The American Society of Hematology recognizes Grover Bagby, M.D.

The American Society of Hematology will honor Grover C. Bagby Jr., M.D., with a 2014 Mentor Award at the 56th Annual ASH Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco for his sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early-career hematologists.

Dr. Bagby, professor of medicine and molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine, and founding director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, will be presented with the award for his steadfast mentorship of more than 40 former trainees and faculty members. Dr. Bagby’s mentees cite his selfless leadership and caring dedication to the development of scientific expertise and tradition as critical elements of his success in influencing the lives of his trainees, who now serve as successful clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and administrators.

As a longtime member of ASH, Dr. Bagby has served in various roles for the society over a period of more than 30 years, including as member and chair of several scientific and standing committees and associate editor of Blood. He is an elected member of the American Association of Physicians and American Society of Clinical Investigation, is past president of the International Society for Experimental Hematology, is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians.

The ASH Mentor Award is given to only two mentors each year who have had a significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology. John F. DiPersio, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Oncology and deputy director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine, will also be presented with a 2014 ASH Mentor Award at the society’s annual meeting in December.

Oregon Bioscience Conference: poster abstracts due Aug. 25

The Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) is seeking poster abstracts for the Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2014 Annual Conference: An Industry Inflection Point. Abstracts from both academic and bioscience companies in Oregon are encouraged. Posters will be presented throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 15 in Marylhurst University’s Exhibit Hall.

Poster abstracts must be submitted to Jennifer Fox at OTRADI by Aug. 25, 2014. Please include “Poster Abstract Submission 2014″ in the email’s subject line. Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Title of Poster
  • Abstract (<300 words)

OHSU Emerging Technology Fund, letters of intent due Sept. 15

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research seeks applications for the OHSU Emerging Technology Fund, which provides funds for OHSU faculty members to purchase major equipment or technology needed to conduct state-of-the-art research. Technologies funded by this award could include novel instrumentation previously unavailable at OHSU, as well as the replacement of high-end equipment that has become obsolete due to technical advances. Funds may be awarded to a group of investigators; a department, center, or institute; or a university core facility. Successful applications must include a sound financial plan ensuring that major infrastructure elements, including space and personnel, will be provided from other sources for a minimum of five years.

The purpose of this program is to support emerging science by funding high-end instruments or technologies that will substantially advance OHSU research or keep it at the forefront of a particular research area. It is designed to support equipment that has few other mechanisms of support other than private philanthropy, thus the minimum total cost of the equipment must be $400,000 or above (including necessary accessories). Funding is available up to $500,000.

Letters of intent are due Sept. 15, 2014. Full applications are due Sept. 30, 2014.

View more information, including the application packet and previous recipients.

School of Dentistry Dean’s Seminar Series hosts distinguished visiting speakers

The School of Dentistry invites all OHSU researchers to attend its Dean’s Seminar Series, which brings nationally-recognized researchers to campus to stimulate discussion and collaborations. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Oct. 24, 2014: Brian Lee Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., professor in the departments of plastic surgery, otolaryngology, surgery, and neurosurgery and physiology at NYU College of Dentistry
  • Jan. 6, 2015: Michael Gold, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and associate director of the Center for Pain Research at the University of Pittsburgh

The seminars will run from noon to 2 p.m in the Oregon Dental Association Lecture Hall (Atrium) in the OHSU/OSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the South Waterfront.

Keep an eye out for updates on the series on O2.

Applications for K12 PCOR fellowship due Sept. 15

Up to three scholar opportunities in patient-centered outcomes research are available for junior faculty members at OHSU through an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality-funded K12 award. The learning experience features three core elements: a didactic education in patient-centered outcomes research, an individualized experiential plan, and a significant, mentored research experience. Scholars will receive salary support for a minimum of 75% FTE up to a maximum of $90,000 per year – with home departments paying any difference in salary, plus applicable fringe benefits (up to $22,500 per year), and $25,000 per year for research development support costs, such as supplies, research support, and travel. Applicants should propose a research study appropriate to patient-centered outcomes research, including their patient-engagement stakeholder plan, and should identify more than one mentor. This research will be conducted over the two-year award and should lead to a proposal for a K01, K08, K23, or an R01 grant or equivalent.

To be eligible, applicants must 1) be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence by September 15, 2014, 2) hold a clinical or health professional doctoral degree or its equivalent, 3) be able to commit a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort to conducting patient-centered outcomes research, 4) have a full-time faculty appointment, and 5) have identified mentors with extensive research experience. Scholars are also required to participate in an evidence review. See OHSU Funding Database for complete opportunity details.

Applications are due September 15, 2014. All application materials should be emailed to Caitlin Dickinson, MPH.

Questions about the program? Contact Jeanne-Marie Guise, MD, MPH.

New search tool for tissue samples available for cancer researchers

The biolocator search engine currently contains over 100,000 specimens from about 8,600 patients.

The OHSU Knight BioLibrary recently introduced a biolocator search engine that provides cancer researchers with a new tool for requesting specimens. For the first time, researchers—whether at OHSU or outside institutions—can do an online search of the repositories that are part of the BioLibrary. The eight searchable repositories currently contain more than 100,000 specimens from about 8,600 patients.

Highlights include:

  • Automated process: All specimen requests are now handled directly through the search engine. After each submission, researchers can log onto the biolocator to check the status of their request.
  • Increased search functionality: Researchers can search by disease, anatomic source, sample type, presentation and patient demographic data.
  • New wish list feature: New specimens are added to the database every month. If a researcher can’t find a particular specimen, they can submit a wish list request. A BioLibrary employee will then search the specimen repositories that aren’t yet online and get back to the researcher when a requested sample is available.
  • Remote access: The biolocator is available to researchers working remotely as well as external clients. That means accessing the search capabilities does not require a connection through the OHSU network.

The following collections are currently searchable:

  • Knight Tissue Bank
  • Pancreatic Cancer Registry
  • Esophageal Cancer Registry
  • Colorectal Cancer Registry
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma (LLS SCOR Interface)
  • Prostate Study
  • DNA Bank (Prostate)
  • Molecular Profiling Tissue Resource

While the collections contain cancer-related specimens exclusively, other collections will be added over the coming months. If a tissue collection is not currently searchable online, researchers may contact BioLibrary staff by calling 503-494-9648 or emailing for assistance.

Ignite Health V2: Call for Presentations

Ignite Health is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their passions. Presentations are quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global and bursting with innovation. The 2014 Ignite Health will be held October 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences building.

Ignite Health can include topics like wellness, pharmaceuticals, software, medical devices, healthcare reform, reimbursement, and personal medicine. This event draws a diverse crowd of practitioners, researchers, administrators, entrepreneurs, consultants and healthcare business professionals.

Ignite Health proposals should include a brief written synopsis of your presentation and a brief bio about yourself. Show and tell something cool you’ve invented or found – no sales pitches please!

HOW TO APPLY – Deadline Sept. 10, 2014
Proposals should be submitted online by Sept. 10. Once submitted, your proposal will be reviewed by the Ignite team. Please include your contact information in case the team has questions about your proposal. All presenters will be notified by Sept. 25.

Find complete event details here.

OHSU Contact: Colleen Lay
OCTRI Awards Program Director
503 494-7493

TTBD Inventor Spotlight: Michael P. Hutchens, M.D., M.A.

The office of Technology Transfer & Business Development would like to highlight a particularly innovative or note worthy OHSU inventor and invention at the university. This quarter, our office would like to congratulate Michael P. Hutchens, M.D., M.A., for his work on the “Disinfection device for medical access sites” and the “Anesthetic vapor delivery device” that he has created and submitted to our office.

Dr. Michael Hutchens is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  He also serves as an attending intensivist in the Cardiac and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. His current research interests involve ischemic renal failure. He is particularly interested in the profound sexual dimorphism in incidence and outcome of ischemic renal failure and the consequential implications for intervention.

Dr. Hutchens originally planned a career as a professor of English, receiving the baccalaureate degree at Oberlin College. While studying for the Master of Arts in literature at Binghamton University, however, he became focused on medicine. He subsequently completed premedical studies at Goucher College and entered the University of Maryland where he earned his medical degree. After finishing a residency in anesthesiology at OHSU, Dr. Hutchens trained as a fellow in critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, before returning to OHSU in July 2005.

Dr. Hutchens is the recipient of a K08 mentored scientist grant to study “Sex Difference in Renal Injury After Cardiac Arrest: Mechanisms of Estrogen Action.”

When he is not at the hospital, Dr. Hutchens enjoys gardening, bird-watching and playing cricket with his family.

Of the nine Invention Disclosures Dr. Hutchens has submitted to Technology Transfer & Business Development since 2007, two of the most recent submissions are of interest.

The “Disinfection device for medical access sites” is a catheter hub closure port device providing targeted application of ultraviolet light ensuring central venous catheters, and other medical access site catheters, are disinfected and clean. The OHSU device aims to reduce central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) which are caused by healthcare workers, and, as a “never event”, are considered unreimbursable by the Centers for Medicare Services. With a reported mortality of 12-25%, and U.S. health care costs of approximately $2.3 billion yearly, CLABSI reduction is a priority of the World Health Organization, Centers for disease Control, the Joint Commission, and OHSU. This technology is exclusively optioned to a company for evaluation. A U.S. Provisional patent application has been filed.

The second technology of interest is “Anesthetic vapor device,” which is an anesthetic delivery system which digitally controls agent temperature to deliver clinical anesthetic vapor concentrations. The OHSU device works by cooling an anesthetic gas to very low temperatures at which clinical concentrations of vapor are created. The concentration of anesthetic delivered to the patient is controlled by controlling the temperature of the anesthetic liquid rather than flow of the fresh gas as in variable-bypass vaporizers. Currently available variable-bypass anesthetic vaporizers are single-agent specific, require frequent calibration and maintenance, and are heavy and slow to change concentration. This can be challenging in non-operating room circumstances such as animal research laboratories, intensive care units, medical transport, and military field environments. The OHSU device comprises an insulated vessel for the liquid anesthetic, a thermoelectric refrigeration system to cool the vessel, and an electronic controlling device with custom software to set the desired agent concentration and temperature using proportional-integral-derivative algorithms. Advantages include decreased size and weight; can be used as a universal system for a wide variety of liquid anesthetics; and no need for calibration. A U.S. Provisional patent application has been filed.

If you think you have an invention or if you’d like to know more about our office, contact us at (503) 494-8200 or visit the TTBD website.

Funding Focus: Fellowships for First-Year Graduate Students, Aug. 21

Fellowships for First-Year Graduate Students
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Research Funding & Development Services is holding a short information meeting for incoming graduate students interested in applying the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. This workshop will feature students who have received graduate student funding awards as well as information about resources to help you prepare your applications.

Questions? Email

Cloud storage now available for OHSU researchers

A new cloud storage option is now available for all OHSU faculty, staff and students. It’s called Box and it works a lot like other cloud storage systems including Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive. These types of services allow you to store your files so you can get to them from anywhere and share them with anyone. Box offers similar functionality, but with added protections in place for OHSU confidential and restricted data or protected health information. OHSU and Box have entered into a Business Associate Agreement that meets all of policy compliance requirements. This represents a first step down a new storage and collaboration path which fits with OHSU’s data protection goals.

Update – Note that this really is a first step: storage size is limited to 10 GB, with no requests for additional capacity accepted.

Get started

If you do not have an existing Box account under your OHSU email address, go to, click Continue and enter your OHSU network credentials.

If you already have a Box account that uses your OHSU email address, you should have received an email notifying you of the coming conversion of your account to an OHSU enterprise account.

Learn more on Staff News.

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