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

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

UPDATE 9/2/15 at 11 a.m.: The testing scheduled for Sept. 4-6 has been postponed. More details to come. 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 … 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

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