Richard Jones Hall, Auditorium undergoing upgrades

Several construction and upgrade projects are under way on the Marquam Hill campus and will continue into the summer and beyond.

Richard Jones Hall
Between now and July, the 4th floor of Richard Jones Hall will be retrofitted with new infrastructure and have new space created for new tenants. The space has become available because previous tenants have moved to the Collaborative Life Science Building. Construction work is scheduled to occur between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, and there will be some disruption. Potential impacts include:

  • Noise during construction
  • Wayfinding and traffic pattern changes
  • Existing room reservations may need to be adjusted

Log into O2 to find out more about the project.

OHSU Auditorium
The Auditorium (Old Library), which was originally constructed in 1938, is set for a major facelift beginning in May. This gathering space–the largest on the Marquam Hill campus–will be upgraded with ADA-accessible restrooms, air conditioning, and modernized conference space. This work will be done in phases over the next few years.

The planning of improvements has been under way for several months. Upgrades include:

  • Heating and cooling system
  • New finishes and lighting in the Grand Hall entrance
  • Auditorium/large conference room upgrades
  • Elevator addition for ADA accessibility
  • Restroom remodel for ADA accessibility
  • Conference center redesign to accommodate more meetings, community events and receptions
  • Office area renovation
  • Landscape changes and exterior cleaning

Find out about the specific improvements, timelines, and how to reserve meeting space here.



New to Research Week in 2015: NIH mock study section

This year,  OHSU Research Week will feature an NIH mock study section.* Led by Charles Rafferty, Ph.D., former chief of the Scientific Review Branch at NIAMS, and a number of OHSU faculty, the session will cover an R01 and a K award.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
12 to 1:30 p.m.
OHSU Old Library

OHSU Research Week 2015 is May 4-8 in the Old Library.

* In grantee parlance, the Study Section (also called a Scientific Review Group) is a committee of external scientists who review grant proposals and meet to discuss and grade them. There are many regular Study Sections, corresponding to particular scientific specialties in the 19 institutes that make up the National Institutes of Health (for example, the “cancer institute,” the “heart institute,” the “infectious disease institute,” etc.). For more about how a Study Section works, visit this post on

New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, to speak at OHSU on Apr. 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Nicholas Kristof, will speak at the Fifth Annual Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture on Apr. 20. The title of Mr. Kristof’s talk is “Pathways to Becoming a Global Citizen,” with insights drawn from his most recent book (co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn), A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (2014). Mr. Kristof and his wife are also co-authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009). He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, with a focus on human right abuses, social injustice, and global women’s rights.

Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
12 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium

The lecture will be follow by a reception and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

IRB Brown Bag Special Series: eIRB upgrade Initial Submissions

IRB Brown BageIRB Upgrade: Initial Submissions

Presented by IRB analysts Kaija Maggard and Mark McNamara

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015
10 to 11:30 a.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

This brown bag will provide an overview and demonstration of the new eIRB Upgrade Initial Submissions Process. You will learn how the new system improves upon the current submission process and you will see where we have incorporated many suggestions provided from the user testers who helped us design the Initial Submission Smart Form questions. Following the presentation, we will have a Q&A session.

Oregon Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, register by Mar. 20

The Oregon chapter of the Society for Neuroscience invites OHSU researchers, clinicians, and faculty to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for its 2015 annual meeting Friday and Saturday, Mar. 27 and 28, at McMenamins Edgefield.

Visit this site for a list of speakers, submission instructions, and to register.

The deadline to register and submit abstracts is Friday, Mar. 20!  Register here today.

Abstracts may be submitted to Dr. Larry Sherman as late as Wednesday, Mar. 26, however they will not be printed in the abstract book

TTBD Lunch & Learn: Patentable subject matter, Apr. 2

Recent Supreme Court cases have reshaped the landscape of what is and is not patentable subject matter in the United States – particularly in the fields of natural products, diagnostic testing, and software.

C. Rachal Winger, of the law firm Lee & Hayes in Seattle, will discuss some of the recent changes. Winger and Jeff Jackson, senior patent associate at OHSU, will then have an informal discussion and answer audience questions about these changes and what they mean for OHSU inventors.

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015
12 to 1 p.m.
ackenzie Hall 2201

This event is open to all OHSU employees, faculty and students. Admission is free, no RSVP is necessary, and snacks and beverages will be provided.

New equipment and environment monitoring will soon be available for research labs

OHSU Research Development and Administration has been engaged in a year-long project to improve the equipment and environment monitoring in research labs: They’ve been working with lab staff and managers of departments, centers and institutes, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, ITG, and Facilities to test three different systems. They are now ready to deploy a reliable, tested, and flexible system that you can tailor to the needs of your lab. Even better: they are determined to keep it affordable for the labs–OHSU Facilities will pay for all ongoing annual maintenance fees, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research will pay for infrastructure and shipping fees. Your lab will only need to purchase the actual “tags” that you place on your –80 freezer or nitrogen tank. This system is manufactured by AeroScout, which has been used by OHSU Hospital since 2007 to monitor everything from baby incubators, refrigerators, and freezers to tracking the physical locations of mobile equipment. Features include:

  • Monitors that are about the size of a cell phone and connect wirelessly from virtually every nook and basement cranny on campus; they run on AA batteries and need new batteries approximately every three years.
  • Data captured wirelessly, then transmitted and stored on a centralized database every five minutes
  • Battery-powered monitors and wireless communications link that continue to monitor if there is a power outage
  • Automatic alerts to trigger when environmental conditions reach a specific threshold
  • Alert notifications sent via email, text messages and phone calls, within five minutes of a breach and multiple tiers of contacts
  • Temperature monitoring range of -200°C to +140°C

In addition to new monitoring requirements and installations, AeroScout will replace all equipment and environment monitors connected to OHSU’s Fire and Safety system.

More information about how you can purchase the monitors is coming soon – stay tuned. Questions? Contact Craige Mazur or visit O2.

Funding Focus: DoD funding and insights from the Military Health Systems Research Symposium, Mar. 19

The Department of Defense funds research across the spectrum, from very basic science to social and behavioral studies. But how do you take advantage of these funds? Come to March’s Funding Focus, hosted by Research Funding & Development Services, to learn about what the DoD is currently interested in, the importance of networking, and how you can get support to attend the most important DoD biomedical research conference of the year, the Military Health Systems Research Symposium. Abstracts for this meeting are being accepted through Apr. 3, and you will be notified by May 8 whether your abstract was accepted.

DoD Funding and Insights Gleaned from the Military Health Systems Research Symposium
Thursday, Mar. 19, 12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

The Military Health Systems Research Symposium brings together all the branches of the armed forces, this joint symposium provides a collaborative environment of exchange among military medical care providers with deployment experience, DoD scientists,  industry, and academic scientists like you, OHSU researchers!  This is a highly interdisciplinary meeting. Areas of interest include combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, and military infectious disease. The 2015 MHSRS includes new topic sessions on genitourinary injuries and humanitarian emergency response–as well as a special track dedicated to infectious disease.

As with the extremely popular 2014 meeting, this year, the office of the Senior Vice President for Research will pay for meeting-related travel expenses for OHSU researchers whose abstracts are accepted for presentation (you have to actually be presenting to take advantage of this offer). We can also help review abstracts for military relevance and other important details prior to submission, but don’t delay: the deadline is rapidly approaching.

The meeting is usually held the third week of August in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. If your abstract is accepted and you want to take advantage of the travel support, we will ask you to fill out a very easy and short application (coming soon).

This presentation is one of a series of workshops that Research Funding and Development Services offers throughout the year, designed to share advice, tips, and general information on funding for the OHSU research community. It’s free; no need to register. Questions? Contact

Scheduled power outage to impact Richard Jones Hall, Mar. 14

To make improvements to the emergency power electrical distribution system, Richard Jones Hall will experience some power outages Saturday, Mar. 14, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Impacts include:

  • Egress exit signs will not be illuminated.

  • Stairwell lighting will be replaced with temporary lighting during the outage.

  • The freight elevator will not be functional.

All other normal and emergency power will not be affected. Questions or concerns? Contact Carl Gioia via email.

GRADE Approach workshop for practice guideline development, Apr. 23-24

The West Coast branch of the US Cochrane Center, along with OHSU and the US GRADE Network, is sponsoring a two-day training in GRADE guideline development methodology.  The program, Guideline Development Workshop – The GRADE Approach, will be held Apr. 23 and 24, 2015, at OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing in Portland, Ore.

This course will be led by founders of the US GRADE working group, with special guest presenter Holger Schünemann, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., co-chair of the international GRADE working group. They will teach the principles, techniques, and tools for developing guidelines in accordance with GRADE methodology, including the GRADEpro software.

Learning how to use GRADE is important if you or your colleagues are (or want to be) involved in the development of practice guidelines within your specialty society or health system. A list of professional societies and other organizations that use the GRADE system to develop clinical practice guidelines can be found here. The training is also valuable for people who prepare or want to prepare systematic reviews for organizations that use GRADE.

More information is available at and registration is open here. Questions? Please contact the West Coast branch at

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