Monarch Initiative receives $5 million award to help researchers learn more about the genetic causes of disease

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Dr. Melissa Haendel, Associate Professor in the OHSU Library and DMICE, and the  Monarch Initiative team have been awarded a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director to increase the utility of animal models and improve our understanding of human diseases.

The Monarch Initiative is a global, translational consortium, which includes OHSU, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Jackson Laboratory, the University of Pittsburgh, Charité Hospital, Queen Mary University of London, and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.  It provides sophisticated algorithms for phenotype comparison within and across species, leveraging a large corpus of deeply integrated and structured information about genetics, descriptions of resulting malformations, clinical signs, and symptoms.

Without a big-picture view of phenotype data, many questions in genetics are difficult or impossible to answer.  Monarch’s computational tools, bioinformatics analyses, and interactive visualizations provide clinicians and researchers with previously unavailable insight from numerous information sources to shorten the path of information exchange between the bench and clinic, with the ultimate goal of advancing rare disease diagnosis and personalized medicine.  Towards these ends, the project has already achieved success.

The $5 million award over 4 years will support extension of the scope and precision of Monarch disease modeling by including a greater diversity of species and sources that focus on a broader range of common and complex diseases and new categories of clinical data. This work will enhance Monarch’s capabilities to inform diagnostics, mechanism discovery, and improved phenotyping.

“We are deeply excited to continue this work in translational phenomics, and are dedicating to making more basic research data available for clinical applications”, said Dr. Haendel.  “With this funding we will be developing new user-focused tools for maximizing the utility of the data for patients, researchers, and clinicians.”

Graduate LRC Service Desk Hours Expanding

After evaluating data that showed significantly increased usage of the Graduate Learning Resource Center at the CLSB over the past year, the Library is expanding the LRC service desk hours to better support the educational needs of students, faculty, and staff at this location. Beginning Monday, September 26th, the LRC service desk will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

RefWorks Subscription to End December 31st, 2016

The OHSU Library will no longer be subscribing to RefWorks as of December 31, 2016. OHSU now supports EndNote, reference management software that allows users to manage citations in personal libraries and create bibliographies. The Library will hold drop in sessions for help with transferring your RefWorks citations to EndNote. if you would like to be part of these sessions, please contact the Library prior to October 7th, 2016.

Library Closure, Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The OHSU Library in the BICC will be closed on Wednesday, September 21st for a staff in-service day. The After Hours Study Space in the BICC will be available after 6 PM for OHSU students, faculty and staff with ID. The Library will resume regular hours on Thursday, September 22nd.

The Graduate Learning Resource Center at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building can be accessed 24 hours a day with an OHSU badge for departments and programs located at the CLSB. The LRC service desk will be closed on Wednesday, September 21st.

For additional information on library hours see http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/about/hours.cfm.

Danielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate, awarded 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science

fellow-danielleWe are proud to announce that Danielle Robinson, a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, has been awarded a 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science.

This highly competitive program supports the work of early career researchers who want influence the future of open scientific communication and data sharing within their communities.

The Fellows are chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the change Mozilla is working to effect.  Already a student leader in this area, Danielle has championed openness and collaboration as a co-organizer of Open Insight PDX and Science Hack Day Portland.  She is also a founding member of Women in Science Portland.

Throughout her fellowship year, Danielle will receive support from Mozilla to hone her skills, lead outreach initiatives, and develop local resources around open source, data sharing, and open science policy and licensing.  Working from the OHSU Library, Danielle will be co-mentored by Allison Fryer, PhD, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and Robin Champieux, MLIS, Scholarly Communication Librarian, representing a collaborative effort between the School of Medicine and the OHSU Library to help Danielle realize her goals, and leverage the benefits of the Mozilla Fellowships for Science program for the larger OHSU community.

The support Danielle will receive from the Fellowship, the OHSU School of Medicine, and the OHSU Library will build upon existing efforts to advocate for and realize the expertise and workflows that are integral to the future of research and discovery.

We are excited that Danielle will be able to grow her work as a thoughtful and passionate advocate for open science, collaborating with OHSU faculty, students, and administrators to support the knowledge and practices that are key to the creation and communication of impactful research.

“Getting To Know Mary Jane: The Perils and Promise of Marijuana Policy and Practice” – Keynote Panel at PNC/MLA 2016 – Oct 17-18, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) 2016 conference (being held Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18, 2016 in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon at Urban Studio) features a keynote panel on the changes in Oregon and Washington around medical and recreational marijuana. If you have wondered what the individual and collective impact of these changing laws and health care practices will be, now is your chance to find out!

“Getting To Know Mary Jane: The Perils and Promise of Marijuana Policy and Practice” features Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist specializing in life-threatening illness and chronic pain, and affiliated faculty at MultiCare Institute of Research and Innovation; Candice Beathard, Ph.D., M.A., a policy research analyst (specializing in drug policy) at Washington State University; and Nicole Corbin, LPC, Adult Behavioral Health Services Manager for the Oregon Health Authority.

·       What questions would you like to ask of a doctor who prescribes cannabis for treatment?
·       What questions do you have about marijuana policy?
·       What questions do you have related to addictions treatment and abuse and addiction prevention?

In addition to this keynote panel will be a variety of paper presentations, a poster reception, lightning talks, and other discussions related to health and health care issues impacting the Pacific Northwest. Continuing education sessions and a beer tour of Portland (!) are scheduled for the day before the conference on Sunday, October 16. Note: The beer tour ($40) requires the participation of exactly 28 people.  If less than 28 paid registrations are received by September 19, 2016, the event will be cancelled and payments refunded.

If you are a health sciences or hospital librarian, or a public, special, academic, or other librarian interested in learning more about health information issues, this conference is not to be missed!

Early bird registration rate for this conference ends Friday, September 16 – sign up now!

To register, go to http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/event-2301761

More on this conference at http://pnc-mla.cloverpad.org/program-at-a-glance

NOW AVAILABLE: Nursing Reference Center Plus

Nursing Reference Center has been upgraded to Nursing Reference Center Plus. It is listed in the A-Z Databases list or can be accessed here –
http://libguides.ohsu.edu/NRCPlus. The old version will remain accessible for a short period of time as this news is filtered out.

The interface is significantly refreshed and new or updated content includes:
Nursing management and leadership topics
Regulatory and risk management topics
Nursing skills checklists
Videos and images
Patient education handouts

Mobile Access: It is also now available on both Apple and Android mobile devices. Instructions for downloading the app is included at the link above or in the Mobile Resources guide – http://libguides.ohsu.edu/mobile.

If you have any questions contact Erin Foster, fostere@ohsu.edu, 503-494-4367.

Holiday Hours

Monday, September 5th, 2016 the OHSU Library service desk at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge. The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge for departments and programs located at CLSB 24 hours a day.

Research News Student and Early Career Researcher Scholarships

OpenConAre you a student or early career researcher passionate about scientific communication?  The OHSU Library is sponsoring two scholarships to OpenCon 2016 in Washington DC, November 12 – 14.  OpenCon is a conference and platform for the the next generation of scientists and scholars to learn about Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system of research and education.  OpenCon draws participants from around the world, and offers attendees the opportunity to build and international network and engage with key leaders.  Through a program of keynotes, panel discussions, and hackathons, participants will build key skills for catalyzing change and their own success!

Apply for an OHSU Library sponsored scholarship by August 31.  The scholarships will cover the awardees travel to DC, lodging, conference registration, and most meals. All OHSU students and postdoctoral attendees are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Online Application:  http://tinyurl.com/ohsu-opencon
Questions:  champieu@ohsu.edu

Science Hack Day Meet & Greet

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The organizers of Portland Science Hack Day, including the OHSU Library, are hosting a happy hour meet and greet on Wednesday, August 17, from 5 – 7 PM.  Science Hack Day is an event where anyone excited about making things with science comes together to see what they can prototype in 24 hours.  As described in this recent PNAS article these events are valuable and often transformative for scientists.  Learning the guts of our equipment, hardware, and, software helps researchers to improve transparency and reproducibility.  It helps us learn new skills and forge collaborations to build the tools and software we need, rather than relying on proprietary resources.

Never hacked before?  Wednesday’s meet & greet is for you!  Hack Day enthusiasts will be there to share their experiences and ideas to get you inspired for Portland Science Hack Day in October.  There will also be a raffle for two $50 Powell’s Books gift cards,  Anyone who is excited about making things with science and technology is encouraged to attend.

Learn more, get inspired, form a team!

Where and When:

Wednesday, August 17
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Scout Beer Garden @ the South Waterfront Tram
Contact:  champieu@ohsu.edu