The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Chair in Healthspan Research

In 2008, the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson donated $2 million to endow a chair in Healthspan Research at the Linus Pauling Institute. A private investor and co-founder of the venture capital firms Institutional Venture Associates and Sigma Partners, Burgess Jamieson has followed the work of the Linus Pauling Institute for many years. The Jamiesons established the chair to help advance healthspan research, which focuses on helping people achieve long and healthy lives, maintaining vitality and health even as they age.

The Jamieson chair provides a strong foundation for the entire healthy aging program at the Linus Pauling Institute. The chair is intended to support a leading faculty member in the field and provide additional funds for research.

Joseph Beckman

In 2014 Joseph Beckman became the Jamieson Chair in Healthspan Research. One of the world's leading authorities on Lou Gehrig's disease, Beckman has built a strong research program focused on the role of oxidative stress, antioxidants, and dietary factors in neurodegenerative diseases. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, director of OSU's Environmental Health Sciences Center, and an established investigator for the American Heart Association.

Beckman came to Oregon State University in 2001 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was a professor of anesthesiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, and neurobiology. He was associate director of the Center for Free Radical Biology, where he published one the most influential papers ever written on peroxynitrite, a compound which contributes to strokes and many degenerative diseases.

Beckman received a master’s degree in population biology from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in plant physiology and biochemistry from Duke University.

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