October 14, 2005

Howard’s Taylor to give Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture

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Robert Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard’s Taylor to give Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture

Howard University's Robert Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., is returning to Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a guest speaker for the Fourth Annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture on Diversity in Medical Education.

Taylor, an African-American who completed his residency training in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospital, will deliver his speech titled, “Lessons Learned in Becoming a Physician and Biomedical Researcher” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in 208 Light Hall.

The lecture, presented by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Office for Diversity in Medical Education, is named after the School of Medicine's first African-American student to be admitted and graduate from the program.

An academician, physician, clinical pharmacologist, researcher and administrator, Taylor has been Howard University Hospital's director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology since 1980 and was appointed interim dean of the university's College of Medicine in August.

He is a professor of pharmacology, medicine and psychiatry at Howard University, where he served as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology from 1992-2005.

Taylor, the author or co-author of more than 80 scientific articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, has focused his career on the study of alcohol abuse and alcoholism in African-Americans, which includes an ongoing look into the effects of malt liquor.

He has received more than $15 million in research grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health (NIAAA/NIH), including the initial grant support used to establish the Howard University Collaborative Alcohol Research Center in September 1997.

Eighteen research projects have been funded since the Center's inception.

The Center's mission is to stimulate, strengthen, and facilitate multidisciplinary research and collaborations that will lead to the reduction of alcohol morbidity and mortality among minority populations with emphasis on African-Americans.

Taylor, who serves as the principal investigator/center director, recently had renewed a $6.5 million NIAAA grant to support the Center through 2008.

A reception is scheduled at 305 Light Hall following the lecture.