Alumni Weekend Events

Friday, October 4



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

Christopher Broder Christopher C. Broder received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and earned his PhD from the University of Florida, establishing a molecular­pathogenic model for the flesh-eating Group A streptococci. He began his postdoctoral studies in 1989 as a National Research Council research associate in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, focusing on HIV-1 host cell entry and infection.

Dr. Broder joined the faculty of the Uniformed Services University (USU) department of microbiology and immunology in Bethesda, Maryland, as an assistant professor in 1996 and became a full professor in 2005. His lab has focused on virus-host cell interactions, with an emphasis on virus receptor discovery, virus entry and virus-mediated membrane fusion, vaccines and therapeutics development. Research areas have included HIV-1 and emerging zoonotic viruses, including Nipah virus and Hendra virus, Ebola and Marburg viruses, and bat lyssavirus. Major collaborative research contributions include the discoveries of the CXCR4 and the CCR5 HIV-1 coreceptors, which was named Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science in 1996 and earned the 1997 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize.

Dr. Broder’s other accolades include the 2013 Chairman’s Medal from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency; the 2016 James J. Leonard Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from USU; and the 2013 and 2019 Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Dr. Broder serves on the editorial boards of five journals, has co-authored more than 165 scientific articles and book chapters that together have been cited more than 19,500 times, and is an inventor on 20 U.S. and foreign patents. His lab is supported by five grants from the NI H’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Defense. Dr. Broder served as the director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Doctoral Program at USU from 2006-2018 and is now chair of the university’s department of microbiology and immunology.



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

UF Health Shands Chief Medical Officer and Eugene L. Jewett professor of orthopedic surgery C. Parker Gibbs Jr., MD ’89, directs the NIH-funded Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory at the University of Florida. The research team studies the mechanisms that determine the malignant potential of osteosarcoma cells.

Learn how Gibbs, who also serves as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the UF College of Medicine, has developed partnerships across campus that have led to novel research opportunities with soft matter manufacturing.





5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Founders Gallery

Join us as we unveil this year’s Wall of Fame recipients. Those honored have made significant contributions to medicine, government, education or their communities.

CELEBRATING CLASSES DINNERAlumni hugging at Alumni Weekend dinner

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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 – 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 – will enjoy a cocktail hour by class year. Excellent catering, an elegantly decorated setting and an entertaining video presentation will complete the evening.

YOUNG ALUMNI RECEPTIONDoubleTree Gaming Courtyard

7 – 9 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Courtyard

The celebrating classes of 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 are invited to a fun, casual evening.


Saturday, October 5


student and graduate shaking handsSTUDENT/ALUMNI SPEED NETWORKING

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

Do you have words of wisdom to share with medical students? Do you wish you had the opportunity to speak with alumni 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.


Tour A: 12:30 p.m. | Tour B: 1:30 p.m.
Starts by elevators, George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

We welcome alumni and friends to see firsthand how today’s medical 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.


Family at Alumni Weekend tailgate12:30 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 gameday 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 (beer and wine only), 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 Auburn, without the crowds, at our watch party! Game time snacks and cash bar available.