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Phone: 516-463-7202

Date: May 24, 2011

The Value of Innovation

The seventh lecture in the series The Complete Physician: Educating Tomorrow’s Caregivers

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:00 p.m.
The Medical Education Theater
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549-5000

Kevin J. Tracey, M.D.
President, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Professor and President, Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine

Kevin J. Tracey is president of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and professor and president of Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine in Manhasset, New York. A neurosurgeon by training, he is a leader within the field of inflammation research. His contributions to science include discovery of the direct inflammatory activity of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), and the therapeutic potential of monoclonal anti-TNF antibodies; the cytokine activity of HMGB1, and the therapeutic potential to target this mediator at the intersection of sterile and infectious inflammation; and the neurological basis for controlling immunity by reflex mechanisms. His publications include 240 papers, and The Institute for Scientific Information named him “Highly Cited Researcher in Immunology,” placing him in the top 0.5 percent of all publishing scientists.

Professor Tracey received a B.S. in chemistry from Boston College in 1979 and an M.D. from Boston University in 1983. From 1983 to 1992, he trained as a neurosurgeon at the New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center, and was a guest investigator at The Rockefeller University. In 1992, Dr. Tracey moved his lab to The Feinstein Institute in Manhasset, New York. He also opened a neurosurgery practice there, continuing until 2001, when he was appointed founding program director for the General Clinical Research Center, which received designation from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was appointed director of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in 2005.

Professor Tracey’s honors include an honorary degree from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2009; the DeWitt Stetten Lectureship from The National Institutes of Health in 2007; and the Annual Clinical Science Lectureship in 2002 from the Karolinska Institute. He has received lectureships from Harvard, Yale, The Rockefeller University, The Scripps Institute, and the University of Texas Southwestern, among others. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2001), and the American Association of Physicians (2009). He co-chaired the first international scientific congress addressing the “The Inflammatory Reflex,” a Nobel Conference in 2004 of the Karolinska Institute, and co-chaired the first HMGB1 Cytokine World Congress in 2003 in Saltsjobaden, Sweden. Dr. Tracey is editor- in-chief of Molecular Medicine, and advisory editor of The Journal of Experimental Medicine.

This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow the presentation. For information or to register, please call 516-463-7202 or register online.