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OHSU announces Marquam Hill Lecture Series for 2011-12


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. To make a reservation, visit For more information, call 503 494-0768 or email


Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.


OHSU Auditorium (Old Library building)
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239


Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 — "The Hunt for Biological Mechanisms in Asthma"

Allison Fryer, Ph.D., professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical care medicine) in the OHSU School of Medicine

The number of people diagnosed with asthma grows every year. Yet the biological pathways that cause the airway narrowing and closure characteristic of asthma are poorly understood. Dr. Fryer is a world-renowned scientist whose research is focused on understanding how the interaction between nerves and inflammatory cells in lungs results in asthma. She will present research about peripheral nerves – nerves that connect the brain to the lungs – and how they change as a result of interactions with cells from the immune system to cause the excessive airway narrowing seen in asthma exacerbations. She also will discuss the potential for new treatment options emerging from this cutting-edge science. Learn what’s on the horizon for asthma sufferers.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 — "New Windows to Your Heart: Breakthroughs in Cardiovascular Imaging"

Jonathan Lindner, M.D., professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine) and biomedical engineering in the OHSU School of Medicine

Dr. Lindner will explain and show images of the heart that identify disease before it becomes deadly. Cardiovascular imaging technologies historically have provided pictures of the heart muscle, valves and arteries, as well as real-time moving images of blood flow to and from the heart. These images were groundbreaking in their day, but now new technologies using “smart” contrast agents allow scientists and physicians to see things previously invisible that may lead to revolutionary ways of detecting heart attacks or coronary artery disease. Learn how science is leading to new ways to treat and prevent heart disease.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 — "What Do Women (and Men) Want? Next-Generation Birth Control and Family Planning"

Jeff Jensen, M.D., M.P.H., professor and vice chair for research in obstetrics and gynecology, and director of the Women’s Health Research Unit in the OHSU School of Medicine

Despite the widespread availability of contraceptives, birth control methods often are used inconsistently or incorrectly, exposing women to the risk of unintended pregnancy. Reasons for imperfect use include misperceptions about risks and fear of side effects, particularly with hormonal methods. Dr. Jensen has witnessed firsthand the difficulty women experience when faced with unintended pregnancy. These women and their partners inspire him to develop new contraceptive methods. Learn about next-generation birth control and the race to bring better choices to family planning.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 — " Exercise and Nutrition: The Best Medicine"

Kerry Kuehl, M.D., Dr.P.H., associate professor of medicine (health promotion and sports medicine) and co-director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the OHSU School of Medicine

Dr. Kuehl is a primary care physician with a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a doctorate in nutrition who specializes in the prevention and treatment of disease. He will discuss the irrefutable body of scientific evidence that links good health and longevity with being physically active and eating a healthy diet. He will discuss his approach: taking the principles of exercise testing and the training of elite athletes to achieve peak performance and applying them to unhealthy individuals to attain the highest quality of life. Learn more about living life with athletic training principles.

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The Marquam Hill Lecture Series is a public service honoring the memory of Elizabeth N. Gray, founder of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee. It is presented by the Marquam Hill Steering Committee, the OHSU Foundation, the OHSU School of Medicine and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Support is provided by the Thompson Rubinstein Investment Management Inc.

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