OHSU study highlights critical gaps in mental health research

A new OHSU study has found there is no strong evidence to guide the use of antidepressants by women during pregnancy and just after birth. The findings come from a team led by Marian S. McDonagh, Pharm.D., professor of medical informatics & clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and are published online in the September 2014 edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“We were very surprised that the existing research allows no clear consensus,” McDonagh said. “After all, depression during pregnancy is common, with estimates ranging from 5 to 30 percent of all women who become pregnant. And there is evidence that depression during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes for mother and child.”

Read the full media release online.

Find ONPRC and nationally available research resources on new National Primate Research Centers website

The Oregon National Primate Research Center–one of eight NIH-funded primate centers in the country–is part of a new national NPRC Research and Capabilities website that is intended to facilitate innovative research and new collaborations. Use the site to easily learn which animals, equipment, and areas of expertise are available at each center.

Monthly Data Jamborees begin Aug. 22

All OHSU researchers interested in informatics, big data, genomic sequencing and other areas of data analysis are invited to join an open working group of individuals across the university who are utilizing computational resources. The idea behind this new group is to share knowledge and tools while promoting team science at OHSU through 5-10 minute live demos by informatics enthusiasts across campus. All are welcome to present. For more information, contact jamboree co-organizers Adam Margolin, Ph.D., or Kemal Sonmez, Ph.D.

Data Jamboree
Monthly, starting Friday, August 22
3-5 p.m., Richard Jones Hall 6542
BBQ, beer, wine will be served

 

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 biolibrary@ohsu.edu 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.

TOPICS & AUDIENCE
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.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
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.

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

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