Get to know us
Susan Bagby, M.D.
Professor in the Department of Medicine; Chair of the Community Education and Outreach Committee, Moore Institute
Dr. Bagby's career-long research program focuses on mechanisms of hypertension and the roles of the kidney and the renin-angiotensin system. This led to an early interest in the importance of poor nutrition in the womb as a cause of later hypertension, and hence to the revolutionary work of Professor David Barker and the concept of developmental origins of chronic disease. She currently studies developmentally-induced hypertension in a novel model of perinatal maternal protein restriction in microswine, including work on enhanced arterial reactivity to angiotensin II in juveniles as a manifestation of early nutritional programming and as a precursor to adult hypertension.
Irene Barhyte, CPA, CTP
Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, OHSU School of Medicine
Irene has responsibility and oversight both for the finances of the School of Medicine and the Faculty Practice Plan. She has a deep knowledge of OHSU's organization and financial systems. She was involved in planning for and implementing the integration of OHSU Medical Group into the School of Medicine as the new Faculty Practice Plan, and has been involved in special projects related to research administration.
Aaron Caughey, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health
Dr. Caughey is nationally recognized as a dedicated clinician, accomplished educator and prolific researcher. In his clinical practice, Dr. Caughey has a special interest in diabetes in pregnancy. His research interests over the past decade have focused on utilizing a broad array of methodologies including standard biostatistical techniques as well as decision- and cost-effectiveness analysis to address questions in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine regarding post-term pregnancy, preeclampsia, and diabetes in pregnancy, obesity and weight gain, as well as prenatal diagnosis. He believes that a key component to obesity prevention is using the energy and focus of pregnant mothers to change their habits for the sake of their children.
"If we can get pregnant women to eat better and exercise, this may fundamentally change not only their habits, and the habits of others in their family, but also will improve the intrauterine environment for their babies as well." - Dr. Caughey
Director of Principal Gifts for the OHSU Foundation
Jennifer is responsible for raising significant levels of philanthropic support for OHSU by providing strategic direction and day-to-day oversight of the principal gifts program (gifts of $1M or more.) In her role at the Moore Institute, she helps manage the relationship between OHSU and Bob and Charlee Moore, while seeking principal gifts to support the institute.
"The Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness resonates with my personal interests and passions as a mother and a citizen concerned about the obesity epidemic in America. We have to act now by educating girls in their childbearing years to get healthier kids now and for generations to come." - Jennifer Flores
Director of Communications, OHSU School of Medicine
Kathleen is the director of communications for the School of Medicine. In her role, she oversees communications strategy and production of materials describing clinical, research, education and outreach missions specifically for the School of Medicine, and collaborates closely with communications partners throughout OHSU.
"The Moore Institute provides a crucial platform for broadly and effectively communicating issues of nutrition that can make a significant difference in people's lives. The work that the institute is doing, and will do in the years to come, has the potential to pay huge dividends in our nation's health. I'm excited and honored to contribute to this effort."
- Kathleen McFall
H. Stacy Nicholson, M.D., MPH
Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatrics; Physician-in-Chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Dr. Nicholson's research interests include childhood brain tumors, Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), the development of new cancer therapies, the health of adult survivors of childhood cancer, and how an academic health center can improve the health and well-being of children. At OHSU, he established the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at Doernbecher. He also founded the Developmental Therapeutics Program in the Kenneth W. Children's Cancer Center at Doernbecher and served as the Division Head of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology prior to becoming Department Chair in 2005.
"What children eat has an enormous impact on their health, both as children and during adulthood. With the Moore Institute, we have an opportunity to improve the health of Oregonians throughout their lives, by improving our knowledge and education around nutrition." - Dr. Nicholson
Eric Orwoll, M.D.
Professor in the Department of Medicine; Director of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute; Associate Dean for Clinical Science; Associate VP for Clinical Research
Dr. Orwoll is a internationally recognized expert in the area of bone biology and metabolic bone disease, and has considerable experience in basic, clinical and epidemiological research. His major areas of research interest include the epidemiology, etiology and therapy of osteoporosis in men, the evaluation of new diagnostics and therapeutics, effects of sex steroids on skeletal biology, and skeletal genetics. He is an experienced leader in academic medicine, with extensive responsibility for clinical and translational research planning and management.
"The research being conducted at the Moore Institute is critical for improving translational knowledge about nutrition, and the nutritional health of our communities. Its impact will be felt across the scientific spectrum, helping investigators working in areas from chronic disease to musculoskeletal disorders." - Dr. Orwoll
Jonathan Purnell, M.D.
Professor in the Department of Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Medicine; Associate Director, Moore Institute
Dr. Purnell’s research has focused on understanding the causes and consequences of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes in humans. Early in his career he explored the relationships between fat distribution and risk for cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance. This led to nutritional intervention studies testing the effects of diets of differing macronutrient content (fat, carbohydrate and protein) on hormonal signals that determine appetite and body weight. Most recently he is using advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques to understand how the brain responds to changes in diet and weight regulatory hormones as well as returning to intensive metabolic studies of pregnant women to learn more about how maternal obesity and diabetes effects the health of the placenta and baby.
“What drives us is the sense that we are participating in a program that will have a meaningful and measurable impact on the health of our community for generations to come." - Dr. Purnell
David Robinson, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, with joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology; Executive Vice Provost
Dr. Robinson's research interests have been directed toward gaining a better understanding of the role retinal development plays in the maturation of the circadian and visual systems. Most recently he has been leading the OHSU participation in the NCRR funded eagle-i Consortium, made up of nine member institutions, which is building a prototype of a national research resource discovery network that will help biomedical scientists search for and find previously invisible, but highly valuable, research resources.
"Among the many things that excite me about the Moore Institute is the strong emphasis on better educating not only the public on the importance of nutrient-rich diets based on wholesome foods in the prevention of chronic diseases, but also future healthcare professionals through the development of a robust interprofessional curriculum for our students." - Dr. Robinson
Director of Community Outreach, Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
Lori is responsible for overseeing funding that founders Bob and Charlee Moore have donated to various Oregon institutions. In addition to working closely with these institutions she oversees the company's cooking school, teaches cooking and nutritional classes and travels throughout the United States speaking and teaching on behalf of the company to educate the public that "Whole Grains Foods For Every Meal of the Day" yields positive change in the health of individuals and our society as a whole.
Diane Stadler, Ph.D., RD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine; Director of the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition; Chair of the Inter-Professional Nutrition Education Subcommittee
Dr. Stadler’s research interests center on “extreme nutrition interventions” for the treatment and prevention of disease. She is involved in population-based studies of potential nutritional treatments for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism and is leading an initiative at OHSU to incorporate nutrition training across the curriculum. She mentors students completing M.S. degrees in clinical nutrition.
Mary Stenzel-Poore, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Senior Associate Dean for Research, Associate Vice President for Basic Science
Dr. Stenzel-Poore is a nationally recognized neuroimmunologist and NIH-funded investigator for over 20 years. Her lab focuses on immunotherapy research that seeks to protect the brain against injury in stroke. In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Research, she has responsibility for strategically leadership of the research mission in collaboration with research leaders throughout the university. She is currently shepherding Oregon's primary biomedical discovery engine serving the state's 3.8 million citizens and beyond.
"Part of our research vision is to rapidly translate new knowledge into practices that improve human health. The Moore Institute will make a real difference by opening up a channel for dialogue about nutrition and healthy lifestyles with patients and families throughout Oregon and beyond."
- Dr. Stenzel-Poore
Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Medicine; Director, Heart Research Center; Interim Director, Moore Institute
Dr. Thornburg is an internationally known expert in cardiopulmonary physiology, placentology, developmental programming and pregnancy. His research focuses on the roles of the placenta and the intrauterine environment as programming agents for adult-onset chronic disease and he leads studies on maternal diet and body in regulating fetal growth in women of Oregon. He is committed to community service within OHSU and beyond including K-12 education programs, undergraduate research training programs and ethnic health programs.
“Working together, we can play a key role in understanding how the first 1000 days following conception can set a person on a trajectory for a long and healthy life, or a life beset by diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.” - Dr. Thornburg