Four NIH leaders to visit in February

January 16, 2013

OHSU hosts many distinguished visitors on campus every month, but next month will be truly exceptional, particularly for our research mission.

Not one, not two or three, but four National Institutes of Health (NIH) directors will be visiting during the month of February. NIH is made up of 27 institutes and centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.

"To have four NIH leaders at OHSU in one month underscores the type of national attention we're attracting for our exceptional research programs and research innovation," said Mary Stenzel-Poore, senior associate dean for research.

The occasion will also be an opportunity during some visits for campus leaders to discuss key research advances and areas of focus across schools, institutes, centers, etc. It will also be an opportunity to reinforce OHSU's defining characteristics – what makes our research enterprise nimble and successful, chief among them our collegial and collaborative research culture.

AustinChristopher Austin, M.D.

First to arrive on campus will be Christopher Austin, M.D., director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), who will tour the Oregon Clinical & Translation Research Institute (OCTRI) on Feb. 11 and meet with institute leaders. OHSU was one of the first institutions nationwide to receive a CTSA grant funded by NCATS.

Dr. Austin oversees NIH's newest center created in December 2011, whose charge is to "catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing and implementation of diagnostics and therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions." Prior to his appointment, Dr. Austin served as director of the NCATS Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation. Read his full bio.

Alan GuttmacherAlan Guttmacher, M.D.

Next up will be Alan Guttmacher, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), who will speak at the School of Medicine's 125th Anniversary Lecture Series: Imagine the Future with Us on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Vey Auditorium. Dr. Guttmacher will discuss some of the unique characteristics that distinguish today's pediatric population from previous generations and highlight emerging scientific opportunities that could lead to future advances in health care.

Mark your calendars now! Go to details about the event.

In addition to his 125th Annniversary Lecture, Dr. Guttmacher will spend time learning more about pediatric research at OHSU, including meeting with many NICHD-funded scientists and senior research leaders.

NICHD is the focal point at the National Institutes of Health for research in pediatric health and development, maternal health, reproductive health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and rehabilitation medicine, among other areas. Before becoming director, Dr. Guttmacher worked in various roles, including deputy director and acting director, at the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he oversaw the institute's efforts to advance genome research, integrate that research into health care and explore the ethical, legal and social implications of human genomics. Read his full bio.

Dr. HodesRichard Hodes, M.D.

On Feb. 25, Richard Hodes, M.D., director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), will deliver a talk that evening entitled "Creating brain resiliency: What is the secret to healthy aging?" as part of the 2013 Brain Awareness Lecture Series. Don't miss this event! Details here.  Dr. Hodes will meet with representatives from the OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance and senior research leaders.  Read more about the Healthy Aging Alliance.

Dr. Hodes oversees NIA, which "conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue." Read his full bio.

Dr. MaddoxYvonne Maddox, Ph.D.

Last but certainly not least is Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., deputydirector of the NICHDwho will tour the OHSU Moore Institute and meet with institute leaders Feb. 25-26. Dr. Maddox is focused on the ground-breaking research at OHSU related to the developmental origins of health and disease. Read more about the OHSU Moore Institute.

Dr. Maddox "advises the director on matters regarding the $1.3 billion institute budget and, with the director, oversees the institute's programs that support research on child development, developmental biology, nutrition, AIDS/HIV, intellectual and developmental disabilities, population issues, reproductive biology, contraception, pregnancy and medical rehabilitation. Dr. Maddox has also served as the acting deputy director of the NIH. Read her full bio.