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

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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