16th Annual Gottschalk Lecture

C. Ronald Kahn, MD, MS, DSc, President and Director of the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, will present “Gene environment interactions in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.” All are welcome.

When Apr 10, 2012
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where G202 Auditorium - MBRB
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Dr. Kahn is an internationally known authority on Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, one of the biggest medical issues today. Please click here for more information about Dr. Kahn.

About Carl W. Gottschalk

Carl Gottschalk came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Cardiology fellow and instructor in 1952 and focused on using micro puncture to analyze kidney function.  At the time micropuncture had only been utilized in a limited way to study function of individual nephrons in mammalian kidney.  With a small grant from the Edgecombe County  (NC) Heart Association and a closet for a laboratory he addressed how the kidney concentrated urine, pursuing the hypothesis that a countercurrent multiplier system of renal tubules and vasa rectae was responsible.  Evidence essentially proving this idea was published in Science in 1958.  These remarkable studies were followed by other pioneering works on the mechanism of urine acidification, calcium excretion, potassium depletion, neural control of salt excretion, and glomerular dynamics.  His research group also made important observations on the pathology of acute and chronic renal failure.  He served admirably on the national scene in leading a study on treatment of renal failure;  his recommendations led to our current federal support of renal dialysis.

Carl Gottschalk’s scientific contributions were seminal and major.  For these he received many rewards and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the Royal Society of Medicine (London).  Nevertheless, he had a modest manner; was scrupulously fair and had the admiration and respect of everyone who knew him.  He was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina from 1952 until his death in 1997 and was named Kenan Professor in 1969.  His passion for collecting led him to assemble a remarkable set of first-edition scientific books and other note-worthy publications that is currently housed in the Gottschalk Collection of the rare books section in the Wilson Library at UNC.

For more information on Carl Gottschalk, please visit: http://www.lib.unc.edu/rbc/kidney/collection.html or http://www.lib.unc.edu/rbc/kidney/gottschalk.html.