People Management for Principal Investigators, June 17-18

Every principal investigator wants to build and maintain a lab that attracts and retains outstanding trainees and staff members. Juggling this endeavor with everything else the PI must do – writing papers, teaching, mentoring, gaining and maintaining funding, creating collaborative and productive relationships with other PIs – can be challenging at best. This 1.5-day course, led by Jennifer Crosby-Meurisse and Rachel Dresbeck from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, will help you learn to manage people with a focus on the particular needs of running a lab or research group.

When: Friday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Biomedical Research Building, 581
Register on Compass

In this course you will learn:

  • Strategies for approaching the role of “coach” in the lab – developing your leadership style
  • Recruitment and retention strategies – building (and maintaining) the best team for your lab
  • Steps to take when coaching doesn’t work – performance management in the lab
  • Resources that are available to you to support you and your lab staff

Enrollment is limited; there is no cost to participants. Please indicate your interest and willingness to participate by registering for this course. Participants will be notified of acceptance after registering.

NRSA application workshop: Technical components, June 16

If you’re planning to apply for a pre- or post-doctoral NRSA fellowship from the NIH in the near future, we encourage you to attend this workshop to learn about essential, non-research elements of your fellowship application. Topics covered include elements needed for an InfoEd proposal, how to develop a budget, how to manage reference letters, biosketches and PMCID numbers, and elements of a great training plan.

This upcoming workshop is led by Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., director of Research Funding & Development Services, and Gavin Hamilton, grants and contracts administrator with the Office of Proposal and Award Management.

NRSA Application Workshop
Thursday, June 16
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mackenzie Hall 2201

Open to researchers and administrators. Registration now available on Compass.

Marquam Hill Lecture: Transforming cancer care with next-gen. sequencing, May 19

The 2016 Marquam Hill Lecture Series continues this month with Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology in the School of Medicine and chief medical officer of OHSU’s Knight Diagnostic Laboratories, presenting “Transforming cancer care with next-generation sequencing.”

Marquam Hill LectureCorlessChris-07
Thursday, Mar. 19
7 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium

About the lecture
New technology gives researchers mountains of data about DNA mutations and how they cause cancer, but how can this information be turned into the right therapy for the right tumor? The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is using big data analysis to advance precision cancer care. Dr. Corless is an expert in personalized diagnostics. He and his colleagues take millions of fragments of DNA from a single sample and use high-end computing tools to sequence them at the same time. This next generation sequencing helps scientists identify the weak points in many types of cancer, and helps health care providers create personalized treatment plans for patients.

Attend this lecture and learn how OHSU researchers are turning data into knowledge that will transform the way all cancers are treated – one patient at a time.

Join the fight against skin cancer, May 21

In a state more known for rain than sunshine, one would think skin cancer wouldn’t be much of a concern in Oregon. The fact is, Oregon ranks fifth in the nation for melanoma, the most serious of all skin cancers.

Researchers at OHSU are on the case, declaring war on melanoma and engaging patients, survivors and the community to figure out how best to prevent, treat and detect the disease. Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Research Program and chair of the OHSU Department of Dermatology, is leading the effort. She launched the Melanoma Community Registry in May 2014, and has seen more than 5,800 participants sign up to learn about skin cancer education events, community activities, and research opportunities.

Leachman and her colleagues are reaching out in another way on May 21 when they bring the 2016 War on Skin Cancer Event to the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the South Waterfront. This will offer researchers a new way to connect with melanoma survivors and would-be research participants. The event will differ from many other health events in that it will give Melanoma Community Registry members an opportunity to take part in ongoing research. Plus, there will be skin checks and education about skin protection.

An addition to this year’s event is the Redhead World Record Attempt. The Redhead community will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for most natural redheads in one place at one time (9am-2pm). This gathering will help raise awareness about this high-risk population by featuring Redhead “Edu-tainment,” live music, Irish dancers, and food vendors.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Collaborative Life Science Building
2730 S.W. Moody Ave., Portland

For more information about the registry and what is taking place at the event, visit the event webpage. Want to get involved? Start by signing up for the Melanoma Community Registry here or come to the event and learn more about how you can make a difference.

Data Jamboree: RNAseq data through visualization, May 20

RNA is in our dnaAttend this Friday’s Data Jamboree for a workshop on exploring RNAseq data through visualization. Attendees will learn about the RNAseq experimental pipeline at OHSU, including study design considerations and RNAseq technologies. Bring your laptop and data for a hands-on introduction to an open source tool for visualizing your data. Please visit the RNAseq visualization website for help on formatting your data for inputting into the data visualization tool or explore the pre-loaded data. Everyone is welcome and food and drink will be provided!

May 20th, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Collaborative Life Sciences Building, 2S060

Presidential bridge funding applications due June 30

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research has released its call for proposals for the FY17 summer OHSU Presidential Bridge Funding Program. Bridge funding is available for established investigators threatened by an imminent lapse in research support. Investigators can request up to $50,000 in funding for one year to help bridge them while they generate data to restore funding. Up to 6 awards will be made this funding cycle.

Awards are available only to OHSU investigators. The PI must be an independent scientist. Independence is defined by: rank at the level of assistant professor or above; committed institutional support such as space and salary; a track record of first-authored or senior-authored publications; a recent history of federal (or similar) funding; and imminently planned or pending application for funding on a national level. Postdoctoral fellows and similar trainees are not eligible to apply.

Please note, the application requirements have been simplified. Applications now consist of the following:

  • Bridge Funding Request signed by the PI and chair/unit head describing the need for bridge funding, efforts that have already been made to secure funding, how bridge funds will be used to increase the likelihood of funding renewal, and institutional commitment to the PI during the bridging period and beyond (no more than 2 pages)
  • Reviewer comments and priority scores
  • CV or biosketch
  • Budget

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016 and must be submitted online via OHSU’s Competitive Application Portal (CAP). View guidelines and instructions here.

Pew Scholar Program for junior faculty; internal applications due June 10

Pew Charitable TrustsThe Pew Charitable Trust has invited OHSU to sponsor a single candidate for their Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. This prestigious opportunity provides $60,000 in support per year for four years to assistant professors with outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.

The program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of Nov. 1, 2016, candidates must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent and must have been in such an appointment (tenure- or non-tenure track) for less than three years as of on July 15, 2016. This time may have been spent at more than one institution but time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit. See full announcement for all eligibility exclusions.

Please note: This competition requires internal coordination. If you intend to apply, please submit a limited submission application via the Competitive Application Portal (CAP) before June 10, 2016.

Previous Pew Scholars from OHSU include:

Find more funding opportunities in this week’s Funding Alerts.

Faculty honored for contributions to OHSU’s missions

At OHSU, the passion we bring to our work leads to discoveries, educational opportunities, and patient successes that literally change the world. At the heart of our success are faculty members that bring this devotion, creativity, and energy to everything that we stand for. This makes a difference not only in the eyes of other faculty members, but to students and patients as well. It is a great honor to be recognized by fellow faculty members for the many contributions that are sometimes thought as unseen.

Congratulations to this year’s Faculty Senate Awards finalists and winners (highlighted in blue).

Affiliated Units and Institutes Award
Service Award
Jeri Finn, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Bill Rooney, Ph.D.

School of Dentistry
Leadership Award
Phyllis Beemsterboer, M.S., Ed.D.
Juliana da Costa, D.D.S., M.S.
Thomas Shearer, Ph.D.
Michael Taylor, D.M.D.

School of Medicine
Research Award
Markus Grompe, M.D.
Marina Guizzetti, Ph.D.
David Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

School of Nursing
Collaboration Award
Kristen Beiers-Jones, R.N., M.N.E.
Martha Driessnack, Ph.D., P.P.C.N.P.-B.C.
Joanne Noone, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.
Heather Voss, R.N., M.S.N.

School of Pharmacy
Teaching Award
Gary DeLander, Ph.D.
Myrna Munar, Pharm.D.
Ali Olyaei, Pharm.D.
Oleh Taratula, Ph.D.

School of Public Health
Excellence Award
Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D.
Carrie Nielson, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Ana Quinones, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Waddell, Ph.D.

The award categories rotate among the different schools and affiliated units on an annual basis. Nominations are reviewed by committees representing individual units, and final selection is made by the OHSU Faculty Senate. The awards are supported by the OHSU Foundation. The award winners were announced at this year’s Distinguished Faculty Awards luncheon which was held on May 10.

National Microbiome Initiative announced

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a collaborative effort to build a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to support the study of microbiomes (communities of microorganisms) across different ecosystems. The NMI will launch with a combined Federal agency investment of more than $121 million in FY 2016 and 2017, including $20 million from the NIH to study multi-ecosystem comparison studies and investigation into design of new tools to explore and understand microbiomes. In terms of human health, dysfunctional microbiomes are associated with chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma.

The NMI’s goals are to:

  • Support interdisciplinary research
  • Develop platform technologies that will enable knowledge sharing
  • Expand the microbiome workforce.

Since a call to action went out in January 2016, more than 100 external institutions have announced new efforts to support microbiome science including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which  pledged $100 million over four years to study agricultural microbiomes.

OHSU’s Responsible Conduct of Research courses changing to CITI Programs

OHSU Research Integrity has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITI Program) to offer Responsible Conduct of Research training. The NIH-endorsed CITI Program at the University of Miami is a leading provider of research education content.

Why the Change?
OHSU’s RCR education hasn’t been updated in a number of years–yet the RCR environment is always changing. The CITI program accommodates these evolving changes–and in fact, it’s the standard RCR training for most academic institutions in the U.S., as well as for the Veteran’s Administration. This high degree of use also fosters reciprocity for multicenter research and for faculty conducting research at the VA. Most major pharmaceutical companies also use CITI for required Good Clinical Practice training, so using CITI means you don’t have to take duplicative GCP training.

What’s New?
The number of RCR courses remains the same, though some of the names have changed slightly to reflect the course names in CITI. The changes are as follows:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) = RCR for All
  • Human Subjects Research (HSR): Human Researchers = RCR involving Human Subjects
  • Animal Care and Use (ACU): Working with the IACUC = RCR involving Animal Subjects
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) = RCR involving FDA Regulated Products
  • Biosafety/Biosecurity: Working with rDNA/Infectious Agents/Toxins = RCR involving rDNA, Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and Infectious Agents/Biological Toxins

For information about how to log in, who needs to take the RCR courses, FAQs,and more, go here.


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