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Who’s new at OHSU? Marina Guizzetti, Ph.D.

Marina Guizzetti, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU and a research biologist with the Portland VA Health Care System. Her research focuses on the neurodevelopmental effects of alcohol on the developing brain, specifically looking at Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Where are you from originally? I’m from northern Italy and also where I was educated. I got my degree at the University of Pavia just south of Milan. This … Read More

TTBD Innovator Spotlight: Yali Jia, Ph.D.

Yali Jia, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology at OHSU’s School of Medicine, has been making great strides to create breakthrough optical imaging technologies that may transform the way clinicians diagnose and care for patients. As a study investigator in Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (COOL) lab of Casey Eye Institute, Jia has spent the last several years helping develop the split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm, which is most efficient within current available optical coherence … Read More

TTBD Startup Spotlight: NeuraMedica LLC

Watertight closure of the dura mater – the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord – is a difficult and time-consuming procedure. It is typically performed using fine suture down narrow working channels using minimally-invasive surgical techniques. Repeatedly experiencing the complexity of this procedure firsthand, neurosurgeon Neil Roundy, M.D., saw an opportunity to address the problem. Roundy developed an innovative bio-absorbable clip used to close durotomy incisions during spinal surgery. But he needed support to … Read More

Who’s new at OHSU? Khaled Tolba, M.D.

Khaled Tolba, M.D., is an assistant professor of medical oncology, division of hematology-oncology and has been at OHSU since January. His research focuses on developmental therapeutics and early clinical trial development for lung, and head and neck cancer. In addition to helping facilitate access to the latest clinical trials, Tolba also cares for patients with these cancers, providing tailored treatments including immune therapy and molecular targeted therapies. Where are you from originally? I was born, raised, … Read More

NICHD seeks input on future directions in gynecologic health and disease research

The Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (GHDB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), is in the process of establishing priorities for the next decade of research in their field. GHDB is inviting comments on the current state of the science, the highest priorities moving forward, and potential barriers to overcome. “Future Directions in Gynecologic Health and Disease Research” will be shaped by your input. The GHDB supports basic, translational, … Read More

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

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