning with a panel discussion from 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Baltimore’s keynote follows from 4 – 5 p.m.

The panel discussion will include Pomeroy as well as the following experts:

  • James Miser, M.D., former CEO, City of Hope Medical Center; pediatric oncologist
  • Aja Lesh, Ph.D., RN, NP, dean, School of Nursing, Azusa Pacific University
  • Jon Milhon, Ph.D., professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Azusa Pacific University

This is the second of a three-part series on issues in the world of science. The series kicked-off last October with the topic of sustainability and stewardship “Lifelines for Our Future” and concludes on March 19 with a focus on bioethics in science.

“The Segerstrom Science Symposia is an opportunity for APU and the community to dialogue with world-class scholars and professionals on scientific and technical concerns of interest to all,” said David Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at APU. “We look forward to engaging experts on issues from a variety of perspectives.”

Baltimore was awarded the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell.” He discovered reverse transcriptase, an enzyme that is essential for the reproduction of retroviruses such as HIV. Joining Baltimore is Pomery, an expert in infectious diseases and a health professor of internal medicine, microbiology, and immunology.

Media representatives interested in attending may contact Allison Oster at (626) 815-4518.

Meet the Experts:

David Baltimore, Ph.D., president emeritus of the California Institute of Technology is an accomplished researcher, educator, administrator, and public advocate for science and engineering, and is considered one of the world’s most influential biologists. Awarded the Nobel Prize at age 37 for research in virology, Baltimore has profoundly influenced national science policy on such issues as recombinant DNA research and the AIDS epidemic. His present research focuses on control of inflammatory and immune responses as well as on the use of gene therapy methods to treat HIV and cancer in a program called “Engineering Immunity.”

Baltimore served as a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for nearly 30 years and as president of the California Institute of Technology for 9 years. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1964 from Rockefeller University. He has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles.

Claire Pomeroy, M.D., MBA, earned her bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, then completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She also earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky and held faculty positions at both of those institutions before moving to UC Davis.

Pomeroy leads an active research team studying host responses to infectious diseases. She is a long-time advocate for patients with HIV/AIDS and has a special interest in health care policy. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and edited two books.