Posts Tagged ‘Research’

Thank you, Oregon.

By Joe Robertson, OHSU President Friday, Mar. 7, 4:55 p.m Moments ago, the Oregon House passed a budget bill that includes full funding of OHSU’s $200 million request for the state partnership component of the Knight Cancer Challenge . The Senate passed the bill earlier this afternoon, and we expect the Governor will sign the bill into law. Today’s action marks a very significant milestone on the road to successfully meeting the Knight Challenge and, most importantly, … Read More

Focusing on the Future of Health Care

By year 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over half of the people in the United States will belong to diverse communities. In states like California, Hawaii, Texas, and New Mexico, the population shift has already begun: large cities in those states are now “majority-minority” areas. However, because of a variety and confluence of factors, students from underserved and underrepresented communities have limited access to educational opportunities, enrichment experiences, resources, and mentors in health and science … Read More

Latina health and a return to traditional food culture

I have been involved in the research field that arose some 25 years ago as a result of Professor David Barker’s discovery that established the connection between a person’s birth weight and their risk of dying of heart disease. His study found that the lower a baby’s birth weight, the more likely they were to die of heart disease as an adult. Similar studies have since found correlations between birth weight and the risk of … Read More

OHSU clears major hurdle in quest for AIDS vaccine and cure

After more than a decade of research, an OHSU team of vaccine and gene therapy experts has developed an AIDS vaccine candidate that appears to completely clear HIV from the body. This breakthrough, led by Louis Picker, M.D., could overcome the biggest obstacles to developing an effective vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS in humans. How does it work? The vaccine uses a unique method to better equip the body’s immune system to … Read More

Research Means Hope: NIH highlights OHSU health discoveries

As federal budgets tighten, scientists are finding creative new ways to advocate for research funding. Earlier this year, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins asked researchers to tweet about how sequestration was impacting their laboratories using the hashtag #NIHSequesterImpact. In July, the Association of American Medical Colleges launched its Research Means Hope campaign, which leverages the social media site Tumblr to raise public awareness about important health discoveries funded by taxpayer dollars. OHSU research is … Read More

Building a pipeline through hands-on experiences

Ariadna Covarrubias Ornelas, a rising junior at Portland State University, is helping OHSU researchers understand the roles of peptide systems in alcohol dependence. As part of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s (CDI) Equity Research Program, she is one of the 15 students selected from a competitive national pool of over 200 applicants. Since June, Ariadna has spent her days working as a research assistant in Dr. Andrey Ryabinin’s lab in the Department of Behavioral … Read More

What happens when a clinic goes “pharma-free”?

Established in 2002, OHSU’s Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) works to improve the health of rural populations in Oregon. Along with a diverse group of communities and practitioners, ORPRN conducts and promotes health research from throughout the state. Recently, one of its case studies garnered national attention. Led by family physician, David Evans, M. D., at Madras Medical Group, the study evaluated whether the influence of pharmaceutical representatives and clinic inventories of prescription medications might increase costs and … Read More

Developmental biology in action

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. For those of you who don’t know me, I am an uber nerd. I love graphs, am conversant with Star Trek and Star Wars, and was even a Mathlete in high school. (Amazingly enough, I did have a date to junior prom, but in all honesty I probably would have been happier if I stayed home and watched the X-Files.) I lean towards quantitative science, and have always found comfort in … Read More

The Eye of the Tiger and OHSU Research Week

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Any of you ever watch The Big Bang Theory? For the uninitiated, The Big Bang Theory is a sitcom that documents the lives of physicist Sheldon, fellow physicist Leonard, aerospace engineer Howard and astrophysicist Rajesh. Okay, that sounds far less humorous than the show actually is – trust me when I say it is hilarious. Or maybe that’s just my geek showing… In any case, one of my favorite Big Bang … Read More

Why HIV screening should be routine for all

Written by Roger Chou, M.D. About 20 percent of patients with HIV infection (equaling about 250,000 persons in the United States) are not aware that they are infected. This means that their immune systems are slowly breaking down over time and they are a source of infection to others.  A new draft statement by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), based on a scientific review performed at the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center here … Read More

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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