Oswego Friends Lecture Series

preview our lectures below

January 21, 2016

Marijuana Use in Children and Teens: What's the Story? by Carrie Anne Phillipi, M.D., Ph.D. & Colin M. Roberts, M.D.

The use of medical marijuana for children is controversial. But epilepsy researchers are studying its effects as a treatment to minimize intractable seizures. Dr. Colin Roberts, Doernbecher’s epilepsy specialist, will talk about how epilepsy treatment has led to better understanding of marijuana’s properties and its applications in children.

However, there are negative effects of cannabis that have been observed in adolescents, including impaired short-term memory and decreased concentration and attention span. Dr. Carrie Phillipi, general pediatrician and medical director of the Mother Baby Unit, will discuss the effects of marijuana on teenagers and the developing brain.


January 21 @ 7:00 P.M.

New Treatments for Children with Chronic Disease-Related Weight Loss by Dr. Daniel Marks, MD, PhD Director, Child Health Research Center, Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Chronic disease-associated weight loss, or cachexia (ka-kex-ee-ah), is one of the main determinants of quality of life and of mortality, especially in children.

Children living with kidney failure, cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart disease can be very thin. That involuntary weight loss and failure to grow can have devastating consequences.

Why chronic illness causes weight loss and what can be done to treat this condition will be the focus of this talk by Dr. Daniels Marks, physician and researcher in hormonal disorders at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Register at: http://dchf.tofinoauctions.com/markslecture/homepages/show


October 1, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
What Happens to Children in a Tsunami, Earthquake or
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When there’s a wildfire, hurricane, earthquake or tsunami, we see survivors interviewed, stories on pets and heartbreaking pictures of children. Relief agencies mobilize along with physicians, nurses and other caregivers. What are the stories behind the pictures? How do health professionals give children the chance to heal and develop their full potential?

Dr. Dana Braner, physician-in-chief at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, has been caring for critically ill infants and children as the medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit. He has also volunteered for international disaster and relief missions in Indonesia, Honduras, New Orleans and Haiti among others.

A member of the OR2 Disaster Assistance Team, the National Disaster Medical Service MAC team and a volunteer Angel Flight pilot, Dr. Braner will share his experiences and insights.

Reserve your ticket today! Seating is limited.
Oregon Wine Reserve    
600 N. State Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon


April 23, 2015

Dr. Michael Harris, Chief of Pediatric Psychology at Doernbecher

We just finished our first event of our Lecture Series! It was a great success and well attended.  Please come back and visit our site for the next announcement to our lecture series.

Our first lecture, held at the Oregon Wine Reserve in Lake Oswego on April 23, 2015, was attended by over 30 interested community members.  The talk featured Dr. Michael Harris, Chief of Pediatric Psychology at Doernbecher. He and his team have developed the NICH (Novel Intervention in Children's Healthcare) program to address the special needs of families dealing with chronic disease.  Those gathered learned about how skilled interventionists are helping children and their families negotiate and manage their care resulting in improved health, less time spent in the hospital, and an overall reduction of medical costs.