OCTRI Pilot Project Awards 2016

Each year, OCTRI awards pilot project funding to exceptional clinical and translational research projects and joins with strategic partners to leverage these resources across OHSU.  

Biomedical Innovation Program Drug Discovery

In collaboration with OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD), OCTRI is pleased to announce the first recipients of Biomedical Innovation Program (BIP) Drug Discovery funding. This new track supports drug discovery platforms and early stage therapeutic technology projects, such as validation of drug targets, small molecules, antibodies, vaccines, and biologics.

Penny Hogarth

Fast-track CoACT


Xiangshu Xiao

Novel lamin-binding ligands for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer


Biomedical Innovation Program

The Biomedical Innovation Program (BIP) is designed to accelerate the movement of healthcare technologies from academia to the marketplace. In 2016, OCTRI will fund three collaborative, innovative pilot projects that address significant healthcare problems. The BIP is a collaboration between OCTRI and Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD), and funding support for the BIP comes in part from the Oregon Translational Research & Development Institute (OTRADI).

Fergus Coakley

Novel targeted MRI-guided prostate biopsy device


James Dolan

An improved enteral access device for surgical patients


Theodore Hobbs

Blood volume determination using an intravenous optical fiber


Catalyst Pilot Awardees

In fiscal year 2016, OCTRI will fund four projects designed to enhance translational research at OHSU. These novel, collaborative, multidisciplinary studies will lead to further research and funding in translational research. The funding was made available through institutional support from the School of Medicine and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Alison Hill

An automated, multi-modal tool for quantifying the autism phenotype


Sandra Rugonyi

Predicting treatment outcomes of infants with cyanotic heart disease using computational modeling


Takahiro Tsujikawa

Practical and cost-effective multiplexed immunohistochemistry for comprehensive immune complexity analysis of solid tumors


Nicole Weiskopf

Development and evaluation of an EHR data quality assessment tool

Community Research Coalition Grant

This program funds proposals from community organizations within three regional research coalitions in Oregon. The CRCG supports local efforts to plan, implement, and evaluate research projects that address local health and wellness issues. It also cultivates and strengthens collaborations between OHSU investigators and statewide community partners. 

Venus Fromwiller, North Coast Coalition

Get your rear in gear: A community-based colorectal cancer screening campaign


Brianne Kothari, Central Oregon Coalition

Family finding: Relationships as pathways to better health and well-being for children and youth in foster care


Stephanie Machado, South Coast Coalition

Exploring risk factors and trends associated with low birth weight in Klamath County


Florence Pourtal-Stevens, South Coast Coalition

Collection of feasibility data on existing obesity prevention programs and built environments in Coos County


Gracie Smith, North Coast Coalition

The Fitbit wellness program