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Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., appointed associate vice president for basic research

Senior vice president for research Daniel M. Dorsa, Ph.D., is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.,  as associate vice president for basic research. Dr. Barr-Gillespie has been with OHSU since 1999. After undergraduate studies at Reed College, Barr-Gillespie attended graduate school at the University of Washington, working with Joe Beavo; he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1988. From 1988 to 1993, he worked as a postdoc with Jim Hudspeth, first … Read More

Students and Postdocs: Send in your 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

OHSU researchers develop safer vector for lentivirus gene therapy

Gene therapy, a promising clinical approach to treat patients with a range of inherited diseases, often uses vectors derived from lentiviruses to insert a correcting genetic sequence into the patient’s stem cell chromosomes. While this type of treatment can provide long-term cures for inherited diseases, vectors from these viruses can also inadvertently activate cancer-causing genes because of the way they stitch or “integrate” the therapeutic DNA with human DNA. Avoiding these unwanted integrations while retaining the correcting gene has … Read More

Researchers find gene mutation that may make heart cell regeneration possible

In a paper published March 4 in Nature Communications, coauthored by Lincoln Shenje, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, researchers describe the first found gene mutation in humans that causes heart muscle cells to proliferate beyond birth. This mutation was discovered in a rare syndrome called ALMS1 that has been reported in less than 70 people in the past 50 years worldwide. According to Dr. Shenje and colleagues, this discovery goes … Read More

Dr. Mitalipov to lead new OHSU Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy

Oregon Health & Science University has just announced a new Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy to be led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., senior scientist at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center and world leader in embryonic stem cell and gene therapy research. In May 2013, Dr. Mitalipov and his colleagues received significant attention after publishing a paper in Cell describing a new process for creating human embryonic stem cells from skin cells. The discovery was named a top … Read More

Faculty Senate Award nominations due Feb. 14

The Faculty Senate Awards recognize OHSU faculty members for their exceptional effort in support of OHSU’s mission. Awards are made for contributions within the last ten years in one of five categories: research, leadership, teaching, service and collaboration. Up to four nominees will be chosen from each category and each finalist will receive $500. The award winner from the category will receive $3,500 and will have his or her name engraved on the Faculty Senate Awards Memorial Plaque. Award … Read More

Beta testers needed to help make basic science more reproducible

The following announcement is from the OHSU Library. The issue of scientific reproducibility has been at the forefront of the news recently, from The Economist highlighting the lack of reliable research in “Trouble at the Lab” to Francis Collin’s recent Nature article describing the NIH’s new policies to improve reproducibility. Recently, Dr. Melissa Haendel’s group in the Library published a paper (Vasilevsky et al, 2013, PeerJ) showing that a key component of scientific reproducibility, the … Read More

OHSU leads efforts to increase safety of health information technology

Health information technology, including electronic health records, provides great value to patients and clinicians, but if not used appropriately, these tools can lead to medical errors and wasted resources. Faculty members in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University have been involved in developing best practices for health IT, including contributing a chapter to the Institute of Medicine’s report on health IT safety that was released in 2011. … Read More

Faculty and postdoc mentors wanted for high school science outreach program

The OHSU Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) is a successful science outreach program which attracts bright and talented high school students who have a keen interest in science and medicine. The program is currently seeking research faculty and post-doc mentors. Mentors will attend one class at OHSU to give a brief presentation to the students and then meet periodically with an assigned student to help them read a peer-reviewed article and prepare a research proposal. The class … Read More

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