Thursday, July 6, 2017

OMSI Science Pub

Placenta & Long Term Health

Baby's First Wombmate: The Placenta's Role in Long Term Health

OMSI Science Pub

with Jessica Hebert, PhD Candidate in Biology at Portland State University in the T. Morgan Lab at OHSU and OMSI Science Communications Fellow

5 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. presentation

$5 suggested donation

All ages welcome

Placenta & Long Term Health

Placenta & Long Term Health

The placenta is more than just an attachment point in pregnancy or a peculiar culinary ingredient: it’s an entire organ critical to transporting blood, nutrients, and wastes between the mother and fetus. In fact, it’s the only temporary organ the human body ever makes, with its own unique metabolism, microbiology, and more! One of the most important aspects of placental research is using the placenta as a model to predict the likelihood someone will get certain diseases later in life like diabetes or hypertension. The National Institutes of Health agree: they have granted more than $50 million since 2015 to researching Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) through the Human Placenta Project.

In this talk, PhD candidate Jessica Hebert will discuss the importance of placental research and her particular focus: how the biological sex of the fetus can have an effect on the placenta, particularly in preeclampsia, a dangerous maternal condition which affects 7-10% of all human pregnancies. From how the placenta forms to why the placenta may be a good model for cancer studies, she will answer all of your questions about this unusual and critical developmental organ.

Jessica started her research career as an undergraduate biochemistry researcher in a lung and breast cell cancer lab at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2002, where she received her BA in biology and chemistry in 2006. Her fifteen year research career spans basic and clinical studies in several kinds of cancer, neurotoxicology, reproductive health issues, and finally to her passion, placental development. A graduate student at Portland State University in the lab of Dr. Terry Morgan at OHSU, she advanced to PhD candidacy in 2016 and will defend her dissertation, “Fetal Sex and Maternal Genotype Affect Uteroplacental Vasculature Development and Pregnancy Outcomes,” in Fall 2017. Jessica is also an avid science communicator as a Science Communication Fellow at OMSI, Admissions Chair of ComSciCon Pacific NW (a scicomm workshop for graduate students), and the winner of Science Talk NW 2017’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. When not in the lab, Jessica enjoys writing and singing songs about science, love, and geeky topics with her nerd-pop band, The PDX Broadsides, and performing with professional piratical entertainers PDXYAR. You can follow more of Jessica’s research and science outreach activities on Twitter: @Dame_DNA.

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About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

Food and Drinks at the Mission
We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy.

Theater pricing and policies 
•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

Accommodations Closed Captioning 

Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

Online Ticket Questions

If you purchased a ticket accidentally, for the wrong show or theater, or need a refund for any other reason, please call us at (503) 223-4527 for assistance.


Menu  Dietary Restrictions  Catering

We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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Weddings  Meetings  Social Events

The Mission Theater (ca. 1912) offers historic splendor in the heart of Northwest Portland. The preserved balcony, ornate finishes, woodwork, high ceilings and grand stage all make for a magnificent and memorable wedding venue. Our catering, staff, and sweeping area for a dance floor add the desirable detail to your big day.