School of Nursing’s Dr. Christopher Lee receives leadership award

Christopher Lee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., an associate professor at the OHSU School of Nursing, has dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients with heart disease, the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the U.S. He was recently selected to receive the 2014 Nursing Leadership Award from the Heart Failure Society of America for his work with the HFSA’s Interdisciplinary Advocacy Committee and for research on improving outcomes of patients with heart failure. The award will be presented at the society’s annual meeting this fall.

As part of the HFSA’s advocacy committee, Dr. Lee led efforts to create a joint position statement with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses advocating for nurses to be able to practice to the full extent of their training to improve the health of patients with heart failure. In several states, nurses are limited by laws or other policies that prevent them from writing prescriptions or require them to be supervised physicians. In the statement authored by Dr. Lee and collaborators, the HFSA and AAHFN advocate for changes to current policies which would allow nurses to be fully engaged as part of the patient care team as well as take on leadership roles in organizations where health policy decisions are made.

“All health care practitioners need to be able to engage as much as they have been trained to offset large health care expenditures and improve quality of life,” Dr. Lee said. “I was thrilled to represent the School of Nursing and OHSU at large in this process and to have formal recognition of my unyielding dedication to high-level national service in the name of nursing advocacy.”

In addition to his advocacy work, Dr. Lee runs a biobehavioral research program on heart failure that uses qualitative measures such as quality of life and symptom burden to provide new insights to a disease that is traditionally studied by looking at lab results and numbers. His goal is to learn as much as he can from patients living with heart failure so that scientists can improve the state of the field for patients in the future. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and OHSU’s BIRCWH K12 Scholar Program.

Safety Fair, July 24

Safety Fair

July 24, 2014

OHSU Auditorium & Great Hall

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join Environmental Health & Radiation Safety at the second annual safety fair for the research community! Food and drinks will be served. Plus, be sure to visit the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) table to learn about eIACUC II.

Great Hall – Workshops

11 a.m. Dangerous Goods Shipping

11:30 a.m. Chemical Spill Response

12 p.m. Fire Extinguisher Training

12:30 p.m. Chemical Spill Response (repeat session) 

OHSU Auditorium – Presentations

1 p.m. Waste Anesthetic Gas Management with Alison Deputy, Scivena Scientific

1:45 p.m. Chemical Safety at OHSU with April Karr, OHSU Chemical Safety Officer

New funding initiatives at NIH

With budgets tight as ever, the NIH plans to experiment with new models of funding that boost investigator productivity by proving flexible, longer-term support. (Not unlike the HHMI Investigator Program.) While each institute will be given leeway to design their own programs, in general, applicants will be evaluated on how past accomplishments might shape future research rather than on specific aims.

The National Cancer Institute has already issued a call for proposals for its Outstanding Investigator Award, which provides up to $600,000 annually for seven years to cancer researchers with stellar track records. Meanwhile, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences seeks feedback on how to structure their program. More is expected to come, including similar programs for researchers at all stages of their careers.

Portland Alcohol Research Center pilot project research proposals due Sept. 2

The Portland Alcohol Research Center (PARC) expects to fund pilot research projects in 2015 of up to $35,000 each. PARC is especially interested in encouraging investigators new to alcohol research to submit applications. Proposals will be funded based on scientific merit, relevance to center goals, and the likelihood that findings will lead to submission of an R-type grant application. Pilot proposals that focus on the neuroadaptation to ethanol exposure and those with relevance to behavioral genomics are especially welcome.

All OHSU faculty (assistant professor or above) interested in alcohol research are invited to submit pilot project proposals. The proposals can outline new projects or projects that were previously submitted but not funded, as long as they are suitably revised.

Applications are due no later than noon, Friday, September 2, 2014. The funding target start date is January 1, 2015. Please contact the PARC Scientific Director, Robert Hitzemann, with questions (503-402-2858).

Take a look at the latest Funding Alerts for more research funding opportunities.

Tech Transfer Newsletter: Summer 2014

Check out the latest news in the office of Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD)

In this issue, we discuss: 

  • OHSU’s partnership with the Allegory Venture Partners – Learn about OHSU’s effort to accelerate venture investment in life science companies in Oregon
  • Changes in Patent Law Section 101 – Read how changes from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could affect your invention’s patentability
  • The TTBD Internship Program – TTBD’s new internship program allows students the opportunity to gain experience in technology transfer, patent law and startup development
  • News and Events – Attend TTBD’s Lunch & Learn presentation, 2014 TTBD Awards Ceremony, the 3rd Annual OHSU Startup Symposium, or the MedTech Alliance pre-launch event

View the Summer 2014 TTBD Newsletter.
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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 our website.

Foundation for Women’s Wellness Grant and Fellowship applications due Aug. 15

The Foundation for Women’s Wellness is currently soliciting letters of inquiry for its 2014 Research Grants and Fellowships:

  • Research Grants up to $25,000 will be awarded for small, short-term studies that improve medical knowledge related to women’s health. The foundation is particularly interested in research on cardiovascular disease, top female cancers, the role of hormones in disease and stage-of-life health issues such as pregnancy and menopause and topics disproportionately affecting women. Lead investigators must have an M.D. or Ph.D. and a faculty appointment.
  • Fellowships provide one-time grants of $3,000 to recognize and support M.D. and Ph.D. students and junior investigators (fellows, residents, assistant researchers) working on basic, clinical, or epidemiological women’s health research.

Check out other Funding Opportunities.

TTBD Lunch & Learn: How to Pitch to Industry, Aug. 7

This special presentation on “How to pitch to industry” will address how you can develop a strategy to attract industry to your research by creating value. Business Development Director, Abhijit Banerjee, will lead a discussion on ways to adapt to the needs of the industry so you can build a strategic relationship and how to make an effective business pitch.

This event is open to all OHSU employees, faculty and students. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. The event will be catered by Bunk Sandwiches. Lunches will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Mackenzie Hall 2201
12 to 1 p.m. 

Click here to add the event to your Calendar.

For questions or concerns, please contact Karen Ho. Click here to view the Pitch-to-Industry-Flyer.

Faculty job application workshop for postdocs, Sept. 4

Postdocs and research assistant professors: are you planning to apply for faculty jobs this fall? Would you like advice about your CV, teaching or research statements, or cover letter? Come to this workshop to learn basic principles about putting together a job application and to get feedback on your application package. Cookies and coffee will be served.

When: Thursday, September 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Mackenzie Hall 2136
Who: Postdoctoral fellows and research assistant professors in basic science fields

Please RSVP to Plan to bring a draft of your CV, cover letter, or research statement to the workshop.

Global health course provides unique interprofessional training experience to OHSU students

iCHEE students in front of a Casey Eye Institute Van at a community site.

Although the number of refugees, recent immigrants, and other underserved individuals is growing in the U.S., many health care professionals receive minimal training on how to interact with and understand the unique health needs of these populations. For the past several years, the OHSU Global Health Center has offered a unique, community-based elective for students of all disciplines to learn how to work in interdisciplinary teams and to develop critical cross-cultural knowledge and understanding. Since 2008, over 300 medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, nutrition, and public health students have completed the interprofessional Community Health and Education Exchange (iCHEE) course and over 1,200 clients have been served by the program. A paper highlighting the successes of the program was published online last month and will appear in print in the Innovation Report section of the August 2014 edition of Academic Medicine.

In addition to serving community members in need, the students who participate in the course are given an opportunity to work with students from different disciplines. Class participants are broken down into teams that are supervised by an OHSU faculty mentor. Each team includes at least one student from the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Dentistry, and the College of Pharmacy. Students interact directly with clients to provide basic health services such as checking eye sight, hearing, blood pressure, oral health, and heart and lung function. Findings are discussed with faculty mentors, and clients who require follow-up treatment are referred to appropriate mobile clinics or other local safety net clinics for treatment.

“By working together, the students are learning about each other’s disciplines,” said Valerie Palmer, an instructor of global health and director of the iCHEE course.

Students’ reactions to the 6-week course have been overwhelmingly positive. To receive credit for the course, students are required to write a reflection at the end of the term that summarizes what they’ve learned from the experience.

One OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy student wrote in the course reflection: “This class has opened my eyes to the problems people are facing in my own backyard and has reinforced my skills needed to provide assistance to anyone I may come into contact with. I know how to look for and offer valuable resources to those in need, including housing, food, clothing and many different types of health care. I have learned valuable communication skills that will help me with my future career. These communication skills not only taught me how to empathize and listen to people needing assistance in my community, but how to collaborate and communicate with other health care professionals.”

Visit the iCHEE website to learn more or contact Valerie Palmer to learn more about becoming a faculty preceptor for the program.

AstraZeneca seeks university partners for its Open Innovation program

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AstraZeneca is sponsoring several initiatives for academic scientists and clinicians as part of its Open Innovation program. The goal of the program is to facilitate interactions between industry and academia that are focused on the meaningful, innovation of new drug therapies for patients in need. Both basic scientists and clinical researchers are encouraged to participate. Opportunities for grants and access to compounds include:

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