Another successful Research Week: 2018 winners and highlights

Research Week 2018 opening reception

Update May 22, 2018: Did you attend Research Week 2018? Complete this survey by June 5, 2018, and help make Research Week 2019 even better. Today marks the end of another successful Research Week. Presentations, keynotes, events and activities celebrated the research that takes place at OHSU. Hundreds of people packed two floors of the BICC for the opening reception and all-OHSU poster session, and roughly 600 people attended oral sessions, keynote lectures and workshops.

This year’s celebration included more than 160 poster presenters, 80 oral presenters, two keynote speakers and two science communications workshops. More than 50 judges and dozens of volunteers made Research Week happen.

The Fast Pitch competition brought the week to a celebratory close with awards announced at the end of the event. This year’s award recipients included:

Oral presentations

Research Week 2018 student organizers
Research Week 2018 student organizers — back row, left to right: Mollie Marr, Wafaa Bin Ali, Sheena Potretzke, Adam Filipowicz; middle row: Ryan Mulqueen, Sweta Ravisankar, Jennifer Ku, Danielle Mathieson; front row: Sami Friedrich, Eileen Torres, Kalisha Bonds

Adel Al Fatease: “Evaluation of combinatorial chemotherapeutics nano-carriers in breast cancer model for inhibition of angiogenesis and tumor growth”

Connor Barth: “Nerve-specific fluorophores for image-guided nerve sparing surgical procedures”

Emily Calabro: “Does salary relieve burnout in registered nurses: A secondary analysis”

Matthew Hagen: “Static micropatterning reduces endothelial colony forming cell immunogenicity”

Sunil Joshi: “Transforming NTRK2 and NTRK3 mutations as potential drivers of leukemia”

Hsin-Yun Lin: “Mechanisms of IL-1-mediated clonal expansion and disease progression in acute myeloid leukemia”

Saundra Schlesinger: “Quantification of cellular addition during tendon development”

Eileen Torres: “Apolipoprotein E isoform-specific effects on cortical oxysterols in mice”

Katie Truong: “Modifying the surface properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) vascular grafts with extracellular matrix biomolecules”

Jeffrey Wagner: “The role of respiratory mucins in antiviral immune defense”


All-OHSU poster presentations
More than 150 poster presenters shared their work at the all-OHSU poster session.

Natalie Damen: “Maternal dietary fat intake during pregnancy and infant body composition at birth”

Catlin Dennis: “Mothers with chronic pain: Comparing clinic-based and Internet recruitment approaches for a longitudinal mechanistic study of child outcomes”

David Jacobs: “Sex differences in a novel model to assess resistance to punishment risk during reward seeking”

Phillip Lam: “Identification and characterization of phenotypically stable and endochondral progenitor cells isolated from human articular cartilage”

Kas Maas: “Is freezing of gait impacting functional limits of stability in people with Parkinson’s disease?”

John Mootz: “Trace amine-associated receptor 1 functionality can dictate some methamphetamine-related behaviors”

Tommy Navis: “Effect of footshock stress on acquisition and maintenance of ethanol preference”

Andrew Summers: “Patterns of radiation referral after femoral stabilization in metastatic disease”

Elizabeth Swanson: “Aldosterone-induced transcripts identified from rapidly isolated collecting duct cells”

Robin Tarter: “Roles, regrets and expectations: A mixed-methods study of lung cancer bereavement”

Crystal Tsai: “Postpartum traditions and food choices among Asian WIC participants”

Jacob Weber: “Prognostic value of pre-transplant ferritin for infectious outcomes in the first 100 days following HSCT in pediatric patients”

Tom Wolken: “Comparing the accuracy of AlignRT and ExacTrac at intrafractional time points during cranial stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy treatments”

Fast Pitch competition winners:

Postdoctoral Fellow: Vinita Chittoor, Ph.D., “Effects of dietary amino acids on Parkinson’s disease phenotypes”

Graduate Student: Daelyn Richards, “No regerts (sic): Permanent gene therapy for PKU”

Thank you to all who made Research Week 2018 a success! A special thank you to the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the OHSU Library and Graduate Student Organization for providing both the financial and moral support needed to make Research Week happen.

Thank you to the Association for Visible Diversity in Science for supporting the keynote by Monika Davare, Ph.D., and to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute for the Mock Study Section. For making possible the GradEd Forum, we extend thanks to David Bangsberg, M.D., M.P.H., dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Allison Fryer, Ph.D., associate dean for Graduate Studies, School of Medicine, along with Rick Goranflo, Ed.D., Jackie Wirz, Ph.D., and Mike Matrone, Ph.D.

Special thanks also go to all our fantastic volunteers, without whom there would be no Research Week.

The Research Week Planning Committee