Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Labor Day

Well, yesterday was Labor Day, traditional end of summer. It's obvious that the fashionistas have little power on campus here at OHSU: clinicians continue to walk about in their white coats without regard for the "rules" of post-Labor Day dress.

In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I'd take a moment to highlight the CROET, OHSU's Center for Research in Occupational and Environmental Toxicology. As the Center's website states: "In 1985, House Bill 2290 created a center for occupational disease research and provided continuous base funding from the State of Oregon Workers' Compensation Division. Programmatic approval and funding authority for the center was granted by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in December 1987."


In his oral history interview, former OHSU President Dr. Leonard Laster noted that "the Legislature had set up some workers’ comp system where they had a facility for workers’ comp injuries that hadn’t worked out; you were going to go there and get your back pain cured. And they were going to close it down, and there was money available from it. And we talked them into putting two million a year in perpetuity into us to do re­search and make it workers’ comp related."

In his oral history interview last Monday, current OHSU President Dr. Peter Kohler mentioned that one of his first tasks as President in 1988 was to hire a director for the CROET; Dr. Peter Spencer continues to fill that role to this day.

So, here's to the staff of the CROET and the important work they do!

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