HBC September 2017 News Bulletin

Monday, October 9, 2017

Looking Ahead...looking ahead

  • looking aheadThe rollout date for the new Oracle Cloud financial system is set for early December.  Two new videos have been posted on the project website, the first one giving an overview of the systems, and the second one indicating the level of impact for each group of employees.  Please take the time (12 minutes) to view these videos.   Updates, town hall presentations, training session schedules, and online documentation will be posted on the project website.  E-mail announcements will also be sent.
  • Please keep in mind that key dates for the implementation of NIH new FORMS-E are as follow:
    • ➢ September 25, 2017: New FORMS-E Application Instructions are now available on the NIH website.
    • ➢ October25, 2017: FORMS-E Application Packages will be available for FOAs with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.
    • ➢ January 25, 2018: First due dates for new FORMS-E Application Packages.

 

KU NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease calls for Pilot Project applications

The KU NIH CoBRE in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (CBID) has issued a call for Pilot Projects.   These projects must fit with the scientific theme of Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease and make use of at least one of the associated core labs at KU.  Potentially, four projects will be funded at up to $90,000 in direct cost.  They will be for a one-year period with possible renewal for a second year.  A Letter of Intent is due January 2, 2018.   For more information, please consult the announcement.

 

HBC Participant awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)

Joanna Slusky, assistant professor of molecular biosciences, was recently awarded a NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2).  Joanna SluskyThis program’s goal is to support a few exceptionally creative and promising early stage investigators that propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches and is part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Slusky and wish her the best with her project.   Information about the High Risk, High Reward Research Program that comprises four different types of awards can be obtained on the NIH website.  Funding opportunities for these awards are released every year in the spring, with applications due in the fall.

 

Important 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 the time to review some important changes being put forth by the NIH.  You can do so by:

  1. Familiarizing yourself with the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form (part of the new FORMS-E package to be used for grant applications with due dates of January 25 or beyond).  A NIH video gives an overview of these changes.
  2. Answering these four questions about your current or proposed research:
    • Does the study involve human participants?
    • Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?
    • Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?
    • Is the effect that will be evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?

If the answer to all four questions is yes, then NIH considers your research a clinical trial.  This is crucial in determining if your current research complies with the new NIH policies or if you are choosing the appropriate funding opportunity for future research.

  1. Familiarizing yourself with the NIH policy changes concerning clinical trials.


HBC Sponsored Events

September 28, 2018
Heartland Center for Mitochondria Medicine (HCMM) Symposium
School of Nursing Auditorium, University of Kansas Medical Center

October 12-13, 2018
2018 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR)
School of Pharmacy

November 9-10, 2018
Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (GPID)
SpringHill Suites Lawrence and School of Pharmacy

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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