Researchers awarded travel funds to showcase innovations


A new program provides travel funds to innovative teams promoting their discoveries and technologies through targeted presentations and meetings with potential partners or at partnering conferences.

The first of these quarterly awards were disbursed to John Muschler, Ph.D. and Ashley Sercia.

Muschler is developing novel imaging and therapeutic compounds to detect, monitor and treat early-stage bladder cancer. He will attend the 2019 American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Muschler is currently a research associate professor in the Department Biomedical Engineering in the School of Medicine.

Sercia is on the team developing RegendoGEL, a regenerative root canal treatment. To promote the innovation, she attended a meeting sponsored by the Michigan Pittsburgh Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sercia is currently a research assistant for the Bertassoni lab in OHSU’s School of Dentistry.

The TTBD Travel Award program provides up to $5,000 per project to cover expenses such as conference registration fees, hotel, airfare and per diem food costs.

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