Research Week 2020 wrap-up: Kalisha Bonds, BioRender, clinical research plenaries

Kalisha Bonds, Ph.D., M.S.N.

“As a Black or African American woman from a lower socioeconomic status, I am keenly aware of the importance of context in research and clinical practice.” — Kalisha Bonds, R.N., Ph.D., alumnus of the OHSU School of Nursing during her keynote talk at 2020 Research Week.

We hosted an abbreviated but impactful Research Week this week, featuring the keynote address, BioRender webinar, and plenaries on clinical research. Presentations will take virtual shape in June.

Bonds returned to OHSU for a special Research Week keynote address on Monday, May 4. “When grandchildren take the reins: From poverty to postdoc” was one of a few selected events hosted virtually during the week originally scheduled for 2020 Research Week.

Currently a National Institute of Nursing Research postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Bonds continues research begun at OHSU on decision making among African American persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners.

Find out more about Bonds’ research:
Interview with Bonds on the Agewyz Podcast.
Feature on Bonds in OHSU In the Lab.  

See the recording of Bonds’s keynote
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Bonds investigates these decision-making processes and quality of life in heterogeneous cultural contexts. Her identification of the significant heterogeneity, or diversity in background and culture, within African American dementia dyads, or patients and their caregivers, was a major contribution to her field.

Contextualizing her research, Bonds discussed her childhood and early adult life experience and the ways in which her research has been influenced by her race, gender and socioeconomic status. She talked about passion, mentorship, self-care, and keeping context in mind.

Bonds earned her Ph.D. at OHSU in 2019. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and was certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University.

But wait. There was more…

On Tuesday, a BioRender webinar on scientific communication showed researchers how to design presentations for the general public (hint: people are afraid of needles!). Shiz Aoki, former lead science illustrator of National Geographic, addressed simplifying complex concepts, creating compelling social media posts, and visual tips like using high-contrast figures to make graphics more legible. If you didn’t attend, you can watch the recorded session. We’ll add a link here next week — so check back!

The Clinical Research Professional Conference, a key component of OHSU’s Research Week., went fully virtual — 277 people from around the country were present. Plenary sessions and keynotes were streamed live for all OHSU members. A special session on COVID-19 featured Marcel Curlin, Ph.D., from OHSU and Paul Burton, M.D., from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

Keynote speakers included Laurie Muldowney, M.D., deputy director of the Office of Scientific Investigations in the Center for  Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who delivered “Updates from the FDA.”

President of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Paul Evans from Velocity Clinical Research presented the “Impact of disruptive change in clinical trials.” Michael R. Powers, M.D., from OHSU, presented the closing plenary, “Create joy in work:  Happy, healthy, productive research teams.”


We hope to see you in person for Research Week 2021!