Distinguished Researcher Seminar Series

The Burrell College Distinguished Researcher Seminar Series consists of monthly seminar presentations given by invited researchers who have made notable contributions to their field of study.   Speakers are identified and hosted by College faculty and students.  Seminars are scheduled at a time that minimizes conflict with other events.

Due to public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic,  the Seminar Series is currently being held as an online only event.   Please follow the links provided to access the live events.


August 24, 2020   12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Osteopathic Lymphatic Pump and the Immune System.    Lisa M. Hodge, Ph.D,  Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Relevant Publications by Dr. Hodge:

  1. Schander A., Padro D., King, H.H., Downey H.F., and L.M. Hodge. Lymphatic Pump Treatment Repeatedly Enhances the Lymphatic and Immune Systems.   Lymphatic Research & Biology 11(4): 219-226, 2013.  DOI: 10.1089/lrb.2012.0021
  2. Castillo R., Schander A., and L.M. Hodge. Lymphatic Pump Treatment Mobilizes Bioactive Lymph That Suppresses Macrophage Activity In Vitro.  JAOA 118, 455-461, 2018.  DOI:10.7556/jaoa.2018.099

Dr. Hodge was invited and hosted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

October 1, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  

Maria Mylopoulos, Ph.D., Preparing Learners to Be the Experts We Need. Associate Professor and Associate Director, The Wilson Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In addition to the Seminar, Dr. Mylopoulos will also be available to discuss her research in Interest Group meetings which are open to any person wishing to participate in the open discussion format:

Interest Group I:  October 1, 2020 – 10:00 – 10:40 a.m.  (Click Here to Participate)

Interest Group II: October 1, 2020 – 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.  (Click Here to Participate)

Relevant Publications:

  1. Mylopoulos M,  Brydges R, Woods NN, Manzone J & DL Schwartz.  Preparation for future learning: a missing competency in health professions education?  Medical Education: 50: 115–123, 2016. doi: 10.1111/medu.12893
  2. Kulasegaram KM, Martimianakis MA, Mylopoulos M, Whitehead CR,  and NN Woods.Cognition Before Curriculum: Rethinkingthe Integration of Basic Science and Clinical Learning. Acad Med. 88:1578–1585. 2013 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a45def
  3. Mylopoulos M, Steenhof N, Kaushal A and NN Woods. Twelve tips for designing curricula that support the development of adaptive expertise.  MEDICAL TEACHER 40(8), 850–854, 2018.  doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1484082

Invited and Hosted by Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

October 28, 2020; 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Research During Medical School: Bench, Bedside, Bioinformatics, and Beyond.  Vinod Nambudiri, MD, MBA.   Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Dermatology,  Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Relevant Publications:

  1. Tong LX, Nambudiri VE, Vleugels RA. Dermatology Subspecialty Clinic for Patients with Connective Tissue Disease Impacts Diagnosis and Treatment: A Single-Center, Retrospective Analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018. PMID: 29689327.
  2. Shi CR, Katz JT, Vleugels RA, Nambudiri VE. Dermatology education in internal medicine residency programs: A nationwide survey of program directors. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018. PMID: 29775638.

Invited and Hosted by the Department of Clinical Sciences

November 13, 2020; 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Does What Cognitive Scientists Have Found in the Laboratory Transfer to the Real World of Teaching and Learning?    Robert A. Bjork, Ph.D.,  Distinguished Research Professor, and Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, Ph.D. Professor Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Relevant Publications by Drs. RA Bjork and EL Bjork:

  1.  Bjork EL and RA Bjork.   Chapter 5,  Making things hard on yourself, but in a good way: Creating desirable difficulties to enhance learning, In:Psychology and the real world: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society (2nd Edition), M.A. Gernsbacher and J. Pomerantz (Eds.),Worth Publishing, New York,  59-68, 2014.
  2. Pan SC, and RA Bjork.  Acquiring an Accurate Mental Model of Human Learning: Towards and Owner’s Manual, Chapter 11.3, In: Oxford Handbook of Memory, Vol. II: Applications. 2020 (in press)

Invited and Hosted by the Department of Physiology & Pathology