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The Harry M. Rose Memorial Lecture in Infectious Diseases

This lecture is part of an annual tribute to Harry M. Rose, a former Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Dr. Rose began his career in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University, where he and his colleagues developed the first reliable test for rheumatoid arthritis, which became known as the Rose-Waaler or Waaler-Rose test. He became Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology in 1952. At the time, it was known as the Department of Bacteriology, but Dr. Rose had the name changed to the Department of Microbiology to better encompass other research in the department.

Harry placed great emphasis on teaching, and would learn the name and face every graduate and medical student in his classes, even large classes with over 100 students. As a result, he was fondly remembered by many of his former students.

Dr. Rose was also an accomplished researcher, and in addition to his work on rheumatoid arthritis, carried out pioneering studies in antibiotic mechanisms and virology, including making contributions to the development of influenza vaccines. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immunology, and was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association as well as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Rose's contributions to research and medicine were recognized by the Gairdner International Award, an Award of Distinction from Cornell University, the Gorgas Medial, and the Squibb award from the Infectious Disease Society. After retiring as Chair in 1973 and moving to New Hampshire, Dr. Rose recertified as a Diplomate in Internal Medicine in 1977, and continued to practice medicine until 1984.

After his death in 1986, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology established The Harry M. Rose Memorial Lecture in Infectious Diseases with the Department of Medicine. This was made possible by donations from many of Dr. Rose's former students and colleagues, and by the generous assistance of the family of Dr. Rose.

List of Lectures

Lecture Title


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Pathogenesis of AIDS

J.A. Levy


Non A - Non B Hepatitis Virus (Hepatitis C Virus): Recent Advances

Robert H. Purcell


Vaccination for Influzenza - Can We Improve on Natural Immunity?

Edwin D. Kilbourne


Infectious and Genetic Prion Diseases of Humans and Animals

Stanley B. Prusiner
(1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine)


Visiting and Being Revisited by Mycobacteria

Barry R. Bloom


Vaccination with DNA: Induction of Heterologous and Homologous Protection Against Influenza A

Margaret A. Liu


Molecular Identification of a Newly Emerging Infectious Disease: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Stuart T. Nichol


Immune Stimulation by Sequence-Specific Bacterial DNA: Protection and Pathogenesis

Arthur M. Krieg


HIV Entry Cofactors: The Chemokine Receptor Connection

Edward A. Berger


The Genome Project: From Microbes to Man

J. Craig Venter


Basic Studies of RNase P and their Application to Problems of Antibiotic Resistance and Viral Infection

Sidney Altman
(1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)


Pathogenic Fiber Formation in Bacteria: Structure, Function and Role in Diseases of the Urinary Tract

Scott Hultgren


Drosophila Host Defense: A Model for the Study of Innate Immunity

Jules A. Hoffmann
(2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine)


Nods: Regulating the Host Response to Pathogens and Susceptibility to Crohn's Disease

Gabriel Nunez


Working Towards an AIDS Vaccines

Harriet L. Robinson


Strategies for Control of Influenza by Targeting Broadly Conserved Viral Sequences

Suzanne L. Epstein


The Silent Treatment: Delivering RNA Interference

Judy Lieberman


Pandemic Influenza Viruses: Past and Future

Peter Palese


Waltz or Rave: How Injected, Polymorphic Proteins Dramatically Influence Toxoplasma's Dance with its Host

John Boothroyd


Sirtuins are Viral Restriction Factors

Thomas E. Shenk

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