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Program #19381RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 25 — Mar 30, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, March 25 - Welcome/Orientation
Note: All lecturers are Principal Investigators or staff scientists at OHSU's Primate Research Center. They specialize in one of three divisions: Neuroscience, Pathobiology and Immunology, and Reproductive Sciences. Due to the heavy and changing schedules of these experts, individual topics and lecturers cannot be guaranteed. Where noted below, the schedule gives examples of past lectures that may or may not be repeated on this program.

Afternoon: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 4:00 PM. Orientation begins at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Charley's, the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Meet our science expert and study leader, Diana Gordon, who will be with us throughout the program, and learn of the excitement in store in the next few days!

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, March 26 - Oregon National Primate Research Center Field Tri...
Oregon National Primate Research Center Field Trip/Monkey Behavior/Hands-On Lab

Breakfast: Luscious breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Travel to the Oregon National Primate Center where ground-breaking research is in process to unravel medical mysteries. Learn of animal roles in medical discoveries, such as open heart surgery, development of pacemakers and vaccines. Study the fascinating and revealing behavioral patterns of monkeys and explore this state-of-the-art research center, home to 4300 monkeys. Learn about their care, and enjoy a guided walk with our expert to meet them. Find out how they tell you what they like, and how they tell you what they don’t like!

Lunch: Lunch on campus

Afternoon: Primate Center scientists will discuss the essential need for non-human primates in their individual research studies. The sometimes difficult discussion of the need for animals in research is handled with compassion and respect. After a short break, we learn about how the Behavioral Services Unit works to promote species normative behaviors in the Center’s 4300 monkeys. Behaviorial scientists discuss monkey behavior and the challenges presented by these large research and breeding colonies. A short walk brings us to the monkey viewing area, where we will use a specially-designed ethogram to take our own data on monkey behavior.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: A captivating lecture by Diana Gordon awaits you this evening on just “What IS Science?”

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, March 27 - Meet The Scientists/Genetics Research/Hands-on La...
Meet The Scientists/Genetics Research/Hands-on Lab/Avoiding Medical Quackery

Note: There will be 3 one-hour lectures and a 2 hour "hands on" lab. Specific topics and lecturers are to be determined.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Diana, our study leader and science expert, will start each day wiping away cobwebs related to the science research topic we will study that day. Cells and genes are intrinsic to the topic of biomedical research, so we will start with a review of those important concepts – and a look at the advances that enable scientists to actually see how specific genes are switched “on” or “off” at any time.

In previous programs, we've discussed with leading scientists how basic biomedical science becomes clinical practice and gotten an overview of the new field of oncofertility (the preservation of fertility in cancer patients).

Lunch: Lunch on campus

Afternoon: In the past, we've looked at how bioethics explores ethical issues associated with new discoveries in biology and medicine. A fascinating lecture and lively discussion helped us understand and grapple with some of these issues. Hands-on activities simulated in vitro fertilization techniques and provided the opportunity for participants to experience a state-of-the-art bio-engineering solution to the problem of how to grow follicles in order to preserve fertility in females.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Diana Gordon and her husband Steve (a physician), join together tonight to contrast science with pseudoscience and medical quackery. Many older adults fall victim to health scams. Get ready for an interesting lecture and discussion as Diana and Steve teach us how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from pseudoscience and medical quackery.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, March 28 - New Technologies For Independent Living/Healthy A...
New Technologies For Independent Living/Healthy Aging Lectures/Aerial Tram/Free Time

Note: Enjoy 2 one-hour lectures in the morning on topics related to healthy aging.

Breakfast: Enjoy your full buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: What strategies will help you remain independent as you age? How can you enhance your physical environment to better suit your needs in later years? Travel to OHSU’s Center for Health and Healing to investigate new technologies that may provide some answers to these questions. Visit their “Living Lab,”a space designed to simulate an apartment and outfitted with new technologies that support independent living and facilitate successful aging. The apartment is clad with motion sensors on walls, doorways and appliances that monitor changes in walking speed or activity patterns giving insight into both mental and physical well-being and changes. In-home computers monitor cognitive function much as an interviewer would in person, sensors monitor sleep patterns, a high-tech pill box records time of day a participant opens the pill compartments, a sensor-clad cane indicates gait, strength, and stability. Test out some of these technologies and explore the value inherent in such research for your own personal life. Can biomedical research reveal a way to prevent the loss of immune function as we age?

In past programs, a research scientist joined us to discuss the current research findings related to “Aging and the Immune System.”

Lunch: Lunch at the Center for Health and Healing

Afternoon: Hop aboard the Aerial Tram which will take us for a short but spectacular overview of the city from the Center to the University Hospital 500 feet above. Spend a few minutes examining how this fascinating mode of transport works and was designed, and then enjoy some lovely sculptures and art on our way to a delightful view of the city from “Pill Hill,” this Medical Center and University atop one of the highest promontories in the city. Head back to the hotel or off on your own to explore for the remainder of the day.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare

Evening: On your own to relax or explore the beautiful city of Portland

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Marriott is a beautiful and comfortable facility. The hotel is 9 miles from the airport, across the river from downtown, near the Willamette River, Waterfront Park, the Eastbank Esplanade and just three blocks from the nearest MAX lightrail station.

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl

Room amenities: All guestrooms feature Marriott bedding with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and five plush pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, large work desk and cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: 202 rooms & suites, complimentary coffee in lobby, cocktail lounge, restaurant, full service business center, fitness center, indoor pool, room service, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius (based upon availability). The complimentary business center includes: fax, copy machine and computer (with Internet access). Classrooms and hotel restaurant are on the ground floor. Guestrooms begin on the second floor. All rooms are accessible by elevator. This is a non smoking hotel. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal rates
The Courtyard Marriott may offer a special rate for Road Scholar participants, based upon availability. Please make reservations for additional nights directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whoever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group. Additional nights do not include breakfast or parking charges.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, March 29 - Stem Cell Breakthroughs/Meet The Scientists - thr...
Stem Cell Breakthroughs/Meet The Scientists - three lectures/Hands-on Stem Cell Lab/Evening lecture

Note: There will be four lectures throughout the day today. Specific topics and lecturers are to be determined.

Breakfast: A full buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Get ready today for more fascinating discussions and research findings. Diana’s lively stem cell overview will prepare us for our afternoon lecture and our custom-designed stem cell lab activity.

Examples of this morning's lectures could include an update on the latest news from the HIV/AIDS front (HINT: The news is good!) in a lively presentation from Andy Sylwester.

Another possibility is a discussion with the head of the Imaging Core on new techniques that allow us to visualize activities that are occurring within the cell.

Lunch: Lunch on campus

Afternoon: Stem Cell research is our focus this afternoon, with its far-reaching potential. Stem cells offer exciting promise for future therapies for treating a myriad of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Learn about the fascinating stem cell breakthroughs that have been made at ONPRC. The 2011 program featured the scientists that led these efforts, Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov and Dr. Don Wolf.

Then get hands-on in our stem cell lab!

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: The evening presentation provides yet another fascinating opportunity to interact with OHSU's scientists. One possibility may be popular OHSU neuroscientist, Dr. Larry Sherman, who provides an evening of fun and entertainment while leading us to experience the interplay between music, memory, and the brain. How does music affect the developing and the aging brain, both listening to it and playing it? Making music and preserving memory will give you tools to take home with you to apply to your life!

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Portland- Downtown / Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Saturday, March 30 - Meet The Discoverer Of DMSO/Discussion/Wrap Up/Fa...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Dr. Stanley Jacob, MD, discoverer of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), the precursor of MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), walks us through his journey from Harvard Medical School Instructor in Surgery to OHSU former head of the organ transplant program where he first began his lifelong study of these two compounds. Today MSM can be found in most nutrition centers as a well-known anti-inflammatory used to treat conditions such as arthritis, allergies, muscle pains, and to support healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments and muscle. As you travel with him on his journey today, you’ll understand why he has received many outstanding awards such as “Humanitarian of the Year” from the National Health Federation. Program wrap up follows Dr. Jacobs. Program ends at 11:00am. Hotel check out is at noon.

Lunch: Box lunch to enjoy at the hotel or take with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.com/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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