Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Oncologist to Speak at 2017 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and The Gene: An Intimate History Addresses

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading cancer physician and researcher, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, will speak at the 2017 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series, Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes biographies - but not about individuals. Instead, Dr. Mukherjee traces the histories of genes and disease.

In his 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Dr. Mukherjee wrote about this shape-shifting and formidable disease that has plagued and riddled humanity for thousands of years. He received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his work, which Time named one of the 100 most influential books written in English since 1923.

In his latest book, The Gene: An Intimate History, he tackles the future and what happens when a machine (humanity) begins to understand its own code of instructions. Dr. Mukherjee expertly weaves science, social history and personal narrative to tell the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times.

Dr. Mukherjee will animate the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices as part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's 2017 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series, Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballrooms, fourth floor.

"The Healthy Nevada Speaker Series brings renowned speakers on the influential topics that impact the lives of audiences in northern Nevada," said University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "It's a powerful way to expose our students and the community to some of the brightest minds in the field."

Dr. Mukherjee speaks at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. However, ticketed guests will receive priority admission. Register for tickets at Healthy Nevada Speaker Series website by Wednesday, Nov. 8. Walk-ups will be accepted pending available seating.

A book signing immediately follows the presentation.

In its fourth year, the Healthy Nevada Speaker Series introduces the community to innovative individuals and timely lectures on medicine and public health. Past speakers include Dr. Bennet Omalu (2016), acclaimed for his discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease found in the brains of individuals who have had multiple head injuries; Rebecca Skloot (2015), a science writer, correspondent for NPR's Radiolab and PBS's Nova Science NOW, and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a New York Times best-seller; and Dr. Bill Thomas (2014), founder of The Eden Alternative and Green House Project which aims to improve health care in elderly people.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for 50 years. The state's first public medical school, UNR Med fosters a healthy Nevada through excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, within a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is improving the future of health care. For more information, visit our 50th anniversary website.