HBC June-July 2016 News Bulletin

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Upcoming Fall Symposiums

This is a reminder that two HBC sponsored symposiums will be held this coming fall.  The 2016 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) will be held at the KU School of Pharmacy Building on September 16-17, 2016. Registrations are currently open and regular rates are offered until September 6th.

Mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID) that will be held November 4-5, 2016 at the SpringHill Suites Lawrence and the School of Pharmacy Building.  Reminder e-mails will be sent in a few weeks’ time when registration opens.  Updates will also be posted on the Kansas Vaccine Institute (KVI) website.

 

New HBC hosted Major Program

A new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) will be created through funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Thomas Prisinzano  Thomas Prisinzano who was awarded the NIH grant will work in association with Scott Hefty and many researchers from KU, the KU Medical Center and Kansas State University to create the Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease Research Center.  The center’s researchers will be focusing their efforts toward gaining a better understanding of infectious diseases and how to treat them.  For more information about the project, please read this KU news article.  The HBC staff congratulates all involved in the grant submission process and in the future research effort.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Proposal Submissions

 We would like to thank everyone who submitted a J.R. & Inez Jay proposal application for consideration.  We received sixteen proposals and the competition was fierce.  Because of this, rather than funding only two research projects at $30,000, three were funded at $20,000.  This was done in an effort to provide funding opportunities for more research projects.  New applications will be accepted again in March 2017.

 

NIH Proposals information

In a continued effort to help HBC participants with their research proposal submissions, useful links/information will be added to the HBC News Bulletin when possible.   Here are two useful tools provided by the NIH:

  • The NIH issues Funding Opportunities Announcements (FOA) regularly.    To better understand significant pieces of information relayed in these announcements, please review this Annotated FOA .
  • The NIH also made available a nine minute podcast that may help answer questions about the redaction of the new Vertebrate Animals Section of a proposal.  More information can also be found on the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare –Vertebrate Animals Section website.


Grant Submission Deadlines

August 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for R13, U13 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

August 28, 2018
DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) – Horizon Award Letter of Intent (Application deadline: September 26).

Recent Awards

David Davido, Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, was awarded $189,375 by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for his project entitled: “Identification of novel HSV-1 ICP0 E3 ligase targets by mass spectrometry in neurons.”

Audrey Lamb, Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, was awarded $53,688 by the American Heart Association as a mentor for Jeff McFarlane’s project entitled: “Staphylopine Biosynthesis as an Antimicrobial Target in Staphylococcus aureus Infective Endocarditis.”

Scott Lovell, Director, COBRE PSF Protein Structure Core Laboratory, was awarded $64,372 by Kansas State University for his project entitled: “Small Molecule Protease Inhibitors against MERS-CoV” and also $57,501 by Louisiana State University for his project entitled: “Chemical Tools for Perturbing Iron Homeostasis in P. aeruginosa.”

Wendy Picking, Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, was awarded $5,877,170 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Vaccines to counter emerging antibiotic resistance.”

David Volkin, Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, was awarded $3,272,927 by the Gates Foundation Fund for his project entitled: “HPV Preservatives Grant.”

Shi Du Yan, Distinguished Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology Department, was awarded $2,842,115 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Pink1 amyloid pathology, and mitochondrial quality control in Alzheimer's Disease” and also $47,644 by Mitokinin Inc., for her project entitled: “Effect of Mitokinin (MTK-115) on Aβ and tau phosphorylation  and mitochondrial function in vitro cultured neurons.”

Yong Zeng, Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, was awarded a supplement of $62,875 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Integrated exosomes profiling for minimally invasive diagnosis and monitoring of cancer.”

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