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 Important Deadlines

April 12, 2017
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13, U13) – new renewal, resubmission, revision.

No Date Yet
American Heart Association (AHA) DoD Breast Cancer Program Fiscal year 2017 - pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.

Recent Awards

David Johnson, Interim Director, COBRE CBID Computational Chemical Biology Core Facility, was awarded $2,903 by Sanofi-Aventis Recherche & Développement for his project entitled: “Prediction of druggable pockets unique to cancer-associated mutations.”

Scott Lovell, Director, COBRE PSF Protein Structure Core Laboratory, was awarded $12,120 by the Fox Chase Cancer Center for his project entitled: “Identifying stabilizers of p53 using pocket complementarity.”

David Volkin, Ronald T. Borchardt Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $550,000 by Vaxxas for his project entitled: “Measles and Rubella Vaccine Formulation for Stability in Dried State.”

Yong Zeng, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $410,564 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Microfluidic Integrative Circulating miRNA Profiling for Cancer Diagnosis”.  He was also awarded $25,000 by K-INBRE as mentor of Hongmei Cao’s K-INBRE Postdoctoral Award for his project entitled: “Microfluidic Integrative Circulating miRNA Profiling for Cancer Diagnosis.”

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