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Research Courtyard: Construction testing on Vollum and RJH, Sept. 4-6

OHSU has embarked on large renovation project on the Vollum Institute—and part of this renovation includes replacing the façade, which is damaged in places and thus represents a potential hazard. With construction to remove the façade of the building expected to begin next May, crews will be performing a series of tests this weekend to determine sound and vibration impacts of the project. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Mitchell Sally, M.D.

Mitchell Sally, M.D. is an assistant professor of surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery at OHSU. He is also assigned to the section of surgical critical care, and is the GME site director, Surgical ICU with the VA Portland Health Care System. His research focus is identifying factors that contribute to organ donation success. Where were you before coming to OHSU and what brought you here? I grew up in Chapel … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Dmitry Dukhovny, M.D., M.P.H.

Dmitry Dukhovny, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor of pediatrics and neonatologist at OHSU. His research focus is on cost-effective analysis and decision science to help optimize health care resources with a special emphasis on neonatal intensive care. He joined OHSU in October 2014. Where are you from originally? I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, though it was still the Soviet Union at the time my family emigrated. We moved to Santa Monica when I … Read More

TTBD innovator spotlight: Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of biomaterials and biomechanics for the OHSU School of Dentistry, became an inventor without intending to. “When you get removed from your everyday problems, sometimes you can have an idea completely out of the blue,” she said. In 2009, with a suggestion from her postdoc supervisor, Pfeifer attended a UVA/UVB conference to showcase what they were doing in his lab to industries other than dental. During a session on … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Pamela Cassidy, Ph.D.

Pamela Cassidy, Ph.D., is a research associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at OHSU. Her research focus is on melanoma chemoprevention – developing agents that ameliorate the pathophysiological processes resulting from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Where were you before coming to OHSU? I was at the University of Utah. I did my graduate and postdoc work there and then spent the last 15 years at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. So, in total, … Read More

Brendan Rauw named vice president of technology transfer and business development

Brendan Rauw, MBA, has joined OHSU as vice president, technology transfer and business development, a division of OHSU’s research mission that supports technology commercialization, industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Rauw comes to OHSU from UCLA, where he served as associate vice chancellor and executive director of entrepreneurship. In this role at UCLA, he was responsible for leading a variety of programs designed to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of intellectual property into real-world applications. He … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Maros Ferencik, M.D., Ph.D.

Maros Ferencik, M.D., Ph.D., is a clinical scientist whose research focus is cardiac imaging. He joined the faculty at OHSU in January 2014. Where are you from originally? Slovakia. I went through medical school and earned my Ph.D. there. Where were you before coming to OHSU? I did my initial medical training in Slovakia for three and half years. During that time, I also spent a year on a research fellowship at the University of … Read More

NIMHD seeks input on training in health disparities science

The diversity of the U.S. population presents great opportunity but also great challenges. Many populations in America – whether defined by race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, sex, gender, or geography – experience higher rates of certain diseases and more deaths and suffering from them compared with the general population. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities leads scientific research to improve the health of these underserved populations. To that end, NIMHD is working to develop … Read More

OCTRI seeks investigators with clinical trials to pilot recruitment using MyChart

It’s often a challenge to recruit the right subjects for clinical trials–and the right number of subjects.  An approach adopted by other academic health centers is to use the patient portal MyChart. Using MyChart has been shown to increase rates of study enrollment by up to three times and do so at one-fifth the cost, compared with mailings and phone calls to subjects. Currently, more than 130,000 MyChart accounts are active through OHSU. To determine … Read More

Michael Matrone, Ph.D., joins OHSU as postdoctoral affairs officer

Michael A. Matrone, Ph.D., joined OHSU this spring to head the newly created OHSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. In this role, Matrone will support all OHSU postdoctoral scholars from arrival to departure and assist faculty and administrators with postdoc training and mentoring. For postdocs, he offers individualized career advisement on topics ranging from self-assessment and career exploration to job search skills for specific career paths, as well as application preparation and review. A career resource … Read More

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