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

School of Nursing researcher to study exercise and nutrition in rural Latinas

Advertisements, news articles and entire reality TV series are based on the common knowledge that obesity, physical inactivity and a poor diet are risk factors for number of chronic illnesses and certain cancers. We also know that eating better and being active can turn those negative diagnoses around. Cynthia Perry, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C., associate professor in the OHSU School of Nursing and director of the family nurse practitioner program, is taking this concept to a targeted … Read More

Breaking news: U.S. House passes 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6), legislation that includes a wide range of provisions aimed at speeding medical innovation and regulatory approval, received overwhelming bipartisan support today with a vote of 344-77 in favor of passage. One hundred seventy Republicans and 174 Democrats voted in favor and 70 Republicans and 7 Democrats voted no.  Oregon’s five Members of Congress supported the legislation. The House also rejected an amendment that would have converted the NIH Innovation Fund … Read More

West Nile virus vaccine developed at OHSU enters human clinical trials

A new NIH-funded investigational vaccine to protect against West Nile Virus, discovered and developed by OHSU researchers, is entering Phase I clinical trials. The OHSU team, led by Mark Slifka, Ph.D., created the test vaccine, called HydroVax-001, with a novel hydrogen peroxide-based approach that renders the virus inactive while maintaining its integrity; an intact surface structure permits triggering of an immune response to cells infected with the virus. This preparation will allow the test vaccine to be administered to … Read More

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