Nationally Recognized Scientist Discusses New Techniques for Studying the Heart and Brain at OHSU

04/14/03    Portland, Ore.

Scott Fraser, M.D., will present "Spying on the Heart and Brain in Early Development"

Scott Fraser, M.D., director of the Biological Imaging Center, California Institute of Technology, will give the public a fascinating look into the latest imaging techniques that enable scientists to study the actions of living cells in the early stages of embryonic growth. His presentation on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Oregon Health & Science University Auditorium will be geared to the general public and will include exciting video examples of his research work. The lecture is free.

The annual public lecture is sponsored by the OHSU Heart Research Center, along with The American Heart Association, Oregon Affiliate, and The March of Dimes, Greater Oregon Chapter. The event offers the public an opportunity to hear and meet world-renowned scientists and physicians who are leaders in the effort to understand the causes of and develop cures for heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

The pioneering work by Fraser and his team at Cal Tech uses advanced imaging technology including computer- aided video, photon laser scanning microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging. The tools allow the researchers to follow the dynamic events that take place at the cellular level in the early development of the embryo - literally watching the building blocks of life being assembled. The results of this high-tech research can help scientists learn more about the development of heart disease and how it might be prevented or cured.

A reception and an opportunity to meet Fraser, as well as scientists and physicians from the OHSU Heart Research Center, will follow the public lecture. There will also be "hands-on" scientific displays showing some of the advanced heart research under way at OHSU. There is free parking near the auditorium.

The OHSU Heart Research Center comprises more than 100 scientists from varied disciplines, whose research focuses on some aspect of heart disease or heart health. For more information about the annual lecture on April 24, call the OHSU Heart Research Center, 503 494-2382.