What a showing! 140 oral and 179 posters, 3 invited keynotes, food and drink, awards!

Research Week

World class to second class? Keynote Mary Woolley looks ahead

The momentum is building for the first annual OHSU Research Week, taking place May 7 – 10 in the OHSU Auditorium and the OHSU Old Library. The event will showcase the diversity and excellence of research being performed across all schools, centers, institutes and education programs at OHSU. Students, faculty, post-docs, residents, research ranked staff and more will be presenting their work.

"Research Week is a celebration of our research mission," said Jackie Wirz, PhD, Assistant Professor, and chair of the Research Week steering committee. "It gives everybody a chance to check out some of the amazing work that they might not otherwise see, which will hopefully provide new avenues for collaboration across OHSU.We have participants from all research ranks and disciplines, from an impressive array of departments and institutes.We are really showcasing our incredible depth and breadth of research."

Over three hundred abstracts were submitted, and the final program will include 140 oral presentations and 179 posters (three poster sessions) – with sessions ranging from Public Health and Healthcare Perceptions to Neuroscience, Drugs of Abuse to Rare and Genetic Diseases. To top it off, each day will close in either a reception/social hour, with opportunities to chat with colleagues while enjoying food and drink.

Information about the specific speakers and programs is at www.ohsu.edu/researchweek.


What's going on and when?



Research Week, in collaboration with the OHSU Research Roadmap, Student Research Forum and OCTRI, is proud to present three invited keynote speakers. 

Research Week

Mary Woolley

In the midst of the primary season and federal budget debates in Washington, D.C., Mary Woolley, will present a keynote speech titled, World Class to Second Class? Acting Now to Assure Continued U.S. Leadership in Science and Innovation.

In this presentation, she will explain why it is a critical time to make research to improve health part of the national conversation. Woolley will discuss how calls for fiscal austerity and the upcoming election could influence the future status of R&D, how Americans feel about U.S. leadership in R&D, and what the research community can do to ensure that research remains a top national priority.

Nora Disis, MD

Dr. Disis will give the opening keynote. She is a Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. Dr. Disis’ multifaceted research program within the Tumor Vaccine Group includes the discovery of new antigens for breast and ovarian cancer and the development of vaccine and cellular therapy targeting those antigens. Dr. Disis keynote is titled, Breast cancer vaccines: from therapy to prevention

Darlene Francis, PhD

Dr. Francis will present the closing keynote, titled, Social Disparities in the Early Neurobiology of Stress. Dr. Francis is a Assistant Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Francis's research program explores how biological, psychological and social processes interact over a lifetime to influence health and vulnerability to disease. Dr. Francis is the keynote speaker invited by OHSU students.


Pictured above (From left): Nora Disis, MD, Mary Woolley, and Darlene Francis, PhD


OHSU Research Week will be held in the OHSU Old Library and the OHSU Auditorium, between 12PM and 7PM daily during the week of May 7-10.

More information, a schedule and list of speakers can be found at www.ohsu.edu/researchweek