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Innovators join for the 2017 OHSU Commercialization Conference

More than 250 scientists and entrepreneurs gathered last week at the OHSU Commercialization Conference, now in its fifth year. The takeaways? Disruptive innovation in science follows years of research that is carefully framed to address specific problems; business engagement can help move scientific discoveries to the patient; and OHSU’s structure that locates research outside the five schools creates special opportunities for transdisciplinary research, training, and education. A thread running through the conference, hosted by OHSU … Read More

In the Lab: Fran Biel

Women with disabilities face particular challenges during pregnancy and childbirth. There are scales and exam tables that may not accommodate them and that there is a lack of medical information in accessible form — and there is still little information about their experiences during pregnancy and childbirth. Research assistant Fran Biel works in Willi Horner-Johnson’s lab in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where they are gathering new information that could improve the experiences of … Read More

Welcome: Grace Phelps Distinguished Professor

Welcome to Michelle van Ryn, Ph.D., who has been appointed professor and Grace Phelps Distinguished Professor at the OHSU School of Nursing. She comes to OHSU from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where she was professor of health services research and director of the Research Program on Equity & Inclusion in Healthcare. She is also the founder and lead scientific advisor of the Institute for Equity & Inclusion Sciences, a public benefit corporation whose mission is to translate current evidence into practical … Read More

Study suggests cosmic rays pose long-term risks for astronauts

For astronauts on long missions in deep space, the brain’s response to radiation exposure is an important concern. Cognitive and other impairments put crews at risk during space travel and may pose significant health hazards to space flight crews for years after a mission. A unique feature of the space radiation environment is the presence of galactic cosmic rays and solar particle events, both of which involve protons. Exposure to these will likely impact multiple … Read More

Alice Graham: In the Lab

Early brain development is influenced by the environment—including conflict and stress levels. Understanding the mechanisms of this influence might lead to a more nuanced understanding of the neural bases of mental health disorders. That is the goal of Alice Graham, Ph.D., featured in this month’s OHSU series In the Lab. Graham is a postdoc in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and conducts research in the Fair Neuroimaging Lab. She recently published a paper demonstrating a … Read More

2017 Biomedical Innovation Program Drug Discovery awards announced

Two drug discovery projects have been named recipients of the 2017 Biomedical Innovation Program awards. The awards program is a collaboration of the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development, and the Knight Cancer Institute. 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 drug discovery platforms and early stage … Read More

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks input

The National Academies Next Generation Researchers Initiative Committee is soliciting feedback on actions that universities are taking to help successfully launch and sustain research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The committee is seeking feedback on four core issues, including levels, sources and stability of funding; grant awards and review; training and mentoring; and underrepresented groups. Submit your responses by October 1, 2017.

Reminder: RCR and human subjects training deadline, May 31

Last July, OHSU announced changes in training requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and protection of human subjects. With the university’s transition to the CITI Program, all researchers who completed their training more than three years ago in the Big Brain system are now being asked to complete updated training through CITI by May 31, 2017. The CITI Program meets NIH standards and is utilized by the majority of academic institutions in the U.S. … Read More

OHSU Center for Women’s Health Circle of Giving awards two research grants

The OHSU Center for Women’s Health Circle of Giving, a group of philanthropic women who pool and target their resources to advance women’s health research at OHSU, have announced the recipients of two research grants for 2017. Wei Huang, Ph.D., (left photo) from the Advanced Imaging Research Center will receive a $125,000 grant. Dr. Huang proposes to develop a safer, faster and lower-cost MRI exam that can detect breast cancer with high accuracy and can be used … Read More

Research Week 2017 highlights

Research Week 2017 consisted of three days full of events and activities celebrating the research that takes place at OHSU. More than 370 participants took part this year, including two keynote speakers, 139 poster presenters, 86 oral presenters, 11 Three Minute Thesis competitors, 61 volunteers, 69 judges, and 33 panelists at various events throughout the week. The 3MTs brought the week to a celebratory close with awards announced at the end of the event. This year’s award recipients included: … Read More

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