Science Knight Out is a community science lecture that is open to the public and is sponsored by the University of Oregon Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. The annual event supports the mission of the Knight Campus of science advancing society and the goal of engaging the public in the excitement and creativity of scientific research.
Precision Medicine for Better Bones
How can we make bones heal better, enabling people to recover more quickly after suffering from injury or disease? For the 1.5 million people who suffer fractures related to osteoporosis each year, it’s a $20 billion question. For bioengineer Danielle Benoit, it’s the subject of her life’s work.
Lorry Lokey Chair of the Department of Bioengineering
A professor at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact who serves as the Lorry Lokey Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, Benoit was the featured speaker at the Science Knight Out community science lecture on April 11. In the talk, she explores the science behind better bones and details some of the ways she and other researchers are developing new biomaterials and applying precision medicine to create better outcomes for patients.
"Eye on the Cutting Edge: Healing the Window on the World"
Bala Ambati,Knight Campus research professor and leading eye surgeon, discusses breakthroughs in vision science and a new gene therapy that could provide a treatment for Fuchs’ dystrophy.
"The Nature of Nurture"
Leslie Leve, Alumni Faculty Professor of Education, discussed intervention strategies that help prevent delinquency and drug abuse.
"Bioengineered Medical Devices and Regenerative Therapies"
Bob Guldberg, Vice President and Executive Director of the Knight Campus, highlighted his research on regenerative medicine and shared insights from his career translating new medical devices into improved patient care.
"A Spectrum of Promise"
Laura Lee McIntyre, a professor in the University of Oregon's College of Education, discussed how early identification of developmental disorders can lead to promising intervention and prevention strategies.
"Mind, Brain and Reality"
David McCormick explores how the brain creates the reality in which our minds operate and discuss how we may improve our perception of reality through a practice of being mindfully aware.
"Science at the Nexus of Life and Death"
Patrick Phillips, Provost and professor of biology, discussed his research on aging and the challenges and the opportunities created by the potential for prolonging life.