Keynote Speakers 23rd Mayo-KI Annual Scientific Research

Dr. Kendall H. Lee

Kendall H. Lee, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Physiology and a Professor of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic.  He received the PhD,  MD and MPhil from Yale University Graduate School. He completed a residency at Harvard Medical School and an internship and served as Chief Resident at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical School.  Dr. Lee directs the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering laboratories, where he studies mechanism action of deep brain stimulation as well as other neuromodulation technologies for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, tremor, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy. Dr. Lee is fascinated with the possibility of combining sophisticated electrophysiological recordings with miniaturized analytical elements (microprocessors) to augment or repair disrupted function of the brain.  Recently, he has been working on epidural stimulation for limb reanimation and patients who are paralyzed.

Dr. Kevin E. Bennet

​Kevin E. Bennet, PHD, MBA MBA, is the Chairman of the Division of Engineering of the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and co-Director of the Neural Engineering Laboratory of Neurologic Surgery. His division, composed of 64 technical staff, is responsible for the development and application of new technology for clinical practice and research. Major development efforts include deep brain stimulation, wireless physiological monitoring and minimally invasive surgery. Mr. Bennet joined the Mayo Clinic in 1990 with current and past appointments as Chair of Strategic Alliances, Vice Chair of Information Technology Standards & Architecture Subcommittee, Clinical Practice Committee Equipment Subcommittee, Information Technology Coordinating Executive Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medical/Industry Relations Committee as well as chair and membership in various workgroups and taskforces. He has also served as a reviewer of Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the NIH Small Business Innovation Research program. He has over 30 years of experience in technology development with organizations including W.R. Grace & Co., Exxon International and Amoco Chemicals. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and served on NIH site visit teams. He holds patents concerning semiconductor and optical technology has founded several technology-based companies. Mr. Bennet received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Dr. Anna Wedell

Professor Anna Wedell is a physician and scientist working with rare diseases in the area of endocrinology and metabolism. She is a Professor of Medical Genetics at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Science for Life Laboratory, Karolinska Institutet, and Head of the Centre for Inherited Metabolic Diseases at Karolinska University Hospital. Her team provides nationwide diagnostics and expert advice on all aspects of inherited metabolic diseases. She has implemented whole genome sequencing for clinical diagnosis of monogenic disorders, with dramatic consequences as large numbers of patients now receive specific molecular diagnoses and treatment in early disease stages, improving outcome. Her Centre also performs the national Swedish neonatal screening program (“PKU test”), currently comprising 24 different treatable diseases. Wedell has discovered a number of novel monogenic diseases affecting brain metabolism, elucidating disease mechanisms and opening novel avenues for treatment.

Anna Wedell is Chairman of the Medical Nobel Committee, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Dr. P. Darrell Neufer

P. Darrell Neufer is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, attended West Virginia Wesleyan College as an undergraduate, received a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University (1986), a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from East Carolina University (93), and completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1993-1996).  From 1996-2006, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor with the John B. Piece Laboratory and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University.  During the early phase of his career, his laboratory investigated the basic mechanisms regulating metabolic gene expression in skeletal muscle, working closely for several years with the Copenhagen Muscle Resarch Center in Denmark.  In 2004, the lab’s research focus shifted to mitochondrial bioenergetics and its role in metabolic health and disease. 

In 2006, Dr. Neufer returned to East Carolina University where he is currently the Director of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute and Professor in the Department of Physiology, Brody School of Medicine.  Dr. Neufer’s research has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health.  He has published >100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, chaired/participated in numerous national/international grant review panels, and given over 90 invited presentations at universities and national/international research conferences.

Mr. Matthew D. Dacy

Mr. Dacy earned the A.B. degree in history, Phi Beta Kappa, from Ripon College in Wisconsin and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He served as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Jerusalem, Israel, before joining Mayo Clinic in 1984. At Mayo Clinic, Mr. Dacy has worked in a wide range of positions related to fundraising, communications and administration.

He is the founding director of Heritage Hall, the museum of Mayo Clinic, which presents exhibits on each Mayo campus. The mission of Heritage Hall is to honor the values and vision of Mayo Clinic — linking the institution’s past and present with its goals for the future, highlighting the key role of philanthropy.

Mr. Dacy serves as executive producer of Mayo Clinic Heritage Films, an award-winning series of documentaries and dramatizations that present great stories of Mayo history. He is the chair of Mayo Clinic Heritage Days, an annual event to recognize staff and patients. Mr. Dacy is a member of the Humanities in Medicine Committee and works on values-based projects with the Sisters of St. Francis. As a member of the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Executive Committee, he served as content director for a mobile exhibit that traveled to more than 40 cities in the United States and Canada. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles and presentations on Mayo’s history and culture; serves as author and editor of the communication of the Mayo Clinic History & Heritage; and conducts VIP tours of the Rochester campus. He interviews the foremost benefactors, friends and leaders of Mayo Clinic and serves as moderator for institutional panel discussions. Mr. Dacy is the recipient of the Karis Award, which recognizes leadership in the promotion of Mayo Clinic Values.