Last day to join in on Research Week 2017!

Research Week ends later this evening so if you haven’t had a chance to check out an oral presentation or attend a talk or workshop, come to one of today’s engaging and informative events:

FPP 21469239 Research Week 2017 ART RGBProfessional photo opportunity: The second headshot photo session will take place later this morning. If you weren’t able to sign up because all slots were all full, we encourage you to come on by around 12:30 p.m. as we may be able to squeeze you in. Many people who signed up for yesterday’s session didn’t show, so we could have accommodated more people.

Professional headshots
11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Old Library South Entrance (photos will be taken outside)

Leading by example: A panel on diversity in science. Join a panel presentation and discussion on pursuing a career in science as a female and/or underrepresented minority professional. Panelists will discuss their own experiences and careers followed by questions from the audience. Coffee and snacks will be served at 12:30 p.m., allowing time for further discussion.

Panel: Diversity in science
11 a.m to 1 p.m.

OHSU Auditorium and Great Hall

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D. Phil.

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D. Phil.

Keynote presentation: Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from our distinguished keynote speaker Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D. Phil., who will present “The promise of translational research for improving the quality of care: The example of breast radiotherapy.” Jagsi is a renowned radiation oncologist and ethicist at the University of Michigan who strongly advocates for translating clinical trial findings into practice in ways that impact population health with maximal value.

3 to 4 p.m.

OHSU Auditorium

Three Minute Thesis competition: Research Week closes with the 3MT competition. Come watch students present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes! All Research Week awards will be announced after the 3MT presentations. Remember, you must be present to win the passport prizes.

Three Minute Thesis and awards
4 to 6 p.m.

OHSU Auditorium

Also, oral presentations are happening throughout the day. See the full schedule here.

See you there!
– The Research Week 2017 Planning Committee


Research Week 2017: Join us for Students’ Day, May 2

Today, Tuesday, May 2, we celebrate OHSU’s diverse and accomplished student body by featuring programming relevant to those who are just starting out in their careers.

Each year, the Graduate Student Organization selects a keynote speaker to participate in Research Week. This year, they invited Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D. to present. His talk “Half a billion year old brains and those of today: What is different?” will focus on the evolution of arthropod brains, specifically the conservation of neural “ground patterns,” or the unique set of motifs in the organization of the brains and ventral ganglia of arthropods that have been remarkably well conserved for over half a billion years. Given the amazing evolutionary stability of ground patterns, this talk will also discuss the enigma of the vast diversity of behaviors that have evolved in arthropods from their similar neuronal organization.N. J. Strausfeld 3

Students’ Choice Keynote: Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D.
12 to 1 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium

You’re also invited to attend one of the following workshops taking place this afternoon:

Lecture and panel: The mentor/mentee relationship
This event will consist of a 30-minute lecture followed by an hour-long panel discussion. The lecture will focus on the generalities of what builds and sustains successful mentor relationships. The subsequent panel will have mentors and mentees from OHSU who will workshop example situations, offer advice on what allows for successful mentor-mentee relations, and take questions from the audience. 1:30 to 3 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

Panel: Beyond academia
A panel of professionals from various extra-academic fields will answer your questions about the challenges and choices they each made in building their careers. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., OHSU Auditorium

CV/resume review mixer
Best practices for formatting CVs, resumes, and biosketches will be briefly discussed followed by breakout sessions in which experts will hold individual review sessions. Sign up to have your CV/resume/biosketch reviewed or just stop by and listen in. Light snacks and beverages will be served. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Old Library Great Hall

Hope to see you there!

The Research Week 2017 Planning Committee


Second headshot photo session scheduled for May 2

Yesterday we posted an announcement about the opportunity to have your professional photo taken during Research Week and all available slots filled up within hours! Since there’s obviously a demand for this, we’ve decided to add a second session:

FPP 21469239 Research Week 2017 ART RGBTuesday, May 2
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
OHSU Old Library

Check in at the south entrance – photos will be taken outside weather permitting.

Sign up now for the second session!

Please be on time to your session and remember these tips for your headshot:

  • Dress professionally, but like yourself (you want to feel comfortable).
  • Don’t wear anything too distracting that might take away from the focus on your face and eyes, solid colors that are medium to dark are a good choice.
  • Don’t tilt your head in your photo.
  • Don’t do a straight on pose, turn your shoulders slightly.
  • Smile!
  • Google some additional tips for taking a good professional headshot.

Questions? Contact us at

OHSU scientist Carsten Schultz: Illuminating insulin release

Worldwide, rates of type 2 diabetes quadrupled between 1980 and 2016. That growth, reported by the World Health Organization last April, reflects the urgent need for prevention and improved treatment of diabetes. In current treatments of individuals with diabetes, measuring insulin levels is a fundamental tool.

Confocal images of MIN6 β cells expressing RINS1. Enlargement of the selected square (top right). Merged images (top), single channels (bottom), mCherry (magenta), sfGFP (green).

Confocal images of MIN6 β cells expressing RINS1. Enlargement of the selected square (top right). Merged images (top), single channels (bottom), mCherry (magenta), sfGFP (green).

Until now, laboratory tests have measured the total amount of insulin secreted by a large number of cells. But exploring the fundamental biology behind this process—and accurately testing drugs that could potentially control levels of insulin secretion—requires an understanding of how this works at the single-cell level.

Carsten Schultz, Ph.D., chair of the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, led a multi-institution study that may give us a new optical method to measure the rate of insulin release from single cells in real time. The method was reported in Cell Chemical Biology.

Pancreatic beta cells produce proinsulin, the protein from which insulin is made. Proinsulin comprises an A chain, B chain, and a C-peptide that together form insulin. The C-peptide separates from the A and B chains during insulin formation. Once insulin and the C-peptide are separated, a normal beta cell releases both molecules at the same time

Using mouse beta cells, Schultz’s team tagged the A chain in a beta cell with a green fluorescent protein, and attached a molecule of a red fluorescent protein—mCherry—to the C-peptide. Unexpectedly, in the modified system, only the insulin tagged with the green fluorescent protein was released, while the C-peptide tagged with mCherry remained inside the cell.

Taking the ratio of green to red fluorescence provides a new way to measure the rate of insulin release that is a significant advance over existing methods, mainly because natural cell-to-cell variability can be addressed by this method.

The new tool is likely to be useful in observing the effects of drugs or drug candidates on the release of insulin, which is important in developing treatments for type 2 diabetes.

Co-authors of the paper are Martina Schifferer, Dmytro A. Yushchenko, Frank Stein, and Andrey Bolbat. The project was supported by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory; the EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdoc Program (M.S. and D.A.Y.); the EU Marie-Curie Program (EU grant 229597 for D.A.Y.); the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (D.A.Y.); and the German Research Foundation (TRR186 for C.S.).

Judges and volunteers still needed for Research Week!

FPP 21469239 Research Week 2017 ART RGBResearch Week 2017 kicks off this coming Monday, May 1, and we’re still in need of a few oral presentation judges. Specifically, we’re looking for faculty, postdocs, or researchers with expertise in:

Cell and molecular biology
• Surgery

Judges play a critical role in giving valuable feedback to trainees on their presentation style and content. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please register as soon as possible.

A few volunteer slots are also still open. We need a few poster wranglers on Monday evening to make sure posters are set up in the right location. We’re also in need of a few moderators and backup moderators for some of the oral presentation sessions. View the schedule and sign up here.

Thank you!

The Research Week Planning Committee

Sign up to have a professional photo taken at Research Week 2017

In this fast-paced digital world we live in, your image is your personal brand and most often the first impression you make. Whether you’re applying for a job and need to spiff up your LinkedIn profile, or promoting your research using social media, having a professional “headshot” is essential.  At this year’s Research Week event, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research is sponsoring a complimentary “headshot” photo session for OHSU students and postdocs.FPP 21469239 Research Week 2017 ART RGB

Wednesday, May 3
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
OHSU Old Library

Check in at the south entrance – photos will be taken outside weather permitting.

You must sign up for a time as the number of slots is limited!  We’ll be sending students and postdocs out in groups of five to have their pictures taken. For this reason, it’s very important that you show up on time, and ideally five minutes early.

A few tips for your headshot:  

  • Dress professionally, but like yourself (you want to feel comfortable).
  • Don’t wear anything too distracting that might take away from the focus on your face and eyes, solid colors that are medium to dark are a good choice.
  • Don’t tilt your head in your photo.
  • Don’t do a straight on pose, turn your shoulders slightly.
  • Smile!
  • Google some additional tips for taking a good professional headshot.

Questions? Contact us at

Registration deadline for OHSU’s Three Minute Thesis competition extended to April 27

3MT_FoundedByUQ-411x130It’s not too late to register for this year’s 3MT competition. An 80,000-word Ph.D. thesis would take nine hours to present. In this Research Week favorite, the presentation time is scaled back a bit…presenters have just three minutes to share their work. The 3MT exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Any student enrolled in an OHSU graduate program may participate. Email Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. to sign up. Wednesday, May 3, 4 p.m., OHSU Auditorium.

You’re invited to Research Week 2017

We’re sharing the following message from Dan Dorsa, Ph.D., senior vice president for research.

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Dear colleagues,

I would like to invite you to join me in celebrating OHSU Research Week, May 1-3, 2017, our annual celebration of research at Oregon Health & Science University. More than 200 OHSU researchers will be presenting their latest findings throughout the week. I encourage you to show your support by attending talks and poster sessions. Many of the presenters are trainees, the future of the biomedical research workforce.

In addition to OHSU presenters, we have an exceptional lineup of events scheduled. Specific highlights from the Research Week program include:

  • An opening reception and all-OHSU poster session in the BICC, Monday, May 1;
  • Posters and oral presentations on a range of topics, from neuroscience to nursing, beginning Monday at 1 p.m. and continuing through Wednesday afternoon;
  • Keynote addresses by Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D. and Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil.;
  • Student day, Tuesday, May 2, will feature a host of panel discussions on topics such as mentor/mentee relationships and non-academic careers. The day will conclude with a CV/resume review mixer. If you’d like to have your CV or resume reviewed by one of our experts, you’ll need to sign up here;
  • OHSU’s 5th annual Three Minute Thesis competition, Wednesday, May 3.

The full schedule can be found here.

The work of our research scientists, students, postdocs, and staff is the foundation underlying OHSU’s success as an academic health center. I hope you will help me celebrate their achievements by attending Research Week events.


Dan Dorsa, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research, OHSU

Career development opportunities at this year’s Research Week

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Research Week 2017 begins next week on Monday, May 1, and will feature several workshops, lectures, and discussions relevant to students, postdocs, and junior faculty who want input on how to build their careers.

Start your week off Monday morning by attending an interactive workshop on “Promoting your research.”  You’ll learn about best practices for promoting your science and the OHSU resources available to assist you. Find out how to work with OHSU’s media relations and social media departments—and what you can do to promote your research yourself.

Student day is Tuesday, May 2, and will focus on several facets of career development:

  • Mentor/mentee relationship: Hear from a panel comprised of both mentors and mentees on how to navigate this very important, and sometimes tricky, relationship. Panelists will provide a general overview and share their experiences, followed by a Q & A session. If you’d like to ask a question anonymously, you can submit your queries before the event here.
  • Exploring non-academic careers: Listen in on a group of panelists who are finding success outside academia. They’ll speak about the challenges and choices they each made in their specific careers and respond to questions from the audience.
  • CV/resume mixer: Student day will wrap up with this interactive workshop and social mixer. A group of experts will work with participants to create a compelling story on paper that will stand out with prospective employers. Listen in on reviews and critiques and share your own tips on building a strong presentation of your education and experience. Refreshments will be served. You must RSVP to reserve a spot to meet with a reviewer by emailing

And don’t miss the panel discussion, “Leading by example: A panel on diversity in science” on Wednesday, May 3. Panelists will share their experiences and describe their career trajectories as well as answer questions from the audience about women and underrepresented minorities in science. Submit your questions before the event (coordinated by the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science student interest group).

Times and locations for all events can be found here.

Lastly, we still need volunteers to make this event successful. Please consider helping out – it’s a great way to meet people across the institution and to learn more about the research going on at OHSU. Sign up today!

Volunteers and judges still needed for Research Week 2017!

FPP 21469239 Research Week 2017 ART RGBResearch Week 2017 is now less than two weeks away, and we still have many volunteer and judging slots to fill. Volunteers play a critical role in making Research Week a success – we couldn’t do it without you! Judges provide valuable feedback to presenters and help select this year’s presentation winners. Anyone at OHSU can volunteer. Faculty, postdocs, and research staff can all serve as judges. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from other areas and gain an understanding of the scope and quality of the research conducted every day at OHSU.

There are a number of ways volunteers can help:

  • Check-in desk
    As a Check-in Desk volunteer, you are tasked with greeting attendees and checking in presenters.
  • Poster wrangler
    It’s the Poster Wrangler’s job to see that posters are put up in the right locations.
  • 3MT ballot collector
    Help collect the audience ballots for the “People’s Choice Award” at the end of the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, May 3.
  • Moderator/backup moderator
    This is not as scary as it sounds! Moderators are needed to ensure that the pace of the oral presentation sessions are maintained, keeping presenters to their 10-minute time limit.

Volunteers – Go to the Research Week 2017 volunteer page to see what shifts are available and to sign up. Remember, you can choose as many shifts as you’d like!

Judgesvisit the sign up page for a full listing of session dates, times, and research topics that need coverage. To sign up, check the box for the session you’re interested in and click “submit”–once you get into the tool, you’ll be able to see full details.

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