Group of researcher attending a symposium lecture

Symposia, Seminars, and Lecture Series

The HBC supports and/or organize symposia, seminars and lecture series that offer opportunities for scientific interactions, and discussion of future research collaborations with KU faculty and faculty from other regional or national institutions.


The HBC sponsors and help organize two symposia each year. 

  • The Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (GRASP NMR) which was initiated by a member of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Protein Structure & Function (COBRE-PSF), was sponsored by the HBC since inception.  In 2019 when the COBRE-PSF program ended, the HBC took over the organizational part of the symposium.
  • Every year since 2002, the HBC help a mini half-day symposium: the HBC Science Talks.  To better utilize resources, in 2018, the HBC Science Talks were incorporated into a new event, the Biomedical Sciences Symposium.  This event was created as a joint effort between the Higuchi Biosciences Center, the NIH-sponsored Chemical Biology Training Program, and the NIH-sponsored Biotechnology Training Program.  The HBC both sponsor and help organize this event.


The HBC Research Seminars are held three to four times a year.  They are either presentations from HBC-affiliated Research Professors or Core Laboratory Directors or from invited faculty member from other institution to present their science and discuss future collaborations with KU faculty.  HBC participants are encouraged to nominate speakers for the seminar series.

Brenda Shivers Lecture Series

This Brenda Shivers Lecture Series was funded through a gift to the KU endowment Association in memory Dr. Brenda Shivers, a distinguished alumni of the University of Kansas.  Invited lecturer are individuals who work on various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases.