Donald W. Seldin, M.D., Research Symposium

Dr. Donald Seldin judges a resident poster
L to R: Dr. James Luby, Dr. Donald Seldin, and Dr. Robert Toto judge a resident poster

The Donald W. Seldin Research Symposium is the annual resident and fellow research day hosted by the Department of Internal Medicine. First started in 2015, it has rapidly become the flagship research event of the program. The goal of the Seldin Symposium is threefold:

  1. To highlight interesting cases residents see and important research residents partake in.
  2. To promote the research mission of the Department of Internal Medicine and residency program.
  3. To foster and forge research collaboration within the department and the residency program.

The Seldin Symposium is held annually on the first Thursday-Friday in May. Nearly all submitted research is accepted for presentation. Clinical and basic research, case reports, and quality improvement initiatives are presented in poster format and are independently judged by several members of the Department of Internal Medicine. Participants present their posters to faculty judges and invited guest judge during sessions held on Thursday (in 2016, we had more than 85 submissions). The day ends with a reception ("Liver Rounds") in the Faculty Club to further promote networking and fellowship amongst the housestaff and faculty. Grand Rounds delivered Friday morning by an esteemed and prominent researcher (guest judge) within the world of medicine.

In support of your scholarly achievements and to enable the extension and publication of your work, as Seldin Scholar or Foster Fellows the resident/fellow – faculty mentor collaborative teams will receive modest financial recognition. This is made possible by way of a generous gift to UTSW and the Department of Internal Medicine.

The highest scoring projects, the Foster Fellows, are presented in a short oral format the Friday following the Seldin Symposium at Grand Rounds. The audience votes on the most impressive project, which is awarded the Seldin Scholar award. The vision of the Seldin Symposium is to have all residents present at least one academic work every year. Work presented at the Seldin Symposium can be reported on one's CV and fellowship application.

Dr. Michael Brown
Dr. Michael Brown, Nobel Prize Recipient

The guest speaker at the 2018 symposium is Dr. Michael S. Brown, our very own winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine 1985, with Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein. Dr. Brown is a professor of Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine. He is the holder of The W. A. (Monty) Moncrief Distinguished Chair in Cholesterol and Arteriosclerosis Research and the Paul J. Thomas Chair in Medicine.

Dr. Brown and his long-time colleague, Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, together discovered the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor, which controls the level of cholesterol in blood and in cells. They showed that mutations in this receptor cause Familial Hypercholesterolemia, a disorder that leads to premature heart attacks in one out of every 500 people in most populations. They have received many awards for this work, including the U.S. National Medal of Science and the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.

Donald Seldin, M.D., Research Symposium

Previous Grand Speaker and Guest Judge

  • Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D.
    Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor in Pediatric-Cardiology
    Staff Scientist, Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Robert L. Johnson, Jr., M.D., Lectureship in Internal Medicine, hosted by Dr. Connie Hsia, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    “Crossing the Intersection of Genetics and Inflammation to Find a Cure for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”