Medical Center Lecture Series




Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Stopping Alzheimer's Disease with the Right Therapy in the Right Patient at the Right Time
Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D.
Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chair of Neurology
Director, Genetics & Aging Resource Unit
Co-Director, McCance Center for Brain Health
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Making the Right Decision When it Comes to Your Cardiac Intervention
David H. Adams, M.D.
Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, New York

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

By the Skin of Your Teeth: Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Aggressive Skin Cancer
Allison Vidimos, RPh., M.D.
Professor of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Dermatology
Vice Chairman, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Neurosurgery, Neuroscience and the Future at Miami Neuroscience Center of Excellence
Michael McDermott, M.D.
Chief Medical Executive, Miami Neuroscience Institute
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, Florida

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Future of Healthcare is Here: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Ranya Habash, M.D.
Medical Director, Technology Innovation
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Health System
Miami, Florida

Join us for an entertaining and informative 2021 season

The Medical Center at Ocean Reef hosts a series of informative and entertaining lectures by leading members of the healthcare community during the winter and spring of each season. The lineup of lectures in the 2021 series is listed in the column at left. Each lecture will be preceded by a news article with details that will appear approximately one week prior to the event and will be featured below.

You can also read the articles from our Past Lectures.

Lectures will begin at 5 p.m. and will be live broadcast. A link will be provided on this page shortly before each lecture begins. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lectures will not be taking place in the Cultural Center Theater this season. For more information about the Lecture Series, email or call us at 305-367-2600. We look forward to sharing the 2021 Lecture Series with you!

Our Next Lecture:

Live Broadcast: Stopping Alzheimer’s Disease with Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D.

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D.

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., will kick off the 2021 Medical Center Lecture Series with important information in neurogenetics aimed at finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. His lecture will be live broadcast at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Dr. Tanzi started the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in 2004 with Co-Chairman Jeff Morby, Director Jacqui Morby and two founding families. Serving as scientific leader of the Fund’s Research Leadership Group, Dr. Tanzi has utilized his group over the last 16 years to fund more than $120 million in research carried out by 160 world class researchers working within 69 major world institutions. The group has been a leader in performing genomic scans of the disease and now possesses one of the largest databases of the genomics of Alzheimer’s disease in existence, a database that serves as the foundation of much of the research being done around the world. Currently the group has one very promising medicine in stage-3 trials; another is scheduled for stage-1 trials this year, and a large number of repurposed drugs are on the waiting list for further analysis and trials. Dr. Tanzi is also Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. in microbiology and B.A. in history at the University of Rochester in 1980, and his Ph.D. in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School in 1990. Among his research achievements, Dr. Tanzi served on the team that was first to find a disease gene for Huntington’s disease using human genetic markers, helping to launch the field of neurogenetics. He later co-discovered all three early onset, familial Alzheimer’s disease genes and identified a large number of others as leader of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s Alzheimer’s Genome Project. Most recently, he and his team used Alzheimer’s genes and human stem cells to create what The New York Times coined, “Alzheimer’s-in-a-Dish.” This is a three-dimensional human stem cell-derived neural culture system (a mini brain) that is considered to be the first true model of Alzheimer’s disease. It is used to analyze the workings of AD genes and to analyze the impact of potential medicinal cures on neurological activity. Dr. Tanzi has published over 500 research papers and has received the highest awards in his field, including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award, Potamkin Prize, Ronald Reagan Award, Silver Innovator Award and many others. He was named to Time magazine’s 2015 list of 100 of the world’s most influential people and received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, the top national award for invention and innovation. He co-authored the popular trade books Decoding Darkness, and New York Times bestseller Super Brain and international bestseller Super Genes with Dr. Deepak Chopra. He was named “rock star of science” by GQ magazine. In his spare time, he has played keyboards with the band Aerosmith. With singer Chris Mann, he composed the ballad “Remember Me,” which honors Alzheimer’s patients and is being used to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research at the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. The Medical Center thanks Jeff and Jaccqui Morby for sponsoring Dr. Tanzi. Your support of Ocean Reef All Charities provides important funding for the Medical Center. Call 305-367-5963 for more information about this year’s All Charities or to become an All-Charities Patron supporter.