PancWest Symposium, Sept. 5-6

The OHSU Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute are pleased to announce the inaugural PancWest Symposium, an interactive scientific meeting covering the latest advances and current obstacles in pancreatic cancer research and patient care.

 Topics to be covered include advances in clinical patient care, a forum to discuss barriers to further progress, interactive workshops to discuss collaborative research and funding opportunities, and more. View a list of confirmed speakers.

PancWest Symposium
Sept. 5-6, 2014
OHSU Old Library and Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Online registration is open now. Registration is free for students and house officers.

Abstracts due Aug. 15, 2014. For more information or to submit an abstract, contact Cathy Villagomez.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education site visit is a success

Thank you to all faculty who helped ensure a successful visit to OHSU by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (Nexus) site team on July 23-24. OHSU became a Nexus Innovation Incubator in spring 2014.

The Nexus Innovations Incubator Network is an applied science “testing laboratory/environment” for models and approaches to interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP), both locally and nationally. The Network provides an environment to collaboratively test IPECP concepts to inform redesign in a transforming health system to achieve the “Triple Aim.”

OHSU earned kudos from the Nexus team, received valuable input, identified opportunities for collaboration, and moved OHSU’s two Nexus innovation incubator projects—and OHSU’s reputation as an IPECP leader—to a new level.

The OHSU incubator projects are “Assessing and Enhancing Clinical Education Sites for IPECP,” led by Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor emerita at the School of Nursing, and Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor and director of geriatrics in the School of Medicine, and “EHR Design and User Training to Enhance Collaborative Care and Patient Outcomes, ” led by Jeffrey A. Gold, M.D., associate professor in the School of Medicine.

In addition, the HRSA-funded Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN) project, based in the OHSU School of Nursing, has been identified as a third Nexus Innovation Incubator, with Barbara Brandt, Nexus Director, noting that I-CAN is an exemplar of IPECP impacting social disparities of health at the systems level. This project is led by Peggy Wros, Ph.D., R.N., and Launa Rae Mathews, R.N., M.S.

Teams sought for Brain Start-up Challenge

The Heritage Provider Network, National Institutes of Health, and the Center for Advancing Innovation have teamed up to search for commercially viable brain-related inventions important to public health. Teams will have an opportunity to develop a business plan for a brain-related invention and launch a start-up. The challenge is intended to accelerate the commercialization of Federal agency brain-related inventions, spur economic growth, and provide universities with a platform to further develop their entrepreneurship-learning portfolio.

Teams must consist of at least two graduate students or fellows and one entrepreneur. Up to 600 teams will be selected to compete for prizes and start-up money. If you are interested in participating, but having trouble finding partners on campus, the program’s Wiggio site can help you connect with potential partners from across the globe.

To participate, submit your letter of intent at before October 31, 2014.

OCTRI announces 2014 Biomedical Innovation Program award recipients

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is pleased to announce the funding of four research awards through its Biomedical Innovation Program. The Program cultivates and selects promising translational projects that develop new biomedical devices, diagnostics, and software. Via commercialization from academia to the marketplace, the objective is to move innovative technologies to clinical application, and thus to make a meaningful impact on human health.

The Biomedical Innovation Program is a collaboration between OCTRI and OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD). It is supported by major funding from OCTRI, and institutional support from OHSU, with additional support from Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI).

Congratulations to our 2014 Biomedical Innovation Pilot Award Winners:

Peter Kurre, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Cell & Developmental Biology

Minimally-invasive biomarkers to monitor treatment response in AML



Chris Madden, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery; Kim Burchiel, M.D.; Shaun Morrison, Ph.D.

Deep brain stimulation for treatment of obesity



Linda Musil, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Device to prevent posterior capsule opacification after cataract surgery



Helané Wahbeh, N.D., MCR, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Internet Mindfulness Meditation Intervention



“Now in its second year, the Biomedical Innovation Program continues to accelerate innovation at OHSU by providing faculty with the funding, mentorship and project management necessary to develop their ideas for new biomedical devices and diagnostics,” said OCTRI Director Eric Orwoll, M.D. “We have seen outstanding progress made by the inaugural cohort of investigators and we are eager to work with the 2014 awardees as they move their technologies toward commercialization.”

Detailed information on all five awards, including project abstracts is provided on the OCTRI website.

For more information on OCTRI’s resource services, please visit:

OCTRI is supported by (UL1TR000128) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

iLab Solutions rollout begins July 29 for core resource scheduling and billing

In June, we told you about an upcoming change in the way you interface with core resources at OHSU. Over the next few weeks, OHSU will begin rolling out iLab Solutions, a web-based tool to help manage scheduling and billing for core research resources. iLab Solutions will replace the current Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System (CORES). The rollout will happen in phases, with Flow CytometryAdvanced Light Microscopy, and Massively Parallel Sequencing transitioning to the new system first.

iLab Solutions will increase efficiency for core resources, which will help better meet scientific needs and reduce costs in the long run. In the meantime, we realize that iLab Solutions may initially seem a bit more complex than the existing CORES system. To assist you through the transition, user manuals and a video tutorial are provided below. For additional support, contact the iLab Solutions help desk at or the OHSU University Shared Resources program at


July 29, 2014: iLab Solutions login available to users of Flow Cytometry and Advanced Light Microscopy. Users can enter reservations for dates on or after Aug. 1.

Aug. 1, 2014: iLab Solutions login available to users of Flow Cytometry, Advanced Light Microscopy, and Massively Parallel Sequencing. The CORES system will become unavailable; its landing page will redirect to iLab Solutions.

TBD: Additional cores begin using iLab Solutions for scheduling and billing.

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Diversity focus: Research interns get hands-on lab experiences

2014 CURE Program interns. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion administers the Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program, which is funded by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion thanks research faculty and postdoc fellows who are serving as mentors to the research interns who are part of the Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE and Summer Equity internship programs. This summer, CDI has placed 26 high school and college students in research lab experiences throughout OHSU. The highly competitive programs drew over 200 applicants from across Oregon and the United States. Interns receive a stipend during their time here at OHSU.

Special recognition to faculty researchers who have dutifully and graciously participated in the Summer Equity Program every year for the last four years, including Kari Buck, Ph.D.; Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D., and Andrey Ryabinin, Ph.D. The OHSU community is invited to the programs’ grand finale: the Summer Equity and CURE poster presentation, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

We invite you to learn more about the Summer Equity and CURE interns through their inspirational stories. If interested in hosting an intern next summer, contact David Martinez, manager of student recruitment and retention at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Tech Transfer office internship applications due Aug. 15

OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

TTBD is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year internships. In order to qualify for a TTBD internship, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering
  • Currently be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law
  • Have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal
  • Be available to commit to 8-10 volunteer hours per week for the entirety of the 2014-2015 academic school year (9/29/2014-5/22/2015). Volunteers can take up to 8 weeks off during the 34 week period

How to apply

Submit an email to by August 15, 2014 with the following attachments:

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter that states the applicant’s preferred internship track, the applicant’s career aspirations, and what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in the internship program
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or graduate mentor
  • Permission letter from the applicant’s advisor and program director to participate in TTBD’s internship program, if applicant is from OHSU

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Pay off your student debt with help from the annual NIH loan repayment program

The NIH is accepting applications for its annual Extramural Loan Repayment Program. If you’re a health professional pursuing a career in biomedical, behavioral, social or clinical research, and plan to commit at least two years to research, you may be eligible for up to $35,000 per year. The program is divided into five subdivisions:

Eligibility requirements for each program can vary, so be sure to read the full notices. For all Loan Repayment Programs, applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must engage in research that averages at least 20 hours a week during each quarterly service period per contract quarter. Total qualifying educational debt must be equal to or exceeding 20 percent of applicants institutional base salary at the time of award.

Note that these grants are awarded to the individual and do not go through OHSU’s system. However, you must work with OHSU’s pre-award office to verify your affiliation with the university.

Applications accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 15, 2014.

For more funding opportunities, view this week’s Funding Alerts.

One spot left in advanced grant writing class for OHSU faculty

Are you an OHSU faculty member who is planning to apply for a grant this fall? This four-week professional development course, offered by Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., will provide advanced training and extensive individual feedback to help you write better grant applications. This writing-intensive course will use examples of successful applications and contributions from class participants to improve grant-writing skills. Topics will include strategic placement of information, improving sentence structure, and revising for clarity and readability. Other topics to be covered will depend on the wishes of class participants but may include identifying and solving writing problems, reviewing grammar, or avoiding writer’s block. Class sessions are complemented by four one-on-one meetings with the instructor to revise and edit the applications that participants are working on.

Prerequisites: OHSU faculty appointment or completion of the Vollum Writing Class; and imminent plans to write a grant and some preliminary data to write about.

Summer 2014 Schedule: Tuesdays, September 2 – 23, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m in Mac Hall 2136.

Cost: $300

Register for the class.

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.

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