The J Fred "Paulo" Dice Memorial Lecture is held annually in memory of Dr Dice, Professor Emeritus and a former member of the Department of Physiology.
Dr Dice passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2010. He was a beloved member of the faculty, a talented teacher, and an outstanding colleague. Prior to his retirement at the end of June 2009, he had served as a member of the faculty for 24 years, including a period during which he served as interim Chair of the Physiology Department.
As an active member of the research community, Dr Dice specialized in studies of aging and autophagy, publishing 76 peer-reviewed articles on his work while at Tufts. He is best known for his discovery of chaperone-mediated autophagy, a degradative pathway involving the import and degradation of long-lived cytosolic proteins in lysosmes.
He was responsible for training many Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, many of whom have established successful careers of their own in academia and industry. He was an active and beloved teacher of both graduate and medical students and established and directed the MD-PhD Program for many years. His contributions were recognized by a Distinguished Faculty Award.
The lectures are usually held in April each year.