Feds Fine OHSU for Monkey Deaths

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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined Oregon Health and Sciences University $11,679 for the deaths of five monkeys used in animal experiments at the school's Oregon National Primate Research Center in 2009.The USDA penalty also cites the Primate Center for the escape of nine macaques in 2009 after an employee failed to lock a door on their cage. All nine monkeys were safely captured within ...   More
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 AARON MESH

One Patient’s Painful Lesson

A woman alleges doctors botched her plastic surgery and never told her OHSU students took part.

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Laura Willis is a Salem housewife and Harley-Davidson enthusiast who saved for years to amass enough money—$12,000—to pay for breast implants and a tummy tuck.   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland's Taxpayer-Funded PR Industrial Complex

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We know times are tough for government agencies. They’re cutting services—and sometimes trying to raise taxes—because of the recession. But a study by WW reveals there’s one sector of government that seems to be not only surviving, but thriving: public relations. Public agencies of all kinds have communication offices that employ squadrons of spokespeople who sometimes outnumber the reporters ...   More
Thursday, May 19, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Oregon Idea—Minus One Big Player

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 OHSU, Portland State University, Oregon State University and Portland Community College are taking an unusually pro-active political stance to push a concept called "The Oregon Idea." The four academic institutions have set up a slick website and are encouraging supporters to employ social media to spread the word.Effectively, their "Idea" is aimed at pressuring lawmakers and Gov. John Kitzhaber ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ducks Aim to Have Smoke-free Campus by Fall 2012

If all goes according to plan, fall 2012 will bring the University of Oregon a smoke-free campus. The university announced today that, with the aid of a $1 million donation from PacificSource Health Plans, it is kicking off a campaign to get its smoking students, faculty, and staff to kick their habit. According to a news release from the school, students can trade packs of cigarettes for acupuncture ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Jason Slotkin

The "War on Terror" — Another PDX Connection, This Time to Torture Allegations

The arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud last month for an alleged plot to blow up Pioneer Courthouse Square thrust Portland onto the front line of the so-called "global war on terror." A lesser-known local connection emerged again this past week when national media outlets reported that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen participated directly in waterboarding terror suspects. Mitchell, ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MONKEY BUSINESS: Reporting on OHSU's Primate Lab

Reporters get used to dealing with difficult sources. Professional spokesmen paid to provide information to the public usually aren't among them. But we hit some turbulence today trying to report on Oregon Health & Science University's National Primate Research Center. The center, home to about 4,200 nonhuman primates, has been the subject of past coverage in this newspaper, including ...   More
Thursday, August 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

State Audit Lauds OHSU's Use of Tobacco Settlement Dollars

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown today released an audit [PDF] of the $200 million grant that state lawmakers awarded OHSU in 2001. The Oregon Opportunity grant was a pretty big deal because it was funded by tobacco settlement money and represented a relatively bold move during the last recession. Bottom line: auditors found that OHSU put the money to good use and did what it said it ...   More
Thursday, January 21, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why Voters Choose How They Do

Ever wonder why your neighbors voted the way they did on Measures 66 and 67, or any other ballot question? Jonah Lehrer, it turns out, has the answer. Gifted neuroscientist and author of the critically acclaimed books Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide, Lehrer says voters are notoriously inscrutable, emotional, and deeply irrational creatures. So a voter might choose no even though ...   More
Sunday, January 31, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

OHSU's Double Dose of Monkey News

Our cover story this week about primate research at OHSU pointed out the school's practice of creating positive publicity to divert attention from animal-rights activists. So we weren't surprised when The Oregonian today published a piece about possible breakthroughs in viral engineering at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, the site where OHSU breeds monkeys for medical research. But ...   More
Friday, April 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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