iLab Solutions rollout begins July 28 for core resource scheduling and billing

In June, we told you about an upcoming change in the way you interface with core resources at OHSU. Over the next few weeks, OHSU will begin rolling out iLab Solutions, a web-based tool to help manage scheduling and billing for core research resources. iLab Solutions will replace the current Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System (CORES). The rollout will happen in phases, with Flow CytometryAdvanced Light Microscopy, and Massively Parallel Sequencing transitioning to the new system first.

iLab Solutions will increase efficiency for core resources, which will help better meet scientific needs and reduce costs in the long run. In the meantime, we realize that iLab Solutions may initially seem a bit more complex than the existing CORES system. To assist you through the transition, user manuals and a video tutorial are provided below. For additional support, contact the iLab Solutions help desk at support@ilabsolutions.com or the OHSU University Shared Resources program at cores@ohsu.edu.

Timeline

July 28, 2014: iLab Solutions login available to users of Flow Cytometry and Advanced Light Microscopy. Users can enter reservations for dates on or after Aug. 1.

Aug. 1, 2014: iLab Solutions login available to users of Flow Cytometry, Advanced Light Microscopy, and Massively Parallel Sequencing. The CORES system will become unavailable; its landing page will redirect to iLab Solutions.

TBD: Additional cores begin using iLab Solutions for scheduling and billing.

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World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education, Oct. 10-12

This fall, join ultrasound practitioners and educators from all disciplines for the 3rd Annual World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education at the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building. Both ultrasound experts and novices are encouraged to attend this multidisciplinary conference, which will cover ultrasound’s myriad uses from the anatomy lab and ICU to rural locations.

World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education
October 10-12, 2014
Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Discounted registration fees are available for students, residents, and fellows. Register online at www.wcume.org.

Diversity focus: Research interns get hands-on lab experiences

2014 CURE Program interns. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion administers the Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program, which is funded by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion thanks research faculty and postdoc fellows who are serving as mentors to the research interns who are part of the Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE and Summer Equity internship programs. This summer, CDI has placed 26 high school and college students in research lab experiences throughout OHSU. The highly competitive programs drew over 200 applicants from across Oregon and the United States. Interns receive a stipend during their time here at OHSU.

Special recognition to faculty researchers who have dutifully and graciously participated in the Summer Equity Program every year for the last four years, including Kari Buck, Ph.D.; Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D., and Andrey Ryabinin, Ph.D. The OHSU community is invited to the programs’ grand finale: the Summer Equity and CURE poster presentation, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

We invite you to learn more about the Summer Equity and CURE interns through their inspirational stories. If interested in hosting an intern next summer, contact David Martinez, manager of student recruitment and retention at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Tech Transfer office accepting internship applications

OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

TTBD is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year internships. In order to qualify for a TTBD internship, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering
  • Currently be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law
  • Have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal
  • Be available to commit to 8-10 volunteer hours per week for the entirety of the 2014-2015 academic school year (9/29/2014-5/22/2015). Volunteers can take up to 8 weeks off during the 34 week period

How to apply

Submit an email to techmgmt@ohsu.edu by August 15, 2014 with the following attachments:

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter that states the applicant’s preferred internship track, the applicant’s career aspirations, and what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in the internship program
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or graduate mentor
  • Permission letter from the applicant’s advisor and program director to participate in TTBD’s internship program, if applicant is from OHSU

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Pay off your student debt with help from the annual NIH loan repayment program

The NIH is accepting applications for its annual Extramural Loan Repayment Program. If you’re a health professional pursuing a career in biomedical, behavioral, social or clinical research, and plan to commit at least two years to research, you may be eligible for up to $35,000 per year. The program is divided into five subdivisions:

Eligibility requirements for each program can vary, so be sure to read the full notices. For all Loan Repayment Programs, applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must engage in research that averages at least 20 hours a week during each quarterly service period per contract quarter. Total qualifying educational debt must be equal to or exceeding 20 percent of applicants institutional base salary at the time of award.

Note that these grants are awarded to the individual and do not go through OHSU’s system. However, you must work with OHSU’s pre-award office to verify your affiliation with the university.

Applications accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 15, 2014.

For more funding opportunities, view this week’s Funding Alerts.

One spot left in advanced grant writing class for OHSU faculty

Are you an OHSU faculty member who is planning to apply for a grant this fall? This four-week professional development course, offered by Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., will provide advanced training and extensive individual feedback to help you write better grant applications. This writing-intensive course will use examples of successful applications and contributions from class participants to improve grant-writing skills. Topics will include strategic placement of information, improving sentence structure, and revising for clarity and readability. Other topics to be covered will depend on the wishes of class participants but may include identifying and solving writing problems, reviewing grammar, or avoiding writer’s block. Class sessions are complemented by four one-on-one meetings with the instructor to revise and edit the applications that participants are working on.

Prerequisites: OHSU faculty appointment or completion of the Vollum Writing Class; and imminent plans to write a grant and some preliminary data to write about.

Summer 2014 Schedule: Tuesdays, September 2 – 23, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m in Mac Hall 2136.

Cost: $300

Register for the class.

School of Nursing’s Dr. Christopher Lee receives leadership award

Christopher Lee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., an associate professor at the OHSU School of Nursing, has dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients with heart disease, the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the U.S. He was recently selected to receive the 2014 Nursing Leadership Award from the Heart Failure Society of America for his work with the HFSA’s Interdisciplinary Advocacy Committee and for research on improving outcomes of patients with heart failure. The award will be presented at the society’s annual meeting this fall.

As part of the HFSA’s advocacy committee, Dr. Lee led efforts to create a joint position statement with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses advocating for nurses to be able to practice to the full extent of their training to improve the health of patients with heart failure. In several states, nurses are limited by laws or other policies that prevent them from writing prescriptions or require them to be supervised physicians. In the statement authored by Dr. Lee and collaborators, the HFSA and AAHFN advocate for changes to current policies which would allow nurses to be fully engaged as part of the patient care team as well as take on leadership roles in organizations where health policy decisions are made.

“All health care practitioners need to be able to engage as much as they have been trained to offset large health care expenditures and improve quality of life,” Dr. Lee said. “I was thrilled to represent the School of Nursing and OHSU at large in this process and to have formal recognition of my unyielding dedication to high-level national service in the name of nursing advocacy.”

In addition to his advocacy work, Dr. Lee runs a biobehavioral research program on heart failure that uses qualitative measures such as quality of life and symptom burden to provide new insights to a disease that is traditionally studied by looking at lab results and numbers. His goal is to learn as much as he can from patients living with heart failure so that scientists can improve the state of the field for patients in the future. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and OHSU’s BIRCWH K12 Scholar Program.

Safety Fair, July 24

Safety Fair

July 24, 2014

OHSU Auditorium & Great Hall

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join Environmental Health & Radiation Safety at the second annual safety fair for the research community! Food and drinks will be served. Plus, be sure to visit the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) table to learn about eIACUC II.

Great Hall – Workshops

11 a.m. Dangerous Goods Shipping

11:30 a.m. Chemical Spill Response

12 p.m. Fire Extinguisher Training

12:30 p.m. Chemical Spill Response (repeat session) 

OHSU Auditorium – Presentations

1 p.m. Waste Anesthetic Gas Management with Alison Deputy, Scivena Scientific

1:45 p.m. Chemical Safety at OHSU with April Karr, OHSU Chemical Safety Officer

New funding initiatives at NIH

With budgets tight as ever, the NIH plans to experiment with new models of funding that boost investigator productivity by proving flexible, longer-term support. (Not unlike the HHMI Investigator Program.) While each institute will be given leeway to design their own programs, in general, applicants will be evaluated on how past accomplishments might shape future research rather than on specific aims.

The National Cancer Institute has already issued a call for proposals for its Outstanding Investigator Award, which provides up to $600,000 annually for seven years to cancer researchers with stellar track records. Meanwhile, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences seeks feedback on how to structure their program. More is expected to come, including similar programs for researchers at all stages of their careers.

Portland Alcohol Research Center pilot project research proposals due Sept. 2

The Portland Alcohol Research Center (PARC) expects to fund pilot research projects in 2015 of up to $35,000 each. PARC is especially interested in encouraging investigators new to alcohol research to submit applications. Proposals will be funded based on scientific merit, relevance to center goals, and the likelihood that findings will lead to submission of an R-type grant application. Pilot proposals that focus on the neuroadaptation to ethanol exposure and those with relevance to behavioral genomics are especially welcome.

All OHSU faculty (assistant professor or above) interested in alcohol research are invited to submit pilot project proposals. The proposals can outline new projects or projects that were previously submitted but not funded, as long as they are suitably revised.

Applications are due no later than noon, Friday, September 2, 2014. The funding target start date is January 1, 2015. Please contact the PARC Scientific Director, Robert Hitzemann, with questions (503-402-2858).

Take a look at the latest Funding Alerts for more research funding opportunities.

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