Hunt Lecture Legacy

The WHF-TK Hunt Lectureship was developed to honor Dr Hunt's legacy of research, mentoring and education by selecting awardees who have made major contributions or innovations to the field of science that could impact the field of wound research. The lectureship is currently 43% endowed. Please consider helping us fulfill the endowment today so Dr Hunt's legacy will be remembered and honored by future wound researchers through this unique lecture series.

The Wound Healing Foundation established the Thomas K. Hunt Endowed Lecture in 2013 to honor the legacy of Dr. Hunt and to inspire and educate wound healing researchers on related research innovations. The award is not limited to those who are directly involved in wound healing research, that is, consideration will be given to researchers who demonstrate the ability to bridge scientific gaps and cross boundaries through the use of basic physiology to understand healing processes in multiple organ systems.

TK Hunt children Tom Hunt Jr and Karyn Hunt Ellis at the 2019 WHF-Thomas K. Hunt Lecture
TK Hunt children Tom Hunt Jr and Karyn Hunt Ellis at the 2019 WHF-Thomas K. Hunt Lecture
Honorary Hunt Lecturer George A. Brooks (center) with TK Hunt Children Tom and Karyn on either side, WHF Board and WHS President Sashwati Roy (3rd from left)
Honorary Hunt Lecturer George A. Brooks (center) with TK Hunt Children Tom and Karyn on either side, WHF Board and WHS President Sashwati Roy (3rd from left)
Tom Hunt Jr and Karyn Hunt Ellis with their father's friend, colleague and 2019 WHF-TK Hunt Lecturer George A Brooks and his wife Rosemary Agostini, MD
Tom Hunt Jr and Karyn Hunt Ellis with their father's friend, colleague and 2019 WHF-TK Hunt Lecturer George A Brooks and his wife Rosemary Agostini, MD
2018 Thomas K. Hunt Lecture.
2018 Thomas K. Hunt Lecture.
WHF President Laura Parnell, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer Elaine Fuchs, and WHF Board Member Elof Eriksson.
WHF President Laura Parnell, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer Elaine Fuchs, and WHF Board Member Elof Eriksson.
WHF Board Members and TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer Elaine Fuchs (pictured from L: Marjana Tomic-Canic, WHS Past President; Manuela Martins-Green, WHF Board Member; Laura Parnell, WHF President; Elaine Fuchs, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer; Elof Eriksson, WHF Board Member; Paul Liu, WHF  Secretary)
WHF Board Members and TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer Elaine Fuchs (pictured from L: Marjana Tomic-Canic, WHS Past President; Manuela Martins-Green, WHF Board Member; Laura Parnell, WHF President; Elaine Fuchs, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer; Elof Eriksson, WHF Board Member; Paul Liu, WHF Secretary)
WHF President Laura Parnell and Elaine Fuchs, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer.
WHF President Laura Parnell and Elaine Fuchs, TK Hunt 2018 Lecturer.
Thomas K. Hunt at the 2017 WHF Hunt Lecture.
Thomas K. Hunt at the 2017 WHF Hunt Lecture.

Additional characteristics of the WHF Thomas K. Hunt Lecture awardees may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Major contributions to scientific inquiry that is likely to advance the field of wound healing
  2. Technological innovations or mechanistic insight that can quantify or improve wound healing or its research
  3. Academic achievement through mentoring across disciplines
  4. Potential impact on wound research directions or therapies

Future awardees of the Thomas K. Hunt Lectureship are selected annually by the Wound Healing Foundation. The award will fund the travel, lodging, meeting registration and compensation. Awardees are also able to attend a special private annual luncheon with the Thomas K. Hunt lecturer. If you donate to this lecture or your company provides the endowment of this lectureship, your company may also participate in this unique activity. To help complete the endowment of this program, visit our donate page to make a donation today.

Endowed Lectures

The Foundation is raising funds to support several endowed lectures to be given at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society. Lectures can be given by a clinical scientist and/or a basic scientist focused on improving wound care or wound healing. The goal of this campaign is $100,000 for each lecture to be endowed.

2021 Lecture - Randy Schekman, PhD

Photo of Randy Schekman, PhD Randy Schekman, PhD
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Randy Schekman is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He studied the enzymology of DNA replication as a graduate student with Arthur Kornberg at Stanford University. His current interest in cellular membranes developed during a postdoctoral period with S. J. Singer at the University of California, San Diego. At Berkeley, he developed a genetic and biochemical approach to the study of eukaryotic membrane traffic. Among his awards are the Gairdner International Award, the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Associate of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, a Foreign Associate of the Royal Society of London and an Honorary Academician of the Academia Sinica. In 1999, he was elected President of the American Society for Cell Biology. From 2002-2017, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Reviews of Cell and Developmental Biology. From 2006 - 2011 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the NAS. In 2011, he founded and until 2019 served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access journal, eLife, sponsored by the HHMI, Wellcome Trust and the Max Planck Society. Beginning in 2019, Schekman will lead an effort supported by the Sergey Brin Family Foundation to identify and support basic research on the mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease initiation and progression (https://parkinsonsroadmap.org).

Schekman’s laboratory investigates the mechanism of membrane protein traffic in the secretory pathway in eukaryotic cells. His approach began with a genetic and biochemical dissection of the secretory pathway in the yeast, S.cerevisiae. His lab discovered the genes and proteins that assemble proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum membrane, package proteins into coated (COPII) transport vesicles and deliver vesicles by fusion at a target membrane. The genes and proteins his lab discovered in yeast have counterparts in all eukaryotes and have been implicated in several human genetic diseases. The evolutionary conservation of the pathway discovered in Schekman’s lab encouraged the biotechnology industry to use yeast as a platform for the production of clinically important human secreted proteins. Approximately one-third of the world supply of recombinant human insulin is made by secretion in yeast and the entire world supply of recombinant hepatitis b vaccine is made in vesicles produced in yeast. As hepatitis b infection is the major cause of liver cancer in the world, this vaccine promises to reduce the incidence of liver cancer by 90%. In recent years his lab has turned from yeast to mammalian cell culture to investigate aspects of human physiology and disease that are not readily studied in yeast.

Past WHF Thomas K Hunt Endowed Lecture Speakers are:

2020 Margaret A. Liu, MD, DSchc, MDhc, FISV
Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Adjunct Full Professor at the University of California, San Francisco
CEO PAX Therapeutics
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2019 George A. Brooks, PhD
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Lactate Shuttling and Redox Signaling in Normal and Pathophysiology
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2018 Elaine Fuchs, PhD
The Rockefeller University, NYC, NY
Coping with Stress: Stem Cells in Injury, Cancer and Inflammation
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2017 Napoleone Ferrara, MD
University of California, San Diego
Anti-Angiogenic Therapy: From Bench To Clinic
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2016 Robert Langer, Sc.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering
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2015 Leroy Hood, MD, PhD.
Institute for Systems Biology
Proactive P4 Medicine: Catalyzing a Revolution in Healthcare through a Longitudinal, Digital-Age 100,000 Person Wellness Project
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2014 Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., presented by Jordan A. Krall, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Tumor stromal interactions and malignant progression
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2013 Thomas K Hunt, MD
Professor Emeritus, University of California San Francisco
Lactate, Oxygen and Wound Healing
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