Archive for 2017

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

2017 Flux Congress hosted in Portland Sept. 16-18; Damien Fair to receive Young Investigator Award

You’re invited to join the OHSU Department of Behavioral Neuroscience in Portland at the international meeting of Flux: The Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, September 16–18, 2017. Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., will be presented with the Flux Society Young Investigator Award at the event. Fair, an associate professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department, focuses his research on the mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The 2017 Flux Congress opens with the Translational Neuroscience Symposium, chaired by Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D. Moghaddam, Ruth Matarazzo Professor … Read More

OCTRI receives $37 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

The National Institutes of Health has named OHSU’s Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute a recipient of 2017 Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant. OCTRI was an original recipient of the program in 2006, and the new award provides more than $37 million in federal funding to support the Institute’s work over the next five years. OCTRI helps accelerate the translation of research into clinical use, medical practice and health policy, with the goal of improving the health of the … Read More

When and how to request an urgent IRB review

Submissions for IRB review are typically reviewed in the order in which they are received. However, there are situations that require more urgent attention.  Examples of these are: Subjects are critically ill and awaiting IRB approval of an initial submission or modification. Imminent funding deadline (e.g., NIH just-in-time notifications). Projects with tight timelines, such as a summer student research project. In urgent cases, please take the following steps: Ensure your submission is complete and accurate to … Read More

New findings show retinal development requires the protein dystroglycan

OHSU scientists have published a paper that provides new information on retinal development and visual system abnormalities present in dystroglycanopathy, a form of muscular dystrophy that results from defective function of the protein dystroglycan. Patients with severe forms of dystroglycanopathy frequently experience visual system problems in addition to other neurodevelopmental abnormalities. There is some understanding of dystroglycan’s influence on brain development, but its role in regulating retinal development has remained poorly understood. A team led … Read More

INVENT: Accelerating innovation and commercialization

This INVENT workshop helps early-stage startups establish effective financial strategies to attract potential investors and maintain a positive overall financial standing. Building a winning financial model for your startup Susan Preston, manager of the Seattle Angel Fund, will discuss: The importance of a sound financial model Variables to include in your financial model The impact and influence of your financial model on your business plan How your financial model ties into your value proposition Wednesday, … Read More

Study suggests cosmic rays pose long-term risks for astronauts

For astronauts on long missions in deep space, the brain’s response to radiation exposure is an important concern. Cognitive and other impairments put crews at risk during space travel and may pose significant health hazards to space flight crews for years after a mission. A unique feature of the space radiation environment is the presence of galactic cosmic rays and solar particle events, both of which involve protons. Exposure to these will likely impact multiple … Read More

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