June 21, 2013
Dean Mark Richardson has named Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. The Moore Institute was created by a generous legacy gift from Bob and Charlee Moore to OHSU. Dr. Thornburg has served as interim director of the Moore Institute since January 2012.
"Kent's leadership thus far and his collaborative planning for the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness combine to make this an ideal moment to formalize his appointment as director," said Dean Richardson. "I am pleased he is willing to step into this leadership role."
The core commitment of the Moore Institute is to make a lasting impact on public health by accelerating the application of a new body of knowledge known as the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease – which links early life nutrition with onset of chronic adult diseases.
Dr. Thornburg is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, and holds joint academic appointments in three additional School of Medicine departments, reflecting the breadth of his research interests and expertise.
He recently served as associate chief for research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and as co-chair of a national task force assigned to determine the 10-year vision of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Thornburg received his Ph.D. in developmental physiology and studied cardiovascular physiology as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at OHSU. He joined the OHSU faculty in 1975. In addition to being an internationally known and widely published researcher, he is consistently recognized by students and faculty as an outstanding educator, having received dozens of the School of Medicine's annual Excellence in Teaching Awards. He is a dedicated mentor to junior investigators, a sought-after lecturer and is committed to community service within OHSU and beyond.