OHSU researchers: Changes coming to the PI Eligibility Policy

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research has revised the eligibility requirements for who can serve as a principal investigator at OHSU. The new policy merges two separate policies: the one that determines who can serve as a PI for sponsored projects (grants) and the one that determines who can serve as a PI for scientific protocols. Most importantly, the policy addresses OHSU’s new faculty appointment structure. The main functional change is that approval from the provost may now be required for non-faculty researchers (except for students and postdocs, who can still be PIs on their fellowship awards). More details can be found on OPAM’s O2 site or on the Research and Development Administration policies page. The policy change goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

OHSU breaks ground on cancer research facility

OHSU broke ground June 16 on its newest building, the 320,000-square-foot Knight Cancer Institute research facility on the South Waterfront. Located north of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, the new facility will house up to 600 researchers and administrators dedicated to research programs in early cancer detection, computational biology, immuno-oncology, leukemia, prostate, and other areas. Construction is slated to be complete in July 2018.

Visit the OHSU news website and the Knight News blog for more details about the types of research the building will house, the approach to design and construction, building renderings, photos from the groundbreaking event, and more.

OHSU researchers launch initiative to reduce transplant wait times

As many as 22 patients die each day while waiting for a needed organ. Beyond the human cost, the U.S. health care system spends billions of dollars on life-sustaining treatments for those on the organ transplant waiting list. On June 13, the White House unveiled a new initiative to address challenges associated with organ donation and transplantation in the U.S. Included in the key actions is a three-year, $4.2 million grant to researchers at OHSU, as well as other partners, from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. This grant launches the Donor Management Research Initiative, a collaboration among researchers at OHSU, the University of California San Francisco,  and the United Network for Organ Sharing. The Donor Management Research Initiative aims to save lives by providing robust evidence to maximize the number of organs per donor as well as ensure excellent quality.

The Obama Administration will be working with dozens of companies, foundations, universities, hospitals, and patient advocacy groups to improve outcomes for patients waiting for organ transplants and support for living donors. Key focus areas include developing techniques to bio-fabricate tissues that may one day lead to organ replacement, improving registration systems, using alternative media outreach to increase the number of donors, and creating paired donation, which pools living donors and recipients to increase the likelihood of matches.

The Donor Management Research Initiative, led by Darren Malinoski, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate professor of surgery, OHSU School of Medicine, and assistant chief of surgery – research and education, section chief, surgical critical care, VA Portland Health Care System, will build on groundwork laid by the research community over the past eight years. A major focus of their work will include producing new evidence-based standards of care by expanding a national, web-based donor management data registry and conducting rigorous randomized controlled trials.

The White House announcement has garnered media interest; more information and commentary can be found in The Washington Post, Nephrology News, The Portland Business Journal, and the Morning Consult.

The Obama Administration has committed to providing an update in the next 180 days, which will report on the continued progress of actions announced this week. You can also watch the video of the White House Organ Summit.

OHSU Postdoctoral Association, RIPPS host distinguished lecturer Louis J. Picker, June 29

The OHSU Postdoctoral Association and the Research in Progress Seminar Series (RIPPS) invite you to the 2016 Distinguished Lecture with speaker Louis J. Picker, M.D., associate director, OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute; professor, departments of pathology and molecular microbiology and immunology, OHSU School of Medicine; and senior scientist, Division of Pathology and Immunology, Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). Picker will present “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) vectors: Recruiting an ancient warrior to defeat HIV.”

2016 Distinguished Lecture: Louis Picker, M.D.
Wednesday, June 29

4 to 5 p.m.
Richard Jones Hall, 4320
Marquam Hill

Picker’s work toward finding a cure for HIV achieved a significant milestone at the beginning of June when OHSU opened up recruitment for potential volunteers for the first human tests of its promising HIV vaccine. The vaccine to be tested is based on a weakened but “live” version of cytomegalovirus that’s been engineered to look like HIV to the immune system. Since cytomegalovirus keeps the immune system’s killer T cells on high alert, Picker found he can train the body to attack HIV by stitching HIV-like bits onto cytomegalovirus. Learn more about Picker’s work to develop an HIV vaccine here.

About Louis Picker
Louis Picker graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in bacteriology in 1978 and took his M.D. degree at the University of California at San Francisco in 1982. After residency training in pathology at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, and postdoctoral training in immunology at Stanford University Medical Center, he was appointed assistant professor and then associate professor of pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In 1999, he came to OHSU and ONPRC as professor of pathology/molecular microbiology and immunology in the OHSU School of Medicine and head of the Division of Pathobiology and Immunology.


Export controls 101: Shipping, travel and collaboration, June 21

Get to know important rules and helpful resources by joining Export controls 101: Shipping, travel and collaboration Tuesday, June 21.

In just one hour, you’ll learn to flag export controls concerns, and to quickly help your group navigate the ins and outs without stalling travel, shipment of materials and equipment, or scientific collaboration. Join OHSU Export Controls Officer Jen McCaw as she facilitates case studies and gives a tour of top resources.

Export controls 101: Shipping, travel and collaboration
Tuesday, June 21
1 to 2 p.m.

Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor/3070, room 4
South Waterfront

Why participate in this class? Because compromised export controls could lead to serious consequences for individuals, departments, and OHSU as a whole. While primarily for research administrators, this class is open to anyone who participates in international shipping, travel or  collaboration. The class is presented by Research Administration Training and Education (RATE).

Enroll via Compass and for more information, please contact Margaret Gardner.

NIGMS wants your input on modernizing biomedical graduate education

NIGMSLast week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about NIGMS’ push to modernize how graduate students in biomedical research are educated and trained in December of last year. At the time, Director Jon Lorsch had just announced a number of activities NIGMS was incorporating into its training modules as part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the biomedical research graduate education system.  Now NIGMS wants your input on how best to move this initiative forward.

Topics that could be addressed but are not limited to:

  • Current strengths, weaknesses and challenges in graduate biomedical education.
  • Changes that could enhance graduate education to ensure that scientists of tomorrow have the skills, abilities and knowledge they need to advance biomedical research as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • The major barriers to achieving these changes and potential strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • The key skills that graduate students should develop in order to become outstanding biomedical scientists, and the best approaches for developing those skills.
  • Potential approaches to modernizing graduate education through the existing NIGMS institutional predoctoral training grants program to ensure that trainees have the skills and knowledge they need to be prepared to enter the biomedical research workforce.
  • Anything else you feel is important for NIGMS to consider.

Send your responses in by Aug. 5 via a web form. All comments will be anonymous so speak up!

Few spots remaining for summer Vollum Scientific Writing Course

The Vollum Writing Class is a six-week professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.Vollum Writing Class 06032016-1

This class uses short lectures, class discussion, and workshop-style writing assignments to help researchers learn to write better papers and grants. Topics include:

  • The basic elements of good scientific writing style, including sentence and document structure
  • Insight into scientific conventions regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage
  • Strategies for revising
  • Dealing with writer’s block and time management
  • Best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions, and grant proposals

The class runs for six weeks, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning June 29, 2016. Six individual tutorials with the instructor are included. There are no prerequisites for this non-credit professional development course, but you should not take the class unless you have enough data to write about.

The course carries a fee of $500 per student (unless you are in a Vollum lab or part of certain graduate Ph.D. programs). Questions? Contact funding@ohsu.edu.

Access Compass to register for the Vollum Writing Class.

Postdoc Paper of the Year Award application due July 8

The OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association is seeking applicants for its annual Postdoctoral Paper of the Year Award competition.

The paper must be on original research and have been published or accepted for publication for 2015-2016.

Finalists must be available to present their research before the Alumni Association’s panel of judges on the evening of August 17, 2016. A winner will be selected and awarded $500 with the opportunity to present their paper during the annual OHSU Postdoctoral Research Week, September 19-21, 2016 on the Marquam Hill campus.

Download the application here.
Application deadline: July 8, 2016

If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Campbell or Mark Kemball.

Streamlined biosafety approval process goes live June 13

Do you perform research that requires approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee? Good news! Beginning Monday, June 13, OHSU is implementing a new electronic Institutional Biosafety Committee (eIBC) submission system. Using this system, you will be able to electronically manage approval information, get real-time access to forms and protocol information, and track your approval status.

The eIBC system tracks minimal protocol information to allow for reporting and maintenance of data required annually, such as biosafety cabinet information. The forms you are familiar with for IBC registration, such as the Recombinant DNA Research Questionnaire and the Infectious Agent Questionnaire, will still be used, although in an abbreviated format.

Want to learn more about the eIBC system? Read the eIBC system FAQs.

Finding funding, simplified

The workload associated with administrative requirements on grants is ever increasing and well documented. Identifying the appropriate funding opportunities to apply for in the first place is an additional burden you don’t need. OHSU Research Funding and Development Services is here to help!

  • Sign up for our Weekly Funding Alerts email, which features opportunities covering the broad range of research conducted across OHSU.
  • Interested in more targeted searches? Check out OHSU’s Funding Portal for information on internal and foundation funding as well as links to various search engines and databases.
  • If you feel you need some help navigating the portal, we can visit your school or department to provide a tutorial on how to best utilize available resources and tools to customize your funding search.
  • Individual researchers can also meet with us one-on-one to identify funding sources relevant to your particular line of research.

Get in touch with us at funding@ohsu.edu to schedule a consult.

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