Starting off the week will be student’s choice keynote presenter Laurie A. Boyer, Ph.D., Irvin and Helen Sizer Career Development Associate Professor of Biology at MIT. Her talk, “Mending a broken heart,” will focus on recent efforts to dissect the transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that control cell fate decisions during mammalian heart development and how faulty regulation of these programs can lead to congenital heart defects. She will also discuss how she have begun to exploit the principles learned from her developmental studies to promote cardiac regeneration. Boyer earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has received numerous awards including a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, the Smith Family Foundation for Excellence in Biomedical Research, and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Monday, May 2, 12 to 1 p.m., OHSU Auditorium
David J. Paterson, M.A., M.Sc., D.Phil., D.Sc., professor of cardiovascular physiology, joint director of the Burdon Sanderson Cardiac Science Center, and vice dean of the Division of Medical Sciences at Oxford University, will be presenting the annual Brookhart Lecture later in the week. His talk, “Neurocardiology: Therapeutic opportunity?” will focus on the relationship between cellular and molecular mechanisms in cardio-respiratory control during physiological stress, and how neural dysregulation contributes to cardiac pathology. Paterson was born and educated in New Zealand, and is a graduate of the Universities of Otago, Western Australia, and Oxford. He is a leading cardiorespiratory physiologist and a world authority in cardiac-neural control.
Thursday, May 5, 4 to 5 p.m., Richard Jones Hall, room 4340
Stay tuned for more events as the agenda for Research Week 2016 is finalized.