Awards and Honors

David Ellison and international team receive $6 million grant from Foundation LeDucq

David H. Ellison, M.D., and a team of international collaborators have been awarded a $6 million Transatlantic Network of Excellence grant from the Fondation LeDucq. They will examine how the kidney handles potassium and why blood pressure is so sensitive to changes in dietary potassium. Each year, hypertension causes an estimated 7.5 million deaths worldwide, about 12.8 percent of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The condition is rooted in complex genetic and environmental … Read More

NIH BRAIN initiative to fund new research on function of amygdala

A $5 million grant and new imaging technology will enable Vollum Institute neuroscientists to map specific circuits within the amygdala. Evidence suggests that the amygdala, known for circuitry critical for reactive emotions like fight-or-flight, is also involved in higher-level functions, such as memory and emotional learning. A goal of this research is to improve understanding of these circuits’ functions. Researchers Tianyi Mao, Ph.D., and Haining Zhong, Ph.D., both associate professors and scientists at the Vollum … Read More

Three researchers receive 2018 Biomedical Innovation Program awards

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute and Technology Transfer and Business Development have awarded three grants to investigators through the Biomedical Innovation Program. The awards provide funds, project management, and mentorship to facilitate the development of innovative technologies at OHSU and accelerate their translation to the marketplace. This track of funding supports translational projects that develop new biomedical devices, diagnostics, and software. Luiz Bertassoni, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of restorative dentistry, was awarded a grant to support product development and … Read More

NIMH new innovator award recognizes leader in autism research

The National Institutes of Mental Health has awarded a highly competitive research grant to Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine. The grant, $2.5 million over five years, is part of the NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists, or BRAINS, program and recognizes O’Roak as an autism research innovator who has the potential to transform the field. The BRAINS program was established in 2009 … Read More

OHSU places in top 20 of Nature’s Index 2017 Innovation

OHSU is among the top institutions in the world for influencing innovation, according to a recently published supplement to the journal Nature. OHSU placed in the top 20 of Nature’s Index 2017 Innovation ranking, which measures the quality and quantity of research by institutions and universities worldwide.    Nature’s metrics assessed an institution’s influence on innovation by calculating the citations of research articles in patents owned by third parties, rather than those owned by the institutions … Read More

Michael Chiang recognized for contributions to medical informatics

Michael Chiang, M.D., will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics on November 5 during the 2017 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. ACMI is an honorary College of elected informatics fellows from the United States and abroad selected for significant and sustained contributions to the field. Chiang is Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU and is vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology. He also leads … Read More

Xiaolu “Lulu” Cambronne awarded an NIH New Innovator Award

The National Institutes of Health today awarded a highly competitive research grant to Xiaolu (Lulu) Cambronne, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the OHSU Vollum Institute. The grant, $1.5 million over five years, was given for Cambronne’s innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in biomedical research. The grant is part of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards, established in 2007 to support early-career investigators who are conducting high-risk, high-impact research. Cambronne was one of 55 New … Read More

OHSU receives NIH award to pioneer a national center for digital health innovation

OHSU has been awarded two grants totaling $62 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, to support the use of health data, algorithms and information systems to bridge basic science and clinical research. The newly awarded grant provides OHSU with $25 million over five years to establish and lead the new National Center for Data to Health, or CD2H, in order to foster collaboration across more … Read More

2017 Flux Congress hosted in Portland Sept. 16-18; Damien Fair to receive Young Investigator Award

You’re invited to join the OHSU Department of Behavioral Neuroscience in Portland at the international meeting of Flux: The Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, September 16–18, 2017. Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., will be presented with the Flux Society Young Investigator Award at the event. Fair, an associate professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department, focuses his research on the mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The 2017 Flux Congress opens with the Translational Neuroscience Symposium, chaired by Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D. Moghaddam, Ruth Matarazzo Professor … Read More

OHSU scientist Mandel elected to Society for Neuroscience leadership post

Gail Mandel, Ph.D., has been elected to the governing body of the Society for Neuroscience. Mandel, a senior scientist at the Vollum Institute and professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the School of Medicine, begins her four-year term on November 11, 2017. Mandel’s lab focuses on understanding how neuronal cell identity is established and maintained. Her team discovered that this is achieved primarily through a repressor mechanism with the DNA-binding protein, … Read More

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