Marquam Hill Lectures

Since 1981, the Marquam Hill Lecture Series has brought together leading members of the OHSU faculty with the public for free lectures which feature innovative and cutting edge biomedical research and clinical advances that will form the basis of tomorrow's cures and treatments.

OHSU Marquam Hill Lecture Series

The Marquam Hill Lecture Series is one of the most popular and long-standing lecture series about science by scientists in Oregon. The series honors the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Gray, co-founder of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee, a group of community leaders who advocate for the public missions of OHSU throughout the state. In addition to oversight of the Marquam Hill Lectures, the Committee selects and maintains the extensive collection of art in OHSU buildings, and curated Art on the Hill, a book of works from the OHSU collection.

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2015-16 lecture series

Beyond Genetics: The Role of Nutrition in Health and Disease

Presented by Susan Bagby, M.D.

Watch video (November 19, 2015)

Susan Bagby, M.D.Chances are, you know someone with high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure was associated with 38.9 million doctor visits in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What if we could prevent this, and other chronic diseases, by changing how we eat? It turns out your DNA is not a rigid blueprint for future health. 

Susan Bagby, M.D., professor of medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, has devoted her research career to finding out what triggers high blood pressure. Now, Dr. Bagby is among a group of internationally-recognized scientists at the OHSU Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness who study the role of nutrition in the womb and factors that predict future disease. Their work is the foundation of a movement to better the future.


Lessons from the Battlefield: How Military Trauma Care Transforms Civilian Care in the United States

Presented by Martin Schreiber, M.D.

Watch video (February 18, 2016)

Martin Schreiber, M.D.Head and brain trauma are two of the most common mechanisms of injury on the battlefield. Medical professionals must act quickly with the best available guidelines to treat injured war fighters. How do advances in military trauma care influence the way civilian trauma care is delivered? Martin Schreiber, M.D., professor of surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a leader in the trauma community. His research and experience in military theater has saved lives and is being incorporated into trauma care at OHSU and around the country. Results of his studies have wide-reaching implications for situations we all hope to avoid, but are critical when patients are the most vulnerable. 

Attendees got a behind-the-scenes perspective from a military physician and learned how Dr. Schreiber's work is improving treatments at home for patients with serious trauma.

The 24-Hour Clock and Human Health

Presented by Steven Shea, Ph.D.

Watch video (March 17, 2016)

Steven Shea, Ph.D.Did you know heart attacks occur most frequently in the morning? And asthma is generally worst at night? What's behind this connection between the 24-hour clock and the body clock? Steven Shea, Ph.D., director and senior scientist at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, seeks to uncover why the severity of many diseases varies across the 24-hour period. If scientists can understand the biological basis behind these changes, it may provide insight into the underlying cause of the disease and could lead to better therapy. Dr. Shea's research also includes studies of sleep and circadian rhythms as they relate to accidents and the overall health of shift workers and people suffering from sleep disorders. 

Attendees of this lecture learned more about the fascinating interplay between being asleep, being awake and being healthy.


The Promise of Gene Therapy for Metabolic Rare Diseases

Presented by Cary Harding, M.D.

Watch video (April 21, 2016)

Cary Harding, M.D.What is a rare disease? The National Institutes of Health define it as a disease that generally affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. However, about 7,000 such disorders have been identified, affecting an estimated 25-30 million Americans! Cary Harding, M.D., professor of molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine, studies inborn errors of metabolism (IEM), which are rare genetic disorders in which the body cannot properly turn food into energy. Sometimes people are born with the disorders and sometimes they develop them as adults. Existing medical options, such as a restricted diet, are less than ideal. Gene therapy is a promising new approach for people with IEM. Dr. Harding and his colleagues are on the cutting-edge of developing gene transfer therapies for the treatment of IEM.

Attendees learned about the promising research that could affect the lives of millions of people in this country with a rare disease.


Transforming Cancer Care with Next Generation Sequencing

Presented by Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D.

Watch video (May 19, 2016)

Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D.Cancers are caused by mutations in a person's DNA. These mutations cause tumors to grow. New technology gives researchers mountains of data about cancer, but how can this information be turned into the right therapy for the right tumor? The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is using big data analysis to advance precision cancer care. Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology in the OHSU School of Medicine and chief medical officer of OHSU's Knight Diagnostic Laboratories, is an expert in personalized diagnostics. Dr. Corless and colleagues take millions of fragments of DNA from a single sample and use high-end computing tools to sequence them at the same time. This next generation sequencing helps scientists identify the weak points in many types of cancer, and helps health care providers create personalized treatment plans for patients. 

Attendees learned how OHSU researchers are turning data into knowledge that will transform the way all cancers are treated – one patient at a time. 

Video archives

In the interest of serving all Oregonians, each Marquam Hill Lecture is recorded. Watch past years' lectures here.