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 www.octri.org

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.



New to Research Week in 2015: NIH mock study section

This year,  OHSU Research Week will feature an NIH mock study section.* Led by Charles Rafferty, Ph.D., former chief of the Scientific Review Branch at NIAMS, and a number of OHSU faculty, the session will cover an R01 and a K award.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
12 to 1:30 p.m.
OHSU Old Library

OHSU Research Week 2015 is May 4-8 in the Old Library.

* In grantee parlance, the Study Section (also called a Scientific Review Group) is a committee of external scientists who review grant proposals and meet to discuss and grade them. There are many regular Study Sections, corresponding to particular scientific specialties in the 19 institutes that make up the National Institutes of Health (for example, the “cancer institute,” the “heart institute,” the “infectious disease institute,” etc.). For more about how a Study Section works, visit this post on scienceblogs.com.

New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, to speak at OHSU on Apr. 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Nicholas Kristof, will speak at the Fifth Annual Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture on Apr. 20. The title of Mr. Kristof’s talk is “Pathways to Becoming a Global Citizen,” with insights drawn from his most recent book (co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn), A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (2014). Mr. Kristof and his wife are also co-authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009). He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, with a focus on human right abuses, social injustice, and global women’s rights.

Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
12 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium

The lecture will be follow by a reception and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

IRB Brown Bag Special Series: eIRB upgrade Initial Submissions

IRB Brown BageIRB Upgrade: Initial Submissions

Presented by IRB analysts Kaija Maggard and Mark McNamara

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015
10 to 11:30 a.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

This brown bag will provide an overview and demonstration of the new eIRB Upgrade Initial Submissions Process. You will learn how the new system improves upon the current submission process and you will see where we have incorporated many suggestions provided from the user testers who helped us design the Initial Submission Smart Form questions. Following the presentation, we will have a Q&A session.

Oregon Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, register by Mar. 20

The Oregon chapter of the Society for Neuroscience invites OHSU researchers, clinicians, and faculty to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for its 2015 annual meeting Friday and Saturday, Mar. 27 and 28, at McMenamins Edgefield.

Visit this site for a list of speakers, submission instructions, and to register.

The deadline to register and submit abstracts is Friday, Mar. 20!  Register here today.

Abstracts may be submitted to Dr. Larry Sherman as late as Wednesday, Mar. 26, however they will not be printed in the abstract book

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