Roadmap Results: 2014 Collaboration Advancement Award recipients

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Responding to an RFP this fall, faculty submitted outstanding proposals to the School of Medicine’s Collaboration Advancement Awards program, now in its second year.

The awards help underwrite the costs of events that support the formation of collaborative research groups or interdisciplinary research.

The awards program, funded by the School of Medicine Research Roadmap, supports a key Roadmap initiative: foster interactions across diverse groups and enhance the ability of OHSU researchers to form collaborative focus groups or consortiums, in the pursuit of interdisciplinary research and innovative funding.

For the 2014 spring/summer cycle, the Research Roadmap will support six events.

Congratulations to the CAA 2014 Recipients:

CAA 2014 Recipients

  • James Galbraith, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering and Catherine Galbraith, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering│Quantifying biology:  Working at the interface between biology and physics
  • Maureen Hoatlin, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology│ Advances and challenges in rare disease research and therapeutics
  • Sonnet Jonker, Ph.D., research assistant professor of medicine, and Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., professor of medicine and director of the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Center for Nutrition & Wellness│  Epigenetic mechanisms in cardiovascular disease
  • Audrey Ryabinin, Ph.D., professor behavioral neuroscience │ Collaborative biomedical research conference on the vole animal model
  • Eliot Spindel, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of cell and developmental biology, and Jeremy Centar│Organization of the Portland tobacco-related disease special interest group
  • Kevin Winthrop, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, public health and preventive medicine │ Non-tuberculous mycobacterium biorepository and planning meeting

“Combating tobacco-related diseases requires a multidisciplinary approach spanning basic science, clinical medicine, epidemiology, environmental science and regulation,” said Dr. Spindel. “This award will assist in taking the initial step to put together interested parties in Portland to further this goal.”

Added Dr. Winthrop, “This will help us immensely with current and planned collaborations. Attendees at our meetings will include basic scientists, clinicians and epidemiologists, all of whom have expertise with mycobacterial disease. We will be reviewing several current ongoing collaborations and the data we have collected to date, including data from a current animal model study, a large natural history/clinical outcome study, a population-based immunology/biomarker study and others. We’ll also be planning for additional grant applications based on our results.”

This year’s awards were chosen by a faculty panel that included representation from basic science, clinical research and previous Collaboration Advancement Award winners.

Last year, six events took place. They ranged from research symposia to strategic assessment and development of collaborative grant proposals. Read about last year’s awardees.

Together, they helped grow OHSU’s culture of collaboration and assisted faculty members as they sought innovative approaches to the development and support of research programs.

The Research Roadmap is designed to facilitate research success in a changing landscape. View Roadmap Results.