Dr. Kent Thornburg, a 1967 graduate of George Fox, was the M. Lowell Edwards Chair, professor of medicine, director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, and director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. An internationally known and widely published researcher, he studies the roles of the placenta and the intrauterine environment as programming agents for adult-onset chronic disease and leads studies on maternal diet and body in regulating fetal growth in women of Oregon. He is the principal investigator on NIH-funded studies including maternal-fetal signaling, training in translational cardiovascular research, thyroid hormone and heart development, and placental function. He collaborates with scientists in England, New Zealand, France, Finland and Australia. He recently joined George Fox University as an honorary professor of life sciences.