HBC June-July 2020 News Bulletin

Friday, July 31, 2020


Rick DobrowskyHBC’s New Acting Associate Director of Research

Dr. Rick Dobrowsky recently assumed the role of HBC’s Acting Associate Director of Research.  He is a professor of pharmacology & toxicology and has been a member of the HBC internal advisory committee for several years.  We would like to thank him for stepping in. 


Biomedical Sciences Symposium - Survey

Due to COVID-19, the Biomedial Sciences Symposium was not held in April.  The student leaders in charge of the symposium are working hard to have the symposium take place virtually sometime in October.  In the meantime, the committee set up a survey site to determine how many individuals would be interested in presenting a virtual poster.  Please take time to send this information to your research group so they can respond by the August 24th deadline.


J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Awards

Inez Jay awardeeWe received seven proposals this year and three, rather than two proposals, were awarded.   Congratulations to Michael Hageman, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, Frank Schoenen, associate research professor of the HBC, and Jingxin Wang, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry whose proposals were selected by the J.R. and Inez Jay Fund Research Award committee.  More information on the projects can be found in the KU news release published in June.  New applications will be accepted again in March of 2021.  We would like to thank everyone who submitted a J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal application for consideration. 


Equipment Award Competition winners

Rotor In the spring, a Beckman Coulter SW 41 Ti Swinging-Bucket Rotor Package was offered to HBC participants as part of an award competition.   Congratulations to Drs. Yoshiaki Azuma and Dan Dixon, both from molecular biosciences, who applied for the rotor and agreed to share its use.



Although the on-site HBC office remains closed (the HBC stockroom is open during normal business hours), we are still available to assist you remotely.  Our contact information is:

Pre- Award

Donna Burruss



Mickie Gillispie



Angela Loch




Matt Stevens



Sr. Principal Analyst

Nicole Suchy



Research Support Services Manager

André Faucher



Associate Director of Finance and Operations

Paula Hinman



Acting Associate Director of Research

Rick Dobrowsky



Interim Director

John Stobaugh



Grant Submission Deadlines

December 1, 2020
Deadlines for K-INBRE awards submission (see details on the left).

December 1-3, 2020
American Heart Association (AHA) deadlines for AHA Predoctoral Fellowship (Dec. 1, 2020) and AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship (Dec. 3, 2020).

December 12, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13 and U13) – new, renewals, resubmissions and revisions.

December 18, 2020
NSF deadline for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) (21-518) - Letter of Intent.  Full proposal due January 21, 2021.

January 14, 2021
American Heart Association (AHA) deadlines for Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training.

January 14, 2021
NIH deadline for R35: NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award and NHLBI Emerging Investigator Award – Letter of Intent.  Full proposal due February 15, 2021.

January 19, 2021
NIH deadline for the NIGMS Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35).

January 25, 2021
NIH Standard deadline for all Program Project Grants and Center Grants (P series) and Research Service Awards and Other Training Grants (T & D series) – new, renewals, resubmissions and revisions.

February 5, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

February 12, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) new submissions.

Recent Awards

Heng Du, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, is transferring two grants from  the University of Dallas, Texas.  Both are National Institutes of Health projects and are entitled “Mitochondrial ATP Synthase Dysfunction and Synaptic Stress in Alzheimer's Disease” and “GHSR1A and Hippocampal Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease.”

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