HBC February 2020 News Bulletin

Thursday, February 27, 2020


Biomedical Sciences Symposium

2020 Biomedical Sciences Symposium all-day event is scheduled  for April 24, 2020Andrew MesecarHBC Investigators, their students and research staff are invited to attend the speaker presentations, and encouraged to participate in the poster session, including researchers affiliated with the various core facilities in the biomedical sciences.  The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Andrew Mesecar.  He is the Walther Professor of Cancer Structural Biology – Biochemistry in the Chemistry Department at Purdue University.   Please save the date


J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Proposal Submission

Applications for the 2020 J.R. & Inez Jay Fund proposal submission are currently being accepted.  The instructions and application form are available on the HBC website.  Two awards not to exceed $30,000 each will be funded this year.  Please be sure to apply by the April 3, 2020, deadline.


NIH Updates

  • Later this spring the NIH will move the eRA modules and data to Amazon Web Services.  Therefore, from 8:00 pm on Friday, April 17 to 8:00 pm, Monday, April 20,  all eRA modules and informational systems will not be available.  Because of this, all grant application due dates affected by this migration will be extended for a full two days.  The migration dates were carefully selected by the NIH to minimize the impact on all. 
  • Just released in January , two new eRA videos for reviewers:
    1. Navigating Internet Assisted Review: Accessing Grant Applications.
    2. Navigating Internet Assisted Review: Accessing Meeting Materials
  • The NIH Regional Seminar will be held in Baltimore from Monday, April 20 to Wednesday, April 22 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.  Optional pre-seminar workshops will be held on Monday, April 20, followed by the 2-day seminar concurrent sessions.  The deadline to register at the lower general registration rate is March 30, 2020.  If you cannot attend this seminar, the next one will be held in Nashville, TN, October 28-30, 2020.
  • The 21st Annual U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Small Business Programs Conference is scheduled for April 28-30 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference will offer over 40 sessions focused on submitting funding applications, approaching potential partners and investors, accessing the technical assistance programs HHS offers to awardees, and discussing specific questions with HHS small business authorities. The early bird registration rate is available until March 28, 2020.


Funding Opportunity SHARPhub

The KU Medical Center in partnership with BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) has received funds from the NIH in support of the Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Resource Program (SHARPhub).   As part of this program a Proof of Concept fund has been established to help researchers advance the development of novel applied technologies that have commercialization potential.   To be eligible the technology must fit within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mission and goals and the technology must have a provisional patent application filed by KU, a patent pending invention or an issued patent.  The proposal submission deadline is March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm CST.  Click here for more information.


KU email accounts moving to the cloud

KU IT will migrate all email accounts to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service starting March 5, 2020.  If you were unable to attend the February 27 public presentation, take the time to view the meeting recording, which should be available soon on the KU IT e-mail migration website, as well as the information already available.  This information will be helpful to you before and after the migration of your e-mail account.

Grant Submission Deadlines

October 2, 2020
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

October 5, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01)– new submissions.

October 12, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development (K series) – new submissions.

October 16, 2020
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

Meredith Hartley, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the American Thyroid Association for her project entitled “Thyroid hormone signaling during remyelination.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $50,000 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute for her project entitled: “Deciphering Sex Differences in Adolescent Knee Meniscal Injury and Regeneration” and  $50,000 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her project entitled: “Promoting Temporomandibular Joint Fibrochondrogenesis through the use of an Estrogen Receptor Alpha Selective Agonist to Treat Osteoarthritis.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by Bionexus KC for his project entitled “Small Molecule *Oligonucleotide Conjugate for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with Improved Specificity.”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $50,000 by the University of Utah Health for his project entitled: “Novel therapeutic strategy for renal fibrosis by targeting RNA-binding protein HuR targeting.”

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