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

February 5, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

February 12, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) – new submissions.

February 16, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded, by the National Institutes of Health, $434,800 for his project entitled: “Comprehensive molecular and functional analyses of anti-HIV-1 antibody repertoires.” and $416,625 for his project entitled: “Probing antigen specificity and response of autoimmune B cells in Neuromyelitis Optica.”

Anthony Fehr, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $270,000 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Investigating How ADP-ribosylation Impacts Innate Immunity During Coronavirus Infection.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute for his project entitled: “Development of cancer vaccines using dogs as a translational model.”

Christopher Gamblin, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for his project entitled: “Development of Fungal Natural Products as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for her project entitled: “Imaging and Assessment of Emulsion Electrospun Fiber Diameter and Porosity for the Programmable Delivery of Estrogen Receptor Agonists.”

Michael Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $2,143,346 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Identification of CYP5122A1 inhibitors as chemical probes for Leishmania biology.”

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