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UNC Kidney Center Director Dr Ron Falk gave the 2011 Berryhill Distinguished Lecture on Monday, October 3rd. He presented “The Essential Need for a Climate of Curiosity in Academic Hospitals: The ANCA Vasculitis Story” at the Carolina Club in Chapel Hill.

UNC School of Medicine Dean Dr William Roper welcomed guests to the lecture. He described the Norma Berryhill Lecture as a “special event that has always been a high point for the UNC medicine community” and “fall convocation which represents the start of our academic year”and “reaffirms our commitment to scholarship, to our students, to our faculty, and to the collegiality the Berryhills left as a legacy to all of us.”

Other speakers who made introductions at the event included UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp and James “Bud” Harper, the Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs at UNC. Chancellor Thorp spoke about university research and the challenges and difficulties that budget cuts have made at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chancellor Thorp told the crowd that getting to hear Dr Falk speak was a “great privilege” and that he personally had been looking forward to hearing Falk’s lecture.

Dr Roper then introduced Dr Falk with these words:

“Simply put, Ron Falk epitomizes what makes Carolina medicine great. He’s an eminent scientist, a great teacher, a renowned clinician, a leader in all areas. We are each better because of him being among us.“

The text of the lecture is available here on the UNC Healthcare web site here.

The video is also available here.