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Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished UC faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise.  A panel of three will respond to and discuss the lecture from diverse perspectives, and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives, and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse.

Life of the Mind Steering Committee consists of:

  • Tracy Herrmann, co-chair
  • Xuemao Wang, co-chair
  • Robert Faaborg
  • Melissa Cox Norris
  • Peter Stambrook
  • Jeffrey Tilman
  • Carol Wheeler-Strother

Join us for Life of the Mind featuring Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett

Thursday, March 26 |  4-5:30pm | TUC 400ABC

UC President Santa J. Ono will moderate the discussion on the theme of “Technology and Innovation in Medicine.”

View the program below:

The three panelists for the March Life of the Mind will be:


Jeffrey Whitsett, MD

Jeffrey Whitsett, MD

Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Co-director of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology, and Executive Director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Whitsett received his B.A. from Colgate University and his medical degree from Columbia University. He trained in Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following his fellowship he joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1977 and since has risen through the ranks to Professor.

Internationally known for his research in pulmonary medicine, as well as for his clinical expertise in neonatology, the title of Dr. Whitsett’s talk is “The Impact of the Acceleration of Transforming Technologies in Medicine and the Biological Sciences.”

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View Dr. Whitsett's presentation (PowerPoint)


Dr. Whitsett has made a series of groundbreaking contributions in pulmonary medicine and biology in his studies of the surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloning their genes and clarifying their roles in lung development and function. Throughout his career, Dr. Whitsett has transitioned from molecular biology to animal models and then to the diagnosis and therapy of human disease. Importantly, he has played a critical role in making surfactant protein replacement routine in the treatment of immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. Notably, his laboratory has contributed to the identification of a number of genes critical for lung formation and function and shown that mutations in genes regulating surfactant homeostasis are responsible for acute and chronic lung disease in infants and adults. Dr. Whitsett is the author of over 500 papers in both the basic science and clinical literature.

Dr. Whitsett is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of various awards, including the Mead Johnson Award, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award, the William Cooper Procter Award from Cincinnati Children's, the Amberson Lecture Award of the American Thoracic Society, and the prestigious Daniel Drake Medal for scientific contributions from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the highly respected Arvo Ylppö Medal Award from Finland, and the Grand Hamdan International Award on Neonatal Medicine from the United Arab Emirates.