Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research Symposium, May 13

The 6th Annual Jungers Center Symposium, “The Genetics and Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases,” will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in the Doernbecher Vey Auditorium. This year’s speakers include:

  • James Lupski, M.D., Ph.D., from the Baylor College of Medicine, on “Merging human genetics and genomics: From genes to genomes, rare variants and clan genomics”
  • Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Miami, on “From new tools to discovery: the contribution of rare genomic variation to disease”
  • Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med., from deCode Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland, on “The use of genetics to explore functions and dysfunctions of the brain”

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Contact Ruth Frank with any questions.

Leading DOHaD researcher to give Research Week keynote, May 8

Chittaranjan Yajnik, M.D., FRCP, an international expert in the field of developmental origins of disease, has been invited by the School of Medicine Research Roadmap Task Force #6 and the Knight Cardiovascular Institute Center for Developmental Health to give a lecture during Research Week on Thursday, May 8, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium. Dr. Yajnik will lead us in a conversation about the rapidly rising epidemic of diabetes and non-communicable diseases in India, examining conventional explanations and the application of the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) theory, using examples stemming from multi-year intervention studies.

Dr. Yajnik founded KEM Hospital’s diabetes unit in 1985. He has worked for the last three decades to investigate the high susceptibility of Indians to diabetes, popularizing the concept of thin-fat Indians and leading research studies related to the developmental origins of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is featured in a BBC program, The Nine Months That Made You, which has been shown across the globe, and is the recipient of the Hellmut Mehnert Award of the International Diabetes Federation (2009) and the David Barker Medal of the DOHaD society (2011), honoring his contributions to the scientific development and broader leadership of the DOHaD field.

This talk is one of four keynote lectures during OHSU Research Week, taking place May 5-9. View the full Research Week schedule.

School of Dentistry Dean’s Seminar Series: Jeffrey Ebersole, Ph.D., April 29

For the fourth installment of the Dean’s Seminar Series, the School of Dentistry will host speaker Jeffrey Ebersole, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies, Center for Oral Health Research, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.  Dr. Ebersole’s presentation will focus on “Macrophage Plasticity and Phenotypes Related to Periodontitis.”

All are invited to attend this seminar starting a 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 in the School of Dentistry room 220/225. A reception will be held at noon in front of the lecture room.

About the Dean’s Seminar Series

“The Dean’s Seminar Series is an excellent initiative,” said Harjit Singh Sehgal, B.D.S., M.S., F.A.G.E., assistant professor of periodontology, School of Dentistry. “It clearly provides an avenue to bring in distinguished speakers from different dental disciplines, research or service, and extends an opportunity for exchange of ideas, fosters collaborative research, and helps us effectively seek our institutional vision.”

“The seminars are also a great source of motivation for students and faculty.”

Continuing education credit is available for this free lecture.

eCRIS User Group Meeting, April 28

eCRIS logoStudy coordinators and clinical researchers are invited to the first quarterly eCRIS user group meeting on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 3 to 4 p.m. in CHH 3rd floor room 1A/B. Participants will hear about upcoming enhancements to eCRIS, be able to provide feedback, and learn different approaches to handling pre-award activities in eCRIS.

Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact eCRISSupport@ohsu.edu.

2014 Matarazzo Lecture: Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., May 5

Dr. Gage

The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience invites you to its 2014 Matarazzo Lecture and Reception featuring guest speaker Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., a professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This year’s lecture, “Mobile Elements: Generation of Behavioral and Evolutionary Diversity,” will be held at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Monday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The lecture will be directly followed by a reception with hor d’oeuvres and drinks.

An RSVP is appreciated – to do so, please contact Nicole Ernst.

About the speaker

Dr. Gage concentrates on the adult central nervous system and the unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. Gage’s lab showed that, contrary to accepted dogma, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. Small populations of immature nerve cells are found in the adult human brain, a process called neurogenesis. Gage is working to understand how these cells can be induced to become mature functioning nerve cells in the adult brain and spinal cord. They showed that environmental enrichment and physical exercise can enhance the growth of new brain cells and they are studying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis.

This lecture series honors the founder of the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Joseph Matarazzo, Ph.D., who in 1957 established the OHSU Division of Medical Psychology. Four years later, the division was converted into a basic science department, thus establishing the first Department of Medical Psychology within a medical school in the U.S. The department warmly recognizes the dedication and insight provided throughout the years by Joe.

Save the date: Career networking night for Ph.D.s, May 6

Join more than 20 OHSU alumni for a special networking night focused on non-academic career paths for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral fellows. Students, faculty, and postdocs are welcome to visit with OHSU alumni and learn from their experiences in career paths outside academia. Hors d’oeuvres and cold beverages provided.

Career networking night for Ph.D.s
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Richard Jones Hall Atrium

This OHSU Research Week event is sponsored by the School of Medicine Alumni Association.

Multiple K12 junior faculty career development opportunities available

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research K12 Scholars
Up to five K12 scholar opportunities are available for junior faculty conducting clinical, behavioral, health services, policy, public health, or applied research. This mentored career development program features three core elements: a didactic education in patient-centered outcomes research, an individualized experiential plan, and a significant, mentored research experience. To be eligible, scholars must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents and cannot be applying for or have received another career development grant or research award of over $100,000 in direct costs per year. Scholars will receive salary support for a minimum of 75% FTE up to a maximum of $90,000, plus applicable fringe and $25,000 per year for research, supplies, and travel. Proposals are due May 30, 2014 for a minimum two-year appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2014.

Career Development Award in Women’s Health Research
The BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) K12 program at OHSU has openings for junior faculty members interested in interdisciplinary women’s health research. Potential clinically prepared applicants can propose research across the full spectrum of research, including basic science, clinical research, information technology, health services, patient-centered outcomes, policy, public health, behavioral, and applied research. To be eligible, scholars must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents and must not be a PI on a R01 or K award. Scholars will receive salary support and OPE for a minimum of 75% FTE up to a maximum of $95,000 (salary + fringe), and up to $25,000 per year for research, supplies, and travel. Proposals are due June 9, 2014 for a two-year appointment starting October 1, 2014.

Students and Postdocs: Send in your ugliest data by April 25!

Do you have an unfortunate set of data? A photo of a lab “fail”? Or a particularly ugly figure? Now’s your chance to turn that ugly data into a new iPad Mini!

During Student Day at OHSU Research Week, attendees will vote for the ugliest data. You no doubt have some ugly data in your notebooks or on your computer, and every field is bound to specialize in its own unique style of ugly. So submit your data, and let’s have a laugh at our own mistakes!

Here’s an example from Kelly Chacón, a graduate student in Environmental Health.

To submit, put your data onto a single PowerPoint slide. Add a caption explaining what’s so ugly about it and send to funding@ohsu.edu by Friday, April 25. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Register to participate in OHSU’s Three Minute Thesis Competition by April 21

Think you can describe your research to tram travelers in the time it takes to reach CHH?

Back by popular demand, OHSU Research Week 2014 is excited to host our second annual Three Minute Thesis Competition for graduate students on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. The 3MT® is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills as students explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Any student enrolled in an OHSU graduate program may participate. View examples of winning 3MT presentations.


  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or audio files) or props are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations will be judged by a panel of faculty and non-faculty.

Judging Criteria

  • Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?


  • Winner: $300
  • Runner-up: $200
  • People’s choice award: $200

Register to participate by April 21, 2014. Questions? Contact research@ohsu.edu.

Tips on obtaining NIH funding from Dr. Susan Newcomer of NICHD, April 22

The OHSU Institute on Development & Disability is excited to host Susan Newcomer, Ph.D., Program Official, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), who is coming to share insider tips on how to successfully obtain funding from NICHD and other institutes in her talk “Leaping Hurdles and Navigating the Maze: Understanding the NIH Funding Process.”

The presentation begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 in the School of Nursing, room 144.

About the speaker

Dr. Newcomer holds a Ph.D. in population studies from the University of North Carolina. She is responsible for managing the Population Dynamics Branch potrfolio of extramural research on reproductive health including social and behavioral research on fertility, contraceptive use, and AIDS/HIV risk research. Prior to joining the Branch in 1988, she was the national director of education for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her own research has focused on teen pregnancy prevention, sexual behavior, and contraceptive use.

For more information please contact Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

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