First OHSU Brain Awareness Season lecture set for Feb. 10: “Mad cow disease and related human diseases”

02/07/14  Portland, Ore.

15th annual series will include international, national speakers, five lectures through May 12


The first lecturer for OHSU’s 2014 Brain Awareness Season will be Jean Manson, O.B.E., F.R.S.E., Ph.D., a Scottish scientist and international expert on mad cow disease and related human and animal diseases. Manson will discuss how these disorders — also called prion diseases – occur, how mad cow can transfer into humans and how prion diseases and Alzheimer’s disease have similar causes. She’ll also talk about how science is working to battle the root cause of these degenerative brain disorders.


7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10


The Newmark Theater, 1111 S.W. Broadway, in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Portland


The Manson lecture will be the first of five in the OHSU Brain Institute’s Brain Awareness Season lecture series, now in its 15th year. The series is one of the most popular neuroscience lecture series in the nation.

Upcoming lectures

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 — “The brain and concussion: What is the impact of traumatic brain injury on soldiers and society?”

    Gen. Peter Chiarelli, retired U.S. Army General; former 32nd vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army; former commander, multi-national corps – Iraq; former senior military assistant to the secretary of defense; chief executive officer, One Mind for Research
  • Monday, Feb. 24 — “The brain and the heart: Does brain health equal heart health?”

    Joe Quinn, M.D., director, OHSU Parkinson Center; professor of neurology, OHSU School of Medicine

    Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D., M. Lowell Edwards Chair and professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine; director, Center for Developmental Health, OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute; director, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness at OHSU
  • Monday, April 7 — “The brain and the adolescent mind: Why is it so special and vulnerable at the same time?”

    Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry (child and adolescent psychiatry) and behavioral neuroscience, OHSU School of Medicine, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Monday, May 12 — “The brain and cancer: How does your brain affect cancer — and its future treatments?”

    Joe Gray, Ph.D., Gordon Moore Endowed Chair, OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering; director, OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine; associate directorfor translational research, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute