Success Stories

OCTRI's mission is to improve human health by enhancing clinical and translational research. Learn more about the science and outreach that supports this mission.

OCTRI Pilot Award Plants the Seed for an Award from AHRQ

Investigators DeVoe and GoldOHSU physician Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., DPhil, and Rachel Gold, Ph.D., M.P.H., an epidemiologist from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, were awarded a major federal grant to study how insurance instability among parents affects children's access to health insurance and healthcare services. Drs. DeVoe and Gold are working with OCHIN, a regional network of 200 community clinics linked by a common electronic medical record system.


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ResearchMatch: National Registry 'Matches' Volunteers with Researchers

Taking part in clinical trials offers patients and volunteers unique access to the latest research advancements. However, too often, volunteers don't know where to start when it comes to locating and applying for research studies. OCTRI has joined a national effort to streamline the process and more easily connect volunteers and researchers. is a collaborative effort of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium. Learn more about ResearchMatch.

Let's Get Healthy! Interactive Health Exhibit
Let's Get Healthy! (formerly known as Nutrition World) is a popular interactive health exhibit that travels to health fairs and schools all over Oregon. The exhibit was created by Jackie Shannon and others from the OCTRI Community & Practice Research program. Participants enroll as research participants and learn about the research process while getting valuable information about the quality of their own diet and health status. The project received an ARRA grant from NIH to expand the exhibit throughout rural Oregon.

In Search of a Pale Amber Panacea
OCTRI pilot project recipient Harry Davis, Ph.D., is utilizing his background in chemistry to create silicate-based bioactive glasses (BAGs) that could eventually be used to help prevent tooth surfaces from decalcifying or to help bone regenerate around a titanium implant in a fractured jaw.

Working with Community Partners on Cancer Screening
OCTRI pilot project recipient Jessica Gregg, M.D., is working with Latino community organizations to gather information about preventive cancer screenings.

Scouting the Frontier of Childhood Metabolic Disorder
OCTRI pilot project recipient Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D. brings families from rural Alaska to OHSU in order to understand more about a serious metabolic disorder that affects children.