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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

OHSU researcher part of breakthrough kidney cancer findings

OHSU researcher Paul Spellman, Ph.D. is among the contributors to a breakthrough discovery that reveals genomic drivers of a poorly understood form of kidney cancer, primary papillary renal cell carcinoma. The findings, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, identify many of the altered genes and cell signaling pathways that drive this disease. Spellman, a professor of molecular and medical genetics in the School of Medicine and a member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, … Read More

Proposed changes to “Common Rule” now open for comment

In September of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services published proposed changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, most often referred to as the Common Rule. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is now open for public comment and includes a wide range of changes to the Common Rule with the goal of modernizing regulations to reflect current research conduct. Some of the proposed changes include: Requiring that (in … Read More

Protecting your research with Aeroscout

As we mentioned last March, the Senior Vice President for Research Office and OHSU Facilities and Logistics are rolling out Aeroscout for research equipment. This system is a monitoring solution for freezers, refrigerators liquid nitrogen tanks, incubators and other equipment that require temperature, humidity, or voltage monitoring.  Why now? We want to make sure research samples and equipment are protected in ways that align with regulatory requirements. In addition to new monitoring requests, Aeroscout will … Read More

Research Policy Board proposed to ease regulatory burden on research universities

More research administration news: If there’s one thing that political opponents in Washington DC can agree on, at least in theory, is that research is over-regulated. Study after study after study has shown that research faculty spend about 40% of their time performing administrative duties, many of which are related to research regulations (think effort reporting) that are perceived to get in the way of actual discovery–the thing that scientists are funded to actually spend … Read More

Precision medicine enters a new phase

It takes a million people to discern the health strategies for one individual–at least, that’s the thinking behind the latest phase of the NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This initiative was first proposed by NIH Director Francis Collins more than a decade ago. It became a reality this January, when President Obama announced his support of it in his State of the Union address, noting that its goal is “to bring us closer to curing diseases … Read More

Update on NIH Voluntary Cost Sharing at OHSU

PIs are sometimes tempted to ask for institutional commitment for NIH grants when it’s not required–they may believe that such pot-sweeteners improve their chance for funding success. But OHSU recently changed its policy regarding cost-sharing:  As of July 1, 2015 the new OHSU policy no longer allows voluntary cost-sharing. Why did we make this change? Because NIH itself has changed  how cost-sharing is reported on the cover page of your proposal for funding.  They did … 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

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