HBC September 2020 News Bulletin

Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Higuchi Biosciences Center Seminar

Angela Koehler

This is a reminder that the Higuchi Biosciences Center will be hosting a virtual seminar, via Zoom, on October 2, 2020, at 9:00 am.  The invited speaker is Dr. Angela Koehler, associate professor of biological engineering at MIT.  More information is available on the HBC website.  Please register if you wish to attend the event.


Upcoming Fall Symposia

GRASP LogoThree HBC sponsored symposia are scheduled for the fall.  The 2020 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR), a regional symposium on macromolecular NMR applications and techniques, will be held virtually, via Zoom, October 9 - 10, 2020.  The schedule and program is currently available on their website.   Registration is free and currently opened.

Biomedical Sciences Symposium Logo The 2020 Biomedical Sciences Symposium will be held via Zoom on November 6, 2020, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Andrew Mesecar, Walther Professor of Cancer Structural Biology – Biochemistry,  at Purdue University.  The organizing committee has issued a call for Poster Abstracts from undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs in the biomedical field who wish to virtually exibit their research findings.  Registrations (necessary to receive the Zoom invitation) and abstract submissions (deadline: October 23 at noon) are currently open.

The SEARCH 2020 symposium (Scientists Exploring non-Academic caReer CHoices) will be a 3-part virtual series taking place on October 24, November 7, and November 14, 2020.  The schedule as well as information on the  speakers and panelists is available on their website.  Registration will open soon.


HBC Annual New Faculty Recognition

The HBC will host its new faculty meeting via Zoom on October 15, 2020, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  This is an occasion for new KU faculty in the biomedical sciences field to meet the HBC staff, talk with other new faculty members from last year’s group and network with the HBC PIs/Internal advisory committee members. Please feel free to share this information with your new colleagues and have them contact Paula Hinman at phinman@ku.edu or 785-864-0908 for more information or to sign up. 


Looking ahead…looking ahead

  • If you have not done so yet, take the time to complete and submit your KU Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) Certification for fiscal year 2021 by using the link in the e-mail you received from ecompliance@ku.edu.   The form needs to be submitted within 30 days of receipt of the e-mail.  More information about Conflict of interest reporting is available on the Office of Research website.
  • State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) information is  currently available on the SEHP website. An overview of 2021 plan information can be viewed through an online Open Enrollment Presentation Video (presentation downloadable in PDF or Power Point with transcript). The SEHP open enrollment booklet for State Employee and Non State Employer Groups is also available online (the booklets for the other groups are still in process and will be available soon).  SEHP Open Enrollment is from October 1 to 31, 2020.  This is an active enrollment year so all covered members must enroll for plan year 2021.  Members who have waived coverage will remain waived.


NIH Updates

HBC Sponsored Events
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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