HBC October 2019 News Bulletin

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Looking ahead…looking ahead

  • 2019 Evaluations – The 2019 Staff Performance Evaluation forms are now available in the Performance Management System.   Please be sure to complete your self-evaluation by January 16, 2020.  For assistance in completing the form, you can use the Performance Evaluation Step-by-Step Instructions on the Human Resource Management Website or contact Human Resource Management at hrdept@ku.edu or 785-864-4946.
  • Discretionary Day – the last day to use the 2019 Discretionary Day before losing it is December 28, 2019


Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Call for Proposals

The K-INBRE Incentives and Awards Committee is calling for proposals to support four types of awards:   

  1. Bridging Grants:  Funding will not exceed $40,000 in direct costs.
  2. Partnerships for Translational Research Training Awards:  Funding will not exceed $50,000 in direct costs.
  3. Postdoctoral Awards:  Funding will not exceed $25,000 in direct costs for one period of funding.
  4. Developmental  Research Project Program Awards: Two-year award with funding not exceeding $75,000 in direct costs per year for a total of $150,000.  A letter of intent needs to be submitted through REDCap by noon on November 1, 2019

KU-Lawrence submissions should have a signature from an authorized official prior to submission to the K-INBRE Administrative Office.The deadline to submit full proposals for any of the four awards is December 2, 2019 at noon.  Awards will be announced before May 1, 2020.  For more information on these and other K-INBRE funding opportunities, visit the K-INBRE webpage.


HBC Annual New Faculty Lunch

The HBC would like to invite all new biosciences faculty to join us at the HBC annual new faculty lunch.  This is an occasion to meet the HBC staff, talk with other new faculty members from last year’s group and network with HBC PIs/Internal advisory committee members. Lunch will be provided.

Time: November 6 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Smissman Research Laboratories (West Campus),   Room 152

Please contact Paula Hinman at phinman@ku.edu or 785-864-0908 for more information or to sign up.


HBC New Internal Advisory Committee Members

Yong Zeng Jennifer Robinson

We would like to welcome two new members of the HBC Internal Advisory Committee.  They are Jennifer Robinson, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering and Yong Zeng, associate professor of chemistry.   The HBC advisory committee chaired by John Stobaugh, interim director of HBC, will consequently be comprised of nine other members representing departments to which HBC participants belong.


KU Frontiers

KU Frontiers (www.kufrontiers.org) is the University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  Its purpose is to help scientists in the clinical and translational sciences to access resources, facilitate collaboration between researchers, communities and institutions, and provide training for researchers and their teams.  Investigators should familiarize themselves with the services and support available through the institute.  Several funding opportunities are also available such as:

  1. Pilot Awards to advance clinical and translational research
  2. Trailblazer Awards to provide funding for targeted research
  3. Training Programs for pre- and postdoctoral students and junior investigators

Other support and training programs are also available.  The HBC is planning to invite Frontiers members to hold an informational session during the spring semester.  Please watch for an announcement after the New Year.

Grant Submission Deadlines

August 12, 2020
NIH Standard deadline for R13, U13 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

September 8, 2020
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2   and Era of Hope Scholar Award – Pre-Application deadline (Full Application deadline: September 22)..

Recent Awards

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $107,724 by Columbia University in the City of NY for the project entitled: “Columbia University’s Proposed Response to the New Coronavirus Outbreak.”  He was also awarded $75,000 by the Mercatus Center for the project entitled: “COVID-19 Fast Grants.”

Paulyn Cartwright, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, was awarded $1,573,996 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled “MARC for The University of Kansas.”

David Davido, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $405,301 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Identifying functional targets of HSV-1 ICP0-directed degradation.”

Michael Hageman, Distinguished Professor, Department of pharmaceutical chemistry, was awarded $20,000 by the J.R. & Inez Jay Funds for his project entitled: “Translation of Injectable-to-Oral Peptide Pharmacotherapy: Application of E-Cadherin Binding Peptides as Oral Membrane Permeation Enhancers.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $78,210 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute for her project entitled “Behavior of adipose stem cells in 2D and 3D in a wound healing context.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $20,000 by the J.R. & Inez Jay Funds for his project entitled: “Design  synthesis  analytical characterization  eAMDE formulation sub-chronic MTD and in vivo PK of ML329 Prodrugs.”

Joanna Slusky, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $37,875 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute as mentor for Jimmy Budiardjo for the project entitled “Designing peptide-based inhibitors of bacterial efflux pumps.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $20,000 by the J.R. & Inez Jay Funds for his project entitled: “Mechanistic study of RNA splicing modulation by small molecules.”

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