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William & Pudge Landau Lecture

“Testosterone and human gender development”

Melissa Hines, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Director, Gender Development Research Centre
University of Cambridge

Melissa Hines is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Gender Development Research Centre at the University of Cambridge in England. She is a past president of the International Academy of Sex Research, and is the author of the book, Brain Gender (Oxford University Press), as well as over 100 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. Her research focuses on the contributions of gonadal steroids to human brain development and behavior, and on how early hormone influences interact with postnatal socialization to influence gender-related outcomes. Her research has been funded by the United States Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and the ESRC. Melissa was educated at Princeton University (BA) and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)(PhD). She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at UCLA, and a Visiting Scientist at the University of Wisconsin Primate Research Centre. She began her career in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She moved from UCLA to the United Kingdom in 1994, and to the University of Cambridge in 2006.

William M. Landau, MD, was professor emeritus of neurology, and devoted husband to Pudge.  He served in the department of neurology from 1954 to 2012, including over 20 years as department head. He was the longest-serving faculty member at the School of Medicine.

Along with his scientific accomplishments, Dr. Landau was known for his commitment to social justice.  He served as director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri for several years and also was actively involved with Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates for single-payer national health insurance.  The Landau Lectureship aims to honor Dr. Landau’s legacy by continuing a focus on scientific topics that impact the larger community.

Landau Lecturers

2022  Melissa Hines, PhD
2019   Helen Mayberg, MD
2017   Pat Levitt, PhD*
2015   Phillip Pearl, MD
2013   Alan McComas, MD
2011   Jonathan Pevsner, MD
2005   Virginia Weldon, MD
2003   Kenneth Ludmerer, MD
2001   Kenneth Tyler, MD
1999   Robert Collins, MD
1997   Sherwin Nuland, MD
1993   William Danforth, MD

*Dr. Landau passed away on November 2, 2017, but was able to attend Pat Levitt’s presentation of the William and Pudge Landau Lecture in September 2017.