The Clive M. McCay Lectureship was established in 1985 though an endowment to Cornell University by Dr. McCay’s wife, Jeannette McCay, who also authored his biographical memoirs in 1994. This lecture is held biennially and is open to the Cornell community and the public, free of charge. No registration is required for this event.

eric verdin

The 2021 Clive M. McCay lecture took place on April 29, 2021. It was a virtual event with guest speaker Eric Verdin, M.D., President & CEO of Buck Institute for Research on Aging and Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Franscisco. The title of his talk was Recent Progress in Understanding Calorie Restriction at the Molecular Level.

 Previous speakers:

david sinclair

David Sinclair, PhD, AO; Harvard Medical School. “Insights into Why We Age and How to Reverse It”, March 11, 2019.




eric ravussin

Eric Ravussin, PhD; Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Caloric restriction: from Clive McCay to CALERIE”, March 13, 2017




steven heymsfield

Steven Heymsfield, MD; Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Why Are Weight-Loss Drugs so Difficult to Develop?”, April 27, 2015




richard weindruch

Richard Weindruch, PhD; University of Wisconsin. “Caloric restriction and Aging: Past, Present, & Future”, February 13, 2013




john speakman

John Speakman, PhD; University of Aberdeen. “The Evolutionary Context of the Obesity Epidemic: Thrifty Genes of Drifty Genes?”, February 2, 2011