OCTRI announces Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research trainees

The Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research program, within the Oregon Center for Clinical and Translational Research Institute, is pleased to announce the recipients of an NIH supported TL1 training award, AHRQ T32 training award and Summer OCTRI Student awards. This program supports early research experience for pre-doctoral medical, dental, graduate nursing, basic science, bioengineering, and pharmacy students, enhancing the pipeline of OHSU health professionals interested in clinical and translational research. These students will engage in clinical and translational research under the direction of a mentor. Year-long trainees will enroll in a masters or PhD program.

2013 NIH OSLER TL1 Year-long trainees

Marilynn Chow, School of Medicine, PhD in Cancer Biology Program
Mentor:
Jeffrey W. Tyner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Research Project
: Delineation of ROR1 signaling cascades to define new therapeutic modalities for t(1;19) B-ALL patients

Spencer Watson, School of Medicine, PhD in Cancer Biology Program
Mentor:
Joe Gray, PhD, Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Research Project
: Identifying drug-able targets of the tumor microenvironment in HER2+ breast cancer

David Noyd, School of Medicine, MD/MPH Program
Mentor:
Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, Ophthalmology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine (joint appointment)
Research Project
: Dengue epidemic in Puerto Rico 2012: Identifying risk factors for severe dengue and  dengue-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis to improve clinical detection in the peri-vaccination era

2013 AHRQ T32 Pre-doctoral Year-long trainees

Vanessa Lee, School of Medicine, MD/MPH Program
Mentor:
Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, MPH, MPA, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Women’s Health Research and Policy
Research Project
: Examining the impact of a program to reduce elective induction of labor at an academic medical center

Mahnooh Nik-Ahd, School of Medicine, MD/MPH Program
Mentor:
Dennis McCarty, PhD, Professor, Division Head, Health Services Research
Research Project
: Effect modification in a multi-center randomized trial of exercise as treatment for substance abuse

2013 NIH OSLER TL1 Short-term trainees

Britta Ameel, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, MPH, MPA, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Women’s Health Research and Policy
Research Project:
Is increased cervical dilation on presentation to labor and delivery units associated with a reduced rate of cesarean or operative vaginal delivery?

Raluca McCallum, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Eric Schnell, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Research Project
: Axonal sprouting and synapse development during post-traumatic adult neurogenesis

Sam Moulton, School of Medicine, MD Progam
Mentor:
Amie Peterson, MD, Neurology
Research Project
: Changes in muscle strength associated with impaired balance in individuals with Parkinson’s disease

Brenda Niu, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, , MPH, MPA, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Women’s Health Research and Policy
Research Project
: Effect of new gestational diabetes screening guidelines on treatment outcomes

Brandon Tullis, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Mark Pennesi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Research Project
: Evaluation of the Neuroprotective Potential of 5HT2A Antagonists MCI-9042 and ketanserin in a light damage model of retinal degeneration

Amanda Wong, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
James T. Rosenbaum, MD, Division Chief of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Edward E. Rosenbaum Professor of Inflammatory Diseases.
Research Project:
The Differentiation and Sub-Typing of Orbital Inflammation by Gene Expression Profiling for Diagnostic Purposes and Therapeutic Insights

2013 NIH Summer OCTRI Student Awards

Jason Flamiatos, School of Medicine, MD/MPH Program
Mentor:
Lynn M. Marshall, ScD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Research Project:
Knee symptoms among Oregon children and adolescents

Keneth Gilbert, School of Dentistry, DMD Program
Mentor:
Tom Maier, PhD, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biosciences and Oral Pathology and Radiology
Research Project:
Biofilm formation gene knockouts and Mutans Streptococci genetic strains isolated from carious Lesions

Benjamin Houser, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Laszlo Kiraly, MD, Surgical Critical Care
Research Project:
Platelet function and outcomes in severely injured trauma patients in the presence and absence of concurrent anti-platelet therapy

Jeremiah Knapp, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Ines Pia Koerner, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Research Project:
Molecular mechanisms of microglia-mediated delayed neuronal death after cardiac arrest

Diana Tobler, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Paul Spellman, MD, Associate Professor, Molecular and Medical Genetics
Research Project:
Investigation of combination therapy of the Aurora kinase Inhibitor GSK1070916 and Docetaxel in a triple negative nreast cancer murine xenograft model

Nicholas Vigo, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor:
Izhak Shafran, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research Project
: Speech motor pathology in Parkinson’s disease: A cross-sectional analysis of the effects of electrode probe placement in DBS-GPi Using a novel automated and comprehensive speech analysis approach in a clinical setting

Kate Watson, School of Medicine, MD Program
Mentor
: Martin Schreiber, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery
Research Project:
Optimization of lyophilized plasma for use in combat casualties

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