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April 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Scott Hall Green Auditorium | Map
540 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Walter H. Seegers Symposium

Thursday, April 18th, 2019
12 pm - 4:30 pm
Green Auditorium

Guest speakers:

  • Dr. Youhai Chen, Professor of Pathology, University of  Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Jaehuung (Gus) Cho, Associate Professor or Medicine and Pharmacology, The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dr. Liwu Li, Professor of Health Science, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Brian Petrich, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University

There will be a dinner and poster session held at the Atheneum Suites Hotel beginning at 5 pm.

Walter H. Seegers, PhD, served as chairman of the Physiology Department from 1946 to 1980 when he retired.   In additional to his life long work with prothrombin, Dr. Seegers identified the biological activities of many other coagulation factors. Together with his colleagues in the Department of Physiology, Dr. Seegers initiated an annual series of Blood Symposiums that were held in frigid February in Detroit. These symposiums were the predecessors of the American Heart Association Council on Thrombosis symposiums and preceded the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis bi-annual meetings by 15 years. Dr. Seegers was among the first to recognize the importance of the blood platelet to coagulation and, together with Shirley Johnson, convened the first ever meeting on platelets held at the Henry Ford Hospital in 1960. Dr. Seegers received one of the first federal grants at Wayne State University, from the then National Heart Institute. He was also named to one of the first endowed chairs at the University, being named the William D. Traitel Professor of Hematology in 1964.

For more information about this event, please contact Christine Cupps at 313-577-4639 or