Hosted by the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, the Saxon Graham Lectureship honors the life and legacy of a man known as one of the fathers of U.S. chronic disease epidemiology.

The annual lecture features a distinguished speaker in epidemiology. Past lecturers have included Nobel Prize recipient Baruch Blumberg, MS, PhD, professor of medicine and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania; and Robert Wallace, MS, MD, professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, the Irene Ensminger Stecher professor of cancer research at the University of Iowa and director of the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

  • 2024: Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD
    Dr. Elisa Bandera presented the 17th Annual Saxon Graham Lectureship on Fri., April 5, 2024. A UB alumna, Bandera is an epidemiologist focused on the nutritional epidemiology of female hormonal cancer prevention and survival.
  • 2023: Brian King, PhD '10, MPH '06
    The 16th Annual Saxon Graham Lectureship on Fri., March 31, featured UB alumnus Brian King, PhD '10, MPH '06, director, U.S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products, on "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Tobacco Product Regulation: Promise and Peril in an Increasingly Complex Landscape."
  • 2022: Zuo-Feng Zhang, MD, PhD
    Spring 2022 Saxon Graham Lecture: "Challenges and Opportunity of COVID-19 Pandemic on Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology"
  • 2021: Polly Newcomb, PhD, MPH
    The 14th Saxon Graham Lecture, A Decade After Cannabis Legalization, Critical Public Health Questions Remain
  • 2019: John Vena, PhD
    The 13th Saxon Graham Lecture, Eras in Epidemiology: Embracing Our Past to Chart the Future.
  • 2018: Jay Kaufman, PhD
    The 12th Saxon Graham Lecture, Racial Health Disparities in the United States: Heterogeneous Progress and a New York Miracle.
  • 2017: Julie Mares, PhD, MSPH
    The 11th Saxon Graham Lecture was presented by Julie Mares, PhD, MSPH, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.