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You’re invited to Research Week 2017

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

OHSU researchers identify gene driving responses to brain injury

In response to brain injury, cells in the nervous system swiftly coordinate events that promote survival and repair. Glial cells—the most abundant cells in the nervous system—quickly locate the trauma site, clear damaged neurons, and recruit extra immune cells. This cascade of glial cells’ reactive events is promoted by Draper, an engulfment receptor needed to recognize and clear cellular debris in fruit flies, roundworms, and mammals. Until recently, the pathways that mediate glia responses to … Read More

AHRQ seeking science on treatment-resistant depression

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is looking more closely at why some patients diagnosed with depression don’t respond to treatment. Currently, there is scant data on the prevalence of treatment-resistant depression, and a thorough review of the research that exists hasn’t been conducted. So AHRQ is embarking on a review of both ongoing and published studies of treatment-resistant depression. Specifically, they’re looking at how the condition is defined, what populations have been studied, … Read More

Making all the data count for disease diagnosis and discovery

Diagnosing diseases is a tricky business requiring a formidable breadth and depth of knowledge and the skill to apply it. The rarer the disease is, the harder it can be to diagnose: quality reference data may not exist and a physician might only see one such patient in her entire career. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are between 6000 and 7000 rare diseases affecting from 25 to 30 million Americans, making it … Read More

Save the date: Research Week 2017

Mark your calendars for the event of the year: OHSU Research Week. Our annual celebration of research performed by faculty, students, research staff, postdocs, and others across all schools, centers, institutes, and education programs will take place May 1 through 3, 2017. A call for abstract submissions is coming soon. More details about keynote speakers, presentations, and opportunities to connect with colleagues, students, and people from other areas of the institution are being solidified now. … Read More

New study documents role of glial cells in brain

Glial cells, once considered passive bystanders of neural transmission, are now understood to provide support and protection for neurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Astrocytes, the most abundant glial cells in the brain, closely associate with neuronal synapses and perform supporting roles in neuronal activity by providing oxygen and sugars and by removing carbon dioxide. New research findings demonstrate a function scientists have proposed but not proven—that astrocytes not only support but actively … Read More

New research volunteer registry: Volunteer information and biorepository

The Clinical and Translational Research Center now offers OHSU investigators access to a Research Volunteer Registry of subjects interested in participating in research projects. The registry also includes a biorepository with serum, plasma, urine, and saliva from healthy subjects. These biological samples are immediately available as control samples. You can access the volunteer names, contact information, and biological samples in this registry more quickly and less expensively than using traditional recruitment methods. The CTRC has obtained … Read More

New drug discovery program provides access to AstraZeneca resources

Do you have an innovative idea for a drug discovery project? AstraZeneca is seeking opportunities to work with like-minded scientists in academia and organizations with the common goal of discovering and developing novel medicines for the treatment of patients with diseases of high unmet need. The AstraZeneca Open Innovation platform has been created to help identify and establish research partnerships that will lead to the discovery and development of new medicines. AstraZeneca is looking to collaborate with … Read More

Study led by OHSU researchers provides evidence of immune therapy efficacy in treating metastatic prostate cancer

Programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) inhibitors have shown anti-tumor activity in patients with melanoma, renal cell, non-small cell lung cancer, and bladder cancer. However, patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer demonstrated no response to such immunotherapies in past studies. Now, a research team led by Julie Graff, M.D., assistant professor and oncologist with the Knight Cancer Institute, has shown clear evidence of meaningful clinical activity for PD-1 blockade in men with metastatic prostate cancer resistant to … Read More

Grompe lab discovery offers new clues to diabetes causes and treatment

Diabetes affects nearly 30 million people in the United States. The disease is caused by dysfunction or loss of insulin-producing beta cells that normalize blood sugar levels in the body. Until now, only one type of beta cell was known to exist. But OHSU researchers have developed a method allowing them to identify and isolate four separate subtypes that differ in their susceptibility to metabolic stress and their capacity to proliferate or change from one cell type … Read More

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