Office of Biostatistics presents Dr. Scott Berry


Dr. Scott Berry
Founding President of Berry Consultants, a consulting company on Bayesian methods in clinical trials

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
9:00am - 11:30am
1.104 Ewing Hall

Statements of Interest now being accepted for UTMB Ethical Considerations in Human Subject Research

Research Services announces the return of the Ethical Considerations in Human Subject Research. Classes will begin October 7 and continue Tuesdays through December 16. All classes will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Research Building 6, Room 1.108. Class size is limited.

This program is designed for investigators, Institutional Review Board (IRB) members, potential investigators, research team personnel (including staff nurses, clinical research coordinators, and technicians), residents, fellows, graduate students, and medical students.

The program requires a 20-hour commitment. This includes 16 hours of classroom lecture and discussion, and approximately 4 hours of study and research time outside of the classroom, including small group work and attendance at a Friday IRB meeting. Classes will cover the following areas of training:

• IRB structure and operations
• Informed consent process
• Applying the principles of ethics to research design
• Good Clinical Practice

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a full Good Clinical Practice certificate.

There are no registration fees for this program. However, an applicant Statement of Interest form, available online,is required and due no later than Friday, August 29.

Please contact Heidi Lutz at Ext. 69432 or for information.

Research Match Launches You Tube Channel

ResearchMatch recently launched its own YouTube Channel! Over the next several weeks RM will be uploading new videos on various topics of interest to the ResearchMatch community. What topics you ask?

Topics like:
• “What is ResearchMatch?”-How can volunteers use research Match to get connected.
• “Research Gives Hope”-The role of clinical trials in pediatric cancer.
• “Research is a Win-Win”-How patients and Doctors both benefit form research.
• “Research Give Us a Chance”-Behavioral research in the Autism community.
• “The importance of Diversity in Research”- No two people are alike so we all have a role to play in research.

You can check them out here:

Multi-investigator Pilot Projects

The Provost’s office will support pilot projects that bring together investigators from different disciplines to address an important research question. The goal of the project is to stimulate new interdisciplinary collaborations and applications for multi-PI R01s, Center grants, program projects and the like.

Funding is for one or two years, with up to three different investigators in a proposal. Maximum funding is $150,000 per year for two years ($50,000 per year for each of three investigators).

Prioritization of funding decisions will be driven by the estimate of the likelihood that the pilot project will result in a competitive multidisciplinary grant application. This relates to the importance of the topic, the quality of the investigators, and a clear path for seeking subsequent external funding.

Because the Provost’s office is already contributing to a similar RFA sponsored by the McLaughlin fund, which focuses on topics in infectious disease and immunology, preference will be given in this current RFA to non-ID topics.

Interested groups of investigators should submit a one page summary of their proposal, including a brief outline of plans for seeking subsequent outside funding. The group can include two or three PIs. Please also include biosketches for the PIs. Based on an initial review, teams will be invited to submit a five page proposal. The one page summary with biosketches should be submitted to Kelley Prevou ( by October 1.
Please email me if you have any questions.

James S. Goodwin, MD
Vice President for Research

Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The Sealy Center on Aging and the Office of the Vice President for Research in collaboration with the R24 on Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly, will provide funding for up to $30,000 to support pilot projects in patient centered outcomes research. The proposed pilot research should be designed to directly lead to an application for funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

We encourage UTMB faculty from any of the four schools, as well as members of the UTMB Health System to consider applying. Interested individuals should submit a one page or less summary of their proposal to Kelley Prevou ( Those that are judged promising will be asked to provide a 3-5 page description. Please note that the only goal of this program is increase the number of applications submitted by UTMB faculty to PCORI, which currently funds about $650,000,000 a year. Thus, an understanding of PCORI interests and processes is fundamental before seeking pilot funding.

The deadline for submitting the initial summary is 10/1/14.

Please direct any questions to Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD ( or James S. Goodwin, MD (

Nursing Ethics Seminar

"Truth? What is Truth? Veracity in Nursing Ethics"

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Research Building #6, Room 2.312 (Formerly "Children's Auditorium")

Presented by: Sharon Hensley, RN, BSN, CNML
Organized and facilitated by Nursing Education, Advancement and Resources and the Institute for Medical Humanities.

Promoting thoughtful discussion about issues related to excellence in patient care.
Nurses who attend this presentation will receive 1.0 continuing nursing education contact hours.

You must be present for the entire presentation to obtain credit.

Poster Session: Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Faculty, friends, students and staff are invited to attend
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Poster Presentation

Friday August 8, 2014
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Levin Hall Foyer

Meet these talented young scientists.
Learn about their summer research experience.
Bid them farewell as they return to colleges
and universities across the country.
Encourage them to return to UTMB for
their graduate studies.

Register Now - Translational Research Course

“Translational Research: Tools and Techniques”, is a series of weekly sessions offered by the Institute for Translational Sciences – Education Office (Karl E. Anderson, M.D. Course Director). This course will begin Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:15 p.m., Research Building 6 (formerly Children’s Hospital), Room 2.312. The one hour sessions will provide an overview of ethics, methods, and issues in the conduct of research involving human subjects.

Credit is available for:
1.) Risk Education (select sessions)
2.) Graduate Medical Education (select sessions)
3.) Graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

NEW for this year, participants may register ON-LINE! To register, please visit:
(You must be inside the UTMB “firewall” or if off-campus, VPN)

For more information, please visit: or contact the Institute for Translational Sciences Education Office at 772-1484.

Grants for Lunch

As Research changes, so must the tools we use. In response to this, the developers at Elsevier have addressed many of the questions asked by SciVal Experts users over the past 24 months. Attend and find out what the latest edition of Experts has to offer you and how you can use this tool to make your research better.

Tuesday, August 5
Noon – 1:00 pm
Research Building #6, Room 1.108

“Changes and Improvements in SciVal Experts: Making a great tool better”

Presenter: Melodi Moore, Funding Specialist, Research Services/Research Education


Innovate to Translate 2014

Innovate to Translate 2014


Because of last year's highly successful Innovation Challenge, it is returning - much improved and expanded in scope!

Innovation Challenge 2014 will launch May 1 with the IDEAxCHANGE forum. This forum will still be hosted at

Similar to last year, a critical component of Innovation Challenge 2014 will be the Collaborative Innovation class. In this class, cross-campus teams will be trained to find breakthrough solutions to challenges and problems selected from the IDEAxCHANGE forum.
Collaborative Innovation teams will then present their solutions to UTMB and UT leadership in the Challenge Tank on August 14.

If you are interested (and up for the "challenge"), please consider registering for the Collaborative Innovation class. The registration form can be found here:

Class registration is open from April 18 - May 10; the class runs from May 20 - August 14.


ITS Direct Connect - Connecting Researchers to Translational Science

Learn how to log into ITS Direct Connect and submit a ticket for help with your translational research.

Using ITS Direct Connect is quick and easy! Get your answers directly from our offices at the Institute for Translational Sciences. View the video to find out how.