PMCH Seminar Series

“Use of national and local databases to study a chronic disease: COPD"

Gulshan Sharma, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit
Director, TDJC Intensive Care Unit
Department of Internal Medicine

Thursday, October 2nd
1.104 Ewing Hall
Noon – 1PM
Lunch Provided

Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar

The Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Presents
"A West Nile virus NS4B-P38G mutant strain induces cell intrinsic innate cytokine responses in human monocytic and macrophage cells" by

Guorui (Grace) Xie
Research Interest : Immunology
Mentor: Dr. T. Wang
Friday, September 26, 2014
Levin Hall 3.324

KECK SCSB Friday Seminar - Trevor Cohen

"Discovery-by-analogy: Large-scale Analysis of the Biomedical Literature Through (somewhat) Cognitive Computing"

Trevor Cohen, MBChB, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
The University of Texas Health Science Center
September 26, 2014
5.402 Research Building 6
4 PM

NIEHS CET Environmental Health Sciences Seminar

The NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology cordially invites you to attend the Environmental Health Sciences Seminar Series featuring:

Scott L. Friedman, M.D.
Fishberg Professor of Medicine
Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Title: Hepatic Fibrosis - Pathogenesis and Emerging Treatments

Monday, September 15, 2014
5.521 Levin Hall
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Clinical Coordinator Meeting

Clinical Coordinator Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 16
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Research Building #6, 2.312


Topics of September meeting:
“Changes and Improvements in SciVal Experts: Making a great tool better”, Speaker Melodi Moore

“ClinicalTrials.Gov and Research Match Updates and Q&A”, Speaker Pamela Kiani

Topics in Biosecurity Symposia Series


"What's Next?: Ethical and Psychosocial Implications of Next Gen Sequencing"

Please join us September 3rd

in Levin Hall Main from 10 a.m. - noon

for a Readers Theater event that provides insights into the challenges of whole genome research and personalized medicine

Free coffee and iced tea will be available in the Levin Foyer for attendees

Innovate to Translate 2014

Innovate to Translate 2014

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 (

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.

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.