The brain and the heart: Does brain health equal heart health?

Is there such a thing as brain food? What is lifestyle medicine? Brain and heart degeneration can be altered very profoundly, but it needs to happen earlier, before symptoms of decline appear. Learn the very latest on the best ways to improve brain and heart health, along with new research related to the brain/heart connection.

Joseph F. Quinn, M.D.

Joseph F. Quinn, M.D.

Director, OHSU Parkinson Center; Professor, OHSU Department of Neurology

Dr. Joseph Quinn researches strategies for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. His projects have ranged from animal studies testing experimental medications to large national multicenter clinical trials of experimental drugs for dementing illnesses. Bringing ideas from the laboratory to the clinic is a particular interest, which is served in part by the Biomarkers Core of the Oregon Alzheimer’s Center. The Biomarkers Core helps develop blood tests and other disease markers for use in “proof of concept” clinical trials, which are necessary to move treatment ideas from animal models to human subjects.

He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and completed his residency training at OHSU with a fellowship in Geriatric Neurology at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Quinn is board-certified in Neurology and has served as a neurologist clinician in the Oregon Alzheimer’s Disease Center since 1994 and as Director of the Genetics and Biomarkers Core since 2007.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.

M. Lowell Edwards Chair
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Director, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute of Nutrition and Wellness

Dr. Kent Thornburg has expertise in cardiopulmonary physiology, placentology and developmental programming. He leads research studies examining how diet may affect fetal growth and the role of prenatal nutrition in the development of potential chronic disease in adulthood. He is the principal investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies including maternal-fetal signaling, training in translational cardiovascular research, thyroid hormone and heart development and
placental function.

He served as editor of the journal, Placenta, as consulting editor for Pediatric Research, and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology. Additionally, Dr. Thornburg serves on advisory panels at the NIH, the American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation. He received a doctorate in developmental physiology and studied cardiovascular physiology as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University.


Monday, February 24

7 – 8:30 p.m.


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