Research Week 2021 starts Monday, May 3!

Research Week 2021: May 3-6

Research Week 2021 begins Monday!

More than 180 presentations by your peers and colleagues, 22 sessions, four keynotes, a clinical day, and a day focused on innovation and commercialization — all happening next week, Monday, May 3, to Thursday, May 6. Here are some highlights — check out for the full schedule.

Short and lightning talks: Monday and Tuesday

Monday and Tuesday are full of presentations: Short talks are eight minutes with two minutes for questions, and the lightning talks are three minutes plus two minutes for questions. There are 22 sessions broken into broad topics — they’re fast, fun, and a great chance to learn about what your colleagues are researching.

Keynotes: Every day

Monday, May 3, noon: Students’ Choice Keynote

Research Week 2021 Keynote Speakers
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Kelsey Priest, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.D./Ph.D. Student, OHSU
“Striving for just systems”
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Content warning: Discussion of addiction, classism, racism, police violence, sexism and gender violence.

Tuesday, May 4, noon: Research Week Keynote

Michael Lauer, M.D., Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH
“NIH perspectives on extramural research 2021”
Join the meeting (password: nSAMk3pQS76)

Wednesday, May 5, noon: Brain Awareness Lecture

Kelly Monk, Ph.D., co-director and professor, Vollum Institute, OHSU
“Zebrafish and the secret to brain development”
Register to receive the live-stream link.

Thursday, May 6, 10 a.m.: Innovation and Commercialization Keynote

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
“Innovation, addressing structural racism, the future of biotech”
Register or view the live stream

Innovation and Commercialization Day: Thursday

A Researcher’s Guide to Partnering with Industry 
OHSU faculty and our partners share what it takes to build successful industry partnerships.

OHSU Innovation Showcase
OHSU technologies take center stage in a pitch-style presentation forum.

OHSU Startup Company Showcase
Four OHSU startup companies share their stories about bringing medical technologies to the clinics.


Clinical Research Day is Wednesday.

Special Library lecture is on Thursday: “From the wards to the archives: Studying 20th-century struggles for medical authority.”

Neurology Research Day on Thursday includes eight presentations; basic and clinical science; three awards.


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