Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lectures

The Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lectures is hosted by the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry to honor the late Dr. Takeru Higuchi - known as the "Father of Physical Pharmacy." Dr. Higuchi's contributions to scientific research and the pharmaceutical field are immeasurable and will continue to have a lasting impact well into the future. The series began in October 1989. 


17th Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lectures

Barney S. Graham


Barney S. Graham, M.D., Ph.D.

Retired Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Scientific Lecture

“Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development and the Future of Vaccinology”

12:30 p.m. - Thursday, March 31, 2022
School of Pharmacy, Room 3020
2010 Becker Drive, West Campus
The University of Kansas
Video: Scientific Lecture Presentation

Public Lecture and Award Presentation

“How COVID-19 Vaccine Development Shapes the Future of Pandemic Preparedness”

5:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 31, 2022
Integrated Science Building (Gray-Little Hall), Room 1154
1567 Irving Hill Rd., Main Campus
The University of Kansas
Video: Public Lecture and Award Presentation

Sponsored by:
The Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lecture Fund
Funded by Aya Higuchi and the Higuchi family;
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy;
Teikoku Seiyaku Company, Ltd.

Previous Presenters

16th Higuchi Memorial Lectures, November 14, 2019

David M. Holtzman, M.D., Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor of Neurology, Charlotte and Paul Hageman Professor of Neurology, Chair, Department of Neurology, Professor of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology Washington University School of Medicine, Neurologist-in-Chief Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Associate Director Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Scientific Director Hope Center for Neurological Disorders. He presented the public lecture, "Alzheimer’s Disease: A Clinical and Scientific Update-Recent Connections with the Innate Immune System" and the scientific lecture "APOE, TREM2, and Microglia in the Pathogenesis of Tau-Mediated Neurodegeneration."

15th Higuchi Memorial Lectures, October 5, 2017

Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D. D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He presented the public lecture, "Integrated Brainwide Structural and Functional Analysis" and the scientific lecture "Nature's Gift: How the Discovery of Structural Principles in a Microbial Protein Helped Illuminate the Pathhophysiology of Psychiatry."

14th Higuchi Memorial Lectures, September 24, 2015

Peter S. Kim, Ph.D., Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine and Former President, Merck Research Laboratories. He presented the public lecture, "Preventing Disease with Vaccines" and the scientific lecture, "Viral membrane Fusion and Its Inhibition."

13th Higuchi Memorial Lectures, October 7, 2013

Aaron Ciechanover, M.D., D.Sc., Nobel Laureate, Distinguished Research Professor, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He presented the public lecture, “The Revolution of Personalized Medicine: Are We Going to Cure All Diseases and at What Price?” and the science lecture, “The Ubiquitin Proteolytic System for Intracellular Proteolysis: From Basic Mechanisms Thru Human Diseases and on to Drug Development.”

12th Higuchi Memorial Lectures, October 6, 2011

Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D., American Cancer Society Professor and Director, Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging, University of California, San Francisco.

She presented the public lecture, “Genes from the Fountain of Youth” and the science lecture, “Extending the Lifespan of C. elegans.”

11th Higuchi Memorial Lectures, October 8, 2009

John C. Martin, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gilead Sciences. He presented the public lecture, “Ensuring Access to HIV Medications in the Developing World: An Industry Perspective” and the science lecture, “A Brief History of Nucleotide Antivirals.”

Tenth Higuchi Memorial Lectures, May 1, 2008

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and President, J. Craig Venter Institute. He presented the public lecture, “A Genomic View of Life” and the science lecture “Genomics: From Humans to the Environment.”

Ninth Higuchi Memorial Lectures, February 22, 2007

Brian Druker, M.D., Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and JELD- WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute. He presented the public lecture, “Cancer Therapy in the 21st Century” and the science lecture, “Imatinib (Gleevec) as a Paradigm of Targeted Cancer Therapy.”

Eighth Higuchi Memorial Lectures, February 26, 2004

Floyd E. Bloom, M.D., Chairman, Department of Neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute. He presented the public lecture, “The Genome and the Health Care System” and the science lecture, “Neuroinformatics: A New Tool for Neuroscientists.”

Seventh Higuchi Memorial Lectures, October 4, 2001

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Genetics and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He presented the public lecture, “Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease” and the science lecture, “Alzheimer’s Disease: From Genes to Drugs in This Decade.”

Sixth Higuchi Memorial Lectures, October 21, 1999

D. A. Henderson, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor with appointments in the Department of Epidemiology and International Health in the School of Hygiene and Public Health. He now directs the recently established Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies. He presented the public lecture, “Smallpox: A Vanquished Dragon Enjoys a Resurrection” and the science lecture, “The Looming Threat of Bioterrorism.”

Fifth Higuchi Memorial Lectures, September 25, 1997

Leroy E. Hood, M.D., Ph.D., William Gates III Professor of Biomedical Sciences; Director, National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center; Chair, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biotechnology. He presented the public lecture, “Genes and Genomes: Deciphering the Periodic Table of Life” and the science lecture, “Paradigm Changes in Biology: Systems Approaches to Biology and Medicine.”

Fourth Higuchi Memorial Lectures, Oct. 12-13, 1995

Gertrude Belle Elion, D.Sc., Professor Emeritus, Burroughs Wellcome Co., Nobel Laureate. She presented the public lecture, “Challenges and Rewards of Pharmaceutical Research,” and the science lecture “The Mechanisms of Selectivity in Antiviral Agents.”

Third Higuchi Memorial Lectures, Oct. 21-22, 1993

Daniel E, Koshland, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, then Editor of Science. He presented the public lecture, “Science Policy and the Human Genome Project,” and two science lectures, “Mechanisms of Transmembrane Signaling”, and “Protein Flexibility and Enzyme Action.”

Second Higuchi Memorial Lectures, Oct. 3-4, 1991

Judah Folkman, M.D., Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Harvard Medical School. He presented the public lecture, “The Fine Line Between Persistence and Obstinacy in Research,” and two science lectures, “The Biology and Biochemistry of Angiogenesis” and “Clinical Applications of Angiogenesis Research.”

First Higuchi Memorial Lectures, Oct. 5, 1989

Arthur Kornberg, M.D., Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Nobel Laureate. He presented the public lecture, “Understanding Life as Chemistry,” and the science lecture, “Initiation of Replication at the Origin of a Chromosome.”