Davidson to give 2011 Presidential Lecture Feb. 27

Beverly Davidson, an internationally recognized expert on inherited diseases and gene therapy, and a leader in developing novel therapies for brain disorders, will discuss her work and the status of the field of gene therapy at the 2011 University of Iowa Presidential Lecture.

Davidson, who is the Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair in Internal Medicine and a professor of neurology, molecular physiology, and biophysics in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will give the lecture Sunday, Feb. 27, in the fourth-floor assembly halls of the Levitt Center for University Advancement (LCUA).

The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a musical performance by the UI School of Music Graduate Piano Quartet. President Sally Mason will introduce Davidson, and then Davidson will speak for approximately one hour. A public reception will follow in the Wyrick Rotunda in LCUA.

Davidson is also the vice chair of the UI Department of Internal Medicine, director of the UI Gene Transfer Vector Core, and associate director of the UI Center for Gene Therapy.

For more information about the Presidential Lecture Series, visit www.uiowa.edu/president/lecture/index.html or call Tom Dean with the UI Office of the President at 319-335-1995. For more information on Davidson, visit www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/labs/davidson/bio.htm.