The Cochrane Collaboration to open West Coast branch at OHSU

Dr. Mark Helfand

The Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit that conducts independent systematic reviews on health care topics, announced on Aug. 21 that it plans to open a West Coast branch at Oregon Health & Science University. The Cochrane has 14 centers and 22 branches worldwide, including its primary U.S. center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The new branch will be led by Mark Helfand, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., professor of medicine, and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Helfand was also founding director of what is now the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center.

Read the full OHSU news release.

NIH issues “Follow that Cell” challenge, offering $500,000 in prizes

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The NIH is challenging researchers to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000 for developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The NIH Follow that Cell Challenge seeks tools that would, for example, monitor a cell in the process of becoming cancerous, detect changes due to a disease-causing virus, or track how a cell responds to treatment.

“Advances in cellular analysis promise earlier diagnosis and improved therapies for diseases, from cancer to Alzheimer’s,” said James Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., director of NIH’s Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. “These prizes will also help to stimulate new businesses and economic growth in our biomedical communities.”

The Challenge aims to generate creative ideas and methods for following and predicting a single cell’s behavior and function over time in a complex multicellular environment – preferably using multiple integrated measures to detect its changing state.

Bionutrition Brown Bag: Crème Brulees, BOD PODs, and FFQs – What Bionuts can do for you, Sept. 10

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute’s Bionutrition Unit has been in existence at OHSU since 1976.  Registered dietitians specializing in research (aka Bionutritionists/Bionuts) design diets, feed research participants, conduct body composition measurements, and investigate participant’s usual diets using several different methodologies.  Come find out what crème brulees, BOD PODs, and FFQs have to do with nutrition research and learn how the Bionutrition Unit can help improve your research study design.  We’ll have samples of two recipes developed by the Bionutrition Unit–Red Beet and White Bean Hummus and Nut & Seed Bars–for those in attendance, so come early for tasting!

Join Us!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12 p.m.
Mac Hall, Room 1162

Please contact Julia Jordan with questions.

Register today: 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.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists; internal nominations due Oct. 17

OHSU has been invited to nominate a limited number of candidates for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. This national competition rewards excellence by faculty members age 42 and younger in each of the following categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Each winner will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000.

Because OHSU is limited to one nomination per category, we are requesting that all interested candidates and their references submit an internal application to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research for review. Please send a one-page rationale for nomination that explains how the candidate’s research has broadly impacted science, the candidate’s CV, and a letter of support to funding@ohsu.edu by Oct. 17, 2014, to be considered for institutional nomination.

Read more about the award program in these news articles:

OHSU study highlights critical gaps in mental health research

A new OHSU study has found there is no strong evidence to guide the use of antidepressants by women during pregnancy and just after birth. The findings come from a team led by Marian S. McDonagh, Pharm.D., professor of medical informatics & clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and are published online in the September 2014 edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“We were very surprised that the existing research allows no clear consensus,” McDonagh said. “After all, depression during pregnancy is common, with estimates ranging from 5 to 30 percent of all women who become pregnant. And there is evidence that depression during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes for mother and child.”

Read the full media release online.

Find ONPRC and nationally available research resources on new National Primate Research Centers website

The Oregon National Primate Research Center–one of eight NIH-funded primate centers in the country–is part of a new national NPRC Research and Capabilities website that is intended to facilitate innovative research and new collaborations. Use the site to easily learn which animals, equipment, and areas of expertise are available at each center.

Monthly Data Jamborees begin Aug. 22

All OHSU researchers interested in informatics, big data, genomic sequencing and other areas of data analysis are invited to join an open working group of individuals across the university who are utilizing computational resources. The idea behind this new group is to share knowledge and tools while promoting team science at OHSU through 5-10 minute live demos by informatics enthusiasts across campus. All are welcome to present. For more information, contact jamboree co-organizers Adam Margolin, Ph.D., or Kemal Sonmez, Ph.D.

Data Jamboree
Monthly, starting Friday, August 22
3-5 p.m., Richard Jones Hall 6542
BBQ, beer, wine will be served

 

The American Society of Hematology recognizes Grover Bagby, M.D.

The American Society of Hematology will honor Grover C. Bagby Jr., M.D., with a 2014 Mentor Award at the 56th Annual ASH Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco for his sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early-career hematologists.

Dr. Bagby, professor of medicine and molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine, and founding director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, will be presented with the award for his steadfast mentorship of more than 40 former trainees and faculty members. Dr. Bagby’s mentees cite his selfless leadership and caring dedication to the development of scientific expertise and tradition as critical elements of his success in influencing the lives of his trainees, who now serve as successful clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and administrators.

As a longtime member of ASH, Dr. Bagby has served in various roles for the society over a period of more than 30 years, including as member and chair of several scientific and standing committees and associate editor of Blood. He is an elected member of the American Association of Physicians and American Society of Clinical Investigation, is past president of the International Society for Experimental Hematology, is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians.

The ASH Mentor Award is given to only two mentors each year who have had a significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology. John F. DiPersio, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Oncology and deputy director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine, will also be presented with a 2014 ASH Mentor Award at the society’s annual meeting in December.

Oregon Bioscience Conference: poster abstracts due Aug. 25

The Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) is seeking poster abstracts for the Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2014 Annual Conference: An Industry Inflection Point. Abstracts from both academic and bioscience companies in Oregon are encouraged. Posters will be presented throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 15 in Marylhurst University’s Exhibit Hall.

Poster abstracts must be submitted to Jennifer Fox at OTRADI by Aug. 25, 2014. Please include “Poster Abstract Submission 2014″ in the email’s subject line. Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Title of Poster
  • Abstract (<300 words)
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