President's Lecture Series to feature Samson

Renowned UT Southwestern brain surgeon Dr. Duke Samson will present the second address in the President's Lecture Series for UT Southwestern staff at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Tom and Lula Gooch Auditorium on the South Campus.

The chairman of neurological surgery will speak on "UT Southwestern Neurosurgery 2005," showcasing the scope of neurosurgical expertise in his department.

Initiated in June, the lecture series for campus staff enables some of UT Southwestern's leading scientists and physicians to share information about their work and the institution's achievements in biomedical science and clinical care.

"UT Southwestern has accomplished great things in its short history not only because of the physicians, teachers and researchers who work here, but because of all the outstanding staff who help them excel," said Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of the medical center. "This series of events is a means for the faculty and administration to express appreciation for that support and for members of the staff to learn more about the institution where they work, some of its leading faculty members and some of their ongoing medical advances."

The series of one-hour lectures feature faculty leaders discussing in everyday language the basics of their research and clinical programs and their broad implications in health and medicine.

In his talk Oct. 18, Dr. Samson will present actual cases, featuring interviews with the patients and showcasing how the department's neurosurgeons met the challenges. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Samson is considered a pioneer in methods of treating otherwise intractable injuries. He has, for example, used cyanoacrylate, or "super glue," to block blood flow to malformed blood vessels.

Dr. Samson directs the Mobility Foundation Center for Rehabilitation Research and holds the Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research and the Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery.

Overflow seating will be available in the lecture halls below the Eugene McDermott Plaza. Three lectures are planned for each academic year, and each will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to visit informally with the speakers.

Dr. Wildenthal said he is requesting that all supervisors, including those at UT Southwestern University Hospitals, make the necessary arrangements to allow as many nonfaculty staff members as possible to attend the lectures.

"The staff should be proud of the work that they do," said Dr. Alfred Gilman, dean of UT Southwestern Medical School. "We believe these lectures will provide an opportunity for all our colleagues to have a better understanding of the significance their work has in making possible medical breakthroughs that affect the lives of people everywhere."