HBC November-December 2020 News Bulletin

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Biomedical Sciences Symposium

The third Biomedical Sciences Symposium, held via zoom on November 6, 2020, was a great success.  One keynote speaker, Dr. Andrew Mesecar, as well as four student speakers, gave very informative and interesting presentations.  We thank them all for sharing their time and expertise.  Congratulations to Catherine Kerr who received the best student speaker award.

Forty-two posters were presented during the poster sessions.  We are grateful to all who participated in sharing their research.  First place for best poster award was a tie and went to Adedamola Opalade and David Ingham.  The second place, also a tie, went to Wendy Aquino Nunez and Vikalp Vishwakarma.  Abstracts from oral and poster presentations can be found on the Biomedical Sciences Symposium website.

We also would like to take this opportunity to thank the students from the Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology Training Program who organized this symposium in collaboration with the HBC.  Their great work and dedication was truly appreciated.


Looking ahead… looking ahead

  1. 2020 Evaluations – The 2020 Staff Performance Evaluation forms are now available in the Performance Management System.   All employees who received an e-mail from Human Resources must complete their self-evaluation through My Talent by January 14, 2021.  For assistance in completing the form, you can use the Performance Evaluation Step-by-Step Instructions on the Human Resource Management Website or watch the instructional video.  For additional questions contact Human Resource Management at hrdept@ku.edu or 785-864-4946.
  2. Discretionary Day – the last day to use the 2020 Discretionary Day before losing it is December 26,2020


Holiday Closures

In concert with the entire Lawrence and Edwards campuses and the KU Office of Research, the HBC will be closed from December 24, 2020, through January 3, 2021. This includes both the HBC administration and the stockroom.  Since the stockroom will be closed during that time, we highly encourage that you place all supply orders early enough so that they are received by December 23rd at the latest.  If you need to order something while the stockroom is closed, please make arrangements with the carrier to receive the item(s) being delivered.  Also, please note that although the HBC will be open during the days preceding the closure dates, some of the staff will be taking vacation time to have extra time with their families.  If you need to talk with a staff member or have proposals to submit mid-December or mid-January, please make sure to contact us ahead of time and submit your proposal files early enough to avoid a rush situation.


NIH Updates

  1. NIH announced that their RePORTER (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) was rebuilt from the ground up.  New features were added and it is now easier and faster to access information on funded grants.  More information about it is available in Open Mike.
  2. The NIH is inviting comments and suggestions on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research.  All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on December 7, 2020.  More information about the request can be found on NOT-OD-21-018.
  3. The NIH has released its  Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing.  The policy has two main requirements: 1) the submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan at the time of the application submission and 2) being in compliance with the NIH Institute, Center, or Office (ICO)-approved Plans.


Happy Holidays!!

This is the last HBC News Bulletin to be published this calendar year.  Therefore, HBC staff would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday Season!!!

Grant Submission Deadlines

March 5, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

March 11, 2021
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 1 & 2 & Era of Hope Scholar Award – Pre-application.

March 12, 2021
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 3 & 4  & Innovator Award – Pre-application.

March 16, 2021
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – renewal, resubmission, revision.

Recent Awards

Yoshiaki Azuma, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $35,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled “Targeting mitotic function of the PICH (Polo-like kinase interacting checkpoint helicase) for novel therapeutics of TNBC.”

Heng Du, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, transferred a grant from  the University of Dallas, Texas.  It is a BrightFocus Foundation project entitled “Synaptic mitochondrial calcium uniporter deregulation and synaptic injury in Alzheimer's disease.”

Teruna Siahaan, Aya and Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $25,000 by the PHRMA Foundation as mentor for Kelly Schwinghamer for the project entitled “Non-Invasive Brain Delivery Clearance  and Efficacy of Therapeutic Antibodies in Mice.”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $35,000 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled “Drug the Undruggable Musashi Oncoprotein by Fragment-based Drug Discovery.”

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