OCTRI Community Research Coalition Grant Funding

OCTRI is offering a new funding opportunity targeting health-related concerns identified by communities within three regional research coalitions.

OHSU believes community-academic research coalitions are essential for asking and answering questions that address regionally specific health concerns throughout Oregon. These collaborations improve local health outcomes by supporting research best practices and data driven decision-making. The grant pairs a principal investigator from one of the community research coalitions with an academic collaborator from OHSU.

Due date: June 30, 2015
Award amount: Up to $20,000
The complete Request for Applications may be found here.

For more information about OCTRI Awards and the Community Research Coalition Grant funding opportunity, please visit the OCTRI website.

OHSU faculty honored for leadership, teaching, research and more

At OHSU, the passion we bring to our work leads to discoveries, educational opportunities and patient successes that literally change the world. At the heart of our success are faculty members that bring this devotion, creativity and energy to everything that we stand for. This makes a difference not only in the eyes of other faculty members, but to students and patients as well. It is a great honor to be recognized by fellow faculty members for the many contributions that are sometimes thought as unseen.

Congratulations to this year’s Faculty Senate Awards finalists and winners (highlighted in blue).

Affiliated Units/Institutes and School of Public Health
Research Award
Rochelle Fu, Ph.D.
Christopher D. Kroenke, Ph.D.
Louis J. Picker, M.D.
Bradley Tebo, Ph.D.

School of Dentistry
Teaching Award
Juliana da Costa, D.D.S., M.S.
Mark Malloy, D.M.D., M.S.
Harjit Sehgal, B.D.S., M.S.
Brian Whitten, D.D.S.

School of Medicine
Collaboration Award
Judith A. Guzman-Cotrill, D.O.
Joel Nigg, Ph.D.
David A. Pollack, M.D.
Ujwal P. Shinde, Ph.D.

School of Nursing
Leadership Award
Juliana C. Cartwright, Ph.D., R.N.
Launa Rae Mathews, M.S., R.N., C.O.H.N.-S.
Deborah C. Messecar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., G.C.N.S.-B.C.
Peggy Wros, Ph.D., R.N.

College of Pharmacy
Service Award
Mark Leid, Ph.D.
Jessina C. McGregor, Ph.D.
Craig Williams, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., F.N.L.A.
Ann Zweber, R.Ph., B.S. Pharm.

Video: Three Minute Thesis student participants show their stuff

Did you miss OHSU’s third annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition during Research Week in early May? This is where 16 OHSU grad students each presented their thesis in 180 seconds or less. You can get caught up on all the action by viewing videos, which are each – surprise! – three minutes in length. Watch here!

When you’re finished, check out who took home the top prizes and went on to represent OHSU at the statewide Three Minute Thesis competition held May 16.

Speaking of the state 3MT, OHSU’s very own School of Medicine graduate student, Katie Lebold, took first place with her thesis “Imaging dysfunctional nerves in asthma.”

Join us tomorrow for May’s Funding Focus – Understanding Foundation Funding

Are you familiar with NIH funding but not sure where to start when it comes to foundations? Maybe you need seed funding for a new project or you’re planning a conference and could use help finding corporate sponsors. Join us for May’s Funding Focus seminar, Understanding Foundation Funding on:

Thursday, May 21
12 to 1 p.m. 
Mackenzie Hall 2201

We’ll cover:

  • Key differences between government and private funding
  • How to target your research proposal to a specific foundation
  • Internal processes at OHSU for applying to private foundations and corporations

Funding Focus is a series of workshops that Research Funding and Development Services offers throughout the year to share advice, tips, and general information on funding for the OHSU research community. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrators are all welcome to attend.

Video lecture: The Philadelphia chromosome and the search for a cure

Jessica Wapner’s “The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level” was named one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal.

The first week of May shone a spotlight on research at OHSU at the institution’s annual Research Week. Part of the programming included a lecture by science writer and author Jessica Wapner, whose book “The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level” chronicles the true story of a scientist’s landmark discovery that helped identify the sole cause of a deadly blood cancer. The Philadelphia chromosome turned cancer research on its head and has lead to decades of work to find a cure for chronic myeloid leukemia.

Wapner, whose work focuses primarily on the science, medicine and social factors determining disease and health, spoke about her research into the crucial breakthroughs that ultimately lead to a lifesaving treatment unlike anything before it. Her talk also covered the research and career of Brian Druker, M.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, who has lead the effort to speed cancer drug discovery for patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

A video of Wapner’s talk has been posted on the OHSU YouTube channel.

The war on melanoma: Skin cancer research and sun safety expo, May 30

In a state more known for rain than sunshine, one would think skin cancer wouldn’t be much of a concern in Oregon. The fact is, Oregon ranks fifth in the nation for melanoma, the most serious of all skin cancers.

Researchers at OHSU are on the case, declaring war on melanoma and engaging patients, survivors and the community to figure out how best to prevent, treat and detect the disease. Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Research Program and chair of the OHSU Department of Dermatology, is leading the effort. She launched the Melanoma Community Registry in May 2014, and has seen more than 3,300 participants sign up to learn about skin cancer education events, community activities, and research opportunities.

Leachman and her colleagues are reaching out in another way on May 30 when they bring the Skin Cancer Research Expo and Sun Safety Event to OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing on the South Waterfront. This will offer researchers a new way to connect with melanoma survivors and would-be research participants. The expo will differ from many other health events in that it will give Melanoma Community Registry members an opportunity to take part in ongoing research. Plus, there will be skin checks and education about skin protection.

Skin Cancer Research Expo and Sun Safety Event
Saturday, May 30, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Ave. in Portland

For more information about the registry and what is taking place at the expo, visit Knight News or the event webpage. Want to get involved? Start by signing up for the Melanoma Community Registry here or come to the event and learn more about how you can make a difference.

OCTRI Research Forum: Turning a proposal into a protocol, May 28

Join the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, OCTRI, in a monthly research forum that addresses all things clinical and translational research.

Don’t miss May’s topic: Turning a proposal into a protocol
Research proposal vs. a study protocol- what’s the difference?  Learn how to fine tune your research proposal and prepare a protocol ready to implement.

Mary Samuels from the Clinical & Translational Research Center, and Bridget Adams, Investigator Support and Integration Services, will lead the discussion.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Click here for more information about the OCTRI Research Forum.

OCTRI invites all faculty and staff to discuss issues and solutions to common obstacles in conducting clinical and translational research. Do you have a clinical or translational research question? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to help during these events! Please submit questions and topic requests to Colleen Berreta.

The OCTRI Research Forum will pause over the summer months of June, July and August, and will return September 2015.

ThinkFirst Oregon, Ed Neuwelt receive national awards

On May 2, in Washington, D.C., ThinkFirst Oregon was honored by the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation with a national Outstanding Community Involvement Award for its innovative community-based injury prevention initiatives. ThinkFirst Oregon was the only program selected for this award from 154 ThinkFirst chapters in the United States and 36 international chapters.

The ThinkFirst National selected ThinkFirst Oregon for the competitive award in recognition of its fall prevention seminar series for older adults. The award also recognized its concussion education outreach program aimed at coaches, parents and teachers.

Edward A. Neuwelt, M.D., professor of neurology in OHSU’s School of Medicine, and founder of ThinkFirst Oregon, was selected for a Distinguished Service Award for his nearly three decades of advocacy on behalf of injury prevention. This award has been presented only a few times in the last 30 years. Neuwelt currently serves as the director of the Blood Brain Barrier Program and the administrator of the Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program at OHSU.

About ThinkFirst Oregon
OHSU-based ThinkFirst Oregon is part of a national nonprofit organization working with teachers, educators and community groups to reduce the risk of brain and spinal cord injury through community education and outreach. In the last two years, ThinkFirst Oregon has worked to raise awareness among community members about prevention of brain and spinal cord injury through local events. The program has reached more than 500,000 Oregonians with injury prevention programs and activities.

A concussion is the most common brain injury, and all brain injuries are serious. ThinkFirst Oregon’s outreach efforts strive to deliver the message that the majority of unintentional brain injuries are preventable. The organization works to educate community members about brain anatomy and function to help them realize the importance of protecting our brains from injury.

Targeting older Oregonians
Oregon Health Authority points to fall injuries as one of the leading causes of injury hospitalization in Oregon, and among the leading causes of injury-related death for older adults. To help older Oregonians avoid falls, ThinkFirst Oregon offers fall prevention courses, including The Matter of Balance Fall Prevention – an eight-week course for people 60 and older. Because prevention is often a community effort, seminars typically target family members, caregivers and older adults (50+).

Empowering community members
ThinkFirst Oregon certifies community members to teach fall prevention in their communities as volunteers.  Over the past two years, ThinkFirstOregon provided five fall prevention instructor trainings free to community members. The eight-hour trainings took place at OHSU in Multnomah County, Clackamas County and Lincoln County. Over the past two years, approximately 77 community members participated in the coach training.

Teens and concussions
To foster education about brain injury among student athletes, ThinkFirst equips coaches and teachers across Oregon with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion kits. Teen volunteers assist ThinkFirst Oregon at program events to create a culture of prevention among young Oregonians.

About Edward Neuwelt
Neurosurgeon Ed Neuwelt, M.D., has served as sponsoring physician for ThinkFirst Oregon for the past 29 years. Since establishing the chapter at OHSU in 1986 with personal funds, Neuwelt has been deeply committed to injury prevention education, research and advocacy. He continues to identify new research possibilities, secure funding for prevention programs, testify at legislative hearings and identify creative approaches to injury prevention education. His efforts to elevate injury prevention in the public’s consciousness have produced one of the most prolific and respected chapters in the nation.


IRB Notes from the Chair: A new eIRB is coming soon

Anticipated go-live: Summer 2015

The eIRB upgrade project is in final development with go-live anticipated this summer 2015. This new system will provide a simpler, more understandable and streamlined approach for submitting studies for IRB review.

We continue to look to you for your feedback, which has been critical to the success of this project. We have been holding our User Acceptance Testing (UAT) sessions involving close to 100 testing volunteers from the research community who have helped us test key components of the new system’s initial submissions, modifications and continuing reviews process. With their help, we’ve tested more than 250 hours in the new system. Currently, we are meeting with the study team members to test the electronic submission of Reportable New Information (RNI), which is the system’s way of capturing unanticipated problems, adverse events, protocol deviations, updated Investigators Brochures (IBs), etc.

Research community testers have provided feedback by alerting us to any bugs and identifying other possible areas that may require fixes or improvements. We have incorporated many of the suggestions from your testing and thank you again for your assistance. We will continue to have testing opportunities available. Contact Andrew Perluss and David Holmgren to sign up as a testing volunteer, learn about the system hands on,  and help us with your feedback.

At go-live, existing active/closed to enrollment studies will transfer to the new system; any outstanding modifications or continuing reviews will be finished up in the old system prior to transfer. We may be contacting you for clarifications on study details/status. The old eIRB will remain ‘read only’ for access to the review history and archived documents.

To ensure complete/accurate transfer of existing studies to the new system and optimal operability when everyone is living in the new system, please refer to tips from out eIRB Helpdesk article.

IRB Notes: eIRB Helpdesk – Transferring to the new system

As stated in the From the Chair, the new eIRB system will transfer all existing studies (active and closed-to-enrollment) from the current system. We will be looking to you for your help in making the transition as easy as possible. To help the transition to the new system be smooth and accurate, you can help us by:

  1. Archiving all documents no longer being used in your research
  2. Renaming documents with standard naming conventions (e.g., Protocol, Consent Form, Consent & Authorization, Recruitment/Advertisement Flyer, etc.)
  3. Getting your studies and modifications submitted as soon as possible in the coming months
  4. Submitting continuing reviews early for the next few months to ensure no last minute ‘scrambles’ to avoid any lapses
  5. Attending our brown bag sessions. For more information, see our IRB Education page.
  6. Cleaning out any old studies, modifications, continuing reviews, adverse events, protocol deviations, etc., that have been abandoned or need to be withdrawn
  7. Responding quickly to any questions confirming your study status

If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact David Holmgren, IRB manager, at 503 346-3528 or via email at holmgred@ohsu.edu.

We are excited about this project and appreciate all of your in the research community for your patience while we continue to improve our processes. We wouldn’t succeed without your support and active involvement. Thank you!

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