The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute seeks input on research priorities

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is looking for input from scientists–and the public–to help shape its funding priorities. If you’re funded by NHLBI, or hope to be, or if you benefit from the several hundred million dollars per year that they spend on biomedical research–in short, if you are living and breathing, this is your opportunity to shape the research of the future. Specifically, they want to identify the most compelling questions related to their mission as well as identifying barriers to scientific progress. If you think your voice doesn’t matter, think again. Research funded by NHLBI has helped to reduce annual deaths from heart disease by 80 percent in the last 50 years.

OHSU scientists have already helped shape this conversation: last year, NHLBI director Gary Gibbons spent the first day of Research Week talking with our many NHLBI-funded trainees and PIs, met with OHSU research leaders, and gave the opening keynote.  Add your voice to the conversation: comments are due May 15.

Register to participate as a judge in this year’s Research Week event!

Research Week is fast approaching and we need your help! We are looking for 56 faculty, postdocs, and research staff to serve as judges for students who are presenting talks and posters during Research Week, May 4-8. For each session for which you sign up to judge, you’ll be asked to evaluate a maximum of four student presentations (either oral or poster). The sign-up page can be found here and has a full listing of session dates, times, and research topics that need coverage. To sign up, check the box for the session you’re interested in and click “submit”–once you get into the tool, you’ll be able to see full details. You can view the session schedule here to see if the research presented fits your expertise.

This is a great opportunity to provide valuable feedback to students and to learn more about the wide-ranging, innovative research taking place here at OHSU.

We kindly ask that you register as soon as possible so we can fill any gaps before the main event. Thank you for contributing to a successful Research Week 2015!

Students and Postdocs: Send in your ugliest data by Apr. 24!

Next Friday is the last day to submit your ugly data for a chance to win an 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.

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

Please join us for today’s Funding Focus!

This is a reminder to join us for April’s Funding Focus seminar to learn New Ways of Finding Funding at OHSU. The seminar will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 16, in Mackenzie Hall 2201. We’ll be discussing OHSU’s new tool for customizing individual funding searches: GrantScoop. This tool is available to all OHSU faculty and staff and we’ll provide more information on how to sign up and get started.We’ll also discuss existing tools that Grant Scoop supplements, including SciVal Funding, OHSU’s Funding Database, and more.

We encourage investigators new to OHSU to come and learn more about the resources available to you in your grants search. Hope to see you there!

The art of science: Submit your prettiest data to Research Week

Image by Sean Speese, Assistant professor, Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research

Last week, we asked for your ugliest….

This week, we want to see the most beautiful data to come out of a lab at OHSU. Throughout Research Week, your most aesthetically pleasing works of science will be featured on display in the old library for all to appreciate. At the end of the week, there will be a drawing from the pool of participants for tickets to the Portland Art Museum or the Portland International Film Festival, where you can experience other, albeit less scientific, works of art.

To enter, send images to

Funding Focus this Thursday, Apr. 16 – New Ways of Finding Funding

This is a reminder to join us for April’s Funding Focus seminar to learn New Ways of Finding Funding at OHSU. The seminar will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 16, in Mackenzie Hall 2201. We’ll be discussing:

GrantScoop – a newly acquired software tool for identifying both private and government funding opportunities. GrantScoop is specifically designed for research scientists seeking grant funding and allows for selective searches with extensive filtering capabilities. This tool is available to all OHSU faculty and staff and we’ll provide more information on how to sign up and get started. We’ll also discuss existing tools that Grant Scoop supplements, including SciVal Funding, OHSU’s Funding Database, and more.

Funding Focus is a series offered by Research Funding and Development Services throughout the year to share advice, tips, and general information on funding for the OHSU research community. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrators are all welcome to attend. Questions? Contact

RSVP now for the Fulbright Scholar Program Faculty Workshop, Apr. 20

Catherine Matto, Assistant Director of the Fulbright Scholar Program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Program for Faculty and Professionals:

  • Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries
  • Get Advice on selecting countries for application & making contacts abroad
  • Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars
  • Get Tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application

Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
OHSU Vollum Institute, 4M 

To reserve a seat, please contact Space is limited; RSVP by April 15.

Research Week 2015 conference program now live!

The schedule of events for this year’s conference is now available on the Research Week website. The online schedule allows you view the entire line up of events as well as to access abstracts of presenters.

This year’s conference features some new events in addition to those held annually such as keynotes, oral and poster presentations, the 3MT competition, and career networking night. New on the roster:

  • CorExtravaganza: Find out from various (Core) directors about the shared resources available to OHSU investigators and hear about how those resources are currently being used.
  • New Faculty Lightning Rounds: Hear about the research of faculty members who have joined OHSU since January 2013.
  • Mock NIH Study Section: Get a peek behind the curtain of an NIH study section review! Charles Rafferty Ph.D., a recent review branch chief at the National Institutes of Health, and OHSU’s David Jacoby, M.D., will lead a simulated study section meeting in which a panel of seasoned reviewers discuss NIH K23 and R01 grant applications.
  • Historical Collections and Archives Open House: Learn more about the history of Research Week, student activities, and research work at OHSU.

Please note that some individual presentations may change sessions due to last minute conflicts, so please check the schedule closer to the event for the final line-up!

OCTRI Research Forum: Special populations in research, Apr. 28

Join the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, OCTRI, in a monthly research forum that addresses all things clinical and translational research.

Don’t miss April’s topic: Including special populations in your research
Panel experts will discuss inclusiveness in recruiting participants for studies, including pediatric and geriatric populations, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities. Come learn about what you need to consider when recruiting from these and other special populations.

Mary Samuels from the Clinical & Translational Research Center will lead the discussion. Panel participants include Elizabeth Eckstrom (geriatrics), Katie Zuckerman (pediatrics), Nicole Marshall (women in pregnancy) and Kathleen Humphries (patients with disabilities).

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015
12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Click here for more information about the OCTRI Research Forum.

OCTRI invites all faculty and staff to discuss issues and solutions to common obstacles in conducting clinical and translational research. Do you have a clinical or translational research question? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to help during these events! Please submit questions and topic requests to Colleen Berreta.

Save the date!
May OCTRI Research Forum: Turning a research proposal into a protocol
May 28, 2015
12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Volunteers needed for Research Week 2015!

Research Week 2015 is only a month away, and we need your help! Each year, volunteers play a critical role in in making Research Week a success. Anyone at OHSU can volunteer. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from other areas and gain an understanding of the scope and quality of the research conducted every day at OHSU. There are a number of ways volunteers can help. Please read more about these various opportunities below.

Check-in Desk
As a Check-in Desk volunteer, you are tasked with greeting attendees and checking in presenters.

Poster Wrangler
It’s the Poster Wrangler’s job to see that posters are put up in the right locations and to maintain a quite and respectful atmosphere in the room.

3MT Ballot Collector
Help collect the audience ballots for the “People’s Choice Award” at the end of the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, May 6.

Moderator/Backup Moderator
Every oral presentation session will be assigned two volunteers: One Moderator and one Backup Moderator. Moderators are needed to ensure that the pace of the oral presentation sessions are maintained, keeping presenters to their 10-minute time limit.

Go to the Research Week 2015 volunteer website to see what shifts are available and to sign up to be a volunteer. All volunteers will get this year’s super stylish Research Week T-shirt in appreciation of your efforts. Remember, you can choose as many shifts as you’d like!

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