Heart Research Center becomes the Center for Developmental Health

Kent Thornburg, PhD, director of the Center for Developmental Health

The $125 million gift from Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight and his wife Penny that formed the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute has rallied researchers around the developmental origins of cardiovascular disease. This gift has already inspired many changes as the institute works to become a leader in translational cardiovascular research. One major change is the transition of the Heart Research Center into the newly formed Center for Developmental Health to reflect a focus on developmental diseases, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and the study of early life growth patterns that cause vulnerability for cardiovascular disease during adulthood. The center is directed by Kent Thornburg, PhD, who also directs the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness.

The center was formally organized in July 2013, and since then, it has steadily become a major, collaborative research group within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. The Center for Developmental Health now consists of 60+ scientists who study the developmental origins of health and disease at OHSU, all rallied around the institute’s mission to translate discoveries on the treatment and intervention of cardiovascular disease from the lab to the clinic as quickly as possible.

Learn more about the Center for Developmental Health.

HIP Buffet: Technology Innovation, April 22

Come hear a diverse panel discuss the critical elements involved in developing medical technologies and taking them from idea to commercialization.
Topics will include:

  • Market size and Commercial Potential
  • Product design & feasibility
  • Patentability
  • Commercialization path

Panelists: Josh Hoyt, Gearhead Associates; Jennifer Fox, Executive Director, OTRADI; Rob Copenhaver, Technology Development Manager; Jeff Jackson, Patent Associate, TTBD; & Colleen Lay, Award Program Director, OCTRI

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Mac Hall 2201

The HIP Buffet Series, sponsored by the Human Investigations Program of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides a forum on various topics in clinical and translational research. The HIP Buffet is targeted to all faculty, clinical and basic science postdoctoral fellows, research-ranked employees, and staff who are interested in a clinical and translational research career.

Learn more about the Human Investigations Program at www.ohsu.edu/hip.

Schedule for Research Week 2014 career development panels

Because they were so popular at Research Week last year, we’ve planned another series of career development panels that are designed to spark conversation between students, fellows, and faculty on topics like developing a good relationship with your mentor, finding a job, and surviving grad school. OHSU Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to attend.

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

Monday, May 5, 3 to 4 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

This interactive discussion will focus on the myriad of factors that can ultimately determine an entrepreneur’s success. The presentation is designed to provide entrepreneurs examples of difficult situations and suggestions on how to avoid them by taking preemptive action. The discussion will specifically detail some scenarios including the “perils of co-founding,” strategies for aligning business expectations, equity compensation, and emergency financial planning. Left un-discussed in the early stages of a company’s lifecycle, these types of central issues can threaten a company’s ability to overcome start-up challenges. Hosted by Dennis McNannay, executive director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, and Andrew Watson, director of Technology Transfer and Business Development at OHSU.

How to survive grad school

Tuesday, May 6, 10 to 11 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

It’s one thing to get into graduate school. It’s another to survive it. Our panel of postdocs and senior grad students will provide advice on time management, writing your first scientific manuscript, how to prepare for your thesis defense, and other topics. This discussion-oriented workshop is designed for graduate students at all stages. Panelists include Julia Maxson, Ph.D., Knight Cancer Institute; Lillian Klug, Ph.D. candidate, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences; and John Harkness, Ph.D. candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience.

How to get a postdoc position

Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Old Library 211

Learn from our panel of postdoc experts about how they found and chose their postdoctoral fellowship. Students are encouraged to ask questions about any part of the process they are most interested in, such as how to identify and contact potential mentors, how to prepare for the postdoc interview process, and what to look for in a mentor. Panelists include: Hillary McGraw, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology; Andrew Gunderson, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience.

Non-academic careers for scientists

Tuesday, May 6, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Professionals from various industries join us to give an insider’s look at life beyond the academic landscape. Particular focus will be on career trajectory from graduate school onward, what each occupation entails, and other life lessons learned along the way. Panelists included Jim Austin, Ph.D., editor of Science Careers, a publication of Science magazine and AAAS; OHSU graduate Mike Rosen, Ph.D., division manager at the Portland Bureau of Environmental; and OHSU graduate Trish Pruis, Ph.D., business development associate in Technology Transfer and Business Development.

How to establish and manage a mentoring relationship

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

Establishing expectations and boundaries can be the most important step in ensuring a successful mentoring relationship, but this step is often missed at the beginning of a relationship with a mentor or mentee. This panel discussion will provide advice and tips on how to go about setting expectations to get the most out of mentoring. Learn from experienced mentors and mentees about what you can and should not expect from a mentor/mentee relationship, how to clarify roles and to set boundaries, and tips regarding what has worked for each of them. This discussion is directed to a wide variety of participants from students and postdocs to faculty; clinical researchers to basic scientists; and mentees to mentors. Facilitated by Cynthia Morris, panelists include David Jacoby, M.D., professor of medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine;  Karen Eden, Ph.D., associate professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology;  Wilmon Grant, Ph.D., M.C.R., postdoctoral Fellow, OHSU/Portland VA Medical Center; Julia Maxson, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Knight Cancer Institute; Rajarshee Mazumder, M.D./M.P.H. student; and Marilynn Chow, Ph.D. student, Cancer Biology Program.

Finding your first faculty job

Thursday, May 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., OHSU Auditorium

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to attend this informal Q&A panel led by three recently hired faculty members. The panelists will share their job search experiences as well as provide insight on how to prepare for interviews. Panelists include Michael Cohen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology; Mary Logan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research; and Damian Zuloaga, Ph.D., who is finishing up his postdoctoral fellowship at in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience.

For more information, visit www.ohsu.edu/researchweek or contact research@ohsu.edu.

ONPRC director elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D., senior scientist and director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Haigwood is one of 88 new fellows selected for their scientific achievements and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. She will be recognized at the American Society of Microbiology annual meeting on May 20.

View the complete list of 2014 Fellows.

Did you miss the all-faculty forum?

A recording of the all-faculty forum on April 4 with OHSU President Joe Robertson has been posted. (OHSU log in required). See a recap of the forum on FPP/Clinician Commons.

Lecture: New approaches to targeting RAS, April 16

The OHSU Brenden Colson Center for Pancreatic Care is hosting a lecture with Frank McCormick, Ph.D., FRS, entitled, “New Approaches to Targeting RAS,” on Wednesday, April 16 at 12 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium.

Dr. McCormick is professor emeritus, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, David A. Wood Chair of Tumor Biology and Cancer Research and Co-Leader of the National Ras Program, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute director to visit OHSU, May 5

Dr. Gibbons

Gary Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, will be on campus Monday, May 5 to deliver a lecture entitled, “Charting our Future Together: Setting an Agenda for the NHBLI.” His talk will take place at 1 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium.

Dr. Gibbons oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees. Before joining the NHLBI, Dr. Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Research Institute emerged as a center of excellence, leading the way in discoveries related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Throughout his career, Dr. Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Awardee; selection as a Pew Foundation Biomedical Scholar; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association.

This talk is sponsored by the OHSU Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. Dr. Gibbons is one of four keynote speakers for OHSU Research Week, taking place May 5-9. View the full Research Week schedule.

Call for Research Week Volunteers!

Research Week 2014 is approaching fast 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 a terrific chance to 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 7.

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 2014 volunteer website to see what shifts are available, and to sign up to be a Research Week volunteer. All volunteers will get this year’s super stylish Research Week T-shirt in thanks of your efforts. Remember, you can choose as many shifts as you’d like!

Updates from Conflicts of Interest in Research (CoIR) Committee

Improvements in eCoI: In the Electronic Conflict of Interest system, researchers describe outside activities, significant financial interests and related research projects. The portion of the eCoI disclosure where these related projects are chosen and described has been updated:

a) The “master project list” that the researcher reviews to find his/her “related” projects is now sortable by a number of parameters (e.g., title, sponsor, PI, IRB #, PPQ#) and

b) The questions posed about each related project now more clearly request the information the CoIR Committee requires to determine if a CoIR exists and whether a CoIR management plan is required.

Checking CoIR and RCR compliance for researchers: If you need to check faculty members’ compliance with CoIR and Big Brain training, try using the Researcher Snapshot in Cognos. In this system, you can enter one or more researcher names to get a summary of when required courses/forms were completed. To do this,

  • Go to: Cognos and log in using your OHSU login and password
  • Click on: Public Folders
  • Click on: Research Administration
  • Click on: Researcher Snapshot
  • Type in researcher names one by one (or type in an org name or number to the right)
  • Choose data bases (for this purpose, uncheck all but Big Brain)
  • Click on “run”

The eCoI system is covered by the Acceptable Use of Computing and Telecommunications Policy.

If you have questions about eCoI, contact the Integrity Office at 503.494.8849 (option 2) or oioeduc@ohsu.edu.

OHSU Research Week 2014 schedule now available

A detailed schedule for OHSU Research Week 2014 has been posted, including dates, times, and abstracts for oral and poster presentations. To find a specific presenter, enter their name into the search bar on the upper right corner of the page.

For your convenience, a Schedule at a Glance has been posted on the Research Week homepage as well.

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