Posts Tagged ‘Discoveries’

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

The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development  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 19, 2017. Program highlights: Up … Read More

2017 Biomedical Innovation Program Drug Discovery awards announced

Two drug discovery projects have been named recipients of the 2017 Biomedical Innovation Program awards. The awards program is a collaboration of the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development, and the Knight Cancer Institute. The awards provide funds, project management, and mentorship to facilitate the development of innovative technologies at OHSU and accelerate their translation to the marketplace. This track of funding supports drug discovery platforms and early stage … Read More

Study in Nature demonstrates method for repairing genes in human embryos that prevents inherited diseases

In a paper published in Nature today, August 2, 2017, Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., reported the successful removal of a lethal genetic defect in human embryos. Read the OHSU News story on Mitalipov’s new research. The gene-editing technique described in this study could one day provide an avenue for people with known heritable disease-causing genetic mutations to eliminate the risk of passing the disease to their children. The study also demonstrated a way to overcome a crucial problem in … Read More

Tracing the mechanisms of pain and empathy for pain

A new study finds a potential neural overlap between physically induced and socially transferred increased sensitivity to pain, or hyperalgesia. Previous research has shown that pain sensitivity associated with alcohol withdrawal can be communicated to nearby individuals by olfactory cues. But how this social transfer of pain occurs is not known. Scientists at OHSU have now demonstrated that pain and empathy for pain activate partially overlapping regions of the brain in mice. Andrey Ryabinin, Ph.D., … Read More

Modifying a battlefield dressing to prevent maternal death

Every day around the globe, more than 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, where resources are limited and childbirth occurs outside of the health care system. Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the primary causes of maternal death and the leading cause of death for new mothers in developing countries. A major challenge in treating postpartum hemorrhage is that it is not … Read More

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