HBC June-July 2017 News Bulletin

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Upcoming Fall Symposiums

GRASP logoThis is a reminder that three HBC sponsored symposia will be held this coming fall.  The 2017 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) will be held at the KU School of Pharmacy Building on October 13-14, 2017.  Registration is currently open and the early-bird registration fees will be available until August 31st.

MRM logoThe American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting will be hosted at the Kansas Memorial Union from October 18-20, 2017.  For more information, please visit the ACS website.

GPID logoThe 16th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID) will be held November 10-11, 2017 at the SpringHill Suites Lawrence and the School of Pharmacy Building.  Registration will open on the first week of August.  Updates will be posted on the Kansas Vaccine Institute (KVI) website.

 

HBC hosted Major Program Renewed

The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways (COBRE CMADP) funding has been renewed forSusan Lunte the next five years.  Susan Lunte was recently awarded the competitive renewal grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will work in association with Erik Lundquist, Blake Peterson as well as with other researchers from KU and other academic institutions in Kansas.  Together, they will continue to conduct research to develop enabling technologies that will improve the understanding of diseases and their treatment.  More information about the project can be found on the COBRE CMADP website.  The HBC staff congratulates all involved in the grant submission process and in their continued 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 thirteen proposals from which three projects were funded at $30,000 each.  More information on the projects can be found in the HBC June news release.  New applications will be accepted again in March of 2018.

 

NIH forms update coming up for next year

Keep in mind that the NIH is planning to transition from the current application forms (FORMS-D) to a new set of forms for next year.  This will affect all grant submission due on or after January 25, 2018.  As indicated by the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-062, the new FORMS-E will include:

  • “Consolidation of human subjects, inclusion enrollment, and clinical trial information previously collected across multiple agency forms”
  • “Expansion and use of discrete form fields for clinical trial information to
    • provide the level of information needed for peer review;
    • lead applicants through clinical trial information collection requirements;
    • present key information to reviewers and agency staff in a consistent format; and
    • align with ClinicalTrials.gov (where possible) and position us for future data exchange with ClinicalTrials.gov”
  • “Incorporation of recent Grants.gov changes to R&R Budget and SBIR/STTR Information forms

Application guides for FORM-E will become available on October 25, 2017.

 

Human Resources (HR) important announcements

  1. Time and absence approval changes:  Starting with the payroll period ending 11/4/2017, HR will no longer approve time submissions and absence requests that were not approved by supervisors prior to the pay period approval deadline.  Time and absences approved after the deadline may result in delayed or inaccurate pay.  More information is available on the HR website.
  2. State of Kansas Salary (SOKS) Increases FAQs:  For those needing clarification on the SOKS increases, HR has set up a FAQs webpage to provide easy access to answers.


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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