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OHSU Announces 2009-2010 Marquam Hill Lecture Series

WHAT:          The Oregon Health & Science University's Marquam Hill Lecture Series features nationally recognized OHSU faculty experts who present in lay terms the latest research findings and treatment options in their specialties. All lectures are free, but seating is limited and reservations are requested. For more information, call

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Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.,OHSU Auditorium (Old Library building), 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239

* Note: The Monday, March 15, 2010, ADHD lecture presented by Joel Nigg, Ph.D., begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. Tickets, available at no charge, are required to attend this lecture. Please reserve space at this lecture only by calling the Portland Center for the Performing Arts at 503-432-2917. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the OHSU Brain Awareness lecture series.


·        Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 — "Lessons About Osteoporosis: Why Men Should Care as Much as Women," Eric Orwoll, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine, Bone and Mineral Section, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, OHSU School of Medicine.

Although women are four times more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis, some 2 million American men also have the disease. Dr. Orwoll will discuss his research into the unique causes and effects of osteoporosis in men.

·         Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 — "Low Back Pain: Don't Take It Lying Down," Rick Deyo, M.D., M.P.H., Kaiser Permanente Profesor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine and professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine.

Americans spend approximatey $50 billion a year treating low back pain. It's the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Research conducted by Dr.Deyo indicates surgery is not always the best option for long-term correction of low back pain. He will discuss the latest data on successful treatment of common back complaints.

·        *Monday, March 15, 2010 — "ADHD: What Goes Wrong and Why? Latest Thinking on the Intersection of Brain and Development in ADHD,"  Joel Nigg, Ph.D.,  professor of  psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine.

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children. Children with ADHD have impaired functioning at home, in school and in relationships with peers. If untreated, the disorder can have long-term adverse effects. In his recent book, "What Causes ADHD?", Dr. Joel Nigg provides a vast body of knowledge and describes the genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the disease. Dr. Nigg also will discuss important research questions yet to be answered.

·        Thursday, April 22, 2010 — "Repairing the Liver: Prospects for Cell Therapy as an Alternative to Organ Transplantation,"Markus Grompe, M.D., professor of pediatrics and molecular and medical genetics, OHSU School of Medicine; and director of the Oregon Stem Cell Center.

Stem cell research has long-term potential for  the development of treatments to benefit diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and Parkinson's disease patients. Dr. Grompe's research focuses in part on the development of cell therapy in the field of organ transplantation. Today a limited supply of donated organs is the only option for patients with end-stage liver, kidney and heart disease. Much effort is being directed toward using pluripotent stem cell therapy to repair damaged liver tissue.

The Marquam Hill 2009-10 Lecture Series is presented by the Oregon Clinical and Translation Research Institute, the OHSU Foundation, the Marquam Hill Steering Committee and the OHSU School of Medicine. Support also is provided by Thompson Rubinstein Investment Management Inc. and Springbrook Hazelnut Farm, Newberg, Ore.

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