Archive for 2018

Noise notice: Vollum Institute courtyard, Jan. 13 and 14

To provide a safer walkway from the Vollum to Richard Jones Hall, the courtyard tile will be sandblasted for grip. This project will create loud, high-pitched noise and detours into building spaces. Vollum tile sandblasting Vollum courtyard Saturday, Jan. 13 to Sunday, Jan. 14 If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Bonaduce at

Advanced mapping and spatial reasoning tool for OHSU researchers

OHSU is providing licenses for ArcGIS, an advanced mapping and spatial reasoning tool. ArcGIS allows users to explore data and share location-based insights through a common visual language. The ArcGIS portal is a collaborative, secure environment for organizing and sharing geospatial assets with the capacity to create maps and perform analytics. The tool provides spatial analytics to identify and quantify implications, consequences and impacts of decisions. The license includes ready-to-use maps, including the Living Atlas … Read More

David Ellison and international team receive $6 million grant from Foundation LeDucq

David H. Ellison, M.D., and a team of international collaborators have been awarded a $6 million Transatlantic Network of Excellence grant from the Fondation LeDucq. They will examine how the kidney handles potassium and why blood pressure is so sensitive to changes in dietary potassium. Each year, hypertension causes an estimated 7.5 million deaths worldwide, about 12.8 percent of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The condition is rooted in complex genetic and environmental … Read More

Interns sought: strategic planning for research development

OHSU Research Development is currently accepting applications from new volunteer team members for strategic planning. Research development encompasses a number of strategic and capacity-building activities so that individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and OHSU can attract extramural research funding. Many research development professionals have advanced degrees, and it is a promising career for STEM Ph.D.s. OHSU’s research development office was established in 2004. This year, a major goal is to develop a strategic plan for research development to … Read More

People Management for Principal Investigators, March 9 & 10

Every principal investigator wants to build and maintain a lab that attracts and retains outstanding trainees and staff members. Juggling this endeavor with everything else the PI must do — writing papers, teaching, mentoring, gaining and maintaining funding, creating collaborative and productive relationships with other PIs — can be challenging at best. This 1.5-day course, led by Melanie Erskine and Rachel Dresbeck from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, will help you learn to manage … Read More

Register by Jan. 16 to attend the Innovation Workshop, Jan. 18 & 25

Secure a spot today for the Innovation Workshop, a confidential, interactive discussion that provides real-world examples and information that will help you take your idea to market. Hosted by OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development, the workshop will show you how to perform basic market analysis and evaluate the market potential of your invention. You will also receive coaching to help you pitch your idea to potential partners and investors. OHSU’s Executives-in-Residence members Eric Fogel … Read More

NIH BRAIN initiative to fund new research on function of amygdala

A $5 million grant and new imaging technology will enable Vollum Institute neuroscientists to map specific circuits within the amygdala. Evidence suggests that the amygdala, known for circuitry critical for reactive emotions like fight-or-flight, is also involved in higher-level functions, such as memory and emotional learning. A goal of this research is to improve understanding of these circuits’ functions. Researchers Tianyi Mao, Ph.D., and Haining Zhong, Ph.D., both associate professors and scientists at the Vollum … Read More

New histopathology consultation service

The Histopathology Shared Resource and the Knight Biolibrary are now offering a histopathology consultation service. Services provided include advice on histologic procedures, histopathological evaluation of both animal and human tissues, evaluation of immunohistochemistry, digital microscopy and microdissection. Please contact Dr. Rosemary Makar ( or the Histopathology Shared Resource ( to discuss projects.

New resource for researchers: KCVI Epigenetics Consortium

OHSU researchers have established the Knight Cardiovascular Institute Epigenetics Consortium to foster research and education in epigenetics. This team of experts assists investigators with the analysis of epigenetic regulation by combining evolving technologies and high-throughput sequencing. Services offered include bisulfite sequencing for DNA methylation, ChIP-seq (histone marks or transcription factors), ATAC-seq, and RNA-seq. The epigenetic consortium supports projects from start to finish, including study design, assays, bioinformatic analyses, and help with interpretation of the results. … Read More

New NIH policy on electronic submission of diversity supplements

Effective January 25, 2018, the NIH will require all single and multi-project diversity supplement requests to be submitted electronically. This is a change in NIH policy, which currently uses paper forms for these diversity supplements. The diversity supplement funding opportunity announcement will be reissued with new FORMS-E application forms and instructions for supplement requests. For supplement requests prior to January 25, prepare requests using the current FOA. Funds from diversity supplement requests are used to improve … Read More

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