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OHSU announces Marquam Hill Lecture Series for 2019

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Using neuroimaging, Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D. (right) is researching ways to improve treatment approaches tailored specifically for teens by analyzing how adolescent brains respond to therapist language. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)



The OHSU Marquam Hill Lecture Series features nationally recognized OHSU 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. Pre-register for each lecture.


The third Thursday of October, November, February, March and April at 7 p.m.


  • Lectures on Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and March 19: OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building, 2730 S.W. Moody Ave., Portland, Oregon
  • Lectures on Feb. 20 and April 16: OHSU Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon.


Oct. 17, 2019 – Parenting Teens in the Age of Cannabis | Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry (clinical psychology), OHSU School of Medicine

Raising teenagers is always challenging but may feel even harder with new access to cannabinoid products. From the legalization of cannabis to vaping and the mysteries of CBD, what are the risks? Is some too much? Feldstein Ewing unpacks the neuroscience and the psychology of teen substance abuse and helps families define the line. Register to attend.

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Myriam Loyo Li, M.D., at OHSU, looks at a patient's face during an exam, determining the progress of the nerve regrowth following her facial reanimation surgery.. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

Nov. 21, 2019 – Love to See You Smile | Myriam Loyo Li, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery (facial plastic reconstructive surgery), OHSU School of Medicine

Our smile is a big part of who we are and how we’re perceived. When facial paralysis is caused by Bell’s palsy, stroke or other conditions, the impact can be profound. Loyo Li will introduce findings about the nerve that controls facial movement, novel techniques to restore facial expression and patients who can share their experience. Register to attend.

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Honora Englander, M.D., participates in a panel discussion on opioids in 2017. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

Feb. 20, 2020 – Reframing Addiction: Healing Amid an Opioid Epidemic | Honora Englander, M.D., associate professor of medicine (hospital medicine), OHSU School of Medicine; principal investigator and director of Project IMPACT (Improving Addiction Care Team).

Amid the devastation of the opioid epidemic is the opportunity to change our view of all addictions from shaming and blaming -- and exacerbating the problem -- to treating and healing. Englander reframes addiction as a chronic disease with known cures. Register to attend.

At doctors appointment physician shows to patient shape of kidney with focus on hand with organ. Scene explaining patient causes and localization of diseases of kidney, stones, adrenal, urinary system
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March 19, 2020 – What Happens When Kidneys Fail? | Susan Gurley, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine (nephrology and hypertension), OHSU School of Medicine

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the common causes of kidney failure, which affects more than one in 10 Americans. Gurley will share her findings about the intersection of diabetes and high blood pressure, and how they lead to kidney disease,  and describe what happens — and what we can do — when kidneys fail. Register to attend.

view from the side of a mechanical hand next to a person's hand, both playing the piano
Johnny Matheny of Port Richey, Florida, is learning to play the piano using a thought-controlled bionic arm. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

April 16, 2020 – Bionics: The Evolution of Human and Machine | Albert Chi, M.D., associate professor of surgery (trauma, critical care and acute care surgery), OHSU School of Medicine

As a trauma surgeon, Chi has witnessed the destruction of war and countless lives forever altered through loss of limbs. Learn about the robotic arm Chi helped develop that is revolutionizing the field of prosthetics. Meet his patient, Johnny Matheny, who will share how the new arm has changed his life. Register to attend.

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