Ken Lange Symposium Endowment

The David Geffen School of Medicine and the Department of Computational Medicine at UCLA hosted the first Lange Symposium on February 21, 2020, in honor of UCLA Professor Kenneth Lange. This inaugural event celebrated the impact of Dr. Lange’s research, mentorship, and teaching over the course of an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, and featured scientific talks by some of Dr. Lange’s esteemed colleagues and former students. 

Professor Lange is an internationally recognized mathematical biologist best known for his seminal contributions to human genetics, but also more generally for his development of computational algorithms applied to many disciplines—ranging from biomedical imaging to neuroscience. Professor Lange has been a devoted advisor to many Ph.D. students in Biomathematics, Biostatistics, and Human Genetics and has taught scores of students aspiring to enter the field of computational biology, including many leaders in the field. To this day, he continues to mentor and inspire students who combine mathematical talent with biological curiosity.

UCLA DGSOM has established the Kenneth Lange Endowment to ensure that the Lange Symposium will be held annually. Ken’s first two advisees at UCLA, Neil Risch (1979), Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Human Genetics at UCSF, and Michael Boehnke (1983), Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, have made generous contributions to initiate this fundraising effort. Please join Drs. Risch and Boehnke in making a philanthropic gift to the Kenneth Lange Endowment. Your gift will be pooled with others in support of the Symposium for years to come. Thank you in advance for honoring Ken Lange with your gift or multi-year pledge.

"Working with Ken was the defining experience of my career. Establishing this symposium is a great way for all of us to thank Ken for all he has done for so many of us." - Mike Boehnke
"I would never have entered the field of biomathematics and human genetics, nor had the career I have had if it were not for Ken Lange. I am enormously grateful." - Neil Risch