Oregon Emergency Care Research - Multidisciplinary Training Program (OECR-MTP)

Oregon Health & Science University offers scholars a multi-year training program, designed to develop independent investigators in Emergency Care Research. Each scholar may receive up to 3 years of funding, with 75% protected time for research (NIH grant #5K12HL133115).

Program Co-Directors: Craig Newgard, M.D., M.P.H. and Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H.      Learn more about this program.

News and Events

September 2020 - Dr. David Sheridan has been working with the OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development office and OHSU filed the patent on his K12 project technology!  

Dr. Sheridan writes, “This is a technology platform for outpatient monitoring of stress dysregulation in suicidal adolescents. The team has developed algorithms and wearable technology that is able to accurately filter and calculate heart rate variability at the wrist using photoplethysmography. It is able to address the high amount of artifact created by wrist movement and monitor specific metrics related to the autonomic nervous system. Our trial has found initial significant differences in these metrics to identify patients with higher suicidal severity as well as identify patients with improving suicide severity over time. The technology and studies are focused on suicidal adolescents but the patented platform can be used for a broad range of heart rate variability applications.”


Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Vranas who completed her 3-year tenure on the K12 program and transitioned onto a VA-CDA2 award:

Grant Title "Optimizing Critical Care for Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure: A Mixed-Methods Study."

Dr. Vranas writes, "Critical care is one of the most resource-intensive and costly components of hospital care. Substantial variability exists across VA hospitals in the use of critical care for patients with acute respiratory failure, suggesting a knowledge gap about when and how to best use the intensive care unit  (ICU) for patients who do not require life support. Furthermore, overuse of the ICU for patients who do not necessarily need critical care may cause harm and contribute to rising costs. This study will identify modifiable organizational characteristics and care processes associated with efficient, high-quality critical care. It will also lead to the development and testing of triage strategies for patients with acute respiratory failure that are sensitive to hospital-specific environments and tailored to different risk groups. Overall, this research will inform efforts to improve the value of care across the VHA, reducing unnecessary ICU use while simultaneously enabling better access to ICU care for those who will benefit most from it."

We are incredibly honored to have worked with Dr. Vranas for the past 3 years, and to assist her in realizing her goal of becoming an independently funded clinician-scientist.  

The April 9, 2020 American Thoracic Society podcast, "Out of the Blue" featured K12 Scholar Dr. Kelly Vranas and her colleagues Dr. Angela Rogers and Renee Stapleton to discuss their manuscript "Gender Differences in Authorship of Critical Care Literature".  https://outoftheblue.transistor.fm/episodes/gender-differences-in-authorship-of-critical-care-literature 

Juan Piantino receives K23 award

3/13/2020 - Dr. Juan Piantino was awarded a K23 from NHLBI today for his project titled: "A link between sleep-wake disturbances and enlarged perivascular spaces in youth with traumatic brain injury" (1K23HL150217).  Congratulations to Dr. Piantino for this outstanding achievement!


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jason Chen has received funding from the VA Health Services Research & Development for a Career Development Award-2 (CDA-2).  This award provides salary and/or project funds to support a 3 to 5-year program of research career development and mentoring. Nominees need to demonstrate a high degree of potential in their area of interest and a strong VA commitment. By the end of the CDA-2, it is anticipated that the awardees will compete for VA research funding with the intent to establish themselves as independent investigators.

Dr. Chen's CDA-2 project is titled: "Enhancing Social Connectedness Among Veterans at High Risk for Suicide through Community Engagement".  (Grant #1IK2HX002787-01)

Meet our Current Scholars

Brenda Marsh (Year 3)              Brandon Maughan (Year 3)

David Sheridan (Year 2)

Recent Publications

  • Marsh, B. J., Fryer, A. D., Jacoby, D. B., & Drake, M. G. TRPA1 causes rapid bronchodilation via non-epithelial PGE2. American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 0(0), null. doi:10.1152/ajplung.00277.2019
  • Vranas, K. C., Ouyang, D., Lin, A. L., Slatore, C. G., Sullivan, D. R., Kerlin, M. P., . . . Rogers, A. J. (2020). Gender Differences in Authorship of Critical Care Literature. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 201(7), 840-847. doi:10.1164/rccm.201910-1957OC
  • McConnell, B., Duffield, T., Hall, T., Piantino, J., Seitz, D., Soden, D., & Williams, C. (2020). Post-traumatic Headache After Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Association With Neurocognitive Outcomes. J Child Neurol, 35(1), 63-70. doi:10.1177/0883073819876473
  • Lee, R. Y., Brumback, L. C., Sathitratanacheewin, S., Lober, W. B., Modes, M. E., Lynch, Y. T., . . . (Vranas) Kross, E. K. (2020). Association of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment With ICU Admission Among Patients Hospitalized Near the End of Life. Jama. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.22523
  • Williams, C. N., Hartman, M. E., McEvoy, C. T., Hall, T. A., Lim, M. M., Shea, S. A., . . . Piantino, J. A. (2019). Sleep-Wake Disturbances After Acquired Brain Injury in Children Surviving Critical Care. Pediatr Neurol. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2019.08.010
  • Williams, C. N., Hartman, M. E., Guilliams, K. P., Guerriero, R. M., Piantino, J. A., Bosworth, C. C., . . . Hall, T. A. (2019). Postintensive Care Syndrome in Pediatric Critical Care Survivors: Therapeutic Options to Improve Outcomes After Acquired Brain Injury. Curr Treat Options Neurol, 21(10), 49. doi:10.1007/s11940-019-0586-x
  • Williams, C. N., Eriksson, C. O., Kirby, A., Piantino, J. A., Hall, T. A., Luther, M., & McEvoy, C. T. (2019). Hospital Mortality and Functional Outcomes in Pediatric Neurocritical Care. Hosp Pediatr, 9(12), 958-966. doi:10.1542/hpeds.2019-0173
  • Poppert Cordts, K. M., Hall, T. A., Hartman, M. E., Luther, M., Wagner, A., Piantino, J., . . . Williams, C. N. (2019). Sleep Measure Validation in a Pediatric Neurocritical Care Acquired Brain Injury Population. Neurocrit Care. doi:10.1007/s12028-019-00883-5
  • Piantino, J., Lim, M. M., Newgard, C. D., & Iliff, J. (2019). Linking Traumatic Brain Injury, Sleep Disruption and Post-Traumatic Headache: a Potential Role for Glymphatic Pathway Dysfunction. Curr Pain Headache Rep, 23(9), 62. doi:10.1007/s11916-019-0799-4
  • Peterson, A. L., Chen, J. I., Karver, M. S., & Labouliere, C. D. (2019). Frustration with feeling: Latent classes of non-suicidal self-injury and emotion regulation difficulties. Psychiatry Res, 275, 61-70. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2019.03.014
  • Chen, J. I., Mastarone, G. L., & Denneson, L. M. (2019). It's Not Easy - Impacts of Suicide Prevention Research on Study Staff. Crisis, 40(3), 151-156. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000595
  • Vranas, K. C., Lin, A. L., Zive, D., Tolle, S. W., Halpern, S. D., Slatore, C. G., . . . Sullivan, D. R. (2019). The Association of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment With Intensity of Treatment Among Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.05.008
  • Nugent, S. M., Slatore, C. G., Ganzini, L., Golden, S. E., Zive, D., Vranas, K. C., & Sullivan, D. R. (2019). POLST Registration and Associated Outcomes Among Veterans With Advanced-Stage Lung Cancer. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909118824543
  • Piantino, J. A., Lin, A., Crowder, D., Williams, C. N., Perez-Alday, E., Tereshchenko, L. G., & Newgard, C. D. (2019). Early Heart Rate Variability and Electroencephalographic Abnormalities in Acutely Brain-Injured Children Who Progress to Brain Death*. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 20(1), 38-46. doi:10.1097/pcc.0000000000001759
  • Meckler, G. D., Sheridan, D. C., Charlesworth, C. J., Lupulescu-Mann, N., Kim, H., & Sun, B. C. (2019). Opioid Prescribing Practices for Pediatric Headache. J Pediatr, 204, 240-244.e242. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.08.078
  • Peterson, A. , Chen, J. and Karver, M. (2019), “It's Not Serious”: A threat‐based model to help‐seeking for depression. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. doi:10.1111/jpm.12512
  •  Newgard CD, Morris CD, Smith L, Cook JNB, Yealy DM, Collins S, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N, Richardson LD, Kimmel S, Becker LB, Scott JD, Lowe RA, Callaway CW, Gowen LK, Baren J, Storrow AB, Vasilevsky N, White M, Zell A. The First National Institutes of Health Institutional Training Program in Emergency Care Research: Productivity and Outcomes. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Aug 2. pii: S0196-0644(18)30549-3. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.06.018. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30078658.      View full text