Women's health research takes center stage in Dr. Jensen's talk

Couldn't make it? Watch the video below

For three decades, the OHSU Marquam Hill Lecture Series has brought together leading members of the OHSU faculty with the public to feature innovative and cutting edge biomedical research and clinical advances that will form the basis of tomorrow’s cures and treatments. Jeffrey Jensen, MD, MPH, was the latest in a long history of presenters who help OHSU share information about our science and scientists.

Watch the video of Dr. Jensen’s lecture below (also on the Marquam Hill Lecture Series website) to see how he used his background as a physician, public health advocate and scientist to present compelling information about his research on birth control and family planning choices.

The series gives faculty a forum for presenting their work to the community while raising the profile of the research mission and improving public appreciation for research. In this way, the lectures support the School of Medicine Research Roadmap initiative #6, to increase awareness, appreciation and understanding of the value of research at OHSU to both internal and external stakeholders and the public. The Marquam Hill Lectures are presented by the OHSU Foundation, the School of Medicine and the Marquam Hill Steering Committee. They are a public service honoring the memory of Elizabeth N. Gray, founder of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee.

Jeffrey Jensen, MD, MPH"It's important for our scientists to talk about their work to community members, not only to support our outreach mission but to support our goals for applying new knowledge," said Kathleen McFall, Director of Communications, School of Medicine. "Compelling information is shared, questions are asked and everyone has the opportunity to learn and appreciate how research impacts our lives."

Dr. Jensen, Leon Speroff Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, used world statistics and interactive maps to demonstrate not only the historic trends in global population but the relationship between energy use, wealth and birth rates.

A key factor in his research is analyzing both “method failure” and “typical use failure” of birth control methods – the latter refers to perfect use and the former takes into account experiential use. For example, the birth control pill has a method failure of about 1 percent, but a typical use failure ranging from 8 to 11 percent. And, as Dr. Jensen stated during his appearance on the OHSU Effect radio show on KXL, “that’s a shocking difference.” You can listen to the show or download a podcast.

As Director of the Women’s Health Research Unit in the OHSU Center for Women’s Health, Dr. Jensen oversees a number of National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials in many areas of women’s health. He is also a scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, where he collaborates with colleagues to explore, for example, novel and non-hormonal methods for contraception that prevent the egg cell from maturing so it cannot be fertilized – which would thus have no impact on menstrual cycles.

Previous lectures featured Allison Fryer, PhD, who spoke about her research in the hunt for biological mechanisms in asthma. Jonathan Lindner, MD, also gave a talk, showing the audience new windows to the heart, and presenting information on breakthroughs he and colleagues have made in cardiovascular imaging.


Coming up:

  • March 15, The Value of Health: The Argument for Strong Investment in Medical and Scientific Research | Mark O. Hatfield Lecture, featuring Albert Starr, MD | Read more
  • April 19, Exercise and Nutrition: The Best Medicine, featuring Kerry Kuehl, MD, DrPH, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Co-Director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine | Read more


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