Science Market Update

$50K in Research Funding Awarded to Oregon Health and Science

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Wed, Jun 05, 2013

When taking into account a new grant to Oregon Health and Science University and recent NIH and NSF research funding, Oregon Health and Science University is a great market for lab suppliers marketing life science solutions and hoping to generate laboratory sales leads. Oregon Health and Science University was recently awarded $50 thousand in research funding by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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Audacious Vision Research Challenge Winners are the Usual Brilliant Suspects

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, Feb 15, 2013

The National Eye Institute, an NIH agency dedicated to vision research, recently announced the winners of their Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation, or the Audacious Goals Challenge for short. The competition was open to professionals and members of the public and called upon them to think big and bold about vision research goals for the next decades. The prize money was nominal ($3,000) but included an invitation and travel money to attend and present their ideas at the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting in Maryland later this month. The real prize, of course, was the opportunity to help set research and funding goals for the next 10-12 years. Of the 500 or so proposals submitted, 10 visionaries were selected as winners.

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OHSU Cancer Biology Research Gets Boost From Bioprinting Partnership

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Feb 04, 2013

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland has just announced an important partnership with San Diego-based bioprinting technology company Organovo. Research into the biology of cancer, especially how it metastasizes, has been complicated in the past by the limitations of animal models and cell cultures, which really don't tell us enough about the workings of cancer within a human being. Organovo creates living, 3-D human tissue using their bioprinting device, the NovoGen MMX (below). The partnership between OHSU and Organovo will allow cancer research at Knight Institute labs to much more closely model the complex architecture of malignancy within the human body, using in vitro tissue. Ultimately this will lead to the development of more accurate therapeutics and pre-clinical trials.

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Tags: 2014, 2013, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon Health and Science University, Northwest, cancer research, Oregon, Cancer Treatment, bioprinting, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, Front Line event, OR, OHSU, Portland, Northwest Region

Breakthrough IVF Gene Swap Research at OHSU Meets Praise, Obstacles

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Researchers trying to find ways to help cure children of disease before they are born with it face an uphill challenge, in part because research on human embryos (even research that might result in a human embryo) is limited by the federal government when federal funding is at issue. Yet progress is being made, notably in the case of mitochondrial diseases passed from mother to child. A gene therapy procedure being studied and tested at Oregon Health Sciences University puts the nucleus of an egg cell with the mother's DNA into the scooped-out mitochondrial shell of another, healthier woman's egg cell. Then the egg is fertilized in vitro and gestated in utero. When research on nonhuman primates three years ago was a success (the monkeys are all alive and well), they tested the basic steps of the procedure with donated human eggs. They brought the hybrid eggs to the blastocyst stage, then cultured lines and did testing on them. At least 20% of the fertilized samples would have been viable for placement in utero.

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OHSU Gets New NIH Science Research Funding for Cardiac Arrest Study

Posted by Dylan Fitzwater on Tue, Jul 31, 2012

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) recently received $245,115 in new NIH science research funding for a study of the effectiveness of two drugs commonly used to restore heart function in cardiac arrest victims. Researchers will be determining whether the drugs Amiodarone and Lidocaine actually improve cardiac arrest patients' chance of survival, and if so which is more effective. These drugs are both used to restore the loss of rhythmic and regular heartbeats that is a common cause of cardiac arrest, though their overall effectiveness at improving survival among patients has not been well documented. Typically first responders pick one or the other, but their decisions are not based on hard comparative evidence of the drugs' benefits.

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Tags: Northeast, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon, 2012, Cardiac Arrest, Front Line event, NIH, OR, OHSU, Portland, BRPF

OHSU Women in Neuroscience Lead $21M International Research Study on Alcoholism

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Mar 15, 2012

The NIH has funded a five-year, $21 million Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism grant to support a multi-site consortium led by Oregon Health & Science University researchers Kathleen A. Grant and Betsy Ferguson. The grant represents the second competitive renewal for the INIA consortium (founded in 2001), which is made up of 15 lead investigators from 10 institutions in the United States and Europe.  OHSU's share of the current funding is $6.3M. Dr. Grant is the head of neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), where Dr. Ferguson is an associate scientist. The Division of Neuroscience at the ONPRC conducts research aimed at identifying and defining fundamental aspects of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system function.

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Portland Life Sciences Take to the Sky and Water with New $295M Building

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Jan 09, 2012

We’ve been writing a lot lately about real estate and the complexities of urban life science expansion.  In terms of ingenuity and multi-agency collaboration, Portland’s expansion into the South Waterfront area in order to expand Oregon Health & Science University’s capacity and facilitate collaboration with other Oregon universities is uniquely impressive. Recognizing long ago that OHSU’s location offered limited growth opportunity in terms of surrounding real estate, officials looked down the hill to Portland’s South Waterfront district, and at a derelict salvage yard in particular.  There was space there, between two bridges, but would it be a valuable expansion if researchers and students couldn’t get between the two campuses easily? How to convince the principal players that the locale would work?

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Tags: Oregon State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Northwest, New research facilities, Oregon, Portland

Scientific Breakthrough at OHSU Sets New Direction for HIV Research

Posted by BCI Staff on Wed, Apr 13, 2011

A new research study at  Oregon Health Science University - OHSU is probing new treatment options for newborn infants who receive the HIV virus from their mothers.

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Tags: biomedical research, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon, Portland, Midwest Region

OHSU Laboratories to Receive New Research Funding From Intel

Posted by Dylan Fitzwater on Mon, Mar 28, 2011

OHSU’s Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (also known as Orcatech) has received $3 Million in new funding from Intel Corp.  To collect and compile data that will help in understanding the onset of dementia and other aging ailments. The new Intel Funding, when coupled with the existing $12 Million in federal grants, will likely spur many lucrative research opportunities at OHSU.   

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