MARC is soliciting Center Component projects – applications due Nov. 16

Please note: this is an update on the Oct. 1 posting, which contained incomplete information. The Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center (MARC), is soliciting applications for Center Component projects to include in its P50 Center grant renewal. This NIDA-funded center at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center, currently in its 9th year of funding, plans to submit its renewal application next September and is seeking input on potential new research directions. The MARC approaches drug addiction research at all levels in … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Kathleen Humphries, Ph.D.

Kathleen Humphries, Ph.D., recently joined OHSU as director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and associate director for research and academic affairs at the Institute on Development & Disability (IDD). Her research focus includes nutrition behavioral interventions for persons with disabilities and their support teams as well as health and developmental outcomes related to food habits and nutrition. Where are you from and where did you study? I’m from Ohio originally, but … Read More

Farewell to Sally Rockey and Rock Talk

Today, September 25, is National Research Administrator Day, so what better way to commemorate than with a fond farewell to the research administrator who led the Office of Extramural Affairs at NIH for the past five years, Sally Rockey? She departs NIH to assume a new position as director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Highly regarded by both NIH administration and the research community, Rockey reshaped NIH partnerships and communication with the research community, all … Read More

Knight Cancer Institute researchers track metastasis with cell-free DNA

Researchers at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute recently found that sequencing the fragments of tumor DNA that circulate in blood may give a more accurate picture of a patient’s metastatic cancer than can be obtained from biopsies. Paul Spellman, Ph.D., professor of molecular and medical genetics at OHSU, led the study, which showed that whole-exome sequencing of cell-free DNA can find the same clinically relevant mutations identified in DNA from tumor tissue, and it can … Read More

OHSU scientists awarded major NIH grant to study substance abuse and adolescent brain development

A team of three OHSU researchers were selected by the National Institutes of Health today to receive a major grant for a long-term study tracking the effects of adolescent substance abuse on the developing brain. Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., and Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D., were awarded one of 13 grants looking at cognitive and social development in approximately 10,000 children across the U.S. The total amount from NIH for this award is … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Matthew Drake, M.D.

Matthew Drake, M. D. is an assistant professor of pulmonary medicine with a special focus on asthma and critical care. His research focuses on airway neurobiology and innate immunity in asthma, with a particular focus on Toll-like receptors. Where are you from originally? I was born in Cambridge, England, but moved to Tucson, Arizona, at a young age. My parents both worked for the University of Arizona and enjoyed being as far away from the … Read More

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, Sept. 21-25

In honor of the sixth annual National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, Sept. 21 to 25, 2015, OHSU will host a week’s worth of events in recognition of its 294 postdoctoral scholars. OHSU joins nearly 100 institutions in the U.S. and Canada in holding activities that honor postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and development. This year marks the first time OHSU will celebrate National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, recognizing the vital contributions its postdoctoral … Read More

In case you missed it: Updates from the Knight Cancer Institute

Testing the impact of reference pricing on cancer care More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the U.S. each year as a routine cancer-prevention service, but did you know that the price for this procedure can vary by more than tenfold within a metropolitan area? David Lieberman, M.D., discusses the impact of reference pricing for colonoscopy services in a commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine. Find out more on Knight News. MicroRNA as an early … Read More

Construction update: Vibration, noise testing at Vollum and Richard Jones Hall, Sept. 11-13

As you may be aware, OHSU currently has two significant projects under way on the research side of campus. The first is focused on updating the Old Library and the second is to replace the exterior terra cotta skin of the Vollum Institute. Both projects have work that needs to be completed in the near future and the nature of the work will create noise and vibration disruptions to the buildings as well as adjacent … Read More

HHS proposes update to governance around research study participants

Big changes are coming the Common Rule – the set of regulations that govern how research participants are protected. The changes proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services include: Strengthened informed consent provisions to ensure that individuals have a clearer understanding of the study’s scope, including its risks and benefits, as well as alternatives to participating in the study. Requirements for administrative or IRB review that would align better with the risks … Read More

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