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Kansas State University

The Rudy Clarenburg Lecture Series


Dr. Rudy Clarenburg

The Rudy Clarenburg Lecture Series was established in 1996 to honor the late Rudolf Clarenburg, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology. The Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally acclaimed scientists to Kansas State University to discuss their research interests with students and faculty throughout the University.

Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg joined the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in October, 1966. He received his Doctor of Sciences in 1965 from Netherlands State University, Utrecht, Holland. Dr. Clarenburg was a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Physiology, University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1966. At K-State he taught courses in physiological chemistry, intermediary metabolism and veterinary physiology. In 1983 Dr. Clarenburg received the Norden Distinguished Teacher award “for distinguished teaching in the field of veterinary medicine.”

The Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship is made possible by the generous support received from Mrs. Margalith Clarenburg and her family. Mrs. Clarenburg passed away on April 10, 2002, following a long battle with cancer. She is deeply missed by her family and friends, but her legacy and support for the Clarenburg Lecture Series will continue for many years to come.

The current lecture series features:

Robert J. Genco, D.D.S., Ph.D.
University at Buffalo, State University at New York

Dr. Genco will present two lectures:
April 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
"Oral and Systemic Disease: Crossing the Barriers of Interdisciplinary Research in Academic Health Centers"

April 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
"Transfer of University Discoveries to Society: New Approaches and Early Results at the University at Buffalo"

Both seminars will be held in the Practice Management Center - Trotter Hall

Robert J. Genco

Dr. Genco received his D.D.S. cum laude, from the State University of New York at the Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1963. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, in Microbiology and Immunology in 1967 and completed residency training in periodontology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967.

Dr. Genco is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, and in the Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also is a Professor in The Department of Immunology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Genco has been a member of the Institute of Medicine. National Academy of Sciences since 1988.

Dr. Genco's research and clinical activities focus on studies of oral infections, specifically the role of oral flora in periodontal diseases. Most recently, Dr. Genco has been studying the effects of oral infections on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, as well as the effects of oral infection on glycemic control and complications of diabetes mellitus including cardiovascular and kidney disease.

Dr. Genco is the Vice Provost responsible for the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer, and Economic Outreach (STOR). STOR promotes economic revitalization through transfer and economic outreach activities. and fosters partnerships between the university and the business community.


Former Clarenburg Lecturers

2007 Dr. Peter Agre
2007 Dr. William B. Guggino
2006 Dr. Mark A. Knepper
2006 Dr. Avril Somlyo
2004 Dr. Jim Riviere
2003 Dr. Jeanne M. Nerbonne
2002 Dr. Michael Welsh
2002 Dr. Gerald DiBona
2001 Dr. George A. Brooks
1999 Dr. Arthur "Buzz" Brown
1998 Dr. Clara Franzini-Armstrong
1998 Dr. Gordon Mitchell
1997 Dr. Kim Johnson
1997 Dr. Larry Sinoway