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Kenny Lecture Series

Alexander D. KennyDr. Kenny came to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology in 1976. Over the subsequent seventeen years, he led the Department, striving for excellence in research, teaching, and service.

While his research in bone calcium homeostasis was funded continuously for 32 years by NIH, Dr. Kenny was also the consummate teacher. He took great pride in the accomplishments of medical and graduate students under his tutelage. He always stressed that the Medical Pharmacology Course was the Department's first priority.

Dr. Kenny took great pleasure in the fact that he ran a "democratic department" and often stated that his job as Chair was to identify the worth and value of each faculty member and to recognize the individual contributions made by each. Because of his attitude toward institutional leadership, he was respected not only by his departmental faculty but by the medical school faculty at large.

The Alexander Kenny Memorial Lecture Series and annual medical student achievement award in pharmacology are intended to keep his memory alive. Past lectures are listed below. Alex's obituary appeared in The Pharmacologist and is available here.


Robert W. Gereau, PhD
Director, Washington University Pain Center
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University School of Medicine
April 27, 2017

P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D.
Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery
Department of Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
April 21, 2016

Frank Porreca, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
May 12, 2015

Sasanka Ramanadham, Ph.D.
Department of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL
April 22, 2014

George F. Koob, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair of the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, CA
July 8, 2013

Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, Fetal Toxicology Division, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
April 17, 2012

Rueben A. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Jacques P. Servier Regents Professor in Pharmacy
Pharmacology & Toxicology
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
February 8, 2011

Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Molecular Neuroscience
Allen D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
March 30, 2010

Palmer Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
San Diego, CA
April 28, 2009

David M. Lovinger, Ph.D.
Chief, Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience
National Institute on Alcohol Abusand Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Rockville, MD.
April 1, 2008

Michael M. White, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA.
November 29, 2006

J. Prakasa Rao, M.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Physiology
Christian Medical College
Vellore, India
October 27, 2005

Leonard C. Waite, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Louisville
April 5, 2015

J. Thomas Pento, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 19, 2003

Emily R. Morey-Holton, Ph.D.
Chief, Gravitational Research Branch
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field
May 7, 2002

Phillip D. Stahl, Ph.D.
Edward C. Mallinckrodt Jr. Professor
Head, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri
June 25, 2001

David P. Westfall, Ph.D.
UNR Foundation Professor of Pharmacology
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Nevada at Reno
Reno, Nevada
May 18, 2000

Susan K. Paulson,
Associate Director
Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Bioavailability
GD Searle
Skokie, Illinois
May 19, 1999

Peter K. T. Pang, Ph.D. DSc.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Physiology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
May 12, 1998

Cary W. Cooper, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, School of Medicine
and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
May 19, 1997

William W. Fleming, Ph.D.
Professor and Mylan Chairman
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
West Virginia University
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
Morgantown, West Virginia
May 21, 1996

David E. Potter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
May 19, 1995