2018 scholars

Elise Erickson, PhD, CNM

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Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University

Primary mentor: Leslie Myatt, PhD, FRCOG

Mentors: Lucia Carbone, PhD; Nathan Dieckmann, PhD; Jessica Connelly, PhD; Melissa Cheyney, PhD

Dr. Elise Erickson is a practicing Nurse-Midwife studying the relationship between postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and oxytocin, a neuroendocrine hormone. In her BIRCWH project, Dr. Erickson aims to further the knowledge of factors influencing childbearing women's risk for PPH, which is a significant and complex problem that affects families around the world. Dr. Erickson aims to improve our ability to understand causes of abnormal uterine contractility in the postpartum period and create personalized preventive strategies for PPH. Dr. Erickson's overall career goal is to become an independent nurse-midwife scientist.

Project title: Postpartum Hemorrhage and Oxytocin - Clinical and Epigenetic Contributions to Risk

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Michael Shapiro, DO

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Associate Professor
Medicine and Radiology, Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Primary mentor: Sergio Fazio, MD, PhD

Mentors: Vera Bittner, MD; David Maron, MD

Dr.  Michael Shapiro is director of OHSU's Cardiac MRI and CT program and is board certified in Cardiology, Cardiovascular CT(imaging), and Lipidology (cholesterol). His project focuses on understanding mechanisms of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and gender. Specifically, he is looking at gender differences in the effect of Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin type 9 (PCSK9i) on lowering low-density lipoproteincholesterol (LDL-C). His career goal is to establish a research program that provides improved understanding of the mechanisms mediating sex differences inresponse to preventive therapies.

Project title: Gender Influences on Lipoprotein Metabolism and Response to PCSK9 Inhibition

2017 Scholars

Quin Denfeld, PhD, RN

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Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University

Primary mentor: Beth Habecker, PhD

Mentors: Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD; Christopher Lee, PhD, RN; James Mudd, MD; Jonathan Purnell, MD

Dr. Quin Denfeld is a nurse-scientist investigating gender differences in physical frailty in heart failure. Dr. Denfeld's BIRCWH project specifically seeks to examine how gender differences factor into the association between physical frailty and both the underlying mechanisms and clinical outcomes of heart failure. Dr. Denfeld's overall research goals focus on improving quality of life in heart failure patients by using her findings to guide and improve clinical management.

Project title: Gender-Associated Differences in Physical Frailty Phenotypes in Heart Failure (GAP-FRAIL-HF)