The Forbes Lectureship

The Forbes Lectureship is an integral part of the Grass Fellowship Program. This Lectureship began in 1959 in honor of Alexander Forbes.

Each year a high-profile scientist from outside the MBL community is invited by the Trustees of The Grass Foundation to present two lectures, one of which is part of MBL's Friday Evening Lecture Series. In addition, the scientist spends time in residence with the Grass Fellows advising them on their projects and career paths.

2013NAS

The 2016 Forbes Lecturer will be Erin Schuman from the Max Planck Instittute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany.

The 2015 Forbes Lecturer was William Catterall from Washington University.

Video recordings of previous lectures can be found on the MBL website and are linked here for your convenience:

2012 - http://www.mbl.edu/events/friday12_forbes_olivera/
2010 - http://hermes.mbl.edu/events/2010_events_friday/events_friday_07_15_10.html
2009 - http://hermes.mbl.edu/events/2009_events_friday/events_friday_07_16_09.html
2008 - http://hermes.mbl.edu/events/2008_events_friday/events_friday_07_17_08.html

  • Upcoming Forbes Lecturers
  • The Forbes Lectureship
  • Former Forbes Lecturers
  • Alexander Forbes
  • 2016 - Erin Schuman, PhD
    2016 - Erin Schuman, PhD MPI Frankfurt
  • 2017 - Dr. Frances Ashcroft
    2017 - Dr. Frances Ashcroft Oxford University, Trinity College
  • 2018 - Dr. Catherine-Dulac
    2018 - Dr. Catherine-Dulac Harvard University, HHMI
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The Forbes Lectureship is an integral part of the Grass Fellowship Program. This Lectureship began in 1959 in honor of Alexander Forbes.

Each year a high-profile scientist from outside the MBL community is invited by the Trustees of The Grass Foundation to present two lectures, one of which is part of MBL's Friday Evening Lecture Series. In addition, the scientist spends time in residence with the Grass Fellows advising them on their projects and career paths.

2013NAS

The 2016 Forbes Lecturer will be Erin Schuman from the Max Planck Instittute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany.

The 2015 Forbes Lecturer was William Catterall from Washington University.

Video recordings of previous lectures can be found on the MBL website and are linked here for your convenience:

2012 - http://www.mbl.edu/events/friday12_forbes_olivera/
2010 - http://hermes.mbl.edu/events/2010_events_friday/events_friday_07_15_10.html
2009 - http://hermes.mbl.edu/events/2009_events_friday/events_friday_07_16_09.html
2008 - http://hermes.mbl.edu/events/2008_events_friday/events_friday_07_17_08.html

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  • 1959  Dr. Alexander Forbes
    1959 Dr. Alexander Forbes
  • 1960  Dr. Joaquin V. Luco
    1960 Dr. Joaquin V. Luco
  • 1961  Dr. John Z. Young
    1961 Dr. John Z. Young
  • 1962  Dr. Alan Hodgkin
    1962 Dr. Alan Hodgkin
  • 1963  Dr. Theodore H. Bullock
    1963 Dr. Theodore H. Bullock
  • 1964  Dr. Ricardo Miledi
    1964 Dr. Ricardo Miledi
  • 1965 Leslie F. Nims
    1965 Leslie F. Nims Brookhave National Laboratories
  • 1966  Dr. Andrew F. Huxley
    1966 Dr. Andrew F. Huxley
  • 1967  Dr. Werner Reichardt
    1967 Dr. Werner Reichardt
  • 1968  Dr. John Eccles
    1968 Dr. John Eccles
  • 1969  Dr. Eduardo DeRobertis
    1969 Dr. Eduardo DeRobertis
  • 1970 Dr. Ladislav Tauc
    1970 Dr. Ladislav Tauc
  • 1971 Dr. Aharon Katchalsky (Katzir)
    1971 Dr. Aharon Katchalsky (Katzir)
  • 1972  Dr. Douglas R. Wilkie
    1972 Dr. Douglas R. Wilkie
  • 1973 Dr. Patrick D. Wall
    1973 Dr. Patrick D. Wall
  • 1974 Carl G Bernhard
    1974 Carl G Bernhard Karolinska Institute
  • 1975  Dr. Harry Grundfest
    1975 Dr. Harry Grundfest
  • 1976 Charles G. Phillips
    1976 Charles G. Phillips Oxford University
  • 1977  Dr. JacSue Kehoe
    1977 Dr. JacSue Kehoe
  • 1977  Dr. Philippe Asher
    1977 Dr. Philippe Asher
  • 1978 Dr. Kresimir Krnjevic
    1978 Dr. Kresimir Krnjevic
  • 1979  Dr. Stephen W. Kuffler
    1979 Dr. Stephen W. Kuffler
  • 1980  Dr. Bernard Katz
    1980 Dr. Bernard Katz
  • 1981  Dr. John E. Heuser
    1981 Dr. John E. Heuser
  • 1982  Dr. Albert J. Aguayo
    1982 Dr. Albert J. Aguayo
  • 1983  Dr. Dale Purves
    1983 Dr. Dale Purves
  • 1984  Dr. Bertil Hille
    1984 Dr. Bertil Hille
  • 1985  Dr. Martin C. Raff
    1985 Dr. Martin C. Raff
  • 1986  Dr. Charles F. Stevens
    1986 Dr. Charles F. Stevens
  • 1987  Dr. Paul Greengard
    1987 Dr. Paul Greengard
  • 1988  Dr. Sydney Brenner
    1988 Dr. Sydney Brenner
  • 1989  Dr. Joseph M. Ritchie
    1989 Dr. Joseph M. Ritchie
  • 1990  Dr. Ricardo Miledi
    1990 Dr. Ricardo Miledi
  • 1991  Dr. Theodore H. Bullock
    1991 Dr. Theodore H. Bullock
  • 1992  Dr. Rüdiger Wehner
    1992 Dr. Rüdiger Wehner
  • 1993  Dr. Sten Grillner
    1993 Dr. Sten Grillner
  • 1994  Dr. Zach W. Hall
    1994 Dr. Zach W. Hall
  • 1995  Dr. John G.Nicholls
    1995 Dr. John G.Nicholls
  • 1996  Dr. Masakazu Konishi
    1996 Dr. Masakazu Konishi
  • 1997  Dr. Semir Zeki
    1997 Dr. Semir Zeki
  • 1998  Dr. Nicholas Spitzer
    1998 Dr. Nicholas Spitzer
  • 1999  Dr. Marianne Bronner-Fraser
    1999 Dr. Marianne Bronner-Fraser
  • 1999 Dr. Scott Fraser
    1999 Dr. Scott Fraser
  • 2000  Dr. Eve Marder
    2000 Dr. Eve Marder
  • 2001  Dr. Bert Sakmann
    2001 Dr. Bert Sakmann
  • 2002 Dr. William T. Newsome III
    2002 Dr. William T. Newsome III
  • 2003  Dr. Darcy Kelley
    2003 Dr. Darcy Kelley
  • 2004  Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne
    2004 Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne
  • 2005  Dr. Roger Y. Tsien
    2005 Dr. Roger Y. Tsien
  • 2006  Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi
    2006 Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi
  • 2007  Dr. Leonard K. Kaczmarek
    2007 Dr. Leonard K. Kaczmarek
  • 2008 Dr. Susan K. McConnell
    2008 Dr. Susan K. McConnell
  • 2009  Dr. David Julius
    2009 Dr. David Julius
  • 2010  Dr. Allison Doupe
    2010 Dr. Allison Doupe
  • 2011 Dr. Russell Fernald
    2011 Dr. Russell Fernald
  • 2012 – Baldomero M. Olivera, Ph.D.
    2012 – Baldomero M. Olivera, Ph.D. University of Utah
  • 2013 – Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D
    2013 – Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D The Rockefeller University
  • 2014 – Joseph Fetcho, PhD.
    2014 – Joseph Fetcho, PhD. Cornell University
  • 2015 - William A. Catterall, PhD
    2015 - William A. Catterall, PhD University of Wahsington
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Alexander Forbes

The scientific career of Alexander Forbes spanned fifty-six years of active research and saw the development of the realm of neurophysiology to which he contributed over 100 publications.

As a proper Bostonian of his day he could scarcely avoid going to Harvard.  He graduated in 1905.  He also received a Master's Degree in Biology from that institution in 1906 before undertaking a degree at Harvard Medical School.  By the time he received his M.D. in 1910 he had been infected with the lure of the research laboratory while he learned the rudiments of electrophysiology with Professor G. H. Parker.  In his fourth year of studies he was challenged by application of these techniques to problems in inhibition in the central nervous system reflex pathways under the guidance of Professor Walter B. Cannon.

After Forbes graduated Dr. Cannon immediately offered him the position of Instructor in Physiology, but further suggested he go to Liverpool to work with Sir Charles Sherrington for two years.   In England Forbes also spent a short time with Keith Lucas and E. D. Adrian in Cambridge while they were pioneering the biophysics of peripheral nerve.

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