UPDATE 1/15: Test dates changed. See below. As previously reported, OHSU is moving forward on the development of a Center for Radiochemistry Research, including a cyclotron to produce the radionuclides required for designing new molecular probes for PET scanning by OHSU scientists. If you work in buildings surrounding the Research Courtyard, your work may be affected by construction of this center, and for this reason we are doing extensive testing to measure potential impacts. OHSU … Read More
In 2000, OHSU Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) scientists developed the Shutter-Speed Model (“SSM”) for analysis of Dynamic-Contrast-Enhanced (“DCE-MRI”) data. Later, they realized SSM is not just another pharmacokinetic “model,” but actually a new paradigm (“SSP”). The SSP enables more accurate MRI measure of, among other parameters, Ktrans, the rate constant for contrast agent molecule movement between capillaries and extravascular tissue. The researchers determined that systematic errors in the standard tracer pharmacokinetic paradigm “SP” Ktrans … Read More
OHSU scientists: you have a new technology available to you–with special pilot pricing available. Several new methods for genome engineering have been introduced in recent years, the most successful of which is the clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 system. The OHSU Transgenic Mouse Models Core (TMM) has initiated several preliminary CRISPR pilot projects based in part on a recent campus-wide interest survey. Recently, OHSU’s first F1 mice genetically modified using CRISPR mice were … Read More
Hot on the heels of their ground-breaking bird genome research, the Claudio Mello Lab and colleagues have published new work showing the effects of alcohol on bird vocalization. This PLOS ONE study, by Christopher Olson, Devin Owen, Andrey Ryabinin, and Claudio Mello, showed that alcohol causes the zebra finches to produce song that is quieter and less organized–in effect, it slurs and softens their songs. Interestingly, the alcohol did not affect other areas of their … Read More
Timothy Thauland, PhD, a former graduate student and postdoc in David Parker’s lab in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, received special mention by the editors of the Journal of Immunology. His article – Boost the Immune Response with High-Quality TLR Ligands – featured in the Dec. 15 “In This Issue” section, was considered to be among the top 10 percent of articles published in the journal. Dr. Thauland is … Read More
Need budget guidance for NIH awards? Here’s the latest: Funding levels for noncompeting renewals, which have been at about 90% of award, will likely be restored. Those that have yet to be awarded may be awarded in a range between full commitment level to 3% below. See your specific IC for more information. NRSA stipends will increase by about 2%. New investigators should still retain their ‘bonus’. Salaries are capped at $183,300. Responses to more … Read More
The salary cap for NIH awards will increase from $181,500 to $183,300, beginning January 11, 2015. What does this mean for you? See examples and scenarios in the full notice or talk to your OPAM representative.
The OHSU research video, “We are the scientists of OHSU,” is getting some company. The same creative team recently released five new videos featuring individual researchers and labs at the university. The profiles are intended to highlight the strengths and variety of research at OHSU, and to act as a multimedia tool for researchers to use in describing their own programs. These first of these video profiles will be released over the next two months, … Read More
OHSU’s Office of Proposal and Award Management (OPAM) will be closed the following days: Dec. 24, 26 and 31, and Jan. 2. If you need an emergency signature/grant submission, please contact the following individuals: Dec. 24 and 25 26: contact Aric Dutelle at email@example.com Dec. 31 and Jan. 2: contact Nancy Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org Corrected on December 22, 2014.
An international group of more than 200 scientists–including Oregon Health & Science University neuroscientist Claudio Mello, Ph.D.–has released the genome of common birds for the first time. This work illuminates the evolution of birds, including details about how they developed song. The consortium is publishing 23 papers across multiple journals this week, including 8 papers in a Dec. 12 special issue of Science. The 48 bird species studied include the crow, duck, and eagle, as … Read More