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.

Institute of Medicine president to give Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture, April 4

Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Institute of Medicine, will be giving the 4th Annual Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture in Global Health this Friday, April 4 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Doernbecher Vey Auditorium. His talk will be on, “U.S. Health in International Perspective.” A reception will follow.

Prior to IOM, Dr. Fineberg served as provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following thirteen years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health care, public health, and decision-making at the individual level and for policy. His past research has included health policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Andy Chitty elected president of Western Association of Core Directors

Andy Chitty, program manger for University Shared Resources at OHSU, has recently been elected president of the Western Association of Core Directors, the Western U.S. regional group of professionals from research-focused institutions who share an interest in the development, operation and advancement of innovative, cost effective technologies and services in core facilities. The Western Association of Core Directors is a chapter of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities.

Under Andy’s leadership, the Association will continue to play a leadership role in networking regional (as well as national) core laboratories, researchers, and students from a range of institutions; will establish partnerships that support regional research resources; and will enhance the visibility of the organization to the scientific community as well as with funding agencies that support shared research resources.

Prior to becoming president, Andy was secretary for the Western Association of Core Directors.

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations grants due May 6

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced its research topics for the 13th round of its Grand Challenges Explorations grant program. This program is intended to foster unconventional ideas that could transform health and agricultural development in the world’s poorest countries. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to applicants at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Projects will have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II grant of up to $1 million. The topics in this round are:

  • New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
  • Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, disrupt, leapfrog, reach
  • Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting Development of Interventions for Enteric Dysfunction
  • Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development

Applications are due May 6, 2014.

See other active funding opportunities in this week’s Funding Alerts.

Registration open for BIRCWH Northwest Women’s Health Research Conference

This year marks the inaugural BIRCWH Northwest Women’s Health Research Conference at OHSU. This is a terrific opportunity to promote scientific connections and share resources among researchers across the Northwest who conduct women’s health research. As researchers face more challenges in finding funding, novel interdisciplinary research collaborations are more vital than ever. The daylong conference will feature a national keynote speaker as well as appearances by many leading women’s health researchers in clinical, basic, behavioral, and translational science from across the Northwest.

BIRCWH Northwest Women’s Health Research Conference
May 9, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Oregon Health & Science University
Doernbecher Vey Auditorium
700 SW Campus Drive, Portland, OR 97239
View map

The registration fee is $50 and includes lunch, a reception, and parking at OHSU. Feel free to forward this information to other researchers who might be interested and stay tuned for a Call for Posters.

Register for the conference today, space is limited. If you have trouble with conference payment, please contact bircwh@ohsu.edu at 503 494-1859.

The Oregon BIRCWH program is dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders in women’s health research.

All-faculty forum with OHSU President Joe Robertson, April 2

A special all-faculty forum with OHSU President Joe Robertson will be held April 2, 2014 at 12 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium. Hear directly from Dr. Robertson and Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Furnstahl, as well as School of Medicine Dean Mark Richardson and OHSU Provost Jeanette Mladenovic, about topics including:

  • Faculty support initiative
  • Transparent budgeting initiative
  • Update on the Knight Challenge

These topics will be followed by an open discussion. View this FPP/Clinician Commons blog post for more information.

Reminder: Complete Integrity Booster by March 31

As announced on Staff News, all employees, students and volunteers are required to complete a new version of the Integrity Booster. Previously the course was required on a rolling-calendar basis every 18 months. Going forward, you’re required to complete the course early each year.

Recent events have highlighted the need for more frequent education and training not only around data protection, but also on fraud, conflict of interest and safety. The Integrity Booster is designed to provide a brief overview of important updates and changes in policies and fulfill several OHSU and regulatory requirements. These include: A new requirement by most health insurance companies to conduct annual all-employee compliance training; and a request by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights that OHSU implement regular refresher trainings for members of the OHSU community.

Completion of the course is required no later than March 31. As an incentive for meeting the deadline, anyone who completes the course in March will be entered to win a pair of movie tickets.

To get started, log into Big Brain. Once you log in, you’ll find a link to the course on the main page under “Newly required or overdue courses.” Completion of the course is expected to take 30 minutes and you can pause the course and come back to it at any time.

Questions or concerns? Take a look at the FAQ or contact the Integrity Office: 503 494-8849 (choose option 2) or oioeduc@ohsu.edu.

School of Nursing faculty member receives Distinguished Researcher Award

Dr. Baggs

Dr. Baggs at the Annual Assembly in San Diego

Judith Gedney Baggs, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Elizabeth N. Gray Distinguished Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, was honored with the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association at the Annual Assembly held in conjunction with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine earlier this month.

The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated longevity and consistency in hospice and palliative nursing research presentations and publications in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.  Each year, the individual chosen has for this award has demonstrated involvement in hospice and palliative research as the principal investigator on multiple research studies; has served as a mentor in research for nurses and/or nursing students; and has published research that is cited by other authors.

Dr. Baggs is a nationally recognized researcher in the field of interprofessional collaboration and collaborative end-of-life decision making in the intensive care unit setting. She found that collaboration between nurses and physicians in the ICU benefited both patients and clinicians, and, more recently, conducted an ethnographic study of end-of-life decision making in four adult ICUs, demonstrating how confusing the ICU context was to patient families.

eIRB Helpdesk: Top Tips for IRB Submissions

Understand the review process and cover your bases up front

Learn the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process (outlined at About IRB Review) and ensure your project submission includes all relevant information/documents before submitting. If your study involves non-OHSU researchers, arrange and clarify collaborations in advance.

Don’t Neglect CoIR

The eIRB will not allow projects to be submitted or approved unless all researchers involved in a study have completed Conflict of Interest in Research (CoIR) disclosures and Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training. In order to prevent delays, encourage your colleagues to respond to CoIR renewal notices promptly. Submit CoIR disclosures online at https://bigbrain.ohsu.edu/.


Have you spell-checked? Are your documents consistent? Consent Forms, Protocols, Lay Protocols, eIRB forms, etc? Common discrepancies between documents include sample size, age range, and study procedures. What is your study purpose? Ensure your documents provide a clear and consistent rationale for why you are conducting your study.

Stack your Documents!

In the eIRB, click “Add or Edit Documents” to upload new or revised documents to a project. Never delete a document – rather, “stack” revised documents over older versions by clicking “edit” next to any currently uploaded docs. Always use the “Track Changes” feature when submitting revised documents. “Clean” versions are not necessary.

What’s your Status?

Monitor the status of your project in the eIRB (whether it is a new study, modification request, continuing review, or reportable event). If the status shows Researcher Preparation, Researcher Revision, or Pre-board Revisions, the project has NOT been submitted and is not being reviewed. Ask your PI to submit the project.

Respond in Full

As an example, if the IRB sends you five questions/requirements for a project and your response only addresses two, we will return the study for further response. Incomplete responses only delay reviews further. If you disagree with a change that has been required, respond to that request with an explanation/justification for your disagreement.

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