NIH Grant Application Webinar Series #3

TOPIC: NIH Research Strategy: Actionable Next Steps to Develop a Winning Proposal

Wednesday, December 7
12:00 – 1:00
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

A research strategy is not just about experiments, but how you think about solving the problems raised. To successfully meet the requirements of the research strategy component of the NIH grant you must provide a clear picture of your research and its impact, how you will overcome challenges and what you hope to accomplish.

To RSVP for this session and others in the series, visit Please register for each session you plan to attend.

For information, contact Research Services/Research Education at

IHII Faculty Meeting

Institute for Human Infections & Immunity
Faculty Meeting
Monday, Nov. 7, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Galveston National Laboratory, Room 1.100

Faculty members of the Institute for Human Infections & Immunity (IHII) are invited to a meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m, with a social hour to follow until 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to update IHII members on recent developments related to infectious disease and immunology centers and programs; to gain input on pending decisions regarding our high containment and core laboratories; and to provide an opportunity to meet informally with colleagues afterward to enjoy refreshments and learn about new research facilities and opportunities on our campus.

If you plan to attend the meeting and do not have badge access to the GNL, you must RSVP with your UTMB ID number to Melissa Jones ( by noon on Friday, Nov. 4.

4:00 Welcome from the IHII Director Scott Weaver, PhD
4:05 SCVD / NIH Models Contract Alan Barrett, PhD
4:15 CBEID / WRCE David Walker, MD
4:25 CTD / Global Health Programs & Organization Peter Melby, MD
4:35 McLaughlin Endowment Ashok Chopra, PhD, CSc
4:45 Institute for Translational Science / CTSA Allan Brasier, MD
4:55 Galveston National Laboratory James LeDuc, PhD
5:05 Institute for Human Infections & Immunity Scott Weaver, PhD
5:15 - 6:30 Refreshments, Informal Discussion and Poster Presentations on GNL Service Divisions, the Clinical Proteomics Center, Next Generation Sequencing, and Network Visualization and Analysis of ID/Immunology Data

Mentoring and Networking Conference for

Students and Faculty in Academic Medicine

4th Annual South Regional Meeting
American Physician Scientist Association
November 5, 2011
9am to 6pm
Levin Hall

Register onsite or online:

Join students and faculty from across Texas to discuss translational research and academic medicine.

Contact Alyssa Baker at with questions or comments.

UTMB NGS Workgroup

New Technology Presentation
November 2, 2011
BSB Auditorium 4:00pm

  • Introductions and Overview
  • How the Illumina HiSeq1000 works with your NGS experiments (Dr. Tom Wood)
  • Sequencing and Structural Vaccinology of Ehrlichia by Dr. David Walker's Lab (Dr. Bruce Luxon)
  • Open Discussion
For more information contact: Dr. Bruce Luxon (
Sponsored by: Institute for Human Infections and Immunity Institute for Translational Science Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine

Hands-on training for InfoEd electronic IRB submissions

The Office of Research Subject Protections now accepts only electronic submissions via the InfoEd system. This electronic research administration tool provides researchers an online portal for preparing, submitting and tracking their protocols. Paper submissions are no longer accepted.

Research Information Systems staff will offer monthly training sessions to introduce you to the Human Subjects Module. Researchers and research personnel are encouraged to attend training for navigation and use of the new electronic system.

All sessions will be in Rebecca Sealy East 4.302.

Upcoming class dates and times:
Nov. 15 - 10-11:30 a.m.
Dec. 13 - 10-11:30 a.m.

Class size is limited to 15 people. RSVP at to guarantee your spot in one of the sessions.

NIH Grant Application Webinar Series #2 - Rebroadcast

TOPIC: NIH Biosketch - Present Your Capabilities Effectively

Wednesday, November 9, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304.

This is more than a simple biography of the Principal Investigator. In this webinar they will discuss the ways you can creatively use this area to increase your chances to successfully obtain your needed funding.

To RSVP for this session and others in the series, visit Please register for each session you plan to attend.

For information, email Research Services/Research Education.

Sealy Center on Aging Pepper Investigator's Lecture

"Regulation of VLDL-TG Kinetics: Clinical Significance"

  1. To present the effects of gender, diet, exercise and obesity to VLDL-TG metabolism in humans
  2. To briefly describe the known biochemical mechanisms regulating VLDL-TG metabolism in humans
  3. To discuss the translational value of the findings

Presented by:
Labros Sidossis, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Sealy Center on Aging,
Institute for Translational Sciences and Shriners Burns Institute
University of Texas Medical Branch

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Conference Room 6.100
Everyone is welcome to attend

The Institute for Translational Sciences presents:
Topics in Translational Research Workshop

The Biomarker Discovery Pipeline


  • Overview of the biomarker development pipeline - Allan Brasier, MD
  • Biomarker discovery: Discovery proteomics - John Wiktorowicz, PhD
  • Predictive panel development - Heidi Spratt, PhD
  • Verification and quantitation - Yingxin Zhao, PhD
  • Clinical laboratory (CLIA/CAP) considerations in biomarker development - Michael Loeffelholz, PhD

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Levin Hall Dining Room
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for the Wine & Cheese Reception from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the Levin Hall Foyer!

4th Annual South Regional Meeting of the
American Physician Scientist Association

Faculty, residents, medical, and MD-PhD students will gather to discuss translational research and medicine.

Date: November 5, 2011
Location: Levin Hall

Register today at
Registration is FREE for UTMB students.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Allan R. Brasier, MD, Leon Bromberg Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, UTMB
  • Dr. Richard Sutton, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine

Sponsored by:

  • UTMB MD-PhD Combined Degree Program
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • UTMB Department of Anesthesiology
  • UTMB School of Medicine, Office of Student Affairs and Admissions

Nutrition Study: Volunteers Wanted

Do you or a family member have high triglycerides (an elevated blood fat level)?

We have an ongoing study that aims to determine if adding amino acids to your diet may help lower your triglycerides. The study will be conducted at the Institute for Translational Sciences Clinical Research Center (ITS-CRC) at UTMB and consists of:

  • Screening for diabetes and other diseases
  • 10 weeks of nutritional supplementation
  • Experimental trials - two i.v. catheters, infusion of tracers (small amounts of labeled fat), muscle biopsies, drinks containing amino acids (building blocks of protein), blood sampling, body composition analysis, and measurement of fat levels in liver and muscle

Volunteers must:

  • be 50 - 75 years (male or female)
  • have screening results showing elevated fat levels in blood

Volunteers cannot:

  • have diabetes
  • be currently taking medication known to alter lipid levels

Volunteers will be reimbursed for lost time, travel and expenses. If you would like to know more about this study, please contact either:

Kristi Craig: (phone: (409) 770-6619; email:
Dr. Nick Hurren: (phone: (409) 770-6954; email:

Melanoma Research Alliance Seeks Innovative Proposals

to Address Gap in Translational Science

SOURCE: Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)

$ AVAILABLE: MRA plans to provide at least $3 million in new funding for Individual Investigator Awards during the 2011-12 cycle. Proposals will be accepted for Individual Investigator Awards in the following categories:

  • Young Investigator Awards provide investigators within four years of their first academic faculty appointment with $75,000 per year for two to three years to accomplish innovative, early concept projects.
  • Established Investigator Awards provide investigators with an established record of scientific productivity with up to $125,000 per year for two to three years to conduct projects supported by preliminary data.
  • Pilot Awards provide an award of $50,000 per year for two years for potentially transformative pilot studies from investigators who are past the initial four years of their first academic faculty appointment.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see $ AVAILABLE for eligibility information.

PURPOSE: The Melanoma Research Alliance is a public charity that supports an international cross-disciplinary group of biomedical researchers with the clinical and scientific expertise to explore, identify, and pursue innovative solutions to critical research questions leading to better treatments and a cure for melanoma patients.

The MRA is soliciting proposals that address the gap in translational science, i.e., turning scientific discoveries into tools and/or treatments for high risk individuals or melanoma patients. Successful proposals will have potential for translational development that could lead to high-impact near-term clinical application in areas of melanoma prevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment. Development and/or use of novel technologies that have the potential to further such advances in the program's areas of emphasis will be considered.
For the 2011-12 cycle, proposals in the following areas are of particular interest and will receive special consideration: developing combinatorial treatment strategies for patients with unresectable stage III-IV melanoma; exploring biomarkers of treatment response and/or resistance mechanisms to immunotherapy and developing methods to overcome resistance; characterizing molecular pathways driving BRAF wild type melanomas; and defining unique molecular and/or immunological characteristics of acral and amelanotic melanomas in order to identify new therapeutic targets in these patients.

CONTACT: Email questions about this RFP, eligibility, or other questions about MRA or its awards to Laura Brockway-Lunardi, Ph.D., MRA scientific program director, at For more information see The Melanoma Research Alliance.

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"Regulations and Ethics in Clinical Research" Course

"Regulations and Ethics in Clinical Research", is a series of 10 weekly sessions as a module in the Institute for Translational Sciences Education Program titled, "Clinical Research: Tools and Techniques". This module will begin Monday, October 10, 2011, 5:15 p.m., Children's Hospital, Room 2.312. The sessions provide an overview of regulations and ethical principles involved in clinical investigation. Get a brochure further describing the sessions here!

IRB ethics preparation, Risk Education, and GME credits are available for selected sessions.

To register, complete and submit the registration form located on the brochure Internet site, or contact the Institute for Translational Sciences – Education Office by email or phone 772-1484. The course fee of $55 covers registration, letter of completion, Risk Education, GME credit, and refreshments. (Those who have already registered for this year's course, "Clinical Research: Tools and Techniques" do not need to register again for this module.)

Click to find out more about the Institute for Translational Sciences!

Clinical Research Course 2011-2012

“Clinical Research:  Tools and Techniques”, is a series of 35 weekly sessions offered to faculty, fellows, residents, graduate students and others interested in clinical investigation by the Institute for Translational Sciences – Education Office (Karl E. Anderson, M.D. Course Director).  This course will begin Monday, August 15, 2011, 5:15 p.m., Children’s Hospital, Room 2.312.  The one-hour sessions provide an overview of ethics, methods, and issues in the conduct of research involving human subjects.  Click here for a brochure further describing the sessions.  Risk Education, and GME credits are available for selected sessions.  The course is also offered to students enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as PHS 6135.

To register, complete and submit the registration form located on the brochure or on the course website. Those who register may choose to attend any or all sessions and may make up missed sessions the next year.  Upon request, participant attendance and self-assessment results may be reported to training program directors. 

For more information contact the Institute for Translational Sciences - Education Office at 772-1484.  The course fee of $55 covers registration, letter of completion, Risk Education and GME credit, and refreshments. 

Asthma Research Study - Volunteers Needed

You may qualify for one of our studies if you are a non-smoker for at least 1 year with a history of physician-diagnosed asthma. You must be between the ages of 18 - 60 and free of other medical problems. Visits are located in the University Hospital Clinics Building (UHC) room 6.214. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Call Ron at 409-747-1887 for more information.

William J. Calhoun, M.D.
Principal Investigator, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Multidisciplinary Clinical Trials Office
Director: Coordination Key Resource, CTSA