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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

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

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