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T. Evans Wyckoff Lecture in Neuroscience

The T. Evans Wyckoff Lecture in Neuroscience at Virginia Mason was established in 2000 by Ann Pigott Wyckoff in honor of her late husband, Theodore Evans Wyckoff. The lectureship is the Center for Neurosciences and Spine's premiere annual event, featuring internationally-renowned physicians and researchers in the field of neuroscience. Lectures are free and open to the medical community.

The Center for Neurosciences and Spine is looking forward to welcoming:

John Ravits, MD
21st Annual T. Evans Wyckoff Lecturer
“Gene Therapies for Familial and Sporadic ALS”

Save the Date
Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, 7:30 a.m.
Volney Richmond Auditorium
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr. John Ravits

Dr. John Ravits

Dr. John Ravits is a board-certified clinical neurologist specializing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), motor neuron diseases, neuromuscular disorders, and clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Ravits is the director of the ALS clinic at UC San Diego Health and vice chair of adult neurology and the neurological sciences.

A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Ravits earned his MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in neurology at UC San Diego. He then did fellowships in neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases: one year at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and two years at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. He holds a number of board certifications and serves on several committees and editorial boards, including the steering committee for the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases.

Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Dr. Ravits was on the medical staff of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, specializing in neuromuscular disorders and neurophysiology. He served as director of Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and led Virginia Mason Medical Center's section of neurology. In 2004, he started a translational research program at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason to focus on ALS research.

Theodore Evans Wyckoff was a lumber entrepreneur and former director of the Washington State Department of Commerce and Economic Development. He had an unquenchable thirst for learning and adventure. When diagnosed with ALS, Mr. Wyckoff took it upon himself to research and learn about his diagnosis with the same enthusiasm as his other intellectual pursuits. He always asked hard questions, sought truth and wisdom, welcomed contradictory opinions, and took pride in healthy debate. Today, his family continues his values in education and new knowledge with this lectureship.

The T. Evans Wyckoff Lecture in Neuroscience Endowed Fund annually provides funding to bring to the Virginia Mason campus a prominent leader in neuroscience to present his or her work in the field to the medical community. Past presenters include:


Past presenters include:

2022 — Merit Cudkowicz, MD, Massachusetts General "New Therapies for ALS"

2019 — Stanley Appel, MD, Houston Methodist Neurological Institute "Suppressing Neuroinflammation in Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis: Cell-Based Therapy in the Age of Precision Medicine"

2018 — Christopher P. Ames, MD, University of California, San Francisco
"Frailty, Predictive Analytics and Cost in the New Era of Patient Specific Medicine"

2017 — Tahseen Mozaffar, MD, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
“Of Mice and Men: Lessons Learned from the Muscle Atrophy Inhibition Trials in Neurological Disorders”

2016 — Amit Bar-Or, MD, McGill University
"Evolving Insights and Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis"

2015 — John M. Ravits, MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine
“What Is C9orf72 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Why Is It Rocking the Field of Neurodegeneration?”

2014 — Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH, Oregon Health and Science University
“Overuse in the Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Time to Back Off?”

2013 — Stanley A. Herring, MD, University of Washington Medicine Health System
“Youth Sports Concussion Legislation: The Zackery Lystedt Story”

2012 — Teepu Siddique, MD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
“ALS: A Ubiquilinopathy”

2011 — Kathleen M. Foley, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
“Advancing Pain and Palliative Care Nationally: Challenges and Opportunities”

2010 — Stephen Salloway, MD, M.S., Brown University
“Clinical Best Practices in Dementia Care: Now and in the Future”

2009 — Andrew A. Eisen, MD, University of British Columbia
“Controversies in ALS – Some Personal Perspectives”

2008 — Louis R. Caplan, MD, Harvard Medical School
“Brain Embolism”

2007 — Bruce L. Miller, MD, University of California, San Francisco
“New Molecular and Clinical Links Between Frontotemporal Dementia and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”

2006 — Stephen L. Hauser, MD, University of California, San Francisco
“Genetics of Multiple Sclerosis”

2005 — Lewis P. Rowland, MD, The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center
“What’s New in ALS Research? A Personal List of the Top Ten Advances”

2003 — Jerome B. Posner, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
“Paraneoplastic Syndromes”

2002 — James M. Schumacher, MD, University of Miami Center for Movement Disorders
“Parkinson’s Disease and New Developments in Parkinson’s Disease Surgery”

2001 — Robert H. Brown, Jr., MD, D.Phil, Harvard Medical School
“Neurogenetics and Molecular Biology in Neurodegenerative Diseases”

2000 — Robert G. Miller, MD, California Pacific Medical Center
“New Hope in the Battle Against ALS”