eCRIS User Group Meeting, April 28

eCRIS logoStudy coordinators and clinical researchers are invited to the first quarterly eCRIS user group meeting on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 3 to 4 p.m. in CHH 3rd floor room 1A/B. Participants will hear about upcoming enhancements to eCRIS, be able to provide feedback, and learn different approaches to handling pre-award activities in eCRIS.

Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact

2014 Matarazzo Lecture: Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., May 5

Dr. Gage

The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience invites you to its 2014 Matarazzo Lecture and Reception featuring guest speaker Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., a professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This year’s lecture, “Mobile Elements: Generation of Behavioral and Evolutionary Diversity,” will be held at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Monday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The lecture will be directly followed by a reception with hor d’oeuvres and drinks.

An RSVP is appreciated – to do so, please contact Nicole Ernst.

About the speaker

Dr. Gage concentrates on the adult central nervous system and the unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. Gage’s lab showed that, contrary to accepted dogma, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. Small populations of immature nerve cells are found in the adult human brain, a process called neurogenesis. Gage is working to understand how these cells can be induced to become mature functioning nerve cells in the adult brain and spinal cord. They showed that environmental enrichment and physical exercise can enhance the growth of new brain cells and they are studying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis.

This lecture series honors the founder of the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Joseph Matarazzo, Ph.D., who in 1957 established the OHSU Division of Medical Psychology. Four years later, the division was converted into a basic science department, thus establishing the first Department of Medical Psychology within a medical school in the U.S. The department warmly recognizes the dedication and insight provided throughout the years by Joe.

Save the date: Career networking night with OHSU alumni, May 6

Join more than 20 OHSU alumni for a special networking night focused on non-academic career paths for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral fellows. Students, faculty, and postdocs are welcome to visit with OHSU alumni and learn from their experiences in career paths outside academia. Hors d’oeuvres and cold beverages provided.

Career networking night
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Richard Jones Hall Atrium

This OHSU Research Week event is sponsored by the School of Medicine Alumni Association.

Multiple K12 junior faculty career development opportunities available

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research K12 Scholars
Up to five K12 scholar opportunities are available for junior faculty conducting clinical, behavioral, health services, policy, public health, or applied research. This mentored career development program features three core elements: a didactic education in patient-centered outcomes research, an individualized experiential plan, and a significant, mentored research experience. To be eligible, scholars must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents and cannot be applying for or have received another career development grant or research award of over $100,000 in direct costs per year. Scholars will receive salary support for a minimum of 75% FTE up to a maximum of $90,000, plus applicable fringe and $25,000 per year for research, supplies, and travel. Proposals are due May 30, 2014 for a minimum two-year appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2014.

Career Development Award in Women’s Health Research
The BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) K12 program at OHSU has openings for junior faculty members interested in interdisciplinary women’s health research. Potential clinically prepared applicants can propose research across the full spectrum of research, including basic science, clinical research, information technology, health services, patient-centered outcomes, policy, public health, behavioral, and applied research. To be eligible, scholars must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents and must not be a PI on a R01 or K award. Scholars will receive salary support for a minimum of 75% FTE up to a maximum of $100,000, plus $25,000 per year for research, supplies, and travel. Proposals are due June 9, 2014 for a two-year appointment starting October 1, 2014.

Students and Postdocs: Send in you ugliest data by April 25!

Do you have an unfortunate set of data? A photo of a lab “fail”? Or a particularly ugly figure? Now’s your chance to turn that ugly data into a new iPad Mini!

During Student Day at OHSU Research Week, attendees will vote for the ugliest data. You no doubt have some ugly data in your notebooks or on your computer, and every field is bound to specialize in its own unique style of ugly. So submit your data, and let’s have a laugh at our own mistakes!

Here’s an example from Kelly Chacón, a graduate student in Environmental Health.

To submit, put your data onto a single PowerPoint slide. Add a caption explaining what’s so ugly about it and send to by Friday, April 25. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Register to participate in OHSU’s Three Minute Thesis Competition by April 21

Think you can describe your research to tram travelers in the time it takes to reach CHH?

Back by popular demand, OHSU Research Week 2014 is excited to host our second annual Three Minute Thesis Competition for graduate students on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. The 3MT® is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills as students explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Any student enrolled in an OHSU graduate program may participate. View examples of winning 3MT presentations.


  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or audio files) or props are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations will be judged by a panel of faculty and non-faculty.

Judging Criteria

  • Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?


  • Winner: $300
  • Runner-up: $200
  • People’s choice award: $200

Register to participate by April 21, 2014. Questions? Contact

Tips on obtaining NIH funding from Dr. Susan Newcomer of NICHD, April 22

The OHSU Institute on Development & Disability is excited to host Susan Newcomer, Ph.D., Program Official, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), who is coming to share insider tips on how to successfully obtain funding from NICHD and other institutes in her talk “Leaping Hurdles and Navigating the Maze: Understanding the NIH Funding Process.”

The presentation begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 in the School of Nursing, room 144.

About the speaker

Dr. Newcomer holds a Ph.D. in population studies from the University of North Carolina. She is responsible for managing the Population Dynamics Branch potrfolio of extramural research on reproductive health including social and behavioral research on fertility, contraceptive use, and AIDS/HIV risk research. Prior to joining the Branch in 1988, she was the national director of education for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her own research has focused on teen pregnancy prevention, sexual behavior, and contraceptive use.

For more information please contact Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

Heart Research Center becomes the Center for Developmental Health

Kent Thornburg, PhD, director of the Center for Developmental Health

The $125 million gift from Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight and his wife Penny that formed the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute has rallied researchers around the developmental origins of cardiovascular disease. This gift has already inspired many changes as the institute works to become a leader in translational cardiovascular research. One major change is the transition of the Heart Research Center into the newly formed Center for Developmental Health to reflect a focus on developmental diseases, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and the study of early life growth patterns that cause vulnerability for cardiovascular disease during adulthood. The center is directed by Kent Thornburg, PhD, who also directs the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness.

The center was formally organized in July 2013, and since then, it has steadily become a major, collaborative research group within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. The Center for Developmental Health now consists of 60+ scientists who study the developmental origins of health and disease at OHSU, all rallied around the institute’s mission to translate discoveries on the treatment and intervention of cardiovascular disease from the lab to the clinic as quickly as possible.

Learn more about the Center for Developmental Health.

HIP Buffet: Technology Innovation, April 22

Come hear a diverse panel discuss the critical elements involved in developing medical technologies and taking them from idea to commercialization.
Topics will include:

  • Market size and Commercial Potential
  • Product design & feasibility
  • Patentability
  • Commercialization path

Panelists: Josh Hoyt, Gearhead Associates; Jennifer Fox, Executive Director, OTRADI; Rob Copenhaver, Technology Development Manager; Jeff Jackson, Patent Associate, TTBD; & Colleen Lay, Award Program Director, OCTRI

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Mac Hall 2201

The HIP Buffet Series, sponsored by the Human Investigations Program of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides a forum on various topics in clinical and translational research. The HIP Buffet is targeted to all faculty, clinical and basic science postdoctoral fellows, research-ranked employees, and staff who are interested in a clinical and translational research career.

Learn more about the Human Investigations Program at

Schedule for Research Week 2014 career development panels

Because they were so popular at Research Week last year, we’ve planned another series of career development panels that are designed to spark conversation between students, fellows, and faculty on topics like developing a good relationship with your mentor, finding a job, and surviving grad school. OHSU Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to attend.

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

Monday, May 5, 3 to 4 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

This interactive discussion will focus on the myriad of factors that can ultimately determine an entrepreneur’s success. The presentation is designed to provide entrepreneurs examples of difficult situations and suggestions on how to avoid them by taking preemptive action. The discussion will specifically detail some scenarios including the “perils of co-founding,” strategies for aligning business expectations, equity compensation, and emergency financial planning. Left un-discussed in the early stages of a company’s lifecycle, these types of central issues can threaten a company’s ability to overcome start-up challenges. Hosted by Dennis McNannay, executive director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, and Andrew Watson, director of Technology Transfer and Business Development at OHSU.

How to survive grad school

Tuesday, May 6, 10 to 11 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

It’s one thing to get into graduate school. It’s another to survive it. Our panel of postdocs and senior grad students will provide advice on time management, writing your first scientific manuscript, how to prepare for your thesis defense, and other topics. This discussion-oriented workshop is designed for graduate students at all stages. Panelists include Julia Maxson, Ph.D., Knight Cancer Institute; Lillian Klug, Ph.D. candidate, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences; and John Harkness, Ph.D. candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience.

How to get a postdoc position

Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Old Library 211

Learn from our panel of postdoc experts about how they found and chose their postdoctoral fellowship. Students are encouraged to ask questions about any part of the process they are most interested in, such as how to identify and contact potential mentors, how to prepare for the postdoc interview process, and what to look for in a mentor. Panelists include: Hillary McGraw, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology; Andrew Gunderson, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience.

Non-Academic Careers for Scientists

Tuesday, May 6, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Professionals from various industries join us to give an insider’s look at life beyond the academic landscape. Particular focus will be on career trajectory from graduate school onward, what each occupation entails, and other life lessons learned along the way. Panelists included Jim Austin, Ph.D., editor of Science Careers, a publication of Science magazine and AAAS; OHSU graduate Mike Rosen, Ph.D., division manager at the Portland Bureau of Environmental; and OHSU graduate Trish Pruis, Ph.D., business development associate in Technology Transfer and Business Development.

How to establish and manage a mentoring relationship

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

Establishing expectations and boundaries can be the most important step in ensuring a successful mentoring relationship, but this step is often missed at the beginning of a relationship with a mentor or mentee. This panel discussion will provide advice and tips on how to go about setting expectations to get the most out of mentoring. Learn from experienced mentors and mentees about what you can and should not expect from a mentor/mentee relationship, how to clarify roles and to set boundaries, and tips regarding what has worked for each of them. This discussion is directed to a wide variety of participants from students and postdocs to faculty; clinical researchers to basic scientists; and mentees to mentors. Facilitated by Cynthia Morris, panelists include David Jacoby, M.D., professor of medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine;  Karen Eden, Ph.D., associate professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology;  Wilmon Grant, Ph.D., M.C.R., postdoctoral Fellow, OHSU/Portland VA Medical Center; Julia Maxson, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Knight Cancer Institute; Rajarshee Mazumder, M.D./M.P.H. student; and Marilynn Chow, Ph.D. student, Cancer Biology Program.

Finding your first faculty job

Thursday, May 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to attend this informal Q&A panel led by three recently hired faculty members. The panelists will share their job search experiences as well as provide insight on how to prepare for interviews. Panelists include Michael Cohen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology; Mary Logan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., who is finishing up his postdoctoral fellowship at in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience.

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