Who’s presenting at Research Week 2017? Announcing this year’s keynotes

Another Research Week is on the horizon, and with it comes another round of engaging keynote speakers!

Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D.

N. J. Strausfeld 3The student’s choice keynote presenter this year is Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D., Regent’s Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. His talk “Half a billion year old brains and those of today: What is different?” will highlight the functional organization of the arthropod visual system and the evolution of brains; the latter focusing on the identification of evolutionarily conserved ground patterns of neuronal organization of centers mediating visual perception, allocentric memory, and action selection. Strausfeld received his Ph.D. from the University College London. He went on to complete his first year of postdoctoral research at the University of Frankfurt as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He also spent time at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory before joining the Division of Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. He is a recipient of several awards and honors including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is the author of two books and currently serves as director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science.
Tuesday, May 2, 12 to 1 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil.

jagsi-oncology226Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D. Phil., professor and deputy chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and research investigator in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences Medicine at the University of Michigan will be presenting the second keynote lecture. Her talk, “The Promise of Translational Research for Improving the Quality of Care:  The Example of Breast Radiotherapy,” is intended to inspire a general Research Week audience with examples of diverse types of research and how they all tie together, ranging from basic translational biology and translational physics to clinical trials to observational comparative effectiveness and trials of decision aids to promote translation of evidence from trials into practice. In addition to her medical training at Harvard Medical School, she served as a fellow in the Center for Ethics at Harvard University and completed her doctorate in Social Policy at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. She is active in organized medicine and currently serves as the Chair of the Research Committee of the Radiation Oncology Institute, as the Chair of ASCO’s Ethics Committee, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science. She is the author of over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, serves as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and JAMA Oncology.

Wednesday, May 3, 3 to 4 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Stay tuned for more events as the agenda for Research Week 2017 is finalized.