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Practice-Based Research in Oral Health Conference: Addressing Dental Myths and Controversies

OHSU School of Dentistry faculty will present at  “Dental Myths and Controversies VIII,” the theme of the 11th annual Practice-Based Research in Oral Health (PROH) conference, on Oct. 31. Speakers include  Jim Katancik, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor and chair of periodontology (Implant Platform Switching: Easy as Taking the Next Train?); Shawneen Gonzalez, D.D.S., M.S., assistant professor in the department of oral pathology and radiology (You see what? Can I Really Interpret that from a Panoramic Radiograph?); Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of restorative dentistry (Enhancing Dentin Bond Durability: Is it Really Possible?); Scott Dyer, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of restorative dentistry (It may be Strong, but can I Bond to it? Cementation and Repair of Zirconia); Tom Hilton, D.M.D., M.S., alumni centennial professor in operative dentistry and co-director of the PROH network (Restoration Repair: Do those Patches Really Work?); and Jack Ferracane, Ph.D., chair of restorative dentistry, division director of biomaterials and biomechanics, and co-director of the PROH network (And then you Light Cure. Simple, right?).

 “The PROH conference will address six confusing and contentious dentistry myths facing researchers today,” said Dr. Hilton. “Select faculty from OHSU will introduce their topics, identify the opposing viewpoints, review the relevant research, present their position on the topic based on their understanding of the evidence, and answer questions.”

The conference will be held at the World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St., beginning at 7:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Register online here; or call (503) 494-8857. SoD students can register for free.


Important NIH updates on genomic data sharing, IACUC review, and biosafety

This week, the National Institutes of Health issued several notices of interest to OHSU researchers. The following is a summary of the agency’s recent announcements:

NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

The NIH has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing policy. Starting with funding applications submitted for a Jan. 25, 2015, receipt date, the policy will apply to all NIH-funded, large-scale human and nonhuman projects that generate genomic data. If you’re applying, you must state in your cover letter that you will be generating this type of data; applications are now required to include a genomic data sharing plan. Refer to the implementation guidelines to learn more about how this new policy may affect you, and see further comments in Nature.

Changes to IACUC guidance from NIH

The NIH has issued new guidance regarding how you manage IACUC review, clarifying when additional review may be needed–such as when you need to make significant changes to your protocols, e.g. nonsurvival to survival surgery, changes in housing, or alterations of the study objectives–or when changes can be made administratively. Our IACUC leadership is currently weighing the implications of this guidance. Stay tuned, and in the meantime you can read what your colleagues across the U.S. said about this dilemma.

September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month

Your federal agencies care about your safety, and they want you to care too: September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month, a new effort to make sure we don’t expose one another to anthrax or flu or other dangerous things. They are urging all DHHS grantees to participate in this effort and remain vigilant about safety.

Simulation User Network (SUN) Conference at OHSU Sept. 15

SUN Conference

September 15, 2014

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

The Simulation User Network is a collaborative forum put on by OHSU and Laerdal Medical that facilitates user meetings, newsletters and a dedicated website to create, share and apply content specific to patient simulation. Mike Mikkelson, a local Laerdal representative, has extended an invitation to all OHSU faculty, students and staff who may be interested in attending.

Conference Workshops to Include:

  • Debriefing
  • Under My Skin
  • SimPad® Workshop
  • Scenario Potluck
  • Iron Chef! See if you have what it takes to be a Moulage Iron Chef!

For more information, contact:
Mike Mikkelson
, Laerdal Medical Territory Manager, (845) 245-7082
Caitlin Dickinson, OHSU Research Associate, (503) 494-7217

Mark Siegler, M.D., FACP: Ethical Issues in Living Donor Organ Transplantation Sept. 19

As a part of the Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education, the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care is sponsoring a lecture presented by Mark Siegler, M.D., FACP:  “Ethical Issues in Living Donor Organ Transplantation: The Next Frontier.

Friday, Sept. 19,

8 to 9 a.m.

OHSU Auditorium

Dr. Siegler is the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Chicago, executive director of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, and director of the MacLean Center for Medical Ethics. He is also the recipient of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award for his work to improve doctor-patient relationships everywhere.

Register today: 2014 TTBD Awards, Oct. 6

The office of Technology Transfer & Business Development invites the OHSU community to attend the 2014 TTBD Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented to OHSU community members for their collaborations and efforts in licensing, sponsored research, patenting, and entrepreneurship. In addition, top honors will be awarded in the categories of New Inventor of the Year, Business Development Partnership, Technology Transfer Achievement, and TTBD Appreciation.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Collaborative Life Sciences Building, PSU Lecture Hall, First Floor
5:00-8:00 PM
Drinks and hor d’oeuvres will be served at the opening reception starting at 5 PM. Ceremony will begin promptly at 6 PM. 

Please join TTBD for this special event to support your colleagues and to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship at OHSU. Register here to attend 2014 TTBD Awards ceremony.

Location updated – Goodman lecture: Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., Sept. 11

The OHSU Department of Pharmacology proudly welcomes Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., James B. Duke professor of biochemistry at Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, for its 2014 Goodman Lecture titled “Seven Transmembrane Receptors.”

Goodman lecture: Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 4 to 5 p.m.
Medical Student Lecture Hall
RJH 4340
Reception to follow

Dr. Lefkowitz was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012 for his studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. Alongside Dr. Brian Kobilka, Dr. Lefkowitz has made groundbreaking discoveries in the functionality of these specific cell receptors. Approximately half of all medications used today make use of this kind of receptor.

New faculty at OHSU School of Dentistry

The OHSU School of Dentistry welcomes a number of new faculty members this month. According to Dean Phillip Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., the dental school has received funding from the provost’s office to increase dental faculty, with the goal of having a six-to-one student-to-faculty ratio on the predoctoral clinic floor.

“Our faculty needs are very important right now,” said Dr. Marucha. “We want to take care of the full- and part-time faculty we have currently, by rewarding them for their hard work and ensuring they have the training and development they need, as well as bringing on new faculty to ensure excellent patient care and education.”

Please help us welcome the following individuals:

Joseph V. Califano, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a professor of periodontology. Dr. Califano received his doctor of dental science and a doctoral degree in microbiology/immunology, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, he was professor and director in the division of periodontology at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and professor of periodontics and director of post-graduate periodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry.

Mary Pat Califano, B.S.N., M.B.A., is an instructor in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Mary Pat received her bachelor of science in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Averett University. Previously, she was quality assurance coordinator at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and clinical nurse specialist in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry.

Anna Forsyth, D.D.S., M.S.D., is an assistant professor in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Forsyth received her doctor of dental surgery from the University of Washington in 2006, and after a general practice residency in Washington, D.C., returned to Seattle for a master of science in dentistry and a certificate in pediatric dentistry. Most recently, Dr. Forsyth has been in private practice at Hi5 Dental and Capitol Group Smilekeepers, as well as a visiting adjunct professor at Pacific University School of Dental Health Science.

Shawneen Gonzalez, D.D.S., M.S., is director of radiology. Dr. Gonzalez received her doctor of dental surgery from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in stomatology from University of Iowa Graduate College, and a certificate of oral and maxillofacial radiology from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Most recently, Dr. Gonzalez has been assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial radiology, directing the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.

Nicole Kimmes, D.D.S., is assistant dean for faculty development and technology. Dr. Kimmes received her doctor of dental surgery from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2001, where most recently she was associate professor and director of dental informatics. Dr. Kimmes also has directed Creighton’s oral and maxillofacial imaging center, and been in private practice.

David Lambert, D.D.S., is an assistant professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Lambert received his doctor of dental surgery from the University of North Carolina. He has been on faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry since 1991, and most recently was an adjunct professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Justin Merritt, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of restorative dentistry. Dr. Merritt completed his graduate studies and doctoral degree at the Molecular Biology Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Most recently, Dr. Merritt has been associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Merritt’s research focuses on the mechanisms used by signal transduction systems to control various virulence properties of several bacterial pathogens associated with tooth decay.

William Moore, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry, `14, is a new assistant professor of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Moore just completed a two-year pediatric residency at OHSU. He received his doctor of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


The Cochrane Collaboration to open West Coast branch at OHSU

Dr. Mark Helfand

The Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit that conducts independent systematic reviews on health care topics, announced on Aug. 21 that it plans to open a West Coast branch at Oregon Health & Science University. The Cochrane has 14 centers and 22 branches worldwide, including its primary U.S. center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The new branch will be led by Mark Helfand, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., professor of medicine, and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Helfand was also founding director of what is now the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center.

Read the full OHSU news release.

NIH issues “Follow that Cell” challenge, offering $500,000 in prizes

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The NIH is challenging researchers to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000 for developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The NIH Follow that Cell Challenge seeks tools that would, for example, monitor a cell in the process of becoming cancerous, detect changes due to a disease-causing virus, or track how a cell responds to treatment.

“Advances in cellular analysis promise earlier diagnosis and improved therapies for diseases, from cancer to Alzheimer’s,” said James Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., director of NIH’s Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. “These prizes will also help to stimulate new businesses and economic growth in our biomedical communities.”

The Challenge aims to generate creative ideas and methods for following and predicting a single cell’s behavior and function over time in a complex multicellular environment – preferably using multiple integrated measures to detect its changing state.

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