HBC June-July 2017 News Bulletin

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Upcoming Fall Symposiums

GRASP logoThis is a reminder that three HBC sponsored symposia will be held this coming fall.  The 2017 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) will be held at the KU School of Pharmacy Building on October 13-14, 2017.  Registration is currently open and the early-bird registration fees will be available until August 31st.

MRM logoThe American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting will be hosted at the Kansas Memorial Union from October 18-20, 2017.  For more information, please visit the ACS website.

GPID logoThe 16th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID) will be held November 10-11, 2017 at the SpringHill Suites Lawrence and the School of Pharmacy Building.  Registration will open on the first week of August.  Updates will be posted on the Kansas Vaccine Institute (KVI) website.

 

HBC hosted Major Program Renewed

The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways (COBRE CMADP) funding has been renewed forSusan Lunte the next five years.  Susan Lunte was recently awarded the competitive renewal grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will work in association with Erik Lundquist, Blake Peterson as well as with other researchers from KU and other academic institutions in Kansas.  Together, they will continue to conduct research to develop enabling technologies that will improve the understanding of diseases and their treatment.  More information about the project can be found on the COBRE CMADP website.  The HBC staff congratulates all involved in the grant submission process and in their continued 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 thirteen proposals from which three projects were funded at $30,000 each.  More information on the projects can be found in the HBC June news release.  New applications will be accepted again in March of 2018.

 

NIH forms update coming up for next year

Keep in mind that the NIH is planning to transition from the current application forms (FORMS-D) to a new set of forms for next year.  This will affect all grant submission due on or after January 25, 2018.  As indicated by the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-062, the new FORMS-E will include:

  • “Consolidation of human subjects, inclusion enrollment, and clinical trial information previously collected across multiple agency forms”
  • “Expansion and use of discrete form fields for clinical trial information to
    • provide the level of information needed for peer review;
    • lead applicants through clinical trial information collection requirements;
    • present key information to reviewers and agency staff in a consistent format; and
    • align with ClinicalTrials.gov (where possible) and position us for future data exchange with ClinicalTrials.gov”
  • “Incorporation of recent Grants.gov changes to R&R Budget and SBIR/STTR Information forms

Application guides for FORM-E will become available on October 25, 2017.

 

Human Resources (HR) important announcements

  1. Time and absence approval changes:  Starting with the payroll period ending 11/4/2017, HR will no longer approve time submissions and absence requests that were not approved by supervisors prior to the pay period approval deadline.  Time and absences approved after the deadline may result in delayed or inaccurate pay.  More information is available on the HR website.
  2. State of Kansas Salary (SOKS) Increases FAQs:  For those needing clarification on the SOKS increases, HR has set up a FAQs webpage to provide easy access to answers.


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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