Christian University Hosts OHSU Doctor for First Installment of Lecture Series

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Dr. Kent Thornburg, director of OHSU’s Heart Research Center, will present “New Science Wrestles an Old Problem: The Roots of Human Disease” at George Fox University.

How have new discoveries in science and technology opened the door for the opportunity to explore the foundational causes of human disease? The question will be addressed at a George Fox University-hosted lecture with Dr. Kent Thornburg at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Wood-Mar Auditorium on the university’s Newberg, Ore., campus.

The public is invited to attend at no charge. The event, hosted by George Fox’s Department of Biology and Chemistry, is the inaugural installment of the Dalton Lecture Series.

Thornburg, a George Fox alumnus (1967) and university board member, serves as director of Oregon Health & Science University’s Heart Research Center, holds the M. Lowell Edwards Chair in the Department of Medicine, and is the associate chief of cardiovascular medicine and director of research. His current emphasis is on studying the roots of adult-onset disease using epidemiology, animal and clinical studies.

His presentation at George Fox, entitled “New Science Wrestles An Old Problem: The Roots of Human Disease,” will discuss how, in the past decade, our understanding of the differing roles of the human genetic code and the regulation of gene expression have shown how vulnerabilities for disease arise and are passed from one generation to the next. He will speak to how this will ultimately change the practice of medicine in a dramatic way.

Thornburg received his PhD in the area of developmental physiology. In his postdoctoral years he studied medical science, cardiovascular physiology and molecular biology. He holds professorial appointments in physiology/pharmacology, biomedical engineering and cardiovascular medicine. He has expertise in cardiopulmonary physiology, placentology and developmental programming.

Professionally, he’s served on numerous study sections and advisory boards at the National Institutes of Health and serves on committees and boards for the American Heart Association, the National Children’s Heart Foundation and other international bodies.

In addition, Thornburg has served as editor of the journal Placenta and as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology. He is presently a consulting editor for Pediatric Research and leads clinical studies designed to determine the role of maternal diet and body in regulating fetal growth in women of Oregon. Thornburg has published more than 125 papers on pregnancy and fetal development and coauthored a leading book on placental physiology.

To learn more about his visit, contact Jane Sweet in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at 503-554-2710.

The Dalton Lecture series is named for John Dalton (1766-1844), a world-renowned Quaker scientist best know for the development of the modern atomic theory. The series is an annual lecture event featuring eminent Christian scientists.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Jane Sweet
Department of Biology and Chemistry

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