New faculty at OHSU School of Dentistry

The OHSU School of Dentistry welcomes a number of new faculty members this month. According to Dean Phillip Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., the dental school has received funding from the provost’s office to increase dental faculty, with the goal of having a six-to-one student-to-faculty ratio on the predoctoral clinic floor.

“Our faculty needs are very important right now,” said Dr. Marucha. “We want to take care of the full- and part-time faculty we have currently, by rewarding them for their hard work and ensuring they have the training and development they need, as well as bringing on new faculty to ensure excellent patient care and education.”

Please help us welcome the following individuals:

Joseph V. Califano, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a professor of periodontology. Dr. Califano received his doctor of dental science and a doctoral degree in microbiology/immunology, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, he was professor and director in the division of periodontology at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and professor of periodontics and director of post-graduate periodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry.

Mary Pat Califano, B.S.N., M.B.A., is an instructor in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Mary Pat received her bachelor of science in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Averett University. Previously, she was quality assurance coordinator at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and clinical nurse specialist in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry.

Anna Forsyth, D.D.S., M.S.D., is an assistant professor in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Forsyth received her doctor of dental surgery from the University of Washington in 2006, and after a general practice residency in Washington, D.C., returned to Seattle for a master of science in dentistry and a certificate in pediatric dentistry. Most recently, Dr. Forsyth has been in private practice at Hi5 Dental and Capitol Group Smilekeepers, as well as a visiting adjunct professor at Pacific University School of Dental Health Science.

Shawneen Gonzalez, D.D.S., M.S., is director of radiology. Dr. Gonzalez received her doctor of dental surgery from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in stomatology from University of Iowa Graduate College, and a certificate of oral and maxillofacial radiology from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Most recently, Dr. Gonzalez has been assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial radiology, directing the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.

Nicole Kimmes, D.D.S., is assistant dean for faculty development and technology. Dr. Kimmes received her doctor of dental surgery from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2001, where most recently she was associate professor and director of dental informatics. Dr. Kimmes also has directed Creighton’s oral and maxillofacial imaging center, and been in private practice.

David Lambert, D.D.S., is an assistant professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Lambert received his doctor of dental surgery from the University of North Carolina. He has been on faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry since 1991, and most recently was an adjunct professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Justin Merritt, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of restorative dentistry. Dr. Merritt completed his graduate studies and doctoral degree at the Molecular Biology Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Most recently, Dr. Merritt has been associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Merritt’s research focuses on the mechanisms used by signal transduction systems to control various virulence properties of several bacterial pathogens associated with tooth decay.

William Moore, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry, `14, is a new assistant professor of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Moore just completed a two-year pediatric residency at OHSU. He received his doctor of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


Goodman lecture: Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., Sept. 11

The OHSU Department of Pharmacology proudly welcomes Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., James B. Duke professor of biochemistry at Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, for its 2014 Goodman Lecture titled “Seven Transmembrane Receptors.”

Goodman lecture: Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 4 to 5 p.m.
Vollum Auditorium
Reception to follow

Dr. Lefkowitz was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012 for his studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. Alongside Dr. Brian Kobilka, Dr. Lefkowitz has made groundbreaking discoveries in the functionality of these specific cell receptors. Approximately half of all medications used today make use of this kind of receptor.

The Cochrane Collaboration to open West Coast branch at OHSU

Dr. Mark Helfand

The Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit that conducts independent systematic reviews on health care topics, announced on Aug. 21 that it plans to open a West Coast branch at Oregon Health & Science University. The Cochrane has 14 centers and 22 branches worldwide, including its primary U.S. center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The new branch will be led by Mark Helfand, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., professor of medicine, and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Helfand was also founding director of what is now the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center.

Read the full OHSU news release.

NIH issues “Follow that Cell” challenge, offering $500,000 in prizes

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The NIH is challenging researchers to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000 for developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The NIH Follow that Cell Challenge seeks tools that would, for example, monitor a cell in the process of becoming cancerous, detect changes due to a disease-causing virus, or track how a cell responds to treatment.

“Advances in cellular analysis promise earlier diagnosis and improved therapies for diseases, from cancer to Alzheimer’s,” said James Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., director of NIH’s Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. “These prizes will also help to stimulate new businesses and economic growth in our biomedical communities.”

The Challenge aims to generate creative ideas and methods for following and predicting a single cell’s behavior and function over time in a complex multicellular environment – preferably using multiple integrated measures to detect its changing state.

Bionutrition Brown Bag: Crème Brulees, BOD PODs, and FFQs – What Bionuts can do for you, Sept. 10

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute’s Bionutrition Unit has been in existence at OHSU since 1976.  Registered dietitians specializing in research (aka Bionutritionists/Bionuts) design diets, feed research participants, conduct body composition measurements, and investigate participant’s usual diets using several different methodologies.  Come find out what crème brulees, BOD PODs, and FFQs have to do with nutrition research and learn how the Bionutrition Unit can help improve your research study design.  We’ll have samples of two recipes developed by the Bionutrition Unit–Red Beet and White Bean Hummus and Nut & Seed Bars–for those in attendance, so come early for tasting!

Join Us!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12 p.m.
Mac Hall, Room 1162

Please contact Julia Jordan with questions.

Register today: World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education, Oct. 10-12

This fall, join ultrasound practitioners and educators from all disciplines for the 3rd Annual World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education at the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building. Both ultrasound experts and novices are encouraged to attend this multidisciplinary conference, which will cover ultrasound’s myriad uses from the anatomy lab and ICU to rural locations.

World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education
October 10-12, 2014
Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Discounted registration fees are available for students, residents, and fellows. Register online at

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists; internal nominations due Oct. 17

OHSU has been invited to nominate a limited number of candidates for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. This national competition rewards excellence by faculty members age 42 and younger in each of the following categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Each winner will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000.

Because OHSU is limited to one nomination per category, we are requesting that all interested candidates and their references submit an internal application to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research for review. Please send a one-page rationale for nomination that explains how the candidate’s research has broadly impacted science, the candidate’s CV, and a letter of support to by Oct. 17, 2014, to be considered for institutional nomination.

Read more about the award program in these news articles:

OHSU study highlights critical gaps in mental health research

A new OHSU study has found there is no strong evidence to guide the use of antidepressants by women during pregnancy and just after birth. The findings come from a team led by Marian S. McDonagh, Pharm.D., professor of medical informatics & clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and are published online in the September 2014 edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“We were very surprised that the existing research allows no clear consensus,” McDonagh said. “After all, depression during pregnancy is common, with estimates ranging from 5 to 30 percent of all women who become pregnant. And there is evidence that depression during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes for mother and child.”

Read the full media release online.

Find ONPRC and nationally available research resources on new National Primate Research Centers website

The Oregon National Primate Research Center–one of eight NIH-funded primate centers in the country–is part of a new national NPRC Research and Capabilities website that is intended to facilitate innovative research and new collaborations. Use the site to easily learn which animals, equipment, and areas of expertise are available at each center.

Monthly Data Jamborees begin Aug. 22

All OHSU researchers interested in informatics, big data, genomic sequencing and other areas of data analysis are invited to join an open working group of individuals across the university who are utilizing computational resources. The idea behind this new group is to share knowledge and tools while promoting team science at OHSU through 5-10 minute live demos by informatics enthusiasts across campus. All are welcome to present. For more information, contact jamboree co-organizers Adam Margolin, Ph.D., or Kemal Sonmez, Ph.D.

Data Jamboree
Monthly, starting Friday, August 22
3-5 p.m., Richard Jones Hall 6542
BBQ, beer, wine will be served


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