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OHSU Research Week is our university-wide event celebrating research the week of May 20-24, 2013. Research Week includes oral and poster presentations, career development workshops, keynote speakers, receptions, awards and more! Use this site to navigate the Research Week schedule. To learn more, visit the OHSU Research Week homepage.

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Friday, May 24 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Student's Choice Keynote - David Schneider

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Title: “Fighting Infections by warping disease space”

David S. Schneider, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been invited to speak at OHSU Research Week by the OHSU Graduate Student Organization.

When we suffer from infections, our bodies can fight in two ways. The first is to kill the microbes, and the second is to avoid symptoms. Dr. Schneider’s lab has been concentrating on this second part, trying to determine why we suffer when we are infected. His lab has developed an ecological approach for studying populations, called disease tolerance, to work on individuals. Their goal is to map out the course an individual takes through disease space as they sicken and recover and then to find methods of twisting this space to improve recovery. They use model infections in flies and mice and try to apply their ideas to human diseases like malaria.

Dr. Schneider earned his B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in molecular biology at University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he was awarded the Larry Sandler Memorial Award for best Drosophila thesis. At Stanford, Dr. Schneider focuses on innate immunity and microbial pathogenesis utilizing a variety of pathogens, and mouse and insect hosts.

Dr. Schneider has received numerous awards. In 2002, he was awarded the New Scholar in Global Infectious Disease Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation (EMF). In 2008, he received the Senior Scholar Award in Aging from the EMF. In 2011, he was given the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for his project, “Mapping the road to recovery: Does the way we get better differ from the way we get sick?”


Friday May 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OHSU Auditorium 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239

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