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

October 3, 2019
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

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

October 8-22, 2019
American Heart Association (AHA) awards submission deadlines for:

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

October 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

Christopher Fischer, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded $147,450 by the American Physics Society for his project entitled: “PhysTEC Comprehensive Site.”

Mei He, Assistant Professor, Departments of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering and Chemistry, was awarded $1,893,750 by the National Institutes of Health, for her project entitled: “3D biomimetic lymph node engineered extracellular vesicles for understanding the heterogeneity of adaptive immunity.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $159,075 by KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “KINBRE Bioinformatics Core Facility.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $553,962 by Kansas State University for his project entitled: “Discovery of Hsp100-selective inhibitors for targeting multiple microbial pathogens.”

Robert Ward, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded a total of $125,745 by the KU Medical Center for four KINBRE projects: “Summer Scholars”, “Campus Coordinator”, “Star Trainees” and “Undergraduate Coordinator Office.”

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