Research

Meet the minds behind NW Noggin, a K-12 neuroscience outreach program

At 8 a.m. in an eastern Washington elementary school gymnasium, Bill Griesar, Ph.D. ’01, is in a situation that would make anyone else sweat. Dr. Griesar has brought his group of neuroscience outreach volunteers – undergraduate and graduate students hailing from OHSU, Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver – to Davenport, Wash., to teach schoolchildren about brains and neuroscience. But he has just discovered that the pipe cleaners used to construct neuron models … Read More

Taking a seat at the table as an advocate for science

Our first meeting on Capitol Hill was in the office of Senator Jeff Merkley.  I was seated across from a staff member with expertise in health policy and next to neuroscience department chairs and researchers with distinguished careers.  Alissa Ortman, Outreach Manager for Society for Neuroscience (SfN), introduced us: “Here are the neuroscientists.” The first several times I heard her say it, my stomach dropped. I was there as an Early Career Policy Ambassador and … Read More

New research looks at the influence of race and emotional context on face perception

Reports by some media outlets and community outreach organizations that track and document police violence demonstrate that more than any other demographic group, young black males may be at a particularly heightened risk of fatal police encounters. The underlying causes for the reported violent interactions between police and black individuals are likely dependent on a number of factors. To shed light on the issue, one approach taken by psychologists and neuroscientists has been to investigate … Read More

A strong neuroscience program is about to get stronger—meet leaders and researchers at the forefront

Today, neuroscience at OHSU is poised for dramatic growth, driven by emerging areas of research strength in the fields of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration and a planned investment of at least $100 million. Led by long-time campus leaders and new luminaries, the university is doubling down on its quest: contribute in a major way to understanding the mystery between our ears and, above all, improve brain health. Leadership On the faculty since 1982, Dennis Bourdette, M.D., F.A.A.N., chairs neurology in the … Read More

Meet Patricia O’Shea, Brain Resource Center volunteer

It’s Volunteer Week here at OHSU. This interview was originally published in 2015, but Patricia O’ Shea is still here and going strong! She has been volunteering since 2010 and as of April 2017 has put in over 820 hours of volunteer time. Thank you so much for your continued dedication! Patricia O’Shea volunteers at our Brain Resource Center and is an active member of our Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet). Why did you … Read More

Neuroscience research news you may have missed

Because so many people have neurological disorders, research to prevent, treat or cure them is essential. Here at the OHSU Brain Institute, we bring doctors, laboratory scientists, and neurological experts together to develop advanced treatments and prevention strategies. We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the more recent research innovations coming from our labs: Javits Award – Dr. Mary Heinricher receives $2.3 million Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award for her research into chronic pain: Portland … Read More

Researcher and neurologist grateful for early-career grant

The Oregon Charitable Tax Checkoff grant was the first research grant I ever received. I was a neurology resident at the time, and with guidance from Dr. Jeff Kaye, the OHSU Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center director, I applied for funds to complete a clinical study of a commonly used “outcome measure” in clinical trials with Alzheimer’s disease. That was also my first clinical research study.  We were able to publish the results in an … Read More

How the Oregon Charitable Tax Checkoff Program boosted one researcher’s career

Like many aspiring young clinical researchers, my journey began with an NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship with a goal to eventually develop my own independent research program. As a neuropsychologist with specialty training in smart home technologies and aging, I am interested exploring how we can develop new innovative assessment tools to improve the early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. With these interests and background, I was fortunate to obtain a fellowship position in the … Read More

Fatal fits and nods affect us all

A child with intractable seizures is heartbreaking for family, friends and the neurologist who searches for effective therapy. But a child with intractable seizures who lives in dire poverty, who is malnourished, who cannot obtain medications, and who is rejected by government, by school and eventually by a desperate family is utterly devastating to anyone with compassion for humanity. This is precisely the situation today for thousands of children affected by Nodding Syndrome in northern … Read More

Oregon Poison Center experts discuss marijuana with educators from around the nation

The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU recently presented on Oregon’s new marijuana laws from a poison prevention outlook at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology 2016 (NACCT). Members of the Oregon Poison Center packed their bags and headed to Boston for this year’s annual toxicology conference. “Marijuana: The Poison Prevention Outlook” was one of the most anticipated sessions for the nation’s poison center educators. In this session, Fiorella Carhuaz, the health educator for the Oregon Poison … Read More

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