HBC September 2018 News Bulletin

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  1. KU Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) Certification:  If you have not done so yet, take the time to complete and submit online your KU Annual COI Certification for fiscal year 2019 by using the link in the e-mail you should have received from ecompliance@ku.edu.   The deadline to submit this form is SEPTEMBER 30, 2018.  More information is available on the Office of Research website.
  2. State Employee Health Plan (SEHP):  SEHP information sessions are currently being offered until October 23, 2018.  You can register online to attend a webinar session or attend an in-person presentation on October 8, at 10 am or at 1 pm at the KU Union, Alderson Room.  SEHP open enrollment is from October 1 to 31, 2018.
  3. Talent Development:  Take the time to review your goals in the Talent Development System  and complete any KU required training in preparation for end of year evaluations.
  4. HR Note to Supervisors and Staff:  Just as a reminder, the university requires that students and temporary staff clock out for at least 30 minutes if they work more than 6 hours per day.


Announcing New HBC Assistant Research Professor

TFang DuWe would like to congratulate Dr. Fang Du for his recent appointment as Assistant Research Professor at the HBC.  Dr. Du (M.D., Ph.D.) received his doctorate in neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He completed his first postdoctoral training in neurodevelopmental disorders at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.  In 2013, he joined Dr. Shi Du Yan’s research group in the Smissman Research Laboratories at the University of Kansas as a postdoctoral researcher and remained in that position until his promotion.

The main goal of Dr. Du’s research is to understand the pathogenesis and explore new therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).  His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by foundation grants.  In 2018, he was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant (AARG).  He has published articles in many peer-review journals, and his studies have been highlighted in “Nature Reviews Neuroscience” and reported by several news outlets.  Moreover, some of his publications have been selected as Editor's Choice articles of “BRAIN” and “Journal of Alzheimer’s disease”.   For more information about his research go to the HBC website.


Grant Proposal Preparation Reminder

When considering submitting a proposal, PIs should take the time to review Section V of the NIH solicitation as it lists the review criteria that will be considered for that announcement.  Remember that the PI is responsible for providing the following information if it is applicable to his/her proposal:

  • ➢ the direct cost of the proposed project is $500,000 or more in any year of the proposed research.


  • ➢ the proposed research is a sub award.

Your pre-award coordinator will request this information at the beginning stage of the proposal preparation, but it will be deemed not applicable to the project if the PI does not provide it.


KU Office of Research New Achievement Awards

The Office of Research (KUOR) has set up two new awards to recognize individuals who have significantly impacted their research laboratories or projects.  They are the KU Research Staff Annual Achievement Award, which is directed to all Unclassified Professional Staff with staff titles in the research job family, and the KU Research Postdoctoral Annual Achievement Award, which  is limited to Postdoctoral Researchers.  The awardees will receive a plaque and $5,000 that can be applied toward approved research or professional development activities.  More information about the eligibility requirements and the nomination process can be found at the Office of Research website.  Nomination deadline is January 15, 2019.

Grant Submission Deadlines

February 5, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

February 12, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) – new submissions.

February 16, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded, by the National Institutes of Health, $434,800 for his project entitled: “Comprehensive molecular and functional analyses of anti-HIV-1 antibody repertoires.” and $416,625 for his project entitled: “Probing antigen specificity and response of autoimmune B cells in Neuromyelitis Optica.”

Anthony Fehr, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $270,000 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Investigating How ADP-ribosylation Impacts Innate Immunity During Coronavirus Infection.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute for his project entitled: “Development of cancer vaccines using dogs as a translational model.”

Christopher Gamblin, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for his project entitled: “Development of Fungal Natural Products as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for her project entitled: “Imaging and Assessment of Emulsion Electrospun Fiber Diameter and Porosity for the Programmable Delivery of Estrogen Receptor Agonists.”

Michael Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $2,143,346 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Identification of CYP5122A1 inhibitors as chemical probes for Leishmania biology.”

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