HBC October 2020 News Bulletin

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


HBC Seminar Series

For those who were unable to attend Dr. Angela Koehler’s seminar held earlier this month, a recording of the presentation has been posted to the HBC Research Seminars webpage.  The HBC sponsored seminar series program is designed to allow HBC participants to nominate speakers for scientific discussions and presentations falling under one of the HBC major research themes.   If you wish to nominate a speaker, please e-mail John Stobaugh or Paula Hinman to initiate the process.


HBC Sponsored Fall Symposia Reminder

Biomedical Sciences Symposium Logo The 2020 Biomedical Sciences Symposium will be held via Zoom on November 6, 2020. The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Andrew Mesecar, Walther Professor of Cancer Structural Biology – Biochemistry,  at Purdue University.  If you wish to attend, please register before 5 pm, November 2, 2020, to receive the Zoom invite.

The SEARCH 2020 symposium (Scientists Exploring non-Academic caReer CHoices)  virtual series final two sessions are taking place on November 7, and November 14, 2020, from 10 am to noon.  The schedule as well as information on the speakers and panelists is available on their websiteRegistration is currently open.


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 for an R01 submission and $25,000 for an R21 submission.
  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, 2020

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 1, 2020 at noon.  Awards will be announced before May 1, 2021.  For more information on these and other K-INBRE funding opportunities, visit the K-INBRE webpage.


2021 KINBRE Symposium

The 19th Annual K-INBRE Symposium will be held virtually on January 14 -15, 2021. The Registration and Abstract submission dealine is December 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Undergraduate students can compete in the oral presentation competition if they wish to be considered for a 10-minute presentation during the symposium.  For poster presentations, although the submission deadline is December 1st, it is recommended to submit an abstract before November 1, 2020, to have ample time to create an iPoster online.  All posters will need to be published by January 4, 2021. More information can be found on the KINBRE symposium website.


HBC Participants Publications

We are creating a new section for the HBC News bulletin to allow participants to quickly share their new publications with other HBC participants.   Please e-mail the links to your new publications to Nicole Suchy and they will be listed in the next HBC News Bulletin.  This month’s publication:

Yuan X, Wang L, Tendon N, Sun H, Tian J, Du H, Pascual JM, Guo L. Triheptanoin Mitigates Brain ATP Depletion and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease.

HBC Sponsored Events
Grant Submission Deadlines

March 5, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

March 11, 2021
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 1 & 2 & Era of Hope Scholar Award – Pre-application.

March 12, 2021
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 3 & 4  & Innovator Award – Pre-application.

March 16, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

Recent Awards

Yoshiaki Azuma, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $35,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled “Targeting mitotic function of the PICH (Polo-like kinase interacting checkpoint helicase) for novel therapeutics of TNBC.”

Heng Du, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, transferred a grant from  the University of Dallas, Texas.  It is a BrightFocus Foundation project entitled “Synaptic mitochondrial calcium uniporter deregulation and synaptic injury in Alzheimer's disease.”

Teruna Siahaan, Aya and Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $25,000 by the PHRMA Foundation as mentor for Kelly Schwinghamer for the project entitled “Non-Invasive Brain Delivery Clearance  and Efficacy of Therapeutic Antibodies in Mice.”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $35,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled “Drug the Undruggable Musashi Oncoprotein by Fragment-based Drug Discovery.”

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