OHSU’s New Science Café Series Focuses on Neuroscience Research

OHSU hosts two rounds of informal public science talks each year to share notable research efforts involving its Oregon National Primate Research Center. OHSU Cafés Scientifiques are being held virtually during the coronavirus pandemic. (Getty Images)

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WHAT:

Learn about a variety of topics impacted by neuroscience research – from potential treatments for blindness and movement disorders to the impact cannabis use can have on pregnancy – through a series of hosted Science Café talks by Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.

OHSU hosts two rounds of informal public science talks each year to share notable research efforts involving its Oregon National Primate Research Center. OHSU Cafés Scientifiques are being held virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.

WHEN:

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from April 5 to 26:

  • April 5: “Progress in the quest to cure blindness”
    • Experts will describe several new strategies to prevent or reverse vision loss from inherited retinal diseases and age-related macular degeneration, including advances in animal models and in human clinical trials.
    • The speakers of this conference will be:
      • Martha Neuringer, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU.
      • David Wilson, MD, professor of ophthalmology, OHSU School of Medicine; and director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute.

  • April 11: “Therapies in development for Huntington’s disease”
    • Experts will discuss potential treatments for Huntington’s disease that are in development, as well as a new monkey model of the disease that is helping to advance clinical trials.
    • The speakers of this conference will be:
      • Jodi McBride, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU.
      • Lauren Talman, MD, assistant professor of neurology, OHSU School of Medicine.

  • April 19: “Cannamoms and Their Kids: Marijuana Use in Pregnancy and Parenting”
    • Experts will explore what is known about the impact of marijuana on conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
    • The speakers of this conference will be:
      • Jamie Lo, MD, MCR, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Perinatology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine), OHSU School of Medicine and Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.
      • Kim Ryan, MD, resident physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine.
      • Kristin Prewitt, MD, MPH, resident physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine.

  • April 26: “Emerging therapies for multiple sclerosis: from stopping the disease to repairing the damage”
    • Experts will discuss new discoveries related to the causes of multiple sclerosis, how to stop its attacks, and OHSU research that seeks to repair brain damage caused by these attacks.
    • The speakers of this conference will be:
      • Larry Sherman, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU.
      • Bruce Bebo, Ph.D., executive vice president of research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

OR:

All Science Café discussions will be streamed live online.

DETAILS:

Each one-hour lecture includes a presentation by an OHSU expert. Viewers are asked to register and submit questions in advance by emailing [email protected].

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