HBC September 2017 News Bulletin

Monday, October 9, 2017

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  • looking aheadThe rollout date for the new Oracle Cloud financial system is set for early December.  Two new videos have been posted on the project website, the first one giving an overview of the systems, and the second one indicating the level of impact for each group of employees.  Please take the time (12 minutes) to view these videos.   Updates, town hall presentations, training session schedules, and online documentation will be posted on the project website.  E-mail announcements will also be sent.
  • Please keep in mind that key dates for the implementation of NIH new FORMS-E are as follow:
    • ➢ September 25, 2017: New FORMS-E Application Instructions are now available on the NIH website.
    • ➢ October25, 2017: FORMS-E Application Packages will be available for FOAs with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.
    • ➢ January 25, 2018: First due dates for new FORMS-E Application Packages.

 

KU NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease calls for Pilot Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (CBID) has issued a call for Pilot Projects.   These projects must fit with the scientific theme of Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease and make use of at least one of the associated core labs at KU.  Potentially, four projects will be funded at up to $90,000 in direct cost.  They will be for a one-year period with possible renewal for a second year.  A Letter of Intent is due January 2, 2018.   For more information, please consult the announcement.

 

HBC Participant awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)

Joanna Slusky, assistant professor of molecular biosciences, was recently awarded a NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2).  Joanna SluskyThis program’s goal is to support a few exceptionally creative and promising early stage investigators that propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches and is part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Slusky and wish her the best with her project.   Information about the High Risk, High Reward Research Program that comprises four different types of awards can be obtained on the NIH website.  Funding opportunities for these awards are released every year in the spring, with applications due in the fall.

 

Important NIH changes concerning research that involves human subjects

If you are conducting or are considering applying for support for research that involves human subjects, please take the time to review some important changes being put forth by the NIH.  You can do so by:

  1. Familiarizing yourself with the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form (part of the new FORMS-E package to be used for grant applications with due dates of January 25 or beyond).  A NIH video gives an overview of these changes.
  2. Answering these four questions about your current or proposed research:
    • Does the study involve human participants?
    • Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?
    • Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?
    • Is the effect that will be evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?

If the answer to all four questions is yes, then NIH considers your research a clinical trial.  This is crucial in determining if your current research complies with the new NIH policies or if you are choosing the appropriate funding opportunity for future research.

  1. Familiarizing yourself with the NIH policy changes concerning clinical trials.


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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