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August 31, 2013 at 11:41 am

Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael S. Brown to Present ‘How to Win a Nobel Prize’ on Sept. 10


Dr. Michael Brown (left) and Dr. Joseph Goldstein congratulate each other on their winning the 1985 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael S. Brown will present on “How to Win a Nobel Prize” at Arcadia University on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Dr. Brown’s presentation will focus on the importance and practical implications of evidence based basic and clinical research in medicine. Scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Commons Great Room (450 S. Easton Road, Glenside), the lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of University Advancement (215-572-2945).

Dr. Brown, whose research on cholesterol and genetics with colleague Joseph Goldstein garnered the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1985, is scheduled to interact with students and faculty in the College of Health Sciences and tour University laboratories before giving a lecture that evening. Also, Alice Lapin Brown, a 1964 graduate of Beaver College who has a strong commitment to charter school education in Dallas, Texas, will meet with faculty and students in the School of Education and visit the Wissahickon Charter School.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Brown moved to Elkins Park at the age of 11. After graduating from Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1962 and completing his medical degree at the School of Medicine, ranking first in the Class of 1966.

Dr. Brown and his longtime colleague Dr. Joseph Goldstein received the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism.” Their findings led to the development of statin drugs, the cholesterol-lowering compounds that are used by millions of Americans as some of the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S., helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Brown has served in faculty and medical roles at Massachusetts General Hospital; in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas; the National Institutes of Health; Parkland Memorial Hospital; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Alice Lapin Brown married her childhood sweetheart soon after graduating from Beaver College in 1964. The Browns have two daughters: Elizabeth, 40, and Sara, 36. Dr. Brown also has excelled in the field of medicine as a researcher, practicing physician, professor, and geneticist, amassing numerous awards throughout his decades-long tenure.


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