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

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 and vibration impacts of the project. Beginning Friday, Sept. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 6, crews will … Read More

Community Conversation series resumes Aug. 25

Join the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research for the next installment in the 2015 Community Conversations series: “You are what you eat: antibiotic resistance from chickens to your table.” The event will explore the connection between chickens and human health with a discussion on how the use of antibiotics in large scale chicken farming impacts the economy and our health. The discussion will be co-facilitated by Kathy Hessler, J.D., LL.M, Lewis & Clark Law School and Emma … Read More

von Gersdorff team sheds light on how diabetes triggers blindness

A new study published in Neuron,  led by Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D., is the first characterization of a group of specialized synapses in the retina, the part of the eye that captures and transmits visual signals. These specialized synapses are inhibitory synapses that reduce the activity (or normal ‘chatter’) between neurons connected by multiple excitatory synapses. von Gersdorff and his team–Veeramuthu Balakrishnan, Theresa Puthussery, Mean-Hwan Kim, and W. Rowland Taylor–from the Vollum and Casey Eye … Read More

Inaugural Director of the NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce Programs appointed

Kay Lund, Ph.D. will join NIH this August as the inaugural director of the NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce Programs. In this newly created role, Lund will oversee and guide NIH’s training and development programs aimed at establishing a highly qualified biomedical workforce. Lund arrives at NIH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she held the endowed Sarah Graham Kenan Professorship in Cell Biology and Physiology, with joint appointments as … Read More

Students and post-docs, apply now to attend OpenCon 2015!

As part of a year-long series of grant funded campus events focused on scientific communication and open science, the OHSU Library is sponsoring a full scholarship for one OHSU student or postdoc to attend OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, November 14 – 16. OpenCon is a student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Through keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons, attendees will build knowledge, skills, and relationships that … Read More

Considering sex as a biological variable; new NIH requirement effective Jan. 2016

Women comprise slightly more than half of the population–and their representation is relatively well balanced in NIH-sponsored clinical research, where they now account for roughly half of all participants. But this shift has not occurred in the preclinical realm. Today, most NIH-sponsored animal studies are focused on males, and many investigators do not report on the sex of the subjects from whom cells are obtained for cell line work. This lack of balance may obscure … Read More

New Science paper from the Skach Lab sheds light on protein folding

A recent paper published in Science may change how we think about how protein folding in its endogenous context.  For the past 50 years, the principles by which proteins unfold and refold have been studied largely using purified recombinant substrates.  Under these experimental conditions, however, it has been extraordinarily difficult to examine how a protein folds in its native environment.  To address this question, the Skach Lab developed a novel technique that uses fluorescence resonance … Read More

NIGMS wants to hear from you!

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences examining innovative ways to best support biomedical researchers. Last week we reported on NIGMS’s new funding mechanism for early-career scientists and now they’re seeking input on how best to foster technology development for the research community. More specifically, the Institute is asking for information on the need for development of technologies and the relationship of technology development to other biomedical research. Of particular interest are ideas about: The value … Read More

Michael Cohen, Ph.D., named Pew Scholar

Hot off last week’s Industry Spotlight comes more news about Michael Cohen: he has been named to the 2015 class of Pew Scholars. The Pew Scholars are selected each year by the Pew Charitable Trusts–the program supports the research of young investigators who demonstrate exceptional potential in biomedical research.  This important award reflects Cohen’s promise as a researcher and innovator. His research concerns how ADP-ribosyltransferases affect learning, memory, and other brain functions. He is engineering these … Read More

NRSA Application Workshop: Technical Components, June 30

If you’re planning to apply for a pre- or post-doctoral NRSA fellowship from the NIH in the near future, we encourage you to attend this workshop to learn about essential, non-research elements of your fellowship application. Topics covered include elements needed for an InfoEd proposal, how to develop a budget, how to manage reference letters, biosketches and PMCID numbers,and elements of a great training plan. This workshop is led by Johanna Colgrove, M.D., Ph.D., program coordinator; Jerry … Read More

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