IRB Brown Bag Special Series: eIRB Upgrade RNIs

IRB Brown BageIRB Upgrade: Reportable New Information (RNIs)

Presented by IRB analysts Melinda Allie and Wendy Rosling

Thursday, Apr. 23
12 to 1 p.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

The new eIRB system will handle reporting of Unanticipated Problems and Protocol Deviations through a single pathway called “Reportable New Information (RNI).” In addition, the OHSU IRB is revising its policy on what items will require investigators to submit a report. This brown bag will introduce you to the new reporting requirements and the process for submitting Reportable New Information via the new eIRB system.

NIH unveils new new biosketch form

Early today, the National Institutes of Health announced it is revising, again, its biosketch form. Here’s a preview:

Contributions to Science. Please fill in the blanks as indicated.

  1. I was the [adjective] investigator in the following studies. My [adverb] publications [adverb] [verb] in [noun]. However, because [adjective] [noun] did not [verb], I believe [noun] will become a [adjective] issue in the field. The [adjective] publications here found that [adjective] [plural noun] showed increased [noun] when tested via [noun]. These publications document this [adjective] problem but guide [plural noun] and [plural noun] to [verb] in most situations. By providing [noun] and [adjective] [noun], these publications have changed the [noun] for [noun] and will continue to [verb] in [adjective] settings.

Upcoming class: RDA 101, Apr. 9

Research Administration Training & Education (RATE) connects the research community with workplace learning and offers classes for research administrators and others who support research at OHSU.

A great place to start whether you or your staff are new to OHSU Research or have been around a while is RDA 101.

RDA 101: Introduction to Research Administration
Thursday, April 9
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Bancroft Building, room 131

Join us as we take a big-picture look at Research Administration. Meet RDA unit leaders, tour valuable web resources, and meet face to face with your contacts in OPAM, IRB, TTBD, and others.

Use your network login to enroll through Compass here. Questions? Contact Margaret Gardner.

Community Conversations: Are vaccines everybody’s business?, Apr. 28

Join the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research for the next installment in the 2015 Community Conversations series: “Are vaccinations everybody’s business?” The event will begin with the viewing of the documentary Everybody’s Business by Laura Green, followed by a discussion of the balance between public health and personal choice in the context of childhood vaccination. The discussion will be facilitated by Judy Guzman, D.O., OHSU.

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015
5:45 to 7:45 p.m.
The Lucky Labrador Pub (all ages)
1700 N. Killingsworth St. in Portland

$5 general admission includes discussion and first glass of wine/beer (over age 21). Register now.

Community Conversations are informal discussions that explore a topic in biomedical science and its relationship with ethics, medicine, research and society, and connecting people to the biomedical research community. Contact Jen Wroblewski for more information.

OCTRI announces 2015 Biomedical Innovation Program award recipients

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is pleased to announce the funding of three research awards through its Biomedical Innovation Program. The program cultivates and selects promising translational projects that develop new biomedical devices, diagnostics, and software. Via commercialization from academia to the marketplace, the objective is to move innovative technologies to clinical application, and thus to make a meaningful impact on human health.

The Biomedical Innovation Program is a collaboration between OCTRI and OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD). It is supported by major funding from OCTRI, and institutional support from OHSU, with additional support from Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI).

Congratulations to our 2015 Biomedical Innovation Pilot Award winners:

Erin W. Gilbert, M.D., M.C.R., assistant professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery

Eliminating retained surgical items using an embedded detector system



Gregory Landry, M.D., professor of surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Knight Cardiovascular Institute

Remote endarterectomy device



John Muschler, Ph.D., research associate professor, Biomedical Engineering

Developing novel bioconjugates for the detection and treatment of bladder disease



“The principal goal of the Biomedical Innovation Program is to to accelerate innovation at OHSU by providing faculty with the funding, mentorship and project management necessary to develop their ideas for new biomedical devices and diagnostics,” said Eric Orwoll, M.D., professor of Medicine. “Our 2015 awardees represent the spirit of innovation at OHSU and we are very excited to work with them as they move their technologies toward commercialization.”

Detailed information on all three awards, including project abstracts, is provided on the OCTRI Pilot Project Awards webpage.

To learn more about OCTRI services and support, please visit

OCTRI is supported by (UL1TR000128) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

IRB Brown Bag Special Series: eIRB upgrade Mods & CRQs

IRB Brown BageIRB Upgrade: Mods & CRQs

Presented by IRB analysts Triana Nagel and Trish Lindstrom.

Monday, Apr. 6, 2015
12 to 1 p.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium


This brown bag will provide an overview and demonstration of the modification and continuing review submission process in the new eIRB system. You will see the new modification and continuing review questionnaires and learn how the new system improves upon the current process.

Research Week: New Faculty Lightning Rounds, May 5

What new research is under way at OHSU? Who are the movers and shakers among new faculty? Find out during Research Week 2015, at the debut of New Faculty Lightning Rounds.

This event allows faculty who have been at OHSU since January 2013 to showcase their project or program in a five-minute, one-slide presentation to an audience of scientists and others in the OHSU community.

New Faculty Lightning Rounds
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3:30 to 5 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium

New faculty interested in participating should write to researchweek@ohsu. Visit the Research Week website for other events and activities.


Funding News from HHMI, the Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation

Speaking of funding innovations, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up to offer a new award for junior faculty members. These early career scientists–called Faculty Scholars–would receive a one-time award of $100,000-400,000 over five years. Funds can be used for the following:

  • Partial salary for faculty (up to 3 months and no more than $70,000)
  • Salary for lab personnel
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Travel
  • Publications

Indirect costs of up to 20% are allowed as well. Prospective candidates include those from eligible institutions (including OHSU) who have a PhD, MD, or equivalent; who have a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher, who have more than 4 but fewer than 10 years of post-training experience and who have at least one nationally competitive grant (including career development grants).

This award has generated much buzz–for the details, see the program announcement. Note that, unlike many HHMI opportunities, this one is not a limited submission (though you should still work with your OPAM representative to apply).

NCI experiments with staff scientist funding

Later this year, the National Cancer Institute will be offering a new “research specialist” award, using a K05 mechanism, to support scientists who are not PIs–think lab scientists and core facility managers. This award would require sponsorship from a PI, similar to other K awards, although recipients could take it with them if they moved to another lab. This new funding mechanism was discussed at NCI’s recent meeting of the Board of Scientific Advisors (if you want to listen, the discussion starts at about 2 hours and 20 minutes). As with any such endeavor, there are many unknowns, such as what the demand would be (overwhelming?) or what happens to labs when their staff scientists have their own portable funding, but the intention is to stabilize the scientific workforce.

NCI expects to post the PAs sometime in 2015. The allotment for the first round is about $5 million, so 50-60 awards for 18 months or so. You can read more about this initiative here and here.

Richard Jones Hall, Auditorium undergoing upgrades

Several construction and upgrade projects are under way on the Marquam Hill campus and will continue into the summer and beyond.

Richard Jones Hall
Between now and July, the 4th floor of Richard Jones Hall will be retrofitted with new infrastructure and have new space created for new tenants. The space has become available because previous tenants have moved to the Collaborative Life Science Building. Construction work is scheduled to occur between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, and there will be some disruption. Potential impacts include:

  • Noise during construction
  • Wayfinding and traffic pattern changes
  • Existing room reservations may need to be adjusted

Log into O2 to find out more about the project.

OHSU Auditorium
The Auditorium (Old Library), which was originally constructed in 1938, is set for a major facelift beginning in May. This gathering space–the largest on the Marquam Hill campus–will be upgraded with ADA-accessible restrooms, air conditioning, and modernized conference space. This work will be done in phases over the next few years.

The planning of improvements has been under way for several months. Upgrades include:

  • Heating and cooling system
  • New finishes and lighting in the Grand Hall entrance
  • Auditorium/large conference room upgrades
  • Elevator addition for ADA accessibility
  • Restroom remodel for ADA accessibility
  • Conference center redesign to accommodate more meetings, community events and receptions
  • Office area renovation
  • Landscape changes and exterior cleaning

Find out about the specific improvements, timelines, and how to reserve meeting space here.



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