Science Cafe 2014 Speaker Series


Reproductive Health Research


All events are free
7:00 p.m.
Willow Creek Portland Community College
241 SW Edgeway, Beaverton (NW 185th at Baseline)
Willow Creek Max Station on Hillsboro line

April 1 

Having Children after Cancer: Options for Fertility Preservation
Mary Zelinski, PhD, ONPRC
According to the National Cancer Institute, 72,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15–39 years)are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. Due to advances in anticancer therapy, 7590% of these patients will survive their cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation damage ovaries and testes causing infertility which is an increasingly important cancer survivorship issue. Learn about current options for fertility preservation and emerging research aimed at helping cancer survivors become parents.

April 8 

Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment: A Cross-Species Comparison and Emerging IVF Technologies
Shawn Chavez, PhD, ONPRC
One in 10 reproductive age couples are diagnosed as infertile, affecting 60-168 million people worldwide. Over 150,000 infertile couples seek in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the U. S. each year. Learn about infertility rates, developmental success, the incidence of chromosomal abnormalities across different mammalian species, with emphasis on the human, and new technologies such as non-invasive time-lapse imaging to identify embryos with the greatest developmental potential following IVF.

April 15 

Babies Born Too Early: What are their Health Problems and Can We Help?
Peta Grigsby, PhD, ONPRC
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly a half million babies in the U.S. (1 out of every 8)are born premature each year. Although many survivors grow up healthy, even the best care cannotalways spare a premature baby from lifelong health complications including cerebral palsy, learningproblems, chronic lung disease, and vision/hearing impairments. Half of all neurological disabilities inchildren are related to preterm birth. Learn about emerging treatment strategies for preventingpreterm birth and its adverse outcomes. 

April 22 

Sex Ed at the Molecular Level
Jon Hennebold, PhD, ONPRC
On October 31, 2011, the world's population reached 7 billion, 2 years ahead of projections by the United Nations. High birth rates are associated with developing countries where access to family planning services are limited. Inadequate contraceptive options and accessibility are also issues in the U.S. where ~50% of all pregnancies are unintended. Learn about recent research toward developing effective and safe contraceptive methods for couples seeking family planning options. World Population Clock at


  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
  • Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research