David H. Ellison, MD, FASN, FAHA
Director & PI
Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Senior Associate Director & co-PI
Chris Larsen, MS
Jackie Shannon, PhD, MPH
Adrienne Zell, PhD
OCTRI programs and services
OCTRI is comprised of more than 10 teams that provide a wide variety of programs and services designed to support and advance clinical and translational research. Review a diagram of OCTRI programs here.
The BERD team provides biostatistics support to basic, clinical and population science investigators with the goal of improving scientiﬁc quality and rigor of translational research.
The CTRC is OCTRI’s laboratory for human research and provides participant-based services for investigators, including nursing, bionutrition, study coordination and inpatient and outpatient facilities.
Julia Jordan, MS, RD, LD
Bionutrition Unit Manager
For more information on services and contact personnel, visit the CTRC web page.
The OCTRI Community Research Hub is a centralized office, located in Bend Oregon, through which researchers, community members and organizations can be connected and supported in order to facilitate, grow and strengthen community-engaged research.
Kim Brown, MBA
Community Research Senior Manager and Strategist
Laura Campbell, MBA, MPH
Community Research Program Manager
For more information about services and contact personnel, visit the OCTRI Community Research Hub website.
The OHSU Evaluation Core assists OHSU researchers and community organizations with planning and implementing effective program evaluation.
Adrienne Zell, PhD
Director, OCTRI Evaluation
OHSU/PSU School of Public Health
For more information about the Evaluation Core team and services, visit the Evaluation Core web page.
The HERN team uses evidence-based methodology to amplify patient and caregiver voices in order to improve understanding of patient experiences, illuminate patient preferences, and contribute to the design and conduct of patient-centered research.
Vivian Christensen, PhD
Lauren Tarlow, MS
For more information on HERN goals and methodology, visit the HERN national website.
The OCTRI Informatics program accelerates translational research by providing informatics tools to leverage clinical data, developing state-of-the-art clinical research data collection and management software, and resolving research bottlenecks to enable new research modalities.
The IPA team provides direct support for novel translational research through pilot project funding, support for strategic initiatives, career development awards, scholarships, education and networking opportunities for Portland's growing entrepreneurial community.
The ISP team drives access and inclusion for special populations in research by leveraging existing institutional strengths, engaging partners, building collaborations, and employing innovative tools and trainings.
For more information, visit the Recruitment web page or read more about NIH policy on inclusion across the lifespan .
The OCTRI Navigator team is your one-stop shop for questions about clinical and translational research at OHSU.
For more information on accessing OCTRI services, visit the Navigator web page.
The OCTRI Recruitment team connects with research teams to ensure they have the tools and support they need for successful recruitment and retention throughout their studies.
Meredith Zauflik, MPA, ICDVP
For more information on OCTRI recruitment support services, visit the Recruitment web page.
The RKS team provides expertise and support to help researchers successfully and efficiently comply with local and federal regulations required for the initiation and conduct of clinical and translational research.
Senior Research Assistant
OCTRI offers a wealth of educational and training opportunities for faculty, fellows, students, study coordinators, mentors, and mentees. Learn more at OCTRI's Training & Education web page.
OSLER TL1 Program
Karen McCracken, BA, BSN
Education Program Coordinator
CTSA program partners
Since 2017, OCTRI has been a key partner in establishing and leading the multi-institution Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H). The CD2H accelerates advancements in informatics by promoting data reuse and interoperability, tool sharing, informatics fluency, and collaboration across the entire CTSA network.
Assistant Director, Center for Data to Health
Engagement Manager, Center for Data to Health
Connor Cook, MA
Program Manager, Center for Data to Health
Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge
The National Institutes of Health has launched a centralized, secure enclave to store and study vast amounts of medical record data from people diagnosed with coronavirus disease across the country. It is part of an effort, called the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), to help scientists analyze these data to understand the disease and develop treatments. The N3C harnesses the extensive resources of the NCATS-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) Program and its Center for Data to Health (CD2H), with overall stewardship from NCATS.
The initiative will create an analytics platform to systematically collect clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic data from health care provider organizations nationwide. It will then harmonize the aggregated information into a standard format and make it available rapidly for researchers and health care providers to accelerate COVID-19 research and provide information that may improve clinical care.
There currently are 35 collaborating sites across the country. Diverse data from individuals tested for COVID-19 and related diseases are provided by institutions and organizations that execute the NCATS Data Transfer Agreement (DTA). Data access will be open to all users under a forthcoming NCATS Data Use Agreement (DUA), regardless of whether they contribute data. NCATS is taking multiple security and privacy measures such as implementing user registration, federated login, data use agreements with institutions and data use requests with users.
The Finance and Operations Team strives to ensure that your OCTRI experience is smooth and successful, particularly in the areas of finance, human resources, facilities, technology resources and general operations.
Christine R. Larsen, MS
Director, Finance and Operations
Denise Duncan, MEd
Executive Coordinator to David Ellison, M.D.
Financial Analyst 2
Financial Analyst 2
Star Leigh Wall
Financial Analyst 1
OCTRI Mailing Address
Mail Code: SN4N
3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd
Portland, OR 97239-3098