Andrew Mark Lippard Memorial Lecture

Lecture History

The Annual Andrew Mark Lippard Memorial Lecture was established in 1975 in memory of Professor and  Mrs. Stephen J. Lippard’s seven year-old son, Andrew Mark, who  had died of an acute encephalopathy two years  previously. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Andrew Mark Lippard Memorial Fund, the Columbia MD-PhD Program, and the Department of Neurology.

Professor Lippard was a  member of the Department of Chemistry at Columbia at the time of his son’s death. Together with his wife, he established this annual lecture series to  stimulate studies on the cause and pathogenesis of  encephalopathic disease, particularly with respect  to viral components. The annual lecture is traditionally given each Autumn, as close as  possible to September 29th, the date of  Andrew Mark Lippard's death.

The first Lippard Lecturer was Dr. Philip R. Dodge.  Subsequent lecturers included prominent  virologists (e.g. Richard T. Johnson, Michael B.  Oldstone, Thomas C. Merigan). Topics began to vary more widely in 1982, with Leon E. Rosenberg,  Robert G. Schulman, and Stanley B. Pruisner. The scope of lecture topics has continued to evolve with the field.

A  complete list of Lippard Lecturers is provided on  the next slide. Of note, five former Lippard  Lecturers have subsequently won The Nobel Prize.

2021 Andrew Mark Lippard  Memorial Lecture

John Huguenard, PhD

Dr. John Huguenard

Dr. John Huguenard is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.  His research and training program focuses on cellular/circuit questions relevant to epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. His studies have supported development of synapse-specific (pharmacology) or cell specific (optogenetic) interventions designed to rein in epileptic circuits.

Dr. Huguenard holds a PhD degree in Pharmacology from Duke University and did his postdoctoral training with Dr. Bradley E. Alger in the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Huguenard is highly published and an abundantly sought after lecturer, with extensive leadership and research training experience. He has directed the Stanford Epilepsy Training Program for postdoctoral fellows for the last 15 years, and led the Stanford Neurosciences PhD Program from 2006-2013.

Dr. Huguenard  is committed to promoting rigorous research, and was an author on the NINDS rigor document regarding pre-clinical research (Landis et al, 2012). He has chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Epilepsy, served on both foundation and federal funded research review committees, and chaired the NIH CNNT study section. 

The Lippard Lectures: A Legacy in Neuroscience

For nearly four decades, the Andrew Mark Lippard Memorial Lecture Series has brought experts from across the field of neuroscience to Columbia University Irving Medical Center, to share and discuss the latest cutting-edge research. The list of past distinguished Lippard lecturers is a testament to Columbia's position at the forefront of new ideas and approaches to neurology.

See Past Lecturers

Supporting the Lippard Lectures

The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Department of Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center remains a world leader in neurological research, patient care, and education thanks to the generous support of its friends and partners. If you would like to make a gift to support the Annual Andrew Mark Lippard Memorial Lecture Series, please visit our online giving page.

Selection Committee

Each year the featured Lippard lecturer is chosen by an interdisciplinary committee comprised of research leaders from across the medical center. Current committee members include:

  • Dritan Agalliu, PhD
  • Philip L. De Jager, MD, PhD
  • Michio Hirano, MD
  • Stephen Lippard, PhD (ex officio)
  • George Mentis, PhD
  • Serge Przedborski, MD, PhD (Chair)
  • Steven Reiner, MD
  • Jonathan Rosand, MD
  • Catherine Schevon, MD, PhD
  • Neil Shneider, MD, PhD
  • Ai Yamamoto, PhD

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