HBC June-July 2016 News Bulletin

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Upcoming Fall Symposiums

This is a reminder that two HBC sponsored symposiums will be held this coming fall.  The 2016 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) will be held at the KU School of Pharmacy Building on September 16-17, 2016. Registrations are currently open and regular rates are offered until September 6th.

Mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID) that will be held November 4-5, 2016 at the SpringHill Suites Lawrence and the School of Pharmacy Building.  Reminder e-mails will be sent in a few weeks’ time when registration opens.  Updates will also be posted on the Kansas Vaccine Institute (KVI) website.

 

New HBC hosted Major Program

A new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) will be created through funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Thomas Prisinzano  Thomas Prisinzano who was awarded the NIH grant will work in association with Scott Hefty and many researchers from KU, the KU Medical Center and Kansas State University to create the Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease Research Center.  The center’s researchers will be focusing their efforts toward gaining a better understanding of infectious diseases and how to treat them.  For more information about the project, please read this KU news article.  The HBC staff congratulates all involved in the grant submission process and in the future research effort.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Proposal Submissions

 We would like to thank everyone who submitted a J.R. & Inez Jay proposal application for consideration.  We received sixteen proposals and the competition was fierce.  Because of this, rather than funding only two research projects at $30,000, three were funded at $20,000.  This was done in an effort to provide funding opportunities for more research projects.  New applications will be accepted again in March 2017.

 

NIH Proposals information

In a continued effort to help HBC participants with their research proposal submissions, useful links/information will be added to the HBC News Bulletin when possible.   Here are two useful tools provided by the NIH:

  • The NIH issues Funding Opportunities Announcements (FOA) regularly.    To better understand significant pieces of information relayed in these announcements, please review this Annotated FOA .
  • The NIH also made available a nine minute podcast that may help answer questions about the redaction of the new Vertebrate Animals Section of a proposal.  More information can also be found on the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare –Vertebrate Animals Section website.


Grant Submission Deadlines

September 14, 2018
Pre-Application deadline for DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4 (Application Deadline: 12/10/18).

October 3, 2018
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

October 5, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Josephine Chandler, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $25,000 by the KU Medical Center as a mentor for Saida Benomar for her project entitled: “Regulation of antibiotic resistance through antibiotic efflux pumps in the bacterium Chromobacterium violaceum.”

Roberto De Guzman, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $3,225,100 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “University of Kansas/Haskell Indian Nations University IRACDA Project.”

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $543,766 by the Department of Defense for his project entitled: “High-throughput TCR repertoire-based platforms for antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy” and $75,000 by the KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “New technologies to analyze T cell responses to Epstein-Barr virus.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded respectively $11,500 and $30,000 by the KU Medical Center for his projects entitled: “Pharmacokinetic Analysis of a Novel Bioenergetic Medicine Ester” and “Bioenergetic prodrugs for treatment of Alzheimer's.”

Audrey Lamb, Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, was awarded $40,000 by KU Medical Center for her project entitled: “Opine Metallophores from Bacterial Pathogens.”

Susan Lunte, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Departments, was awarded $30,000 by the KU Medical Center for her project entitled: “Microfluidic Methods for Measurement of Mitochondrial Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $37,500 by the KU Medical Center as a mentor to Elizabeth Everman for the project entitled: “Genetic dissection of variation in copper resistance across multiple life stages in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Wendy Picking, Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, was awarded $427,250 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Development of a broadly protective subunit vaccine against Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”

Xiaoqing (Sarah) Wu, Assistant Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $450,000 by the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for her project entitled: “Chemo-sensitization of triple negative breast cancer by targeting HuR.”

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