MRF Grant Recipients

MRF Grant Application Listing for the Grant Period

December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011

Twenty grant applications, totaling $680,232, were received for consideration for this grant cycle. The MRF Committee met on October 20, 2010 and 10 applications, totaling $334,623 were funded by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.

Grants Approved for this grant period:

Haining  Zhong, Ph.D.  
Assistant Scientist
OHSU Vollum Institute
“Examining the spaciotemporal compartmentalization of PKA signaling in hippocampal CA1 neurons”

Daniel  Clayburgh, M.D., Ph.D.   
Resident Physician, Otolaryngology
“Inhibition of epidermal growth factor receptor and insulin-like growth factor receptor in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma”

James P. Dolan, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
“The impact of cellular and molecular markers on clinical responses after treatment for esophageal cancer”

Taciana G. Costas Dias, M.D.   

Postdoctoral Fellow/Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
“Reward circuit connectivity in children with ADHD”

David  Kerr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
“Weather and psychosocial influences on seasonal depression in at-risk males from adolescence to young adulthood”

Bentson H. McFarland, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
“Military Wives Matter”

Morgan  Hakki, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
“Mechanism of maribavir resistance and the role of UL27 during cytomegalovirus replication”

Amanda  Vinson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Molecular & Medical Genetics
“Evaluation of novel inflammatory factors as biomarkers of risk for coronary artery calcification in rheumatoid arthritis”

Alain D. Silk, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Dermatology
“Establishing a prognostic molecular signature for metastatic colorectal cancer”

Mark  Pennesi, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
OHSU Casey Eye Institute
“Serotonin receptor modulation of neurotrophic factors in the retina”