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

April 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13 and U13) – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

April 27, 2018
Pfizer ASPIRE Breast Cancer Research Awards Program.

May 1, 2018
American Society for Microbiology, Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.

May 4, 2018
NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P30). Letter of intent: May 4, 2018 Full application: June 4, 2018

Recent Awards

William Picking, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $261,092 by Anivive LifeSciences, Inc. for his project entitled: “Toward stabilization of Coccidioides delta cps1 as a canine vaccine against Valley Fever.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $101,372 by KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “Capitalizing on p53 loss/mutations in osteosarcoma by novel compounds.”

Shi Fang Yan, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $416,625 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “PINK1 signaling and synaptic mitochondria integrity in AD.”

Research News

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