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 women 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. The Committee meets regularly with key faculty research leaders, innovators and OHSU leadership to identify engaging speakers for the public lecture series.

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2015-16 lecture series

Beyond Genetics: The Role of Nutrition in Health and Disease

Presented by Susan Bagby, M.D.

RSVP today! Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m., Collaborative Life Sciences Building*

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. Find out how you can join a food revolution with the power to reduce or wipe out chronic disease in future generations.


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

Presented by Martin Schreiber, M.D.

RSVP today! Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7 p.m., Collaborative Life Sciences Building*

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. 

Attend this lecture to get a behind-the-scenes perspective from a military physician and learn how Dr. Schreiber's work is improving treatments at home for patients with serious trauma. 

Save the date:

The 24-Hour Clock and Human Health

Presented by Steven Shea, Ph.D.

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7 p.m., OHSU Auditorium


The Promise of Gene Therapy for Metabolic Rare Diseases

Presented by Cary Harding, M.D.

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 p.m., OHSU Auditorium


Transforming Cancer Care with Next Generation Sequencing

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

*Complimentary parking available in the Schnitzer Lot at the intersection of SW Moody Ave. and Sheridan St. Paid parking available in the garage underneath the CLSB.

Video archives

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