Archive for 2017

Innovators join for the 2017 OHSU Commercialization Conference

More than 250 scientists and entrepreneurs gathered last week at the OHSU Commercialization Conference, now in its fifth year. The takeaways? Disruptive innovation in science follows years of research that is carefully framed to address specific problems; business engagement can help move scientific discoveries to the patient; and OHSU’s structure that locates research outside the five schools creates special opportunities for transdisciplinary research, training, and education. A thread running through the conference, hosted by OHSU … Read More

In the Lab: Fran Biel

Women with disabilities face particular challenges during pregnancy and childbirth. There are scales and exam tables that may not accommodate them and that there is a lack of medical information in accessible form — and there is still little information about their experiences during pregnancy and childbirth. Research assistant Fran Biel works in Willi Horner-Johnson’s lab in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where they are gathering new information that could improve the experiences of … Read More

Oral antibiotics after C-section may reduce infection risk for obese women

The rate of obesity among U.S. women has been increasing, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of surgical-site infection following cesarean delivery. Research by Amy Valent, D.O., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, and colleagues at the University of Cincinnati found that the rate of infection for women who received additional oral antibiotics after delivery was 6.4 percent. Women in the placebo group had a 15.4 percent rate … Read More

Got big data? Meet Research Data Storage

A flexible research storage platform created specifically to meet the diverse needs of the research community is now available through the OHSU Information Technology Group and the Advanced Computing Center. Research Data Storage provides long-term, large-scale, secure storage housed at two physical locations that provide optimal data replication and redundancy. The platform is easy-to-access, robust and flexible. The cost is $70 per terabyte per year and $140 per terabyte per year for replicated storage. There … Read More

Collaborator of Mitalipov and Amato to speak on genome-wide target specificity of CRISPR base editors

Jin-Soo Kim, Ph.D., collaborated with Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., and Paula Amato, M.D., on the groundbreaking discovery recently reported in Nature — the successful removal of a lethal genetic defect in human embryos. The discovery and widespread development of methods to edit the human genome is a truly revolutionary advance in biology. Genome-wide target specificity of CRISPR base editors Oct. 3, noon to 1 p.m. Richard Jones Hall, room 4340 Kim, professor and director at the Center … Read More

Despite progress, health disparities remain among racial and ethnic minority groups post-ACA

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from OHSU and OCHIN report that community health centers in states that expanded Medicaid coverage experienced a decrease in uninsured visits and an increase in Medicaid-insured visits compared with non-expansion states. The research, published in the Annals of Family Medicine. also found that Hispanic patients have the highest rates of uninsured clinic visits, both before and after Affordable Care Act expansion. Read the full story on the OHSU News Hub. Heather Angier, … Read More

Motor neurons aren’t the only site for restoring locomotive function

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is the most common adult onset motor neuron disease for which there is no cure or treatment that significantly extends life. ALS causes the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles and is characterized by gradually worsening weakness, loss of motor function and, when the individual can no longer breathe, death. The only FDA-approved drug used to treat ALS prolongs on average the lifetime of a patient by two to three months. A feature in neurodegenerative diseases, including about 90 percent … Read More

Eric Smith named director of OHSU Clinical Research Support Office

Eric Smith, M.S., M.B.A., has been named the director of the OHSU Clinical Research Support Office. The CRSO was launched on July 3, 2017, in order to bring clinical research support functions under one umbrella and focus on partnering with the research community to support OHSU’s clinical research leadership. Smith comes to this position from the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, where he has served since 2011 as associate director of translational research and dermatopathology, … Read More

Welcome: Grace Phelps Distinguished Professor

Welcome to Michelle van Ryn, Ph.D., who has been appointed professor and Grace Phelps Distinguished Professor at the OHSU School of Nursing. She comes to OHSU from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where she was professor of health services research and director of the Research Program on Equity & Inclusion in Healthcare. She is also the founder and lead scientific advisor of the Institute for Equity & Inclusion Sciences, a public benefit corporation whose mission is to translate current evidence into practical … Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium: From Research to Recovery, Sept. 15–16

The OHSU Brain Institute will host the annual Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium: From Research to Recovery on September 15 and 16, 2017. The focus on day one will be the neuroscience research of concussion and recovery. The second day will feature breakout sessions on the latest evaluation techniques and treatments for concussion. Participants are encouraged to attend both days, as well as a poster reception Friday evening. TBI Symposium: From Research to Recovery Friday, Sept. 15, … Read More

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