HBC February 2018 News Bulletin

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


HBC welcomes a New Associate Director of Finance and Operations

It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of a new HBC Associate Director of Finance and Operations.  After a long and productive career in numerous roles with the HBC, our current Associate Director of Finance and Operations, Linda Carlyle, will be temporarily moving into a new reduced time position with the HBC before she retires from The University of Kansas.  While this is sad news, I think you will find Linda’s new role to be a refreshing addition to the services offered by the HBC (more information to come on that in our next HBC Newsletter). 


Paula Hinman

Our new Associate Director will be Paula Hinman who has previous experience with KU and the Research Center culture.  As an avid Jayhawk fan, Paula obtained a double major in business administration and accounting from KU.  After spending 7 years in public accounting, she started her public service career at SRS/DCF managing the budget for two major programs with a combined budget of $175M.  She was the Associate Director for Finance and Administration at the Kansas Geological Survey at KU for four years before becoming the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Fiscal Services for the Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.  Paula is thrilled to be coming home to KU and looks forward to working with everyone.  We will have a reception for Paula later in the spring semester (to be announced in the next Newsletter).


Paula will assume her new position in the first full week of March and I am confident that you will find her up to the task and a trustworthy resource at the HBC.  I want to thank all those involved with this search, which had many worthy applicants.  In particular, I greatly appreciate the input of our search committee, the COBRE Directors, and the HBC Staff, all of whom provided valuable contributions to the search process.

 

Please join me in welcoming Paula back to The University of Kansas as our newest member of the HBC.

 

Rock Chalk,

 

Bill Picking


 

Biomedical Sciences Symposium

Information regarding the upcoming Biomedical Sciences Symposium is now available on the HBC website.  HBC Investigators, their students, and research staff are invited to attend the speaker presentations, and encouraged to participate in the poster session.  Please take the time to submit your poster abstract before the 5:00 pm deadline on April 6, 2018.   This all-day event will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018.    

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the J.R. & Inez Jay Fund are currently being accepted.  The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website.  Please make sure to apply by the April 6, 2018 deadline. 

 

Reminders about 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 time to familiarize yourself with NIH policy changes concerning clinical trials.  An overview of these changes is available through an online video.  Also, please look at the information given by NIH on the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or view the  video that provides an overview of these changes.

 

Spring 2018 NIH Regional Seminar in Washington, DC

The 2018 NIH Regional Seminar will be held in Washington, DC, May 2-4, 2018.  During these two days, three tracks of concurrent sessions will be offered for research administrators, investigators, and all interests.  Participants can choose one track or customize their experience by moving between tracks based on their interests.   For more information and to register, please visit the NIH Regional Seminar website.



HBC Events
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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