Alumni Weekend Events

Friday, September 15


1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
North Learning Studio, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

Would you do it all over again? Have you wondered what it would be like to attend the UF College of Medicine today? Don’t miss this student panel Q&A comprising current students from the M.D., M.D./ Ph.D., Ph.D. and PA programs.


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Learning Studio, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

During Alumni Weekend 2017, Samuel R. Browd, M.D.’00, Ph.D. ’00, will present a lecture titled “Innovation and impact: Disrupting the football helmet industry.” Dr. Browd is an experienced inventor and entrepreneur as well as a highly regarded professor of pediatric neurological surgery at the University of Washington. He co-founded four biomedical start-ups out of the University of Washington, where he serves in various leadership roles ranging from CEO to chief medical officer, including board directorship for each company. Dr. Browd is co-founder and CMO of three companies: Aqueduct Critical Care Inc., which is developing a self-regulating device to manage brain ventricular drains; Navisonics Inc., a company developing a micro-ultrasound device to accurately place catheters into the brain; and VICIS Inc., which is developing an improved football helmet designed to mitigate the forces likely to cause concussion. He is also the co-founder and CEO of eLoupes Inc., which is developing unique visualization technologies for virtual and augmented reality in medicine and industry. Dr. Browd serves as a UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow and is on the advisory board of CoMotion, the commercialization arm of UW. In addition, he teaches at the Foster School of Business, lectures internationally on biomedical innovation and commercialization and was named inventor of the year in 2016 for the UW School of Medicine.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
North Learning Studio, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

Hear from current UF College of Medicine research faculty as they share their current projects, findings and implications for the future of medicine. This will be a panel session with a Q&A to follow. The event will be moderated by Stephen Sugrue, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for the UF College of Medicine Office of Research Affairs. Featured speakers are as follows:

Ashley Brown, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Institute for Therapeutic Innovation

Research focus: identifying antiviral treatment strategies that will improve outcomes in patients infected with viruses including influenza, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Eric Wang, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Center for NeuroGenetics

Research focus: Studying the pathogenesis of microsatellite repeat diseases, in particular myotonic dystrophy; studying the basics of how RNA is processed and localized in cells in tissues; and combining insights made in both of those areas to develop treatments for people with these diseases.

Mattia Prosperi, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Research focus: Developing original methods and applications for personalized medicine – exploiting machine learning from a rigorous statistical point of view, and the implementation of software with optimized usability.


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
South Learning Studio, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

After a day of excitement and enrichment, the celebrating classes dinner and cocktail hour is the perfect way to connect with your classmates. The celebrating classes – 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 – will enjoy a cocktail hour by class year and a seated dinner in the Learning Studio. Excellent catering, an elegantly decorated setting and an entertaining video presentation will complete the evening.

Saturday, September 16


10 a.m.
George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

As the UF College of Medicine grows, we are committed to supporting diversity and health equity, not only within medical education but also in our community. Meet Donna Parker, M.D. ’90, Associate Dean for Diversity and Health Equity, as she provides an update on her office’s initiatives, and also hear a current student’s perspective.


11 a.m.
George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

Do you have words of wisdom to share with current medical students? Do you wish you had the opportunity to speak with graduates from the college to get advice before you graduated? This is your chance to participate in a speed networking event, set up similar to speed dating, where students will rotate through the room, meeting the alumni present.


11:30 a.m.
Starts by elevators, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

We welcome alumni and friends to see firsthand how current UF College of Medicine students are learning through small group tours of the building led by students and staff. Tours will include a special presentation in the simulation center.


12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
The Steven M. Scott, M.D., and Rebecca J. Scott Commons and The Terrace, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

Put on your orange and blue and show your game-day spirit! This special gathering promises great food and even greater company. Guests can take advantage of indoor seating or enjoy the fresh air and lovely vista on the outdoor terrace. Make some new Gator memories with classmates as you enjoy a hot and cold buffet, cash bar, family-friendly activities and complimentary shuttles to the stadium. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes, beginning 90 minutes prior to kickoff, and will resume for return trips at the start of the fourth quarter. Shuttle rides will continue until one hour after the game ends. Or, feel free to stay put and watch the Gators face off against Tennessee, without the crowds, at our watch party!