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Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments Jan. 29

Leadership selections, grants and more
OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments.
OHSU Accolades: Awards, honors and appointments.

Amy Moran receives prestigious Emerging Leader Award

Amy Moran, Ph.D. (OHSU)
Amy Moran, Ph.D. (OHSU)

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research announced that Amy Moran, Ph.D., is one of five recipients of its Emerging Leader Awards. The awards are intended to support highly promising projects for which other sources of funding are not readily available, or for a separate innovative endeavor that will allow the applicant to pursue a distinct and novel research direction. Moran’s award will focus on the “Mechanisms of androgen-mediated immune suppression.” Moran is an associate professor of cell, developmental and cancer biology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Her work focuses on mechanisms of immunotherapy resistance in patients with prostate cancer, and how hormones might contribute to cancer therapy outcomes

Carolyn Schutt Ibsen receives NSF CAREER Award

Carolyn Schutt Ibsen, Ph.D. (OHSU)
Carolyn Schutt Ibsen, Ph.D. (OHSU)

The National Science Foundation has selected Carolyn Schutt Ibsen, Ph.D., for its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, which supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education, and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Schutt Ibsen is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a member of the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) Center and Cancer Precision Biofabrication Hub at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Her five-year, $615,500 CAREER award will support her lab's development of a new class of 3D printable bio-ink materials that allow deep-penetrating ultrasound to precisely genetically manipulate cells within 3D-printed structures.

Melinda Davis earns honors for conference leadership work

Melinda Davis, Ph.D., M.C.R. (OHSU)
Melinda Davis, Ph.D., M.C.R. (OHSU)

Melinda Davis, Ph.D., M.C.R. was honored with the North American Primary Care Group (NAPCRG) President’s Award for her work on the International Conference on Practice Facilitation (ICPF). Davis is professor of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, professor at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and director of the Oregon Rural Practice Research Network and the Community & Collaboration Core, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Davis received the award at NAPCRG’s annual meeting, which was held Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, 2023, in San Francisco. The President’s Award recognizes the tireless work and servant leadership that makes ICPF possible. 

Paper earns a Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders founder’s award

Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D., L.D. (OHSU)
Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D., L.D. (OHSU)

Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., professor of molecular and medical genetics and director of the Masters of Science in Human Nutrition program, has won the 2023 Emmanuel Shapira Award from the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD). The award was established in 2003 to recognize the best paper in the field of biochemical genetics and metabolism published in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism (MGM) by a SIMD member or their trainee. Gillingham and her coauthors’ paper, titled “Resting and total energy expenditure of patients with long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders (LC-FAODs),” in MGM Vol. 138, Issue 3, was selected for the award. Gillingham will receive a check for $1,000 at the annual meeting of the SIMD in April, where she will give a short presentation followed by a discussion. The Shapira Award is named after Emmanuel Shapira, M.D., Ph.D., one of the founders and most ardent supporters of SIMD. 

Pat Kenney-Moore to serve as Oregon Medical Association vice president

Pat Kenney-Moore, Ed.D., PA-C (OHSU)
Pat Kenney-Moore, Ed.D., PA-C (OHSU)

Pat Kenney-Moore, Ed.D., PA-C, professor in the Division of Physician Assistant Education, was elected to serve as vice president of the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) for the 2023 – 2024 term — the first physician assistant to hold the position within the organization. 

“It is truly an honor to serve, and I look forward to continuing the OMA’s hard work in advocating for our clinicians in Oregon who since the pandemic are tired, overworked, and need our collective support,” Kenney-Moore said. “I encourage fellow PAs to become more involved with the OMA, amplifying our impact and ensuring that our shared dedication leaves an enduring legacy of positive change in healthcare.”

The OMA is the state’s largest professional organization engaging in advocacy, policy, community building, and networking opportunities for Oregon’s physicians, physician assistants, medical students and physician assistant students. PAs have been an integral part of the OMA’s medical community since 1997.

Brian O’Roak earns Brain Institute grant

Brian O’Roak, Ph.D. (OHSU)
Brian J. O'Roak, Ph.D. (OHSU)

Brian O’Roak, Ph.D., professor of molecular and medical genetics, was awarded the OHSU Brain Institute’s Neuroscience Campaign Fund’s Brain Health Across the Lifespan grant for his project, “An innovative tool for the study of TBR1-related autism.” This annual grant is funded through the OHSU Foundation via a comprehensive, National Institutes of Health-style study section. O’Roak’s project will create and characterize a novel tamoxifen-inducible Cre transgene at the Tbr1 locus in mice, enabling precise analysis of key cell types, developmental stages and disrupted circuits in TBR1-related autism.

Jennifer Doll among Top 50 Women Leaders of Portland for 2023

Jennifer Doll (OHSU)
Jennifer Doll (OHSU)

Women We Admire recently announced The Top 50 Women Leaders of Portland for 2023, which includes Jennifer Doll, senior vice president and chief financial officer for OHSU Healthcare. Portland’s economy is diverse and includes a mix of industries such as technology, manufacturing, health care and services. This year’s list celebrates the rich history of women leaders across various sectors of Portland’s diverse community. Doll is a financial executive at OHSU with progressive leadership responsibility in health care and academic medical institutions. She provides executive leadership over financial reporting, budget and planning, reimbursement, accounting, financial internal controls, transaction processing, systems implementations and upgrades, clinical integration and special projects. Doll stands out as an exemplary leader with a deep understanding of the complex mechanisms that fund Oregon’s academic health center.

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