Research Week 2021 keynote speakers announced

Research Week 2021: May 3-6

Research Week 2021 features more than 180 presentations, showcases, symposia and more — including four fantastic keynote speakers. All this takes place May 3-6, 2021. See the full schedule at

Kelsey Priest, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.D./Ph.D. Student, OHSU

Kelsey Priest, Ph.D., M.P.H.Student’s Choice Keynote: Striving for just systems
Monday, May 3, noon-1 p.m.
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Content warning: Discussion of addiction, classism, racism, police violence, sexism and gender violence.
Kelsey Priest conducts scholarship and advocacy related to drug policy, addiction treatment, and gender equity. During her training, she co-founded OHSU’s Women’s Leadership Development Program and the OHSU Gender Equity Center, and she served as a co-founder, trainer and facilitator for Primary Care Progress’ Relational Leadership Institute. She is an incoming psychiatry research pathway resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with the long-term goal of becoming an addiction psychiatrist and researcher.

Michael Lauer, M.D.
Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

Mike Lauer, M.D., Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIHResearch Week Keynote: NIH perspectives on extramural research 2021
Tuesday, May 4, noon-1 p.m.
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Mike Lauer is the deputy director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health, where he serves as the principal scientific leader and adviser to the director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. He has received numerous awards, including the NIH Equal Employment Opportunity Award of the Year and the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Exceptional Federal Service, in recognition of his efforts to grow a culture of learning and accountability.

Kelly Monk, Ph.D.
Co-director and professor, Vollum Institute, OHSU

Kelly Monk, Ph.D.Brain Awareness Lecture: Zebrafish and the secret to brain development
Wednesday, May 5, noon-1 p.m.
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Kelly Monk is a senior scientist and co-director of the Vollum Institute. She is recognized for her breakthroughs in identifying the role of adhesion G protein-coupled receptors (aGPCRs) in the development, maintenance and regeneration of myelin, the protective sheath that surrounds many nerve cells. Monk joined the Vollum Institute in 2017 and was named director of the Vollum/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program in 2018.

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)Innovation, addressing structural racism, the future of biotech
Thursday, May 6, 10 a.m.
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McMurry-Heath’s career focus has been on broadening access to scientific progress so more patients from diverse backgrounds can benefit from cutting-edge innovation. She has worked with non-governmental organizations and think tanks, the private sector and government. The Obama-Biden transition team tapped her to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the NSF’s policies, programs and personnel. President Obama then named her associate science director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health under Commissioner Peggy Hamburg.