Academic/Community Research Partnerships Symposium


The symposium was divided into morning and afternoon programs. In the morning, leading OHSU researchers presented information about the causes, treatment, and current state of obesity in the United States. In the afternoon, academic researchers joined the community partners to discuss best practices for academic/community research partnerships.

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Causes of Obesity

Bruce Boston, M.D.

View Dr. Boston's presentation.

Obesity Treatment

Jon Purnell, M.D.

View Dr. Purnell's presentation.

National Disparities in Childhood Obesity

Christina Bethell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

View Dr. Bethell's presentation.

Visiting Experts

Margaret Handley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

University of California San Francisco

Dr. Handley received her doctorate and masters in public health in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She has served as co-director of the UCSF collaborative research network, and she also serves on the North American Primary Care Research Group sub-committee on practice-based research.

Kurt Strange, M.D., Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Strange received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1982 and completed his residency in 1988 at the University of North Carolina. He earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health in 1989. At Case Western Reserve University, he is Professor of Oncology Research, Professor of Family Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, Oncology and Sociology. Dr. Strange is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor.

Linda Zittleman, M.S.P.H. 

University of Colorado

Ms. Zittleman is associate director of the High Plains Research Network (HPRN). She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in psychology and criminal justice and received her masters in public health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  her research career has addressed a wide range of health issues such as youth delinquency, youth anti-tobacco messaging, community-based colon cancer prevention and screening, home blood pressure monitoring, asthma diagnosis and treatment, underinsurance, child obesity prevention, and the patient-centered medical home.