Funding Focus: Transparency in peer review, July 17

Eva Amsen, Ph.D., outreach director, F1000Research

Funding Focus: Transparency in Peer Review
Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

July’s Funding Focus seminar will feature a special guest from F1000Research, an open access journal in the life sciences. Eva Amsen, Ph.D., outreach director for F1000Research, will give a presentation on transparency in peer review. All OHSU students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

About the seminar

Peer review has remained largely unchanged for the last few decades: papers are sent to anonymous reviewers and are not published until they pass peer review. In recent years, several scientific publishers have started to open up the peer review process by naming reviewers or publishing referee reports online. Researchers are also starting to share preprints or data sets online, before they’re peer reviewed, to speed up dissemination of research.

F1000Research publishes papers online as soon as they are accepted for peer review, and invited reviewers’ reports appear with the article – and with reviewer name! This speeds up publication and makes the review process much more transparent.  This talk will discuss changes in peer review over the past years, in particular within the life sciences, and using examples from F1000Research. There will be time afterwards for general discussion about transparency in peer review.

Researchers create 3-D model of elusive brain receptor

The NMDA receptor with receptor subunits in different colors.

Exciting news from the Gouaux Lab this week: researchers have discovered new information about the structure of an important brain receptor that is crucial for learning and memory. Malfunction of the receptor, N-methyl-D-asparate (NMDA), is known to cause a variety of neurological disorders and diseases, but until now, researchers had limited information about how its subunits operate in the brain.

Using X-ray crystallography, Dr. Gouaux and his team at the OHSU Vollum Institute created a 3-D model of the NMDA receptor. The model allows them to gain new insight into how the receptor subunits are structured and how they interact to carry out specific functions. Using this more detailed view of the receptor as a map, researchers may be able to develop new drugs that treat neurological disorders.

The research was published online in Nature on June 22. View the OHSU news release to learn more.

This research was funded by a gift from Bernard and Jennifer Lacroute, along with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (#R37NS038631) and support from the Vollum Institute. Chia-Hsueh Lee, the paper’s first author, is supported by an OHSU Brain Institute Fellowship, funded by Ronni Lacroute.

OHSU Library will transition to a new search system on July 1

The OHSU Library is transitioning to a new system on July 1 that will help you find information more efficiently and effectively. The new system, which will look a bit different, will allow you to search and request materials and access full text online. It will also provide an online search interface used to locate library materials through our consortium of 37 academic libraries.

Why the change?

The switch to a new search is part of a major cooperative effort by the Orbis Cascade Alliance to consolidate all 37 institutions’ holdings into one single, shared library system. This move will allow for collaborative collection development and more cooperative workflows. Since it is managed “in the cloud,” libraries will no longer need to maintain servers and manage separate systems. It should also offer opportunities for improved services down the line.

Training available

The Library will offer drop-in sessions, tutorials and one-on-one help to assist you in learning this new system. Dates and times of trainings will be announced soon. For more information, contact the OHSU Library Services desk at 503 494-3460.

Provide feedback

Let us know how the new library search is working. If you have feedback or questions or would like to report a problem, please let us know using the library search feedback form or by calling 503 494-3460.

Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., receives 2014 NIDA International Program Award of Excellence

Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.

Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.

Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., professor of public health and preventive medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Substance Abuse Policy Center, has been selected as a 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program Awards of Excellence winner.

The NIDA International Program recognized Dr. McCarty for Excellence in Mentoring. Dr. McCarty trains practitioners and researchers to test emerging drug abuse treatments in community settings through the Western States Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, which he co-directs. He extends his mentoring to state and local policymakers through his role as director of the Substance Abuse Policy Center in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, which works to link policy, practice, and research on substance abuse treatment.

Dr. McCarty also is scientific director of the University of Amsterdam Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. The Summer Institute creates international networking opportunities and trains participants in multidisciplinary approaches to drug policy, prevention, and evidence-based treatments that bridge the gap between research and practice.

“Dr. McCarty is an outstanding leader in the substance abuse community,” said Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., director of the NIDA International Program. “By shaping the international research agenda, providing technical support, and disseminating knowledge, he provides nations with the tools to build sustainable capacity to improve public health by preventing and treating substance abuse and addiction.”

The 2014 Awards of Excellence winners were announced on June 14 at the 19th annual NIDA International Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 2014 Forum focused on “Building International Collaborative Research on Drug Abuse.”

Four other individuals were awarded 2014 NIDA International Awards of Excellence. Mr. Charles O’Keeffe, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, was honored for Excellence in International Leadership. The award for Excellence in Collaborative Research went to Marek C. Chawarski, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine, and Vicknasingam B Kasinather, Ph.D., Universiti Sains Malaysia. A special award was presented to William L. Dewey, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, in recognition of his service to the addiction research community as founder of the Friends of NIDA and his scientific research into the mechanisms of action of opioids and marijuana that change brain function and contribute to tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

The NIDA International Program works with colleagues from around the world to find evidence-based solutions to the public health problems of drug abuse, addiction, and drug-related HIV/AIDS. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, the principal biomedical and behavioral research agency of the U.S. Government and a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Funding Focus: The new NIH biosketch and tools to support it, June 19

Update 6/17: Live stream will be available. Contact for more information.

This summer, the NIH will pilot a new biosketch format that is designed to better explain the impact of your contribution to science. The new format could be required for all NIH applications as early as January 2015—but fortunately there are new tools coming online, such as ORCID and SciENcv that can help you build your biosketch and other parts of your application. Learn about the new format, tools, and other useful information at June’s Funding Focus. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrators are all welcome to attend.

Funding Focus: The new NIH biosketch and tools to support it
Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Hall 2201

Funding Focus is a series of workshops that Research Funding and Development Services offers throughout the year to share advice, tips, and general information on funding for the OHSU research community.

iLab Solutions to replace CORES billing and reservation system

Do you use cores or shared resources for your research? Or help coordinate billing for a PI who does? Over the next few months, there will be a change in how you interface with cores at OHSU.

On Aug. 1, OHSU will launch iLab Solutions, a new web-based tool to help manage shared resource billing and scheduling. iLab Solutions will replace the current Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System, also referred to as “CORES.”

The iLab system will be rolled out in phases. The first phase will include Flow Cytometry, Advanced Light Microscopy, and Massively Parallel Sequencing. As of Aug. 1, all researchers who currently use these three facilities for services and equipment usage will be asked to use the iLab software to initiate projects and make reservations. The CORES system will remain up until that time.

We will continue to update you with the latest information about the roll-out date, where to log in and how to request services through the new software. Questions? Contact

Essay contest for students and fellows from the Lasker Foundation

The Lasker Foundation seeks original, 1000-word essays from students and fellows that discuss innovative ways to build support and ensure funding for medical research. First prize is $10,000 and a trip to New York to meet the 2014 Lasker Award Winners. Second and third prize winners will receive $5,000 and $2,000, respectively. 

Who is eligible: Medical school students and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; or graduate students in other health professions programs (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant). Open to students at accredited U.S. medical schools, research universities, or health professions programs.

Submissions are due August 8, 2014 by 12 p.m. EDT via an online form.

Collaborative Life Sciences Building Open House, June 26

Members of the OHSU community are invited to join colleagues from Portland State University and Oregon State University for a tour of the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building on June 26. This will be your only opportunity to see many aspects of the building before access is restricted or space is in use. Parking is limited; please plan to use the tram or streetcar.

Collaborative Life Sciences Building Open House
Thursday, June 26 from 2 to 6 p.m.
2730 SW Moody Ave.

In the meantime, check out this fun new “movie trailer” about the building.

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Searle Scholars career development program; internal deadline July 18

The Searle Scholars Program is a highly competitive program designed to support exceptional, new junior faculty. It supports research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and pharmacology, as well as related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Applications are evaluated on the potential of the applicant to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. Awardees receive $100,000 per year for three years.

Internal deadline: July 18, 2014
Sponsor deadline: September 26, 2014

Limited Submission: This opportunity requires internal coordination because OHSU may submit only one application per year. If you intend to apply, complete a limited submission form by the internal deadline, July 18, 2014. To be eligible, candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be a tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

Check out other new Funding Opportunities.

Do you know where to go for clinical research help?

Have a question about clinical or translational research? Don’t know what resources are available or are unsure about clinical research procedures or policies? There is a new service offered by the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) called the Clinical Research Navigator.

The Clinical Research Navigator saves you time hunting for help and connects you with people and resources all by contacting one email/phone number. This service is available to anyone that has questions about or is interested in clinical or translational research at OHSU and is free of charge.

Call the Clinical Research Navigator at 503-346-3540 or email

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