OHSU Research Week 2014 keynote speaker preview

Gary Gibbons, M.D.

Monday, May 5, 2014, 1 to 2 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health, oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees. Prior to being named director of the NHLBI, Dr. Gibbons served as a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) from 2009-2012. Before joining the NHLBI, Dr. Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta. Throughout his career, Dr. Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Awardee; selection as a Pew Foundation Biomedical Scholar; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Gibbons’ talk is sponsored by the OHSU Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.

Jeff Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Jeff W. Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D., Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Ramon Y. Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, has been invited to speak at Research Week by the OHSU Graduate Student Organization. Dr. Lichtman did his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College in Maine and an M.D. and Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His Ph.D. work with Dale Purves concerned the ways in which connections between nerve cells are reorganized as animals begin to experience the world in early postnatal development. This subject has remained the interest of his laboratory (which he moved from St. Louis to Cambridge in 2004). In order to approach questions related to the fine structure of neural connections he has developed methods for in vivo imaging of synapses, labeling of nerve cells with different colors, and high resolution  mapping of neural connections, a field he calls “connectomics”.

Jim Austin, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12 to 1 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Jim Austin is currently the Editor of Science Careers, a publication of Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, which he received in 1992. That was followed by several years of post-doctoral work, culminating in a stint with the title Research Professor. In 1987, he earned a master’s degree in the same field. Dr. Austin’s scientific specialty was point defects — molecular-scale imperfections with real-world consequences — in materials of technological interest, including materials used in photographic films and electronic devices. He used nuclear-physics methods to study these tiny imperfections. During his scientific career, Dr. Austin authored or co-authored approximately 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, all in top-tier journals. He also co-edited a book, Accelerator-Based Atomic Physics Techniques and Applications, with Stephen Shafroth. In the late 1990s, Dr. Austin made a major and abrupt career change, leaving science to pursue a career in writing and editing. Since then, he has published dozens of articles on scientific topics, in print and online, most but not all on career issues. He has run Science Careers, and been responsible for its content, since 2005. This talk is sponsored by the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

Chittaranjan Yajnik, M.D.

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12 to 1 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Chittaranjan S. Yajnik, M.D., FRCP, director of the diabetes unit, King Edward Memorial Hospital & Research Centre in Pune, India, will lead us in a conversation about the rapidly rising epidemic of diabetes and non-communicable diseases in India, examining conventional explanations and the application of the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) theory, using examples stemming from multi-year intervention studies. Dr. Yajnik is a clinician scientist known worldwide for his groundbreaking research. He is featured in a BBC program, The Nine Months That Made You, which has been shown across the globe. Dr. Yajnik is the recipient of the Hellmut Mehnert Award of the International Diabetes Federation (2009) and the David Barker Medal of the DOHaD society (2011), honoring his contributions to the scientific development and broader leadership of the DOHaD field. This keynote presentation is sponsored by the School of Medicine Research Roadmap Task Force #6 and the Knight Cardiovascular Institute Center for Developmental Health’s David J.P. Barker Memorial Lecture Series.

Learn more about Research Week’s keynote speakers and other program offerings at http://www.ohsu.edu/researchweek.