Keynotes and highlights

Student Choice Keynote

Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D., Regent's Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona

"Half a billion year old brains and those of today: What is different?"

Tuesday May 2, 12 to 1 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

keynote headshotThis talk will highlight Dr. Strausfeld's research on the functional organization of the arthropod visual system and the evolution of brains; the latter focusing on the identification of evolutionarily conserved ground patterns of neuronal organization of centers mediating visual perception, allocentric memory, and action selection. The full abstract of his talk can be found here. Dr. Strausfeld received his Ph.D. from University College London. After a year's postdoctoral work at the University of Frankfurt as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, and from there moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. He returned briefly to the University of Frankfurt and then joined the Division of Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Strausfeld's career in the U.S. has been quite eventful. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1994, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1995, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Prize in 2001, and a Volkswagen Stiftung Visiting Professorship in 2009. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2002. Presently Dr. Strausfeld is a Regents' Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the University of Arizona's Center for Insect Science. He has sole-authored two books: "Atlas of an Insect Brain" (Springer Verlag, 1976) and "Arthropod Brains: Evolution, Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance" (Harvard University, Belknap Press, 2012).

Dr. Strausfeld's talk is sponsored by the School of Medicine Graduate Student Organization.

Keynote speaker

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Research Investigator, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan

"Improving the quality of breast radiotherapy through translational  research"

Wednesday, May 3, 3 to 4 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

JagsiThis talk is intended to inspire a general Research Week audience with examples of diverse types of research and how they all tie together, ranging from basic translational biology and translational physics to clinical trials to observational comparative effectiveness and trials of decision aids to promote translation of evidence from trials into practice. Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., graduated first in her class from Harvard College and then pursued her medical training at Harvard Medical School. She also served as a fellow in the Center for Ethics at Harvard University and completed her doctorate in Social Policy at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Dr. Jagsi's medical research focuses on improving the quality of care received by breast cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which breast cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to appropriate care. Her social scientific research includes research into issues of bioethics arising from cancer care and research regarding faculty development and gender issues, including studies of women's representation in the medical profession. She is the author of over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health through multiple R01 awards, as well as by numerous philanthropic foundations, including the American Cancer Society, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Doris Duke Foundation. She is active in National Cancer Institute cooperative groups for clinical trials, including serving as the radiation oncology liaison for the Breast Committee of SWOG, as a representative on the National Cancer Institute's BOLD task force, and as an active committee member in NRG and the TBCRC. She chaired the Research Committee of the Radiation Oncology Institute for seven years and served as Senior Editor for breast cancer at the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. She has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Steering Committee of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). In recognition of her research contributions, she has been honored with inclusion in the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Jagsi's talk is sponsored by Department of Radiation Medicine, School of Medicine.