Research Week 2021

Research Week 2021 Keynotes

Follow the links for recordings of the keynotes. 

Kelsey Priest, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H.
Graduating student from the OHSU M.D./Ph.D. program
Students Choice Keynote: “Striving for just systems

Michael Lauer, M.D. 
Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the NIH
Research Week Keynote: “NIH perspectives on extramural research in 2021” 
Cut and paste link: https://ohsu.webex.com/ohsu/ldr.php?RCID=c8f1586a914d47a6a0efafd6c2537166; password Mi4M29Bp.

Kelly Monk, Ph.D
Co-director and senior scientist at the Vollum Institute 
Brain Awareness Lecture: "Zebrafish and the Secret to Brain Development"

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Innovation and Commercialization Day Keynote: Science, social justice and advocacy” 

Clinical Research Day

The Portland Clinical Research Professional Conference during Research Week is designed for clinical research professionals who have the role of ensuring the ongoing integrity of research within their institutions. The event is organized by OHSU, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Oregon Chapter of Society of Clinical Research Associates, and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

This year, four concurrent tracks ran at the conference, including speakers in the Main Hall. The first Main Hall speaker, C. Estela Vasquez Guzman, who holds an OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research, delivered “D3: Achieving equity and diversity through dismantling, decolonizing and deconstructing racism in research.”

Short and Lightning Scientific Presentations

View or download the Short and Lightning Talks program with session titles and times, presenters names, and presentation title.

Download the Short and Lightning Talks spreadsheet; sort information by presenters' first or last name, degree, career level, department or unit, or presentation title. The Short and Lightning Talks were not recorded for public viewing.

OHSU Research Week 2021 featured more than 180 talks, 20 sessions, four keynotes and many hundreds of engaged participants.  

The Research Week planning committee thanks all the presenters, volunteers, and student and postdoc organizers Kayla Tabari and Leire Abalde Atristain for making Research Week 2021 a success.

Faculty Researcher Profiles 2021

Each year during Research Week, OHSU News features profiles of faculty researchers.

Understanding pollution from the gene’s perspective 
Caren Weinhouse, Ph.D., M.P.H., explores how environmental pollutants prompt epigenetic changes. 

Sexual, gender minority health researcher has a keen eye on quantitative data 
Jae Downing, Ph.D., is using methodologies that avoid erasing transgender and gender diverse people from research. 

Treating addiction as a brain disease
Milky Kohno, Ph.D., combines science, personal experience to better understand neurological impacts of substance abuse. 

Imaging tumors, improving outcomes 
Neuroradiologist Ramon Barajas focuses on improving techniques to measure brain tumors.

Innovation and Commercialization Day panels

Innovation and Commercialization Day showcased a sampling of the work that OHSU researchers are doing with the help of OHSU Technology Transfer and OHSU Collaboration and Entrepreneurship. Follow the links to recordings of the panels.

A Researcher’s Guide to Partnering with Industry
Liisa Bozinovic, executive director of Oregon Bioscience Association, moderated a conversation among OHSU faculty-entrepreneurs and business partners from the OHSU-Cepheid partnership and the OHSU-GE Healthcare Research and Technology partnership.

OHSU Innovation Showcase
Jonathan Jubera, OCTRI awards project manager, moderated a pitch-style forum featuring presentations on four projects by OHSU faculty innovators: Michael Cohen, Ph.D., Jessica Grant, M.B.A., Jeff Gold, M.D., Vishnu Mohan, M.D., and Matthew Hansen, M.D.

Image courtesy of David Lahna

Neuroscience Lightning Talks | 9 - 10 a.m.

Pregnant Woman

Maternal Health Short and Lightning Talks | 9 - 10 a.m.

Laptop cartoon

Education and Training Lightning Talks | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Bacteria under microscope

Immunology Short Talks | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Surgery tools

Surgery Lightning Talks Session One | 11 a.m. - 12 noon

Kelsey Priest

Students' Choice Keynote: Striving for Just Systems | 12 noon
Kelsey Priest, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.D./Ph.D. student, OHSU

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Content Warning: This presentation contains topics that may be activating for survivors of gender violence, racism, and people in recovery. The OHSU Confidential Advocacy Program can be reached 24/7 by calling 833-495-2277. For individuals and family members with substance use disorders SAMHSA’s confidential 24/7 National Helpline is available: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Four hands interlocking

Health Services, Access and Disparities Short Talks | 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Image of cell

Cancer and Cellular Biology Short Talks Session One | 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Cartoon of children

Child and Adolescent Behavior and Development Short Talks | 2 - 3 p.m.

Coronavirus cell

COVID-19 Short and Lightning Talks | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Surgery tools

Surgery Short Talks Session One | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Image courtesy of David Lahna

Neuroscience Short Talks Session One | 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Four hands interlocking

Health Services, Access and Disparities Lightning Talks Session One | 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Surgery tools

Surgery Short Talks Session Two | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Image of cell

Cancer and Cellular Biology Short Talks Session Two | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Image courtesy of David Lahna

Neuroscience Short Talks Session Two | 11 - 12 noon

Mike Lauer, M.D.

Research Week Keynote: NIH Perspectives on Extramural Research 2021 | 12 noon
Mike Lauer, M.D., Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

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Meeting password: Mi4M29Bp

Blood cells

Biochemistry Short Talks | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Cartoon of children

Child and Adolescent Behavior and Development Lightning Talks | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Rocks in a green garden

Workplace Wellness Short Talks | 2 - 3 p.m.

Image of cell

Cancer and Cellular Biology Lightning Talks | 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Image courtesy of David Lahna

mild-Traumatic Brain Injury Mini-Symposium | 2 - 4 p.m.

Surgery tools

Surgery Lightning Talks Session Two | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Laptop cartoon

Education and Training Short Talks | 3 - 4 p.m.

Four hands interlocking

Health Services, Access and Disparities Lightning Talks Session Two | 3 - 4 p.m.

Michelle McMurry-Heath

Innovation and Commercialization Keynote | 10 a.m.
Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Introduction by Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., President, OHSU

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Partnerships

A Researcher's Guide to Partnering with Industry | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Hear from OHSU faculty and our partners on what it takes to build successful industry partnerships. Moderated by Liisa Bozinovic, Executive Director, Oregon Bioscience Association.

  • OHSU – Cepheid Partnership
    • Jodi Weidler, Pharm.D., Sr. Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs and Strategy, Oncology, Cepheid
    • Terry Lo, Ph.D., Strategic Advisor for Research Alliances, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
  • OHSU – GE Healthcare Research and Technology Partnership
    • Jonathan Lindner, M.D., M. Lowell Edwards Professor of Medicine Chief, OHSU ONPRC Division of Cardiometabolic Health
    • Katharine Carter, MASc, Regional Research Manager, West USA, GE Healthcare  
Books

Library Lecture: From the Wards to the Archives: Studying 20th Century Struggles for Medical Authority | 12 noon
Kassel Galaty, M.D., M.Phil.

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Brain cartoon
Research Week Innovations

OHSU Innovation Showcase | 1 - 2 p.m.

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OHSU technologies take center stage in pitch-style presentation forum.

  • Michael Cohen, Ph.D.: Allosteric Modulation of PARP1-DNA Binding with Small Molecule Inhibitors: A Potential Therapeutic Strategy for Treating Ewing Sarcoma
  • Jessica Grant, M.B.A.: Koala Kushion-Feeding positioner to promote safe feeding of infants
  • Jeff Gold, M.D. and Vishnu Mohan, M.D., M.B.I.: Changing EHR workflows to improve patient safety - an innovation to communicate better during clinical rounds
  • Matthew Hansen, M.D., M.C.R.: Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access Assistance Device
RW Startups

OHSU Startup Company Showcase | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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A spotlight on four OHSU startup companies who share their compelling stories about their effort to bring medical technologies to the clinics.

  • Autobahn Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Neuramedica, Inc.
  • Aronora, Inc.
  • PDX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.