OHSU Celebrates TEDMED, the medically based version of the popular TED talks with live screening, public speakers

04/06/12  Portland, Ore.

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Oregon Health & Science University is connecting with the nation's capitol for the live broadcast of TEDMED, a health-focused version of the popular TED speaker series.

TEDMED is an annual event where leaders from all sectors of society come together for several days to explore the promise of technology and the potential of human achievement. This year's event will be held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. OHSU will connect to the event via a live simulcast sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. During the event, attendees can listen to speakers and interact with them through various mobile apps.

In addition, on Thursday, April 12, at 9:45 a.m., OHSU will host its own series of TEDMED style talks presented by Dr. Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., Dr. Brian Druker, M.D., and Dr. Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.


The OHSU Library will host a free live simulcast of TEDMED 2012 from Tuesday, April 10, through Friday, April 13th. OHSU speakers begin at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 12. The public is also invited to the opening reception on April 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.


OHSU Biomedical Information Communication Center (OHSU Library) and the OHSU Auditorium.

More info about OHSU Speakers

Brian Druker, M.D.

Brian Druker, M.D., is an internationally known researcher and recipient of the 2009 Lasker-DeBakey Award for Clinical Medical Research. He serves as director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and is the JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research. Druker’s research led to development of Gleevec, a powerful weapon against chronic myeloid leukemia that helped usher in the era of personalized cancer medicine. Gleevec, which attacks the protein causing overproduction of white blood cells in CML, has since proven effective in treating a variety of other cancers including gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). The drug revolutionized the way cancer is treated, proving it is possible to zero in on specific cancer-causing molecules while sparing healthy cells. Druker’s other career milestones include being named a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator in 2002, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007 and the Japan Prize in Healthcare and Medical Technology this year.

Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.

Lisa M. Coussens, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Coussens also serves as the director of Basic Research in the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, holding the Hildegard Lamfrom Chair in Basic Science. This chair was created as a result of a generous contribution from Gert Boyle and Tim and Mary Boyle to honor Gert Boyle’s sister, a renowned researcher who furthered cancer research. Coussens came to OHSU from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she served as a professor in the Department of Pathology. She is widely published, a sought-after public speaker, has received numerous awards, and is a deputy editor for the journal Cancer Research. Coussens has an international reputation for exceptionally high-impact research; her pioneering studies have fueled a paradigm shift in understanding the role of the tumor microenvironment in regulating breast cancer development and its response to therapy.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., is the interim director of the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. The Moore Institute was created with a generous legacy gift in 2011 from Bob and Charlee Moore to OHSU. Thornburg is a professor of medicine within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He holds joint academic appointments in three additional School of Medicine departments, reflecting the breadth of his research interests and expertise. He is associate chief for research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, director of the OHSU Heart Research Center, and co-chair of a national task force assigned to determine the 10-year vision for the field of research known as developmental origins of health and disease for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to being an internationally known and widely published researcher, Thornburg is consistently recognized by students and faculty as an outstanding educator, having received dozens of the School of Medicine’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health and research university. As Portland's largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.