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The theme "Exploring New Frontiers in Science" will incorporate developments in science that have an impact on everyday life through engineering, medicine, and the environment.


Thursday, Sept 19, 2019
5:30 p.m.

Dr. Brian Druker, director of the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, will discuss his research in early detection of cancer. This research led to development of the first drug to target the molecular defect of cancer. Marketed under the name Gleevec®, this breakthrough medicine turned a once-fatal cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia, into a manageable condition.  

His research proved it was possible to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy cells. This discovery was the new proof of principle for targeted therapies and spurred the development of more than 50 similar precision therapies for other cancers. In February, Dr. Druker was awarded the 2019 Sjoberg Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his groundbreaking scientific and medical achievements. 

Join us at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), as we explore emerging developments in the world of cancer treatment and the impact it could have on society.



Friday, Sept 20, 2019
8:15 a.m.







Join other ARCS members and travel to the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) for an unforgettable morning! ONPRC is one of seven federally funded National Primate Research Centers in the United States and has been affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University since 1998. The Center is working to improve human health by finding causes, preventions, treatments, and cures for disease. Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit a cutting-edge research facility.

On this visit, you will learn about how biomedical research progresses from an idea to evidence-based treatments, preventions, and cures. You’ll also visit the outdoor corrals with docents and monkey behaviorists to view the Center's rhesus and Japanese macaque breeding colonies. Afterwards, enjoy an interactive presentation provided by a panel composed of ONPRC neuroscientist Dr. Larry Sherman, Gail Stonebarger, ARCS Scholar and neuroscience graduate student, and Gregory Timmel, DVM, the Center's Head Veterinarian. Dr. Nancy Haigwood, Center Director, HIV/AIDS researcher, and ARCS Oregon Chapter member, will welcome the group and speak briefly about her own work.


Dr. Larry Sherman, professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at OHSU School of Medicine. He has over 80 publications related to brain development and neurodegenerative disease including Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.   


Gail Stonebarger, ARCS scholar. Using some of the oldest known monkeys in the world, Gail examines the interactions among aging, diet and hormone status, to understand how and why human brains age the way they do.         



Dr. Gregory Timmel, associate director and attending veterinarian of ONPRC. Dr. Kimmel received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University and his Master of Science in Physiology and Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University. He has practiced small and exotic animal medicine in Arizona and Hawaii.



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