William L. Young/Allison Raaen Lectureship

The Raaen family established the Allison Raaen Lectureship in 2009 in memory of their daughter who died from an AVM rupture in November 2005. The annual lecture features distinguished speakers involved in cutting edge basic and translational research and aims to stimulate communication and advances in understanding cerebrovascular malformations. In 2014, the Lectureship was renamed to the William L. Young/Allison Raaen Lectureship to honor the seminal contributions of the late Dr. William L. Young, founding Director of the UCSF Center for Cerebrovascular Research and world-renowned AVM researcher.


Allison Raaen       Dr. William L. Young


The 12th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raeen Lectureship

April 20, 2023

Guest Speaker: Dr. Beth Roman, PhD
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh.
"Endothelial ALK1 Signaling in Vascular Development and Disease"


The 11th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raeen Lectureship

September 23, 2021

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ivan Radovanovic MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto.
"Brain Aretriovenous Malformations: Genetics, Development Biology and Perspectives for Targeted Therapies"


The 10th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raeen Lectureship

September 16, 2019
Guest Speaker: Dr. Patrick Turski, MD, FACR
Emeritus Professor of Radiology, Neurological Surgery and Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin
"Exploring Brain AVM Morphology and Hemodynamics using 4D Flow MRI."


The 9th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raeen Lectureship

August 9, 2018, 8-9 AM
Guest Speaker: Issam A. Awad, MD, Msc FACS MA (hon)
The John Harper Seeley Professor of Surgery
Director, Neurovascular Surgery
Director, Safadi program of Excellence in Clinical and Translational Neuroscience
University of Chicago
“Cavernous Angiomas with Symptomatic Hemorrhage (CASH); Mechanistic Targets and Trial Models”


The 8th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raeen Lectureship

June 15, 2017, 8-9 AM
Guest Speaker: Kevin J. Whitehead, MD, FAHA
Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology
University of Utah
Co-Director, Utah HHT Center for Excellence
“Medical Therapy for Vascular Malformations: the Hope and the Challenges”


The 7th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raaen Lectureship

June 23, 2016, 8-9 AM
Guest Speaker: Christian Stapf, MD
Principal Scientist & Professor
Department of Neurosciences, University of Montréal
Attending Neurologist, Department of Neurology
Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal
"Evidence-based Approach to AVM Patient Management"


The 6th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raaen Lectureship

June 25, 2015, 8:00 AM
Guest Speaker: Hui Meng, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Neurosurgery 
Department of Biomedical Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
"Role of Modeling in Translational Research of Intracranial Aneurysm"


The 5th Annual William L. Young/Allison Raaen Lectureship

April 24, 2014, 8:00 AM
Guest Speaker: Doug Marchuk, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair, 
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University
Director, Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics
"Cerebral Cavernous Malformations: From Gene Discovery to Potential Therapy"


The 4th Annual Allison Raaen Lectureship

November 8, 2012, 8:00 AM
Guest Speaker: Marie E. Faughnan, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, University of Toronto Director, 
Toronto HHT Program St. Michael's Hospital, Division of Respirology
"HHT and Brain AVMs: Building and Breaking Connections"


The 3rd Annual Allison Raaen Lectureship

October 6, 2011, 8:00 AM
Guest Speaker: Christopher C. W. Hughes, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
"Why Does Loss of Alk1 and Endoglin Cause HHT? Probing the Molecular Mechanisms of Blood Vessel Assembly"


The 2nd Annual Allison Raaen Lectureship
September 9, 2010, 8:00 AM

Guest Speaker: Dean Li, MD, PhD
HA and Edna Benning Endowed Professor, Medicine and Cardiology
Director, Molecular Medicine Program 
University of Utah
"Vascular Stability in Sepsis and Stroke"


The 1st Annual Allison Raaen Lectureship
April 2, 2009, 8:00 AM

Guest Speaker: S. Paul Oh, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
University of Florida
"Novel Genetic Models for Brain Arteriovenous Malformations"