LU Alum Discusses Pediatric Respiratory Diseases in Two Presentations

Lawrence University graduate Kurt Albertine ’75 returns to campus to discusses his work with pediatric respiratory diseases in a pair of science hall presentations.

Kurt-Albertine_web Albertine professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of medicine, neurobiology & anatomy at the University of Utah, delivers the Science Hall Colloquium “From Here to There:  An Alumnus’ Trip from Plants to Pediatrics” Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Thomas Steitz Science Hall 102.

Albertine will trace his academic training and the professional journey he took from his student days at Lawrence to a research career focused on acute respiratory distress syndrome and neonatal chronic lung disease.

Beginning with World War II, Albertine will discuss some of the medical advances made in regards to acute respiratory distress syndrome and neonatal chronic lung disease, including inventions and discoveries that provided opportunities and tools to better understand respiratory support of humans, both adult and preterm infants.

In a Recent Advances in Biology series address on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3:10 p.m. in Thomas Steitz Science Hall 102, Albertine presents “A New View about the Pathogenesis of the Second Most Common Pediatric Health Problem in the U.S.”

The address will examine the growing problem of neonatal chronic lung disease, which occurs in preterm infants who require assisted conventional mechanical ventilation.  Approximately 10,000 new cases of neonatal CLD are reported each year in the United States.

Albertine will discuss his research using a large-animal model (lambs) to investigate fundamental questions regarding the underlying molecular changes that contribute to neonatal CLD.

After graduating from Lawrence with a major in biology, Albertine earned his Ph.D. in anatomy at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1993, he held research and teaching positions at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of South Florida, the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.