OHSU Synapse Society Connects the Brain with the Bard

April 21, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. – The OHSU Synapse Society celebrated the research of the OHSU neuroscience community at the “The Brain & The Bard” event with the Artists Repertory Theater on April 20.  Fifty-five members, guests and faculty enjoyed a light repast proffered by Elizabethan-costumed servers, then moved to the Vey Auditorium at OHSU for the presentation of three vignettes by ART actors to set the scene for a greater appreciation of the need for the continued study of diseases of the brain. Who better than Falstaff to extol the virtues of drinking to exquisite excess or Lady Macbeth to remind us to wash our hands over and over and over or Hamlet to plunge us momentarily into the very depths of despair?

OHSU Synapse Society's Brain and the BardEach vignette was dramatically countered by  George Keepers, M.D., chair of Psychiatry, as he discussed the rapier sharp research at OHSU that is addressing addiction, schizophrenia and depression. At the close, Dennis Bourdette, M.D., chair of Neurology, expressed his appreciation for the audience of donors, calling them brothers and sisters in the effort to overcome brain disease.

About the Synapse Society
The OHSU Synapse Society celebrates those donors who annually commit $1,000 or more to supporting a program in the nationally recognized Neurosciences at OHSU.