OHSU research assistant wins award in BioScapes photography competition

Cultured Drosophila S2 cells are a frequently used model system for cell biological and functional genomic studies. This structured illumination microscopy (SIM) image of Drosophila S2 cells was taken by Will Voss of the Galbraith Lab. Will used the Zeiss Elyra super-resolution microscope in the Advanced Light Microscopy Core to capture the structural cytoskeletal elements of microtubules (magenta) and f-actin (blue), as well as the cell’s energy source, mitochondria (gold).

The Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition is widely recognized as the world’s foremost showcase for outstanding images and movies of life science subjects captured through light microscopes. Each fall, four individuals widely respected in the fields of microscopy and imaging are invited to select the winners and honorable mentions.

Researchers and microscope enthusiasts from about 70 countries submit nearly 2,500 still images and movies to the  competition each year. The beauty, power and importance of science as portrayed by these incredible images and movies captivated this year’s panel of judges and is delighting viewers worldwide.

Will Voss

An honorable mention award was given to OHSU’s William Voss, a research assistant 2 in the Jim and Cathy Galbraith lab.




Register now for OHSU Rare Disease Day Symposium, Apr. 7

This symposium will showcase OHSU’s portfolio of rare disease research. The theme of this year’s event is “Advances and Challenges in Rare Disease Research.”

OHSU Rare Disease Day Symposium
Tuesday, April 7
4 to 8:30 p.m.
Vey Conference Center (11th floor of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital)
Register here

The keynote speaker will be Sekar Kathiresian, M.D., a clinical cardiologist and human geneticist and director of Preventive Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Kathiresian is a member of the Broad Institute’s Program in Medical and Population Genetics.

More information and complete agenda to follow.

NRSA Application Workshop: Technical Components, Mar. 3

If you’re planning to apply for a pre- or post-doctoral NRSA fellowship from the NIH in the near future, we encourage you to attend this workshop to learn about essential, non-research elements of your fellowship application. Topics covered include elements needed for an InfoEd proposal, how to develop a budget, how to manage reference letters, biosketches and PMCID numbers,and elements of a great training plan.

This workshop is lead by Johanna Colgrove, M.D., Ph.D., program coordinator; Jerry Robertson, grants and contracts administrator; and Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., director of research development.

NRSA Application Workshop
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mackenzie Hall 2201

Open to both researchers and administrators. Registration now available on Compass.

Hands-on training available for iLab users, Fridays at 11 a.m.

iLab Solutions software was rolled out over the past six months, bringing to OHSU a web-based tool to help manage scheduling and billing for core research resources. iLab Solutions replaced the Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System (CORES).

While the rollout overall has been successful, iLab users have requested additional training to learn how to efficiently use the software. A series of GoTo Meeting training sessions have been scheduled for the coming weeks on Fridays at 11 a.m. These sessions are accessible from any computer with an internet connection and will last 15 to 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be instruction; the remaining time is for Q&A.

For a list of upcoming training topics and to receive an invitation to join a meeting, contact Craige Mazur at mazur@ohsu.edu.

Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., selected as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D., has been chosen for a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Fellowship recipients are nominated by fellow scientists and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars based on independent research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in his or her field. O’Roak studies the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders, including groundbreaking research into the underpinnings of autism.  Check out OHSU’s media release.

Research courtyard: Crane dismantled, work continues into April

The third phase of the North Campus Utility Plant project behind Richard Jones Hall, which began in early November, hit a significant milestone earlier this month. The crane, which was positioned in the research courtyard to lift materials and equipment for the cooling tower replacement project on the backside of RJH and the Vollum Institute, has been dismantled.

The project will be ongoing through the end of April, but the contractors’ presence will be primarily behind Richard Jones Hall, for the installation of the cooling towers. The towers are beyond their useful life; their replacement will result in better cooling for RJH as well as more reliable power.

The construction team would like to thank the researchers on the 7th floor of RJH for their cooperation in the evacuation process while the crane crew flew the heaviest items over the building to the jobsite. The construction team would also like to thank the animal holding folks for their cooperation and patience during the crane operations and tunnel shoring.

The crane team made more than 200 lifts over the building in the last two months with no safety incidents or unplanned impacts to the building occupants. Overall, more than 10,000 crew member hours have been dedicated to this project thus far.

The construction team is pleased to reach this milestone and move one step closer to a very successful project thanks to the patience and cooperation of everyone involved.

2015 Community Conversation series begins Feb. 24

Join the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research for its 2015 series launch of Community Conversations: What would you do? Personal and community ethics in disease outbreak. The conversation will take an engaging and intimate look at the science, duties and implications of a potential disease outbreak in our local community.

Tuesday Feb. 24
5:45 to 7:30 p.m.
The Lucky Labrador Pub (North Tap Room), 1700 N. Killingsworth St.
$5 in advance or at the door*
Register now

Community Conversations are informal discussions that explore a topic in biomedical science and its relationship with ethics, medicine, research and society, and connecting people to the biomedical research community. Contact Jen Wroblewski for more information.

* includes discussion and one pint or glass of wine, if 21+

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has a new name

NIH’s NCCAM has been renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The name change, included in the Congressional omnibus budget, is meant to reflect the reality that most people don’t use ‘alternative medicine.’ It’s more common to bring together conventional and complementary approaches to health care. The new name speaks to the importance, according to NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., of bringing a scientific approach to the health and wellness practices in which people actually engage. The mission of the institute has not changed–just what we’re calling it.

New NIH Biosketch Format workshop being held today, Feb. 19

Research Funding and Development Services is resuming monthly Funding Focus workshops every third Thursday. Please join us for today’s Funding Focus workshop to discuss the new NIH Biosketch format requirements from 12 to p.m. in Mackenzie Hall 2201.

School of Dentistry Dean’s Seminar Series, Mar. 2

The OHSU School of Dentistry welcomes Andrew F. Russo, Ph.D., professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at the University of Iowa. Russo’s presentation will focus on two very common trigeminal-mediated pain states: temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and migraine.

Monday, Mar. 2, 2015
12 p.m. welcome reception / 12:30 p.m. seminar
Collaborative Life Sciences Building, CLSB 3A003A/B

In a presentation titled “Trigeminal-Mediated Pain: Clues from mice,” Dr. Russo will share his lab’s recent findings on the role of the neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in inflammation-mediated TMD and in cortical spreading depression in migraine. For more information about the speaker series, call 503-494-8874 or visit www.ohsu.edu/sod.

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