May 27, 2003

Nobel Laureate Will Address 144 New Physicians
At UCSD School Of Medicine Commencement Ceremony

Sidney Brenner

 Dr. Sidney Brenner

Dr. Sydney Brenner, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will deliver a commencement address entitled "The Worst Medical Student of 1950: A Personal Memoir," at the UCSD School of Medicine commencement ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 8 on the School of Medicine campus in La Jolla.

Brenner, a distinguished professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death. One of the past century's leading pioneers in genetics and molecular biology, Brenner established the existence of messenger RNA and demonstrated how the order of amino acids in proteins is determined. He also conducted pioneering work with the roundworm, a model organism now widely used to study genetics.

Doctor of Medicine degrees will be awarded to 79 men and 65 women at the School of Medicine's 32nd annual commencement ceremony. Ten of the graduates have earned both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). This will be one of the largest groups of MSTP students to graduate at the same time. Six of the graduates have also earned a Masters in Public Health.

The range of specialties chosen by graduates is broad with medicine, radiology, pediatrics, family medicine, emergency medicine, and anesthesia, respectively, being the top choices.

Among the graduates will be 13 newlyweds and six new parents. UCSD School of Medicine faculty and staff, family members and friends of the graduates will be in attendance.

As part of the conferring of degrees, each graduate will be "hooded" by the UCSD School of Medicine faculty member who served as his or her independent study chair. Edward W. Holmes, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of School of Medicine, and UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes, will hand the graduates their diplomas.

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