Judges and volunteers still needed for Research Week!

ResearchWeekArt2106 FNL RGBResearch Week 2016 kicks off this coming Monday, May 2, and we’re still in need of a few oral and poster presentation judges. Specifically, we’re looking for faculty, postdocs, or researchers with expertise in:

  • Clinical and systems science
  • Cancer research
  • Imaging and advanced technology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Surgery
  • Informatics

Judges play a critical role in giving valuable feedback to trainees on their presentation style and content. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please register as soon as possible.

A few volunteer slots are also still open. We need a couple of poster wranglers on Monday afternoon to make sure posters are set up in the right location. We’re also in need of a few backup moderators for some of the oral presentation sessions. View the schedule and sign up here.

Thank you!
The Research Week Planning Committee

Faculty 1000 presentation to be held, Apr. 28

F1000PrimeRepresentatives from F1000 will be visiting OHSU on Thursday, April 28, 3 to 4 p.m., Medical Research Building, 310. F1000 acts as a filter, identifying and evaluating significant articles from biomedical research publications. A peer-nominated “Faculty” of scientists and clinicians select and evaluate important papers in their areas of expertise, with the goal of rating research on its own merits rather than according to the prestige or Impact Factor of the journal in which it is published. 92 OHSU faculty members serve as reviewers for F1000 and many OHSU articles have been recommended and endorsed. F1000 Prime is digital platform that provides ratings of and commentary on scientific research papers. F1000 also includes an open access publishing platform, F1000 Research, for sharing slides, posters, and articles.

Join us this Thursday to learn more about using F1000 to navigate the scientific literature and communicate your work.  The OHSU Library provides access to and manages the University’s F1000 subscription, which is available to all OHSU faculty, students, and staff.

You’re invited to Research Week 2016

We’re sharing the following message from Dan Dorsa, Ph.D., senior vice president for research:

Dear colleagues,

I would like to invite you to join me in celebrating OHSU Research Week, May 2-6, 2016, our annual celebration of research at Oregon Health & Science University. More than 200 OHSU researchers will be presenting their latest findings throughout the week. I encourage you to show your support by attending talks and poster sessions. Many of the presenters are trainees, the future of the biomedical research workforce.

In addition to OHSU presenters, we have an exceptional lineup of visiting experts, including Charles Rafferty, Ph.D., a recently retired review branch chief at the National Institutes of Health. On Tuesday, May 3, at 12 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium, Dr. Rafferty will lead a simulated study section meeting to review two actual NIH grant applications, offering an inside look at the NIH grant review process.

Specific highlights from the Research Week program include:

The full schedule can be found here.

The work of our research scientists, students, postdocs, and staff is the foundation underlying OHSU’s success as an academic health center. I hope you will help me celebrate their achievements by attending Research Week events.


Dan Dorsa, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research, OHSU

Don’t miss Career Networking Night at Research Week, May 3

Join OHSU alumni and Portland professionals at this career networking night geared toward postdocs and graduate students. Meet with faculty representatives from various academic settings, scientists from large and small companies, intellectual property, laboratory and project management, administration, compliance, and a wide range of other career alternatives in science. Of special note, internship and hiring resources will be represented. HR representatives from Intel and the Knight Cancer Institute will be there to talk about what they look for in candidates, and internship organizers from OHSU’s Technology Transfer and Business Development office and Oregon Biosciences Association will talk about real opportunities. Other organizations represented include Aronora, OCTRI, University of Oregon, Urban Airship, The Patent Option, OHSU OPAM, and OHSU ORIO.

Postdoc and Graduate Student Alumni Networking Night
Tuesday, May 3
5:15 to 7 p.m.
Richard Jones Hall Atrium

This OHSU Research Week event is sponsored by the School of Medicine Alumni Association. For more information, visit the Research Week website.

Statewide 3MT competition to be held at OSU, May 21

Sign up for Research Week 2016’s Three-Minute Thesis competition and you may have a chance to win the statewide prize! Winners from the regional 3MT competitions will head to Corvallis to give their single-slide, three-minute presentations which will be evaluated for comprehension, engagement, and communication. Awards range from $500 – $1,000. The state competition will be held at Oregon State University on:

Saturday, May 21
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Learning Innovation Center (LINC) 100

This event is free and open to the public. Event information can be found at gradschool.oregonstate.edu/statewide-3MT.

Remember, you can only be entered if you participate in OHSU’s 3MT event, Wed. May 4, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., OHSU Auditorium so sign up now.

Mock Study Section offers a front row seat at Research Week, May 3

You are invited to watch seasoned reviewers discuss NIH proposals as if you were there! The Mock NIH Study Section, led by Charles Rafferty, Ph.D., will review NIH K career development and R01 applications with a panel of OHSU faculty acting as reviewers. This event will demonstrate how grants are evaluated and discussed through the NIH peer review process, and provide insight into improving your own grantsmanship. In addition, you get to participate! The audience will be asked to score the applications on a clicker, with results displaying in real time.

Mock Study Section
Tuesday, May 3
12 to 1:30 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium

In preparation for the event, please read the two grant applications – the K23 and the R01 – and browse through the NIH review materials, including critique templates, review guidance and NIH scoring table. If you’re short on time, read the R01’s Specific Aims and the K23’s Career Development Plan. As you will see, these are actual NIH proposals that have been redacted to protect the innocent.

All materials can be found here. You need your OHSU credentials to log in.

Charles N. Rafferty, Ph.D., is a health research and grants policy consultant with extensive experience in managing research programs and planning and conducting peer review in environmental, and occupational health and clinical research in musculoskeletal, skin, and rheumatic diseases. He was formerly Chief of the Scientific Review Branch at the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, he oversaw all grant and contract peer review activities carried out by NIAMS.

The Mock Study Section is sponsored by Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute.


OCTRI presents two trainings, May 5 & 9

The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is sponsoring the following training presentations:

Working with CTO-Contracting: How do I get my clinical trial contract negotiated and why isn’t it signed yet?
Thursday, May 5, 2016 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

Speakers: Darlene Kitterman, M.B.A., and Jacqueline Brown, J.D.

Subject injury policy, identification, and reporting at OHSU*
Monday, May 9, 2016

12 to 1 p.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

Speakers: Darlene Kitterman, M.B.D., Kathryn Schuff, M.D., and Melanie Hawkins, R.N.

*This presentation is pending approval by the OHSU School of Nursing for one Continuing Nursing Education contact hour.

Further details can be found here. Registration is not required. For questions, please contact Kimberly Poole at poolek@ohsu.edu or 503 494-3812.

Register for OHSU’s Three-Minute Thesis competition by Apr. 26

3MT-2015-300x94Think you can describe your research to Tram travelers in the time it takes to reach the South Waterfront?

Back by popular demand, OHSU Research Week 2016 is excited to host its fourth annual Three Minute Thesis Competition for graduate students on Wednesday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m in the OHSU Auditorium. The 3MT® is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills as students explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Any student enrolled in an OHSU graduate program may participate. View examples of winning 3MT presentations.


  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or audio files) or props are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations will be judged by a panel of faculty and non-faculty.

Judging criteria
Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Winner: $300
Runner-up: $200
People’s choice award: $200

Register to participate by Apr. 26 by contacting Jackie Wirz at wirzj@ohsu.edu. Questions about Research Week? Contact researchweek@ohsu.edu.

Learning the business of science: internship deadline Apr. 29

Practicing science is not just something one does in the lab–in fact, you can use your science a variety of careers. Technology transfer and business development are one path–and OHSU has an internship program to help you navigate it. Interns in Technology Transfer and Business Development are important contributors to OHSU: they assist with transferring discoveries into the public space. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Since 2005, more than 50 interns have volunteered in TTBD before moving on to careers in scientific research, business, and law.  Meet the 2015-2016 academic year interns! And find out details about next year’s program below.

AbbyAbby Dotson, Ph.D. works with the Business Development team to identify and develop industry partnerships for OHSU’s infectious disease technologies. She also assists the office by evaluating technologies, drafting non-confidential summaries and conducting market research. Abby received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Kansas and is currently a postdoctoral scientist in the Department of Neurology at OHSU. Starting June 1st, Abby will be transitioning away from bench work to work as an Alliance Manager in TTBD, focusing her career on developing impactful academic-industry partnerships to promote the advancement of therapeutic technologies.

sudeshna_pictureSudeshna Dutta, Ph.D. works with Trina Voss, Technology Development Manager, to evaluate the commercial potential of OHSU owned mouse models. She is creating a decision tree for assessing new models and determining possible distribution routes. She also performs new technology disclosure evaluations, related prior art searches, and looks at the future market potential of technologies. Sudeshna was recently hired on as a full-time Translational Strategist at Due North Innovation, a Portland company dedicated to helping move technologies from laboratory to the market. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and did her postdoctoral studies at Oregon Health & Science University.

37bf8b7Scott Vanderwerf, Ph.D. worked with Travis Cook, Senior Technology Development Manager, to prepare non-confidential summaries of OHSU technologies, which he marketed to potential licensees. He also evaluated new OHSU technologies for commercial potential and assisted with the development of term sheets. Scott was recently hired on as lead scientist for a local medical device startup company, where he will conduct product development using his scientific and entrepreneurial skills. Scott received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from OHSU, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department.

Where are they now?

Past TTBD interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, startup development, and other career paths. We checked in with our interns from the 2015 summer program to see where they are in their career path, since their departure from the TTBD office.

Uchenna Emechebe, Ph.D. worked closely with Trina Voss, Technology Development Manager, to build on cell line portfolios, discover ways to add value to biomaterials, write non-confidential summaries, and identify potential licensees. He has since become an inventor of an OHSU licensed technology. Uchenna is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute.

Dan Murphy, MS worked with Jeff Jackson, Senior Patent Associate, to draft office actions, conduct prior art searches, and compose patent application drafts. Dan is currently working towards a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Marek Szumowski worked with Travis Cook, Senior Technology Development Manager, to build a financial model for evaluating intellectual property. He created a Standard Operating Procedure for improving the process for tracking technology marketing efforts and developed hit lists based on relevant technology sectors. Marek currently serves as a Research Specialist for the Shriners Hospital for Children and is working to complete his M.B.A. at Portland State University.

Summer Internship applications are open from April 1 through April 29, 2016.

In order to qualify for a TTBD internship, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science or in engineering.
  • Be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law.
  • Have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal.
  • Be able to commit to volunteering 20 – 25 hours per week for the entirety of the 2016 summer term (6/20/2016 – 8/26/2016).

To learn more about the internship program and how to apply, please visit the TTBD website.

Eric Gouaux’s serotonin transporter research featured by NIH

CaptureRecent findings by Vollum Institute senior scientist, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., and team that reveal the molecular structure of the human serotonin transporter, are getting a lot of attention from the biomedical community and the media. Gouaux’s study was featured in NIH Research Matters, the online publication that highlights groundbreaking NIH-funded discoveries. The article, “Serotonin transporter structure revealed,” discusses the innovative technique developed by the team that allowed them to use X-ray crystallography to capture a 3-D image of the protein. “The technique yielded a detailed molecular map of the human serotonin transporter’s structure… The researchers could also see where genetic variations associated with various psychiatric disorders are located in the transporter. Knowing the structure of the transporter can help researchers gain insights into the molecular causes of these disorders and of antidepressant treatment resistance.”


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