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Marc Freeman to join Vollum Institute as director

Marc Freeman, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, and professor and vice chair of the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will join OHSU as director of the Vollum Institute. Dr. Freeman received his M.Phil. and his Ph.D. in biology from Yale University. He carried out his doctoral training in the laboratory of John Carlson at Yale, where he studied Drosophila olfaction. He then trained as a postdoctoral associate with Chris Q. … Read More

Lattal lab identifies mechanism that may suppress memories associated with PTSD and addiction

A group of researchers in OHSU’s Lattal lab has discovered that targeting a specific dopamine receptor can promote the suppression of invasive memories in models of PTSD and substance abuse, with implications for treating both disorders. The findings of graduate student Antony Abraham, Kim Neve, Ph.D., and Matthew Lattal, Ph.D., appear in a paper entitled “Activation of D1/5 Dopamine Receptors: A Common Mechanism for Enhancing Extinction of Fear and Reward-Seeking Behaviors,” published in the February 10 edition … Read More

Demolition of Vollum south side facade scheduled Jan. 18 – Feb. 29

The demolition of the south facade of the Vollum Institute began Monday, Jan. 18, and will continue through Friday, Feb. 29. Work will take place during weekdays after 3:30 p.m. to minimize impacts. The project will replace the aging terracotta facade of the Vollum, and includes: Installation of covered scaffolding for access and protection from falling debris Removal of all existing terracotta on the Vollum facade Installation of a new weather barrier Replacement of all … Read More

NRSA application workshop: Technical components, Mar. 1

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, coordinator of the MD/PhD … Read More

LOIs for Circle of Giving funding due Friday, Jan. 8

This is a reminder to submit your letters of intent for the following funding opportunity: The OHSU Center for Women’s Health Circle of Giving is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Women’s Health Research Funding Opportunity. Prior to submitting an application, a letter of intent is first required. The letter of intent is due Jan. 8, 2016, and the application is due Jan. 22, 2016. Circle of Giving funding is intended to support new or established … Read More

Clarifications on new NIH requirement to consider sex as a biological variable

This past summer, we reported on a new NIH policy that goes into effect Jan. 25, 2016, requiring a deliberate approach to the consideration of sex as a biological variable (SAVB) in pre-clinical research. In a Dec. 11 Open Mike blog post, Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer, Ph.D., clarified the application and review process and provided additional information on the origins of the policy. A current high-priority focus at NIH is improved rigor and transparency in federally … Read More

NIH up for budget increase, releases strategic plan

NIH to receive $2 billion budget increase A massive federal spending bill released on Dec. 16 provides the National Institutes of Health with a $2 billion funding increase, the agency’s first raise in more than 12 years. The bill was passed on Dec. 18. The bill provides the following for medical and healthcare-related research: $200 million to the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research $85 million increase for the BRAIN Initiative … Read More

Construction notice: Vollum exterior removal begins Dec. 14

The aging, terracotta facade of the Vollum Institute will be removed from the south side of the building, facing the research courtyard. Work to be done during this phase of construction includes: Installation of covered scaffolding for access and protection from falling debris Removal of all existing terracotta on the Vollum facade Installation of a new weather barrier Replacement of all windows on the courtyard side of the building Safety and minimizing impacts to daily operations are … Read More

NIH health economics research funding priorities defined

Health economics is used to promote health through the study of health care and health-related services, their costs and benefits, and how they are distributed among individuals and groups in society. This broad field has multiple lines of inquiry with various federal agencies providing research funding based on institutional priorities. In addition, demand for healthcare economics research continues to grow alongside rising costs and disparities. Perhaps in response to these factors, the NIH recently issued a … Read More

Applying for foundation funding? Check the President’s List!

Just a friendly reminder that if you plan to submit a grant to a foundation or corporation on the OHSU President’s List, you are required to submit a Notice of Intent Form to the OHSU Foundation. The purpose of the President’s List is to ensure that OHSU maintains coordinated communication with these organizations. Additionally, some organizations are reserved for top institutional priorities as determined by senior OHSU leadership. Things to keep in mind: If you’re … Read More

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