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    Dr. Peter R. MacLeish Addressed Incoming Class

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) held its 28th Fall Convocation and White Coat Ceremony on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care Auditorium.  This event serves to welcome new students, and marks the transition into their professional course of study.  The white coat has been the preeminent symbol of physicians and scientists for more than 100 years.  Students in the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science programs were cloaked in white coats in keeping with this tradition.  Master of Public Health students participated in a pinning ceremony, marking their commitment to the public health profession.  Faculty and alumni participated in the ceremonies in which 113 students took oaths of professionalism consistent with the MSM core values: KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, SERVICE, and EXCELLENCE.


    Peter R. MacLeish, PhD, Chair of the Neurobiology Department delivered the convocation address.  Dr. MacLeish’s thirty-year record of accomplishment has earned him national and international recognition.   He is considered a thought leader on Neuroscience, his work has been published in the top journals of his field, he serves on various councils, and he has lectured extensively around the globe.   Dr. MacLeish is the first recipient of the George H. W. and Barbara P. Bush Endowed Chair in Neuroscience. Dr. MacLeish received his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where he majored in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. from the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. MacLeish maintains an active research program at the Morehouse School of Medicine on regeneration of mature retinal cells and how electrical signals are processed within these cells.