Head of federal neurological disorder institute to speak June 25 at OHSU

06/21/12  Portland, Ore.

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The final 2012 OHSU Brain Awareness Season lecture will feature Story Landis, Ph.D., the director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.


7 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2012


Newmark Theater, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore.


Inflammation is part of the body's natural immune response to tissue damage. However, chronic inflammation in the brain — the brain "on fire" — is thought to play a role in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and stroke.

By linking so many illnesses to inflammation, researchers are now rethinking their assumptions about what makes us sick and how to successfully treat neuroinflammation. Much of the science involved in discovering causes and potential treatments is being led by Landis and the NINDS.

About the OHSU Brain Institute’s Awareness Lecture Series

The OHSU Brain Institute's Brain Awareness Lecture Series has finished its 13th year, and will resume in February of 2013. The series annually attracts world-renowned neuroscientists who share their insights on issues surrounding the brain and neurological diseases, with in-depth discussion about their impact on society.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and its only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.