Latest news for HIV vaccines, treatments, and possible cures workshop, Nov. 11

The Cascade AIDS Project and OHSU, in conjunction with the 32nd Annual NHP Models for AIDS Symposium, invites teachers and community members interested in HIV/AIDS to an interactive discussion with world experts on research and care in HIV/AIDS.

The workshop, “The Latest News for HIV Vaccines, Treatments, and Possible Cures,” is free and open to the public. Speakers include

  • Tyler TerMeer, executive director, Cascade AIDS Project
  • Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D., AIDS vaccine researcher and director of OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Jonah Sacha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at OHSU’s Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute and ONPRC
  • Hans-Peter Kiem, M.D., Jose Carreras/E. Donnall Thomas Endowed Chair for Cancer Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Melissa Murphy, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at OHSU, and Director of the Veteran’s Administration HIV Clinic
  • Julie Overbaugh, Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery Room at The Nines Hotel. Register now for this event.

Tech Transfer Newsletter: Fall 2014

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

In this issue, we discuss: 

  • An OHSU startup company’s drug that reached FDA approval – Contrave, an anti-obesity drug that is receiving high praises
  • Introducing the OHSU MedTech Alliance – A mechanism for potential investors and industry collaborators to identify OHSU medical technologies
  • Learn more about industry and academic collaborations – What type of agreement is appropriate for you?
  • 2014 TTBD Awards recap - Who were the special awardees at the 2014 TTBD Awards?
  • News and events – Attend TTBD’s Lunch & Learn presentation, the 3rd Annual OHSU Startup Symposium, or the MedTech Alliance Launch event

View the Fall 2014 Newsletter.
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Present your Ph.D. research through interpretive dance

The “Dance your Ph.D.” contest challenges scientists around the world to explain their Ph.D. research without a PowerPoint or jargon–in fact, no talking at all. So if you’re tired of trying to explain what your Ph.D. research is about to friends and relatives, only to have their eyes glaze over, this contest may be for you!

Winners of the 7th annual contest sponsored by Science, AAAS (publisher of Science), and HighWire Press, were announced November 3, 2014. For winning the Biology category and overall prize, Uma Nagendra receives $1,000 and a free trip to Stanford University in May 2015, where her video will be screened. Winners in the other three categories–Physics, Chemistry, and Social Science–cover a wide range of dance. Each will receive $500.

Though this year’s contest is over, it’s never too early to start on your production for next year.

Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research, internal deadline Nov. 7

The Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research is intended to reward individuals who are making significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research; this may include those whose contributions to science in general, or through the development of an innovative technology or fundamental scientific breakthrough have been applied to, aided and/or improved the vision sciences. The award includes a $100,000 prize plus $400,000 over three years to support the award recipient’s research.

Limited Submission This opportunity requires internal coordination since OHSU may only submit one application. The nominators must be holders of an established post, such as an Officer, dean or other authorized person, with signing authority, at a University, Research Institution, or an officer of a private/public corporation who has the authority to submit nomination applications on behalf of their company, and is competent, qualified and able to identify the significant transformative research of the nominee. The nominee must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. See sponsor announcement for complete nominee eligibility requirements.

The deadline for internal applications is November 7, 2014. If you intend to apply, complete a limited submission form before the internal deadline.


Five OHSU faculty among world’s “hottest researchers”

A report titled “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” was published by Thomson Reuters this past summer. This annual ScienceWatch list is a selection of authors publishing high-impact papers on groundbreaking and influential research. This year’s list included five OHSU researchers from three different disciplines:

Biology & Biochemistry:

-Eric Gouaux, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, the Vollum Institute

Clinical Medicine:

-Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Knight Diagnostic Laboratories

-Brian Druker, M.D., Director, Knight Cancer Institute

-Michael Heinrich, M.D., Knight Cancer Institute

Social Sciences:

-Joan Ash, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine

To compile the list, Thomson Reuters used Essential Science Indicators, a comprehensive compilation of science performance statistics intended to mitigate the confounding factors associated with using citation rates alone to assess impact. An article in University World News provides more information on how the Thomson Reuters’ list was compiled as well as some interesting statistics pulled from the report. Notably, universities in the United States are the primary institutional affiliations for 55 percent of the total scientists on the list.

OHSU researcher Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., helps identify new genetic risk factors for autism

A study published online yesterday in Nature identifies genes that, if mutated, either result in autism or contribute to its risk. Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., first author on the study and assistant professor of molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine, worked on the study for the past three years in collaboration with scientists at three other institutions. The study looked at 2,500 families with autistic children and compared siblings with autistic characteristics to those without the disorder. The 27 genes identified represent a small but significant number of genes correlated with autism. Dr. O’Roak will be working with fellow OHSU colleagues to build a research program designed to identify the full spectrum of these genes, believed to number approximately 400. See the OHSU media release here.

Oregon Hearing Research Center Seminar, Oct. 31: Karl R. Koehler, Ph.D.

Karl R. Koehler, Ph.D., will give a lecture titled “Modeling Inner Ear Organogenesis with Stem Cells,” sponsored by the Oregon Hearing Research Center. Dr. Koehler is a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine in the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His paper, “Generation of inner ear sensory epithelia from pluripotent stem cells in 3D culture,” was published in Nature in 2013. Friday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m., Vollum M1441. You can read more about his work here.



People Management for Principal Investigators, Nov. 14 and 15

Every principal investigator wants to build and maintain a lab that attracts and retains outstanding trainees and staff members. Juggling this endeavor with everything else the PI must do – writing papers, teaching, mentoring, gaining and maintaining funding, creating collaborative and productive relationships with other PIs – can be challenging at best. This 1.5-day course, led by Jennifer Crosby-Meurisse and Rachel Dresbeck from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, will help you learn to manage people with a focus on the particular needs of running a lab or research group.

When: Friday, November 14, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: SON 107

In this course you will learn:

  • Strategies for approaching the role of “coach” in the lab – developing your leadership style
  • Recruitment and retention strategies – Building (and maintaining) the best team for your lab
  • Steps to take when coaching doesn’t work – Performance management in the lab
  • Resources that are available to you to support you and your lab staff

Enrollment is limited; there is no cost to participants. Please indicate your interest and willingness to participate by registering for this course. Participants will be notified of acceptance after registering.

Register on Compass.

OCTRI Research Forum: Mentored career development awards, Nov. 10

Join the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, OCTRI, in a monthly research forum that addresses all things clinical and translational research.

Don’t miss November’s topic: Mentored Career Development Awards
Learn about strategies to write a successful mentor career development award and hear about resources available through OCTRI for applicants. Presented by Cindy Morris.

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Topics will be presented in a problem-solution fashion, and anyone from the research arena is welcome! Do you have a clinical or translational research question or problem? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to help during these events! Please submit questions and topic requests to Colleen Berreta.

Click here for more information about the OCTRI Research Forum.

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December OCTRI Research Forum: Power and Sample Size Simplified
Dec. 12, 2014
12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Dr. Jennifer DeVoe elected to the Institute of Medicine

Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., associate professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IMO),  one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. DeVoe, a family physician and health services researcher and chief research officer at the Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN), was elected in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and commitment to services in health and medicine.

“I am humbled by this great honor,” said Dr. DeVoe. “It is so exciting to get recognized by the IOM for the amazing work done by our teams at OCHIN and in the OHSU Department of Family Medicine. We are part of a national community of innovators committed to generating and spreading new knowledge relevant to primary care. This transformative work is vital to equipping primary care clinics and communities with the tools and information needed to improve population health.”

According to the IOM Member Directory web page, there are only seven current IOM members who list their academic affiliation as Oregon. Of those, four are from OHSU: Brian Druker, M.D.; Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.; Joe Gray, Ph.D.; and Gary Westbrook, M.D. Dr. DeVoe is the eighth Oregon member and the fifth from OHSU. She is the first woman to be elected from both Oregon and OHSU.

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