Fabulous February

January 29, 2013

Where do you find a Pulitzer-winner, the governor, an NIH leader and a vaccine scientist in February?

The answer is simple: At OHSU! Mark your calendar for three 125th anniversary lectures, plus a Marquam Hill Lecture

A Pulitzer Prize-winner, Oregon’s highest office-holder, an NIH institute leader and a leading vaccine researcher will all be delivering memorable lectures in February – giving everyone at OHSU an opportunity to participate in forward-thinking discussions about health care, academic medicine and biomedical discovery.

Amanda Bennett

Amanda BennettFirst up is Pulitzer-winner Amanda Bennett, author and executive editor at Bloomberg News, who will deliver the next 125th anniversary lecture in the series, Imagine the Future with Us. After the illness and death of her husband Terence, Bennett used her skills as an investigative reporter to write a gripping account of the “science, emotions and costs” of his health care. The resulting book, The Cost of Hope, caught the attention of many OHSU faculty members, and during her talk, she’ll share insights and invite the audience to address fundamental questions about health care reform.

Confronting the “cost of hope” in the U.S. health care system

Feb. 4, 5 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

  • Q&A with Mike Bonazzola, M.D., chief medical officer, OHSU Faculty Practice Plan
  • Book signing and light reception to follow
  • As a thank-you to all students, the first OHSU 50 students (with ID) will receive a copy of The Cost of Hope!

Governor John Kitzhaber, M.D. ’73

In breaking news not yet announced on the 125th anniversary website, Governor John Kitzhaber, M.D. ’73, is coming to OHSU on Feb. 13. He visits annually to conduct a guest lecture to second-year medical students, and has agreed to expand his visit this year to help celebrate OHSU’s quasquicentennial. Mark your calendar for Feb. 13 at noon in the OHSU Auditorium for a special lecture on Oregon’s health care transformation efforts! Gov. Kitzhaber is an OHSU School of Medicine alumnus.

Alan Guttmacher, M.D.

Dr. GuttmacherWe’re not done yet: Alan Guttmacher, M.D., director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will round out the busy month of 125th anniversary lectures on Feb. 19. A pediatrician and medical geneticist, Dr. Guttmacher will discuss some of the unique characteristics that distinguish today’s pediatric population from previous generations, and highlight emerging scientific opportunities that could lead to future advances in health care. (Dr. Guttmacher is one of four NIH directors on campus in February.)

The future of pediatrics research and practice

Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Vey Auditorium

  • Reception with light food and beverage to follow

Mark Slifka, Ph.D.

Dr. SlifkaBut that’s not all! The February Marquam Hill Lecture will be delivered by OHSU’s very own Mark Slifka, Ph.D. During this influenza season which has sparked a national conversation about vaccinations, Dr. Slifka, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology and senior scientist at the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Oregon National Primate Research Center, will share his research examining decades of data, which suggests people have a physiological ceiling for vaccine immunity, and which may argue for a shift in the current revaccination schedule for millions of Americans.

Vaccination Nation? Separating Fact from Fiction

Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Preview the other lectures in the 125th anniversary series at www.ohsu.edu/125/lectures. Information about the Marquam Hill Lecture Series is available at www.ohsu.edu/mhlectures.