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.

Are you on the Marquam Hill Lectures email list? If not, please contact us to sign up. Join the conversation on social media by using #OHSUMHL. Don't forget to view past lectures by watching the videos below. The 2017-18 series will be announced in the fall.

2016-17 lecture series

The Impact of Diabetes

Presented by Jessica Castle, M.D.

Jessica Castle, M.D.Watch video (October 20, 2016)

Jessica Castle, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, sees patients at the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center and conducts research on the promise of artificial pancreas technology to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Attendees learned about the latest advances in type 1 and type 2 diabetes research which could impact the approximately 278,000 adult Oregonians who have diabetes.


Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research

The 2016 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture | Presented by Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
A special presentation of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee

Watch video (October 24, 2016)

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, examined the exceptional opportunities that scientific and technological breakthroughs offer for biomedical research.

Dr. Collins highlighted recent advances in fundamental knowledge about biology — and talked about the ways in which that knowledge is serving to improve human health. Topics included research developments at the NIH at the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot.


Pancreatic Cancer: America's #2 Cancer Killer

Presented by Brett Sheppard, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Watch video (November 17, 2016)

Brett Sheppard, M.D., F.A.C.S.Recent data from the American Cancer Society projects that pancreatic cancer will be the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2020. Brett Sheppard, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of surgery, OHSU School of Medicine and co-director, Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care, is leading a transformative approach to cancer treatment in which clinical and research programs focus on three main areas: early detection, advanced therapy and quality of life. Dr. Sheppard also created the Oregon Pancreatic Tissue Registry – giving patients an opportunity to participate in a long-term research registry with a special focus on the hereditary causes of pancreatic tumors. Held on World Pancreatic Cancer Day, the audience learned about the effort to raise awareness and find new treatments.


What Goes Wrong with Brain Control of Balance?

Presented by Fay Horak, Ph.D., P.T.

Watch video (March 16, 2017)

Fay Horak, Ph.D.The ability to stand and take a step without falling involves complex brain processes that can be disrupted by neurological disease, sensory problems and aging. Fay Horak, Ph.D., P.T., professor of neurology, OHSU School of Medicine, and director of the Balance Disorders Laboratory, conducts research on how the brain operates to make standing and walking possible. Her laboratory conducts studies on how exercise helps patients with neurological disease reduce their risk of falls. Dr. Horak spoke about this fascinating OHSU research, giving attendees a new understanding of the brain.

Inside the Developing Brain

Presented by Damien Fair, Ph.D., P.A.-C.

Watch video (April 20, 2017)

Damien Fair, Ph.D., P.A.-C.Some 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder;autism is estimated to affect about 1 in 68 children (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). How do images from inside the brain help guide future therapies for such neuropsychiatric disorders? Damien Fair, Ph.D., P.A.-C., associate professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, seeks answers to such questions. Dr. Fair spoke about his work to understand one of the most influential aspects of growing up: the development of the brain.


Advance Care Planning for Everyone: Science and Practical Advice 

Presented by Erik Fromme, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.A.H.P.M.

Watch video (May 18, 2017)

Erik Fromme, M.D.Have you and your family had the conversation? If an unexpected injury or illness prevented you from communicating, would your family or your health care providers be confident they understand your values and feel prepared to make the best decisions possible? Erik Fromme, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.A.H.P.M., is associate professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine and a physician at the Knight Cancer Institute. Attendees learned what an advance directive is and why everyone – regardless of health status or age – should have one.

Video archives

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