HBC September 2015 News Bulletin

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In an effort to continue support opportunities for scientific interactions, the Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) has been/is sponsoring several events that offer opportunities for scientific exchanges and dissemination throughout the 2015 calendar year.

MIKI Logo
The 2015 Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Illinois (MIKI)  meeting was held at KU and was the first event this year for which HBC was a sponsor.   The meeting allows Medicinal Chemistry students, postdocs and faculty from four different universities to share their research.


Paul R. Hanson The HBC, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Hanson, helped with the organization of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) annual mentoring workshop that was held in Dallas, TX in early August.  The workshop was geared toward new faculty and assisted them in early-stage career development. The 2015 Mentoring Workshop entitled "New Faculty in Organic and Biological Chemistry" was attended by thirty-six junior faculty, fourteen mentors, four NIH representatives and was a great success.


Another HBC sponsored event was the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Symposium which included a poster session, student/faculty talks, and a keynote address. The event took place in the Kansas Union on August 14, 2015


Sue Lunte Group
In mid-October, members of Sue Lunte’s research group will be attending the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar with the help of the HBC sponsorship.  This seminar primarily targets new investigators and administrators and will be held in San Diego, CA.
 


Great Plains Infectious Disease LogoThe HBC is also proud to be a sponsor and help with the organization of the 14th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID) hosted by KU’s brand new Kansas Vaccine Institute.  The event will take place on November 6 -7, 2015 at the KU School of Pharmacy building and will focus on three topics: vaccines to prevent infectious diseases, emerging infectious & select agent threats, and antibiotic resistance.


GRASP NMR logo
The 8th Annual Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP) will be held the following week on November 13-14, 2015.  The event aims at futhering interconnections and strengtening NMR research in the region.  The HBC has been a sponsor of this event since the first annual meeting in 2006.
 


Last but not least, the 20th Annual Carnival of Chemistry will be held in November 22, 2015 in Malott Hall.  The carnival is a family event showing that science can be fun.

 



Grant Submission Deadlines

April 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13 and U13) – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

April 27, 2018
Pfizer ASPIRE Breast Cancer Research Awards Program.

May 1, 2018
American Society for Microbiology, Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.

May 4, 2018
NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P30). Letter of intent: May 4, 2018 Full application: June 4, 2018

Recent Awards

William Picking, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $261,092 by Anivive LifeSciences, Inc. for his project entitled: “Toward stabilization of Coccidioides delta cps1 as a canine vaccine against Valley Fever.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $101,372 by KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “Capitalizing on p53 loss/mutations in osteosarcoma by novel compounds.”

Shi Fang Yan, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $416,625 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “PINK1 signaling and synaptic mitochondria integrity in AD.”

Research News

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