Posts Tagged ‘Discoveries’

Prenatal care for undocumented immigrant mothers leads to improved healthcare for their children

A study led by Jonas Swartz, M.D., in the OHSU School of Medicine found that expanding preventive care in pregnancy for unauthorized immigrant women reduced infant deaths, increased participation in screenings, vaccines. Swartz and senior author Maria Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., published the findings in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Unauthorized immigrant women with access to care received 7.2 more prenatal visits, or nearly the nine to 12 visits recommended for a typical pregnancy. They also were 74 … Read More

Michael Chiang recognized for contributions to medical informatics

Michael Chiang, M.D., will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics on November 5 during the 2017 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. ACMI is an honorary College of elected informatics fellows from the United States and abroad selected for significant and sustained contributions to the field. Chiang is Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU and is vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology. He also leads … Read More

Xiaolu “Lulu” Cambronne awarded an NIH New Innovator Award

The National Institutes of Health today awarded a highly competitive research grant to Xiaolu (Lulu) Cambronne, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the OHSU Vollum Institute. The grant, $1.5 million over five years, was given for Cambronne’s innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in biomedical research. The grant is part of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards, established in 2007 to support early-career investigators who are conducting high-risk, high-impact research. Cambronne was one of 55 New … Read More

Oral antibiotics after C-section may reduce infection risk for obese women

The rate of obesity among U.S. women has been increasing, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of surgical-site infection following cesarean delivery. Research by Amy Valent, D.O., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, and colleagues at the University of Cincinnati found that the rate of infection for women who received additional oral antibiotics after delivery was 6.4 percent. Women in the placebo group had a 15.4 percent rate … Read More

Despite progress, health disparities remain among racial and ethnic minority groups post-ACA

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from OHSU and OCHIN report that community health centers in states that expanded Medicaid coverage experienced a decrease in uninsured visits and an increase in Medicaid-insured visits compared with non-expansion states. The research, published in the Annals of Family Medicine. also found that Hispanic patients have the highest rates of uninsured clinic visits, both before and after Affordable Care Act expansion. Read the full story on the OHSU News Hub. Heather Angier, … Read More

Motor neurons aren’t the only site for restoring locomotive function

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is the most common adult onset motor neuron disease for which there is no cure or treatment that significantly extends life. ALS causes the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles and is characterized by gradually worsening weakness, loss of motor function and, when the individual can no longer breathe, death. The only FDA-approved drug used to treat ALS prolongs on average the lifetime of a patient by two to three months. A feature in neurodegenerative diseases, including about 90 percent … Read More

New findings show retinal development requires the protein dystroglycan

OHSU scientists have published a paper that provides new information on retinal development and visual system abnormalities present in dystroglycanopathy, a form of muscular dystrophy that results from defective function of the protein dystroglycan. Patients with severe forms of dystroglycanopathy frequently experience visual system problems in addition to other neurodevelopmental abnormalities. There is some understanding of dystroglycan’s influence on brain development, but its role in regulating retinal development has remained poorly understood. A team led … Read More

INVENT: Accelerating innovation and commercialization

This INVENT workshop helps early-stage startups establish effective financial strategies to attract potential investors and maintain a positive overall financial standing. Building a winning financial model for your startup Susan Preston, manager of the Seattle Angel Fund, will discuss: The importance of a sound financial model Variables to include in your financial model The impact and influence of your financial model on your business plan How your financial model ties into your value proposition Wednesday, … Read More

Study suggests cosmic rays pose long-term risks for astronauts

For astronauts on long missions in deep space, the brain’s response to radiation exposure is an important concern. Cognitive and other impairments put crews at risk during space travel and may pose significant health hazards to space flight crews for years after a mission. A unique feature of the space radiation environment is the presence of galactic cosmic rays and solar particle events, both of which involve protons. Exposure to these will likely impact multiple … Read More

OCTRI Biomedical Innovation Program funding for device, diagnostic, and software development

OHSU’s Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Technology Transfer & Business Development, and Office of the Senior Vice President for Research have announced a funding opportunity to support device, diagnostic, and software development efforts at OHSU. The Biomedical Innovation Program: Device, Diagnostic, and Software Development track is a funding mechanism designed to move innovative technologies from the bench to the bedside through technology development and commercialization. The current RFA can be found here. Letters of intent are due on September … Read More

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