OHSU announces Marquam Hill Lecture Series for 2012-13

09/18/12  Portland, Ore.


Oregon Health & Science University's Marquam Hill Lecture Series features nationally recognized OHSU faculty experts who present in lay terms the latest research findings and treatment options in their specialties. All lectures are free, but seating is limited and reservations are requested.


Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.


OHSU Auditorium (Old Library building)
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239


Thursday, October 18, 2012 – Unraveling Addiction Using Behavioral Genetics

Tamara Phillips, Ph.D., professor of behavioral neuroscience in the OHSU School of Medicine and a senior research career scientist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The effects of substance abuse can cause some people to engage in harmful behavior to feed their addiction, resulting in a vicious cycle of dependency and destruction. This effect of drug and alcohol use occurs more intensely in some people than in others and OHSU scientists are working to unravel the mystery of how – and why – this compulsion develops. Dr. Phillips, an award-winning researcher, analyzes addiction on a genetic level to determine the behavioral traits that influence alcoholism and drug abuse. In her presentation, Dr. Phillips will explain this fascinating body of research and share the potential therapies that may arise from it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 –Thinking Outside the Box to Treat Late-Stage Cancer

Melissa Wong, Ph.D., associate professor of dermatology and cell and developmental biology, a researcher in the Oregon Stem Cell Center and a member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Recent advances in cancer treatment are saving lives. Unfortunately, treating the metastatic spread of cancer – the last and least understood phase of the disease – has seen little progress. Dr. Wong’s goal is to track down and stop cancer cells before they turn deadly. Her research has pointed her toward an intriguing mechanism for explaining how cancer cells gain the ability to spread to other sites in the body. Dr. Wong’s presentation will focus on the search for the elusive triggers that spark cancer cells’ aggressive behavior and explain how this information may help shape new life-saving treatments for late-stage cancer.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Vaccination Nation? Separating Fact from Fiction

Mark Slifka, Ph.D., professor of molecular microbiology and immunology and senior scientist at the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Oregon National Primate Research Center

Vaccines have been tremendously successful in protecting us from deadly diseases like smallpox, measles and polio. Ironically, the longer the track record of success, the greater the mistrust from society; people begin to fear the vaccine more than the disease. What’s behind this trend? Dr. Slifka, who has been studying vaccines for more than 15 years, suggests people have a physiological ceiling for vaccine immunity. His research may argue for a shift in the current revaccination schedule for millions of Americans. It also discredits the recent media hype about the danger of vaccinations. Dr. Slifka’s presentation will focus on the science behind vaccines and provide the tools for making informed decisions for your family.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 – Creating a Google Map of Cancer?

Joe Gray, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, associate director for translational research in the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and director of the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine

Imagine being able to visualize every twist and turn of cancer as it progresses throughout the human body – and knowing just when and how to stop it. Using powerful, advanced imaging technologies that illustrate cells, tissues and structural details across time, OHSU scientists are assembling the “Google map” of cancer and other diseases. Dr. Gray, an internationally known physicist and member of the Institute of Medicine, will speak about how he and colleagues are working to catapult healthcare far into the 21st century with four-dimensional medicine (three spatial dimensions and time). His presentation will focus on how assembling the right experts, technology, funding and strategy will revolutionize cancer care right here in Oregon.

About the Marquam Hill Lecture Series

The Marquam Hill Lecture Series is a public service honoring the memory of Elizabeth N. Gray, founder of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee. It is presented by the Marquam Hill Steering Committee, the OHSU Foundation and the OHSU School of Medicine. Support is provided by Thompson Rubinstein Investment Management Inc.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon’s only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in fulfilling the university’s social mission. OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. Research through the OHSU Brain Institute ranks fourth in the country for National Institutes of Health funding in the neurosciences. OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute is ranked second in NIH funding for eye research and is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.