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Issue 46 January 2010
The purpose of this newsletter is to share news and updates within the OHSU School of Medicine community and beyond. Please forward, copy or otherwise re-distribute this newsletter freely. Please also share with us (mcfallka@ohsu.edu) your news and ideas for future editions.

January 2010

Message from Dean Richardson: Our global community

Mark Richardson, Dean, OHSU School of Medicine

Dear School of Medicine community:

Last Saturday, I attended a bilingual health fair during which dozens of people facing socioeconomic and cultural barriers to health care received vision, hearing, blood pressure, blood glucose and reflexes testing, as well as screening and other educational materials. Held here in Portland, our OHSU Chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association helped organize this effort, partnering with the Milagro Theatre Group. From the School of Medicine, Drs. Loriaux, Jacoby, Gupta and Nemecek, and 20 of our medical students, OHSU interpreters and other volunteers pitched in, alongside local health care and advocacy groups. 

One of our MD/PhD students who helped organize the event, Dominic Siler, suggested I volunteer, and I was happy to do so. It was rewarding, and emblematic of the exceptional commitment of our students, staff and faculty to serving our community. And as we recently were tragically reminded by events in Haiti, this community extends across the globe. 

The international scope of our commitment is evident in the School of Medicine response to the terrible crisis caused by the earthquake. Several of our clinical faculty members are already on the ground, including Nick Gideonse and Corinne Cohen (Family Medicine), Karen Kwong (Surgery), and Dana Braner (Pediatrics). An MD student, Corey Rood, with financial support generously donated by his fellow students in the Class of 2010, is joining a relief mission this week. Other faculty and students are readying to leave.  

However, not all of us can (or even should) travel to Haiti. But there are other ways to be supportive. For example, physicians here are picking up additional clinical duties and covering responsibilities to support their colleagues who are working in Haiti. And our students are collecting supplies and fundraising to support the work of experts in disaster response and relief efforts. As of this writing, the School of Medicine community has raised $6,770 for Partners in Health and Portland-based Mercy Corps. I am sure this does not fully capture other support efforts at the department, unit and individual level. 

It is important to work together so our efforts to help Haiti are well coordinated and communicated, and so we can be as effective as possible. Please let the Office of the Dean (somdeansoffice@ohsu.edu) know what you are doing, what you have planned and, if possible, how we can help you. I also want to be sure this information is shared across the School of Medicine and OHSU. We'll post it on the School of Medicine Facebook page and please share your own ideas, activities and information there too.

I'm proud of the role all of us have in delivering health to Oregon, our region and globally. Thank you for all you do.  

Best regards,

Mark Richardson, MD, MBA
Dean, OHSU School of Medicine
President, Faculty Practice Plan

Mark Gibson named Director of the OHSU Center for Evidence-based Policy, succeeding John Kitzhaber 

Dean Mark Richardson has appointed Mark Gibson Director of the OHSU Center for Evidence-based Policy. One of the original founders of the Center, Gibson has served as Deputy Director since 2003.Gibson Newsletter John Kitzhaber, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, will become Director Emeritus. 

"Long before comparative effectiveness research was popular, the Center was demonstrating how rigorous and timely research could be used to improve policies affecting the health of millions of Americans and billions of taxpayer dollars," said Dr. Kitzhaber. "It has been an honor to be associated with this Center and I am confident that under the leadership of Mark Gibson, the Center's important work will not only move forward but will grow in significance." 

Gibson has a long history of proactive involvement in health policy issues in Oregon. He was directly involved in drafting and passage of the Oregon Health Plan. As Policy Advisor for Health, Human Services and Labor to then-Governor Kitzhaber, Gibson was active in numerous health initiatives including Workers' Compensation reform and the creation of the Oregon Children's Health Insurance Program.  

Founded in 2003, the Center grew quickly and has earned a national and international reputation for excellence in comparative effectiveness research, particularly with the groundbreaking work of two large projects linking these results to policy: the Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP) and the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) Project. These projects, now supported by 16 Medicaid programs, provide specific research results about the quality and effectiveness of drugs and interventions to state policy makers. 

"Health programs are routinely asked to pay for drugs and interventions that either do not have evidence documenting that benefit exceeds harm, or that there are increased benefits associated with additional costs," said Gibson. "The information developed by the Center demonstrably improves patient care and obtains significant savings." 

Gibson does not foresee immediate changes to the Center, however, the Center is poised for growth as the demand for comparative effectiveness research expands. An important aspect of that growth will be seeking out new and expanded internal collaborations within OHSU. "The challenge, and it's a great challenge to have," said Gibson,"is to find ways to take advantage of all the relevant activity at OHSU. Everything we need to be a laboratory of change for health care is here at OHSU." 

"Results from comparative effectiveness research provide crucial information to patients, clinicians and policy makers. I am confident Mark will provide strong leadership as this area continues to grow in importance," said Dean Mark Richardson. "Please join me in congratulating him on this appointment."

Associate Dean for Medical Education Tana Grady-Weliky reflects on the first year in Oregon

TANA1Tana Grady-Weliky, MD, celebrated her first anniversary as Associate Dean for Medical Education on January 20. Looking back at a year shaped in part by the global financial crisis, she confessed, it was unexpectedly challenging and also immediately clear that it wasn't a time for "splashy changes." However, she is proud of one early splash of at least symbolic significance; she rattled a few chains to get the fountain in front of Mac Hall one of the casualties of the financial crisis turned back on last summer.  "I just thought it represented hope and life and it's beautiful; it needed to be on." 

This past year, she developed strong working relationships with OHSU's leadership, including course and clerkship directors. And she's worked hard to get to know as many of the students as possible. She has focused on laying the groundwork for the future. For the coming year, Dean Richardson has charged her to work with the curriculum committee and other faculty members to chart "where we need to go and what needs to be in place so that we can move toward a model of learning inter-professionally learning with physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, and other health care professionals," she said.  

Dr. Grady-Weliky is also focused on the more intangible aspects of physician education. In a prominent place on a credenza next to her conference table is a framed copy of two ancient Chinese proverbs. The first proverb "kind heart, kind skills" represents the ethical code of traditional Chinese medicine; the second "knowledgeable hands return spring" refers to the skilled hand of a physician restoring health to a patient. "I love what these stand for and I truly believe that so much of being a physician is about being compassionate and caring," she said.  

this past year, Dr. Grady-Weliky has been impressed with the level of commitment School of Medicine students have to the underserved. She wants to ensure that these values remain a long-term touchstone for the 500 students she is charged with shepherding through four years of medical school at OHSU, as they have been for generations of med students before them.  "Given the enormous pressures current students face, how do we help them stay connected to the values that brought them to medicine in the first place?" In the future, she is also committed to supporting more diversity in the MD program, not only in ethnicity but also in the economic strata they are drawn from.  

On a personal note, the Teaneck, N.J., native is getting acquainted with Oregon, although she's not sure she'll ever get the East Coast out of her system. She's outnumbered though. Her two and a half year old daughter Maya is a thoroughly assimilated Oregonian and her husband, a neuroscientist, born in California, has the West Coast in his blood.  

An expanded version of this article is posted on theSchool of Medicine Web site.

January Paper of the Month: Unraveling the genetic basis for excessive alcohol consumption 

Phillips1The School of Medicine newsletter spotlights a recently published faculty research paper in each issue. The goal s are to highlight the great research happening at OHSU and to share this information across departments, institutes and disciplines. A list of all papers compiled by the OHSU Library and published by OHSU faculty during the prior month is also provided here. The monthly paper summary is compiled by Associate Dean for Basic Science Mary Stenzel-Poore, PhD, and reviewed by Dean Mark Richardson, MD, MBA, and Vice President/Senior Associate Dean for Research Dan Dorsa, PhD. 

This month's featured paper, published in the journal  Mammalian Genome,  is: "A method for mapping intralocus interactions influencing excessive alcohol drinking," by Tamara J. Phillips, Cheryl Reed, Sue Burkhart-Kasch, Na Li, Robert Hitzemann, Chia-Hua Yu, Lauren L. Brown, Melinda L. Helms, John C. Crabbe and John K. Belknap. 

Tamara Phillips, PhD, s a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The research described in this paper is a collaborative effort across the laboratories of Drs. Phillips, Belknap, Crabbe and Hitzemann, all professors in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and also affiliated with the VAMC.

PAPER SUMMARY: This paper makes an important step toward understanding the complex genetic underpinnings of excessive alcohol consumption. The key finding followed up by the current research was that combinations of genes inherited from two parents could result in more excessive alcohol consumption than that seen in either of the parents. The results described in this paper suggest specific locations of the genes involved in the excessive drinking behavior of the hybrid offspring mice. The study focuses on a unique genetic phenotype the "hybrid overdominance effect." 

The current study began with an observation made several years ago by one of paper authors John Crabbe who noted that F1 hybrid offspring of one mouse strain (C57BL/J) crossed with another strain (FVB/NJ) exhibited more excessive ethanol drinking than either of the parental strains. The scientists then collected and quantified mice behavioral data (ethanol drinking) with genetic information to map genes that cause overdominant ethanol drinking in the hybrid offspring. 

Genome-wide quantitative trait locus (QTL) analyses were performed on this genetic information to identify the locations of the important genes, and the data were also analyzed to determine whether there were interactions occurring between genes (referred to as epistasis) that manifested as overdrinking behavior. 

In the paper, Dr. Phillips described evidence for QTLs resulting in heightened consumption of ethanol in heterozygous mice on three different chromosomes (11, 15 and 16). Importantly, there was no evidence for epistatic interactions between genes at different locations that could explain the excessive drinking of the hybrid mice. Instead, intralocus interactions interactions between two different forms of the same gene (one inherited from the mother and one from the father) at the same locus are the most likely explanation for the hybrid overdominance.  

The possibility that different forms of the same gene when inherited from each of the parent strains and expressed together can cause excessive drinking behavior is an important finding that will be examined further. Additional work is focused on identifying the genes. These findings contribute to research aimed at identifying inherited factors that increase risk for developing alcoholism. Knowledge of the genes leads to knowledge of biological mechanisms. This information could be used to develop new drugs for preventing and treating alcoholism.  

This research was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs and by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (U01 AA016655).

State audit of the "Oregon Opportunity" concludes that goals were met or exceeded 

According to an audit report issued this month by the Oregon Secretary of State, the OHSU Oregon Opportunity research expansion project successfully met or exceeded its goals and measurable targets. These goals included job creation, the construction of improved research facilities and improved technology to increase health care access throughout rural Oregon. The Oregon Opportunity program, now in its ninth year, is a public-private partnership launched to accelerate and expand OHSU research. In 2001, the state of Oregon approved $200 million in state bonds for the program to be paid back by tobacco settlement funds issued to the state of Oregon from tobacco companies. OHSU promised to raise $300 million through the OHSU Foundation and successfully raised $378 million in private donations. These contributions came from 78,000 donors representing every Oregon county. 

The OHSU media release is here.

From the Archives: Back to 1906 and Portland's first internist - Noble Wiley Jones jones_noble_wiley_nd12jpg

A 1901 graduate of Rush Medical College, Noble Wiley Jones, MD, settled in Portland in 1906 on the advice of onetime Portland surgeon and Rush faculty member A.D. Bevan, MD, becoming the city's first recognized specialist in internal medicine. Jones joined the University of Oregon Medical School (the precursor to the OHSU School of Medicine) in 1913 as a Clinical Associate in Medicine. 

He brought to the School of Medicine faculty not only his advanced training in medicine and pathology, learned in the great schools of Vienna, Berlin, and Oxford, but also a commitment to clinical research and academic excellence. With Frank Menne, MD, and Olof Larsell, PhD, Jones wrote the 1941 report which led to the creation of the Medical Research Foundation. He wrote or co-authored over 50 publications on topics from coronary disease to dyspepsia to pyorrhea. Howard P. Lewis, MD, summed up Jones' contributions by calling him "one of the most important of the group of men who worked so hard to advance the fortunes of the University of Oregon Medical School."

Contributed by Sara Piasecki, Head, OHSU Historical Collections & Archives. 

Suzy Funkhouser: The view from Salem  

Funkhouser1As OHSU Director of State and Local Government Relations, Suzy Funkhouser is responsible for overseeing OHSU's complex relationships with Salem the Governor's office, the state legislature, and state agencies as well as with various local government entities from Portland City Hall to Metro. She has been at the job since April 2009. As a special session of the legislature gets underway, Funkhouser  reflects on the job, OHSU priorities, health care reform and more.

Q. What experience do you bring to this job? I've worked through four regular sessions of the legislature and several special sessions. My first two sessions, I was a legislative assistant to then State Sen. Ryan Deckert, followed by a stint as a policy analyst/lobbyist for the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and the Oregon Innovation Council.  

Q. What do you spend most of your time on and what are the biggest issues you're dealing with? It's my job to make sure we have a positive working relationship with Salem and the Governor's office. As far as OHSU's legislative issues, the state budget is generally our number one priority. The legislature has the difficult job of prioritizing the numerous competing public needs, and we work closely with legislators to help them understand the value of our public missions. The good news is that we have a positive relationship with the legislature, and legislators often want to know how they can help OHSU continue to succeed.  

Q. What's the perspective in Salem on OHSU? State lawmakers understand the value of OHSU to Oregon; in fact many would like to increase our funding support. However, the legislature has to work in a more and more constricted budgetary environment. Still, as an institution, we will continue to advocate for our public missions and work with our legislative supporters to create additional opportunities. During the last session which was generally a time of significant cuts in state programs legislators were concerned with the financial challenges facing the university, and worked to preserve as much of our budget as possible, as well as passing a new tort cap. The state has also welcomed our leadership role in health care reform and will rely on OHSU's expertise as that conversation continues to unfold.  

Q. How do legislators view the School of Medicine? Legislators recognize that the School of Medicine is an integral part of OHSU's success. OHSU medical students are always welcome in Salem. Legislators enjoy talking to students because they can see right in front of them the benefits of the funding they vote for. In addition, some policymakers have been directly touched by clinical care at OHSU, which can influence their perspective.  Many have had one-on-one experiences that they talk about on the record and those are invaluable testimonials. Others have a strong interest in the ground-breaking research that happens here.  

Q. What is the Health Policy Board and what do you expect to come out of its work? It was set up by the Legislature in 2009 to develop a comprehensive plan for state health care reform, including containing health care costs, addressing quality issues and ensuring access to all Oregonians. The Governor appointed President Robertson as a member of the nine-person board. They have had three meetings so far and will meet regularly throughout 2010. In addition, a number of our faculty are providing their expertise to subcommittees, whether it be on evidence based policy, primary care or research issues. For example, Dean Richardson is on the Board's workforce subcommittee. The Board's primary aim is to produce a set of recommendations by the end of the year, and I envision many of its major proposals will make their way in some fashion into the legislative process in 2011. 

Q. If, as it now appears possible, federal health care reform does not go forward, what are the options? The burden will fall back on the states to try to do something. In many respects, Oregon is already ahead of most other states. I've heard some anecdotal stories from legislators who have gone to national conferences and have heard that Oregon is becoming known during this economic downturn for how you do it right, in terms of expanding access and getting more care to more people in need, when so many states have been forced to cut access. 

Why I teach: Carrie Anne Phillipi

philipi1Carrie Anne Phillipi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of the Mother Baby Unit, has been at OHSU since 2004. She came here as a resident in pediatrics after traversing the University of California system earning her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her PhD at UC-San Diego, and her MD at UC-Davis. In the course of caring for babies in the newborn nursery and children of all ages in the inpatient pediatric ward and outpatient general pediatrics clinic, she always is working with a learner, either a medical student or resident. She also does research and works at educating families.

Why are you here, teaching, when you could be providing health care outside of an academic setting? "The thing I most like is the idealism, the hope and the energy that students and residents bring to the experience. They keep me on my toes. I'm always required to be a learner myself with them."  One student who challenged her the most over the past year, she says, was a 16-year-old girl she had taken under her wing for the summer as part of a mentorship program for high school students.

"She shadowed me half of each day and we also worked on a research project together," said Dr. Phillipi, "I felt as if it was a really important formative experience for her, and because she was so fresh and so engaged, I think I actually learned a lot from her. She was even able to turn her research into an abstract that we submitted for a national meeting and we're using some of her data to request future funding. She was one of those amazing students who knows exactly what they want to do. She wants to be a doctor and I'd be very honored to have her join our ranks."

Dr. Phillipi was one of five faculty members honored with the OHSU School of Medicine 2009 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards. We'll hear from the other four in coming issues. They are: Susan P. Bagby, MD, Department of Medicine, Matthew J. Thayer, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Jeffrey W. Karpen, PhD, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Nicole M. DeIorio, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine.

In the genes: Three generations of OHSU MD grads equal over a half century of service to Oregon

When fourth-year med student Thomas Ciesielski steps forward to receive his hood at the School of Medicine ceremony in June, he will follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Peter Ford, MD, Class of ThreeGrads11951, and his mother, Paula Ford Ciesielski, MD, Class of 1978.  

Thomas is aiming for a career as a general internist and academic hospitalist, his mother is an internist with her own clinic in Eugene, and his grandfather started out as a rural general practitioner before establishing a succession of family practice clinics in Portland.  

Thomas was fascinated by the family "business" as far back as he can remember.  "Growing up, if we saw an accident by the side of the road, we'd always be the ones stopping. As I got older, I'd often find a way to tie a school project back to medicine and I often went on rounds with my mom." Dr. Ciesielski also went on rounds with her father as a girl and the memories are equally  vivid. "My father was my first and best mentor," she recalled.  

Dr. Ford, the son of an itinerant Congregational preacher who had pastorates across Washington state, was torn between following his father into the ministry and becoming a doctor. But after graduating from Pacific University in 1945, he was drafted and pressed into service as an Army medical technician, an experience he found so engaging that it tipped the balance. Now 84 and retired, Dr. Ford looks back on his time as a physician as "the golden years" of medicine. "I can't think of any profession I would rather have been in."  

But he is disappointed with the current state of the health care system. "When we have over 50 million people without medical insurance in a nation as wealthy as ours, it's a travesty." It was a different world in his day. Most people didn't worry too much about how to pay. If they couldn't afford it, the bill was paid in barter. Some patients, Thomas recalled, brought chickens to his grandparents and "my mom still has furniture traded for my grandfather's services." 

Dr. Ciesielski herself commented on a few other changes in medicine over the past three generations, including the increasing role of technology and specialization. "The expectations of a GP in my father's day were to be the equivalent of a surgeon, pediatrician, obstetrician and internist. The breadth of his practice leaves me awestruck."   

Another way that medicine has changed over the last there generations is the number of women entering the profession. Only five out of the 71 in Dr. Ford's class and 20 out of 120 in her own class were women, while more than half of Thomas's class are women.

Marquam Hill Lecture on back pain lecture attracts hundreds to campus 

Richard Deyo, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, discussed a wide range of treatments for low back pain at the second Marquam Hill Lecture of the 2009-2010 series, held January 21.The lecture was one of the best attended in the series 27-year history with over 250 attendees. The audience included students from a number of regional high schools, members of the public, OHSU faculty and staff.  Marquam Hill Lectures present, in lay terms, the leading basic science and clinical research being conducted at OHSU, and are sponsored by the School of Medicine, the OHSU Foundation, the Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute and the Marquam Hill Steering Committee. Series sponsors for 2009-2010 include Thompson Rubinstein Investment Management Inc. and Springbrook Hazelnut Farm, Newburg.

Dr. Deyo discussed his findings related to back pain, recommending that patients avoid imaging in the first month unless the physician sees clear red flags for diseases such as a history of cancer, unexplained weight loss, or fever.  His research, and related studies, show that bed rest, traction and facet joint injections are largely ineffective, and that non-surgical therapies such as self care, lifestyle changes, pain relievers and an early return to activity are frequently as effective as more invasive therapies in reducing and eliminating the pain.   

With colleagues, he has pioneered an interactive video program in which patients spend up to an hour watching interviews of prior patients who had similar symptoms.The video patients discuss their treatments and describe the results of their decisions both good and bad. "Back pain has a generally good prognosis," he said. "Most patients improve on their own, and treatment should be aimed at reducing your symptoms while natural healing occurs." 

The next Marquam Hill Lecture is March 15 at the Newmark Theater in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Joel Nigg, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, will speak about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Further information is available here. Tickets, available at no charge, are required to attend this lecture. Please contact the Portland Center for the Performing Arts at (503) 432-2917.

Honors, awards and announcements

Applications for Summer Equity Program now being accepted spread the word!

The OHSU Graduate Studies Equity Summer Program is now accepting applications. The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in science to spend 8 to 10 weeks working with faculty and graduate students in a research setting, learning new skills, and gaining experience. The program is administered by the OHSU Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (CeDMA). This is a paid opportunity. Click here for more information.

More boots on the ground 

Lisa Dodson, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, shared her perspective on the health care impact of the growing physician shortage in Oregon, especially in rural Oregon. As a family physician working in towns such as John Day and Burns many times a month, often working 48 to 72 hours straight so physicians in these communities can take a rare weekend off, she has a unique frontline perspective on the issue. Read the full article.

John Saultz is new editor of Family Medicine journal   

John Saultz, MD, Chair and Professor, Department of Family Medicine, has been named the new editor of Family Medicine, effective March 1, 2010. Published by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, it is the leading journal publishing topics related to family medicine education. The journal has been in print for 41 years and currently receives some 400 submissions annually. Dr. Saultz is only the third editor of the journal. "Family Medicine is already a premier journal in the field of medical education. As the health reform process moves forward, there is a growing need for a scholarly forum where information and ideas can be shared about how to best prepare the workforce of the future for a transformed primary care system. I'm excited to be a part of helping our journal to become that forum," said Dr. Saultz.

OHSU GME group publishes opinion piece in Journal of Graduate Medical Education

In late 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report recommending more restrictive limits on resident work hours to promote patient safety. Reaction from the graduate medical education community has focused on concerns about a lack of evidence supporting the IOM's recommendations. At OHSU, the GME commuity came together to respond formally to the new rules with an editorial published in the Journdal of Graduate Medical Eduation. Titled "The Institute of Medicine Committee Report on Resident Duty Hours: A View From a Trench," the editorial was published In the December 2009 edition of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. The OHSU authors of the opinion piece were: Andrea S. Cedfeldt, MD, Clea English, MPH, Raphael El Youssef, MBBS, Joseph Gilhooly, MD and Donald E. Girard, MD. Read the full piece in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Ted Ruback assumes Presidency of PAEA 

Ted Ruback, MS, PA-C, Program Director and Associate Professor, Physician Assistant (PA) Program, assumed the presidency of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) this month, his second year of a three-year term of service as president elect, president, and past president. A PA educator for nearly 20 years, Ruback is the founding director of the OHSU PA Program. He presently also serves as chair of the PA Committee of the Oregon Medical Board.  

Brian Druker featured in the AAMC Reporter 

Brian J. Druker, MD, Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Jeld-Wen Chair of Leukemia Research, is featured in the January AAMC Reporter the monthly magazine of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The internationally known researcher answers questions about Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), the cancer-fighting drug Gleevec, and his reaction to learning he had won the celebrated Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Read the AAMC article here.

Research of Francis Valiyaveetil noted in prominent academic editorial

A recent paper co-authored by Francis I. Valiyaveetil, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, was noted in an editorial in ACS Chemical Biology written by Hagan Bayley (Oxford), an international leader in the study of membrane proteins. Commenting on the paper: "A modular strategy for the semi-synthesis of a K_ channel: investigating interactions of the pore helix," (published in ACS Chem. Biol. 4) (by Komarov, A. G., Linn, K. M., Devereaux, J. J., and Valiyaveetil, F. I.), Dr. Bayley wrote: "The work enhances the technology available for a range of fundamental investigations of membrane proteins and for applications of membrane channels and pores in biotechnology."

Dr. Valiyaveetil joined the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology in 2006 and was selected as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in 2007. He is a founding member of the Program in Chemical Biology at OHSU. Read the paper here.

Welcome new faculty!

A warm welcome to new faculty (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Rebecca G. Block, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Medicine 
  • Jennifer S. Burmeister, MMSc, PA-C, Instructor, Medicine,  
  • Anna M. Hartshorn, BS, ACNP-BC, Instructor, Emergency Medicine 
  • Cynthia Melean, MS, PA-C, Instructor, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine 
  • Nupur Pande, PhD, MSc, Research Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology 
  • James A. Peykanu, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry 
  • Jessica  M. Schemm, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry 
  • Elizabeth Super, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics 
  • Joseph P. Waldram, MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine