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.
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
Presented by Susan Bagby, M.D.
Watch video (November 19, 2015)
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)
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.
Presented by Steven Shea, Ph.D.
Watch video (March 17, 2016)
Attendees of this lecture learned more about the fascinating interplay between being asleep, being awake and being healthy.
Presented by Cary Harding, M.D.
Watch video (April 21, 2016)
Attendees learned about the promising research that could affect the lives of millions of people in this country with a rare disease.
Presented by Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D.
Watch video (May 19, 2016)
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.
In the interest of serving all Oregonians, each Marquam Hill Lecture is recorded. Watch past years' lectures here.