2019 Winter Academy

The 14th annual Winter Academy, presented by Huntington Bank, will be held in Naples, Florida on Friday, February 15, 2019!

Registration is now open!

For more information about the 2019 Winter Academy, please contact Lauren Galloway at 412-647-4256.


Winter Academy 2019 Host Commitee

Each year a core group of alumni and friends serve as ambassadors for the Winter Academy. We are thankful to this dedicated group for their support and service as champions of Pitt's research and programs. View the 2019 Winter Academy Host Committee Members.


Be a Winter Academy 2019 Sponsor!

Annual sponsorships ensure the longevity of this signature event and offer an opportunity for dedicated alumni and friends who are passionate about the research impact that Pitt has on the world to step forward with financial support. With over 360 alumni and friends attending annually, sponsorships are also be a great opportunity to recognize your business as a partner with Pitt.

Please consider supporting the 2019 Winter Academy with your personal or corporate support. View this year's sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on how you can support the 2019 Winter Academy please contact Jennifer Gabler at 412-802-8317.


Arthur S. Levine, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences; John and Gertrude Petersen Dean, School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics
Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD
Hillman Professor of Oncology; Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research; Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh; Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center
Toren Finkel, MD, PhD
G. Nicholas III and Dorothy B. Beckwith Professor of Translational Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, Aging Institute of UPMC and University of Pittsburgh
Arjumand Ghazi, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, of Developmental Biology, and of Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Arjumand Ghazi, PhD, is fascinated by the biology of aging. She believes that identifying and understanding genes that influence aging may reveal the fastest and least expensive means to tackle the functional disabilities and diseases associated with old age. Her lab unearths the secrets of longevity using Caenorhabditis elegans, a transparent worm with a three-week lifespan and genes that are remarkably similar to those of humans. Dr. Ghazi’s research is especially focused on the C. elegans counterparts of human genes that link the animal’s reproductive state to its length of life (lifespan) and quality of aging (healthspan).


Dr. Ghazi received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology, chemistry, and zoology from St. Ann’s College, Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India, and her master’s in biotechnology from Hyderabad Central University. She earned her developmental biology and genetics PhD at the National Centre for Biological Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore. 

Beatriz Luna, PhD
Staunton Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Matthew Neal, MD
Roberta G. Simmons Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Patricia L. Opresko, PhD
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine