Laurence and Jean DeLynn Lecture Series

Laurence and Jean DeLynn established the DeLynn Lecture Series in 1992 with an endowed gift to the West Virginia University Cancer Institute.  The purpose of the series is to provide educational and informational presentations in the area of cancer research, treatment, education and prevention. 

Numerous speakers of national stature have lectured on the WVU campus thanks to the generosity of the DeLynns, including…

  • 1993 Joe Kogel - a national award-winning writer who learned he had cancer at the age of 25
  • 1994 Dr. Robert A. Good - one of the originators of bone marrow transplantation.  More on Wikipedia
  • 1995 Dr. William R. Fair - Chief of Urologic Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • 1997 Sam Donaldson - an ABC News correspondent and a melanoma cancer survivor.  More on Wikipedia
  • 1998 Marlin Fitzwater - press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush.  More on Wikipedia
  • 1999 Dr. Judy E. Garber - director of the Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School
  • 2000 Hamilton Jordan - former White House Chief of Staff for President Carter. More on Wikipedia
  • 2001 Robert Cooke - author of "Dr. Folkman's War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat Cancer."  More on Wikipedia
  • 2002 Dr. Lance Liotta - Chief of the Laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute
  • 2003 Jane Brody - medical journalist for the New York Times. More on Wikipedia
  • 2004 Dr. Bruce Chabner - Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • 2005 Dr. Michael Phelps - the inventor of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning technology. More on Wikipedia
  • 2006 MBRCC senior leadership - the future growth of the Cancer Center
  • 2007 Dr. Scot C. Remick - new director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center; formerly the Lester E. Coleman, Jr. Chair in Cancer Research and Therapeutics, CASE Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2009 Dr. Steven M. Zeitels -  is a nationally and internationally renowned surgeon who developed a groundbreaking, minimally invasive approach to treat vocal cord cancer. More from Wikipedia.
  • 2010 Rebecca Skloot - is a science writer whose debut book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer who scientists know as HeLa.  HeLa cells were vital in the development of the polio vaccine and other medicines and led the way to many important medical advances.  Even though the cells launched a multi-million dollar industry her family never saw any of the profits. Presented as part of the WVU Festival of Ideas 
  • 2011 Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee - is a cancer physician and researcher whose book The Emperor of All Maladies is a humane "biography" of cancer.  Presented as part of the WVU Festival of Ideas
  • 2012 Dr. David B. Agus - is one of the worlds leading cancer doctors and pioneering biomedical researcher.  He is an acclaimed innovator in technology that improves health. Presented as part of the WVU Festival of Ideas
  • 2014 Lewis C. Cantley, PhD – Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Medicine and Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 2015 David T. Scadden, MD – Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine, Harvard University and Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2016 Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD – Director of Clinical/Translational Research and Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Executive Vice Chair for Research at UCLA
  • 2017  Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH - Chief Division of Population Sciences in the Department of Medical Oncology and Senior Physician in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • 2018 Maura Gillison, MD, PhD - Professor, Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology in the Division of Cancer Medicine
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2019 John C. Byrd, MD - D. Warren Brown Chair of Leukemia Research, Distinguished University Professor of Medicine Medicinal Chemistry, and Veterinary Biosciences, Senior Advisor for Cancer Experimental Therapeutics
    Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute