Friday, June 10, 2011

Third Annual Tarbell Lecture features Anne B. Young, MD, PhD

SUPPORTING CAREERS: From left, Klibanski, Tarbell, Young and Slavin

A world-renowned neurological researcher and clinician who has helped break down barriers for women in her field, Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, chief of the Department of Neurology, has a great deal of wisdom and insight to offer to colleagues. On May 4, as part of the Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lectureship Series, Young presented "Three Decades in Academia: Lessons Learned about Clinical Care, Research, Administration and Leadership," in the Thier Conference Room.

The lecture series, which is hosted annually by the MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD), honors Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, the founding director of the center and the Office for Women's Careers and current dean of Clinical and Academic Affairs at Harvard Medical School. The lecture also serves as a professional development educational opportunity for faculty. Welcoming Tarbell and attendees, Anne Klibanski, MD, current director of the CFD and chief of the Neuroendocrine Unit, provided opening remarks. Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, then introduced Young, acknowledging her for a remarkable career and for her philanthropy, particularly a $1 million gift made in March to the Department of Neurology.

In her lecture, Young offered a candid look into her professional career as well as her personal life. She shared the challenges she encountered over the years, such as obstacles in receiving her doctoral degree and the sudden loss of her husband and scientific collaborator John B. Penney Jr., MD, an MGH neurologist who died in 1999. Young also described her triumphs -- including a number of research breakthroughs related to neurodegenerative diseases; joining the MGH in 1991 as the first woman chief of service; establishing the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease in 2001; helping create a hospital for patients with neurodegenerative diseases in Venezuela, where she and her late husband conducted a great deal of their research; and the birth of her two daughters and her recent remarriage. In closing, Young provided the audience with a list of lessons learned -- which ranged from putting all major agreements on paper to having fun at work. In closing, she acknowledged colleagues, mentors, friends and family for their support.

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