Informatics Symposium, Case Western Reserve University

Informatics Symposium - Case Western Reserve University


Seminar - Topics in Translational Research

Seminar - Topics in Translational Research, How are Drugs, Devices and Biologics Approved and Regulated?


Research & Resource Day

The UTMB University Core Development Committee and the Institute for Translational Sciences would like to invite you to join them for an exciting event that will offer networking opportunities with campus-based researchers, research directors and staff.

At 11 am, the Core show will open in the Levin Hall Dining Room and researchers will be able to exchange information while the Cores showcase their State of the Art capabilities and services.

Concurrently, we will have a translational research scholar poster session in the Levin Hall Foyer. Translational research presentations will be offered from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Levin Hall South Auditorium.

Get the flyer here!

Research & Resource Day
March 16, 2012
Levin Hall Dining Room

A wine and cheese reception will follow from 5:00 – 7:00 in the foyer!

Contact: Laurie E. Sower, Ph.D., Research Services
Phone: 409-266-9439; lsower@utmb.edu


Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology Seminar Series

The Department of Pharmacology &Toxicology presents:

Eva Sevick-Muraca, Ph.D.
Professor, Cullen Chair in Molecular Medicine
Professor and Director Center for Molecular Imaging
Part of the National Cancer Institute Network for Translational Research
UT Health Science Center at Houston

"Near-infrared fluorescence imaging for assessing cancer metastasis"

Friday, March 16, 2012
12:00 noon
3.324 Levin Hall

Host: Marxa Figueiredo, Ph.D.


NIH Grant Application Webinar Series #6 - March 14

TOPIC: "Budgeting Your Research: Budget Strategies That Support Your NIH Proposal"

Wednesday, March 14
12:00 – 1:00
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304


This may sound rather basic, but when applying for an NIH grant, you have to know how much money you will need to complete your research. Therefore, you will use the budget and associated justifications to present and support all the expenses required to achieve your proposal's objectives. During this webinar you will get advice on building budget strategies that support your proposal.

To register for this session and others in the series, visit https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining. Please register for each session you plan to attend.

For information, contact Research Services/Research Education at research.education@utmb.edu.


Grants For Lunch on March 13

Topic: An Introduction to the Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies

Speaker: Dr. Dennis Trent, Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, and the staff of the Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies

Tuesday, March 13
Noon - 1 p.m.

Rebecca Sealy Hospital East, 4.302/4.304
RSVP at http://my.utmb.edu/PStraining


Seminar - From Bangladesh to Fogarty

Seminar - From Bangladesh to Fogarty


The Institute for Translational Sciences presents
Topics in Translational Research

How are Drugs, Devices and Biologics Approved and Regulated?

Leonard T. Wilson, B.S. MT (ASCP), M.S.
Retired Special Assistant to the Director, Review Management,
Office of the Center Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research,
Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, MD

Wednesday, Mar. 21
Levin Hall South 2.222
4:00pm - 5:00pm

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


NIH Grant Application Webinar Series #6 - Rebroadcast

TOPIC: "Budgeting Your Research: Budget Strategies That Support Your NIH Proposal"

This may sound rather basic, but when applying for an NIH grant, you have to know how much money you will need to complete your research. Therefore, you will use the budget and associated justifications to present and support all the expenses required to achieve your proposal's objectives. During this webinar you will get advice on building budget strategies that support your proposal.

To register for this session and others in the series, visit https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining. Please register for each session you plan to attend.

For information, contact Research Services/Research Education at
research.education@utmb.edu.

Wednesday, March 14
12:00 – 1:00
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304


Research: Preparing for Proposals and Publication

Course Offered in March

Research Services and the Hispanic Center of Excellence are offering a series of 90-minute sessions designed to get you started on the road to preparing a proposal. Each session will cover a different aspect of the grant cycle, beginning with finding the right funding opportunity. The sessions are part of the Preparing for Proposals and Publication course offered in conjunction with the GSBS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. They are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the grant process, including investigators and grant coordinators. The course comprises four sessions led by Linda Crumpler or Heidi Lutz from Research Services.

Register for each class you'd like to attend at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining.

Dates and topics are:

Session 1: InfoEd SPIN Plus Demo: Using the funding database and alert service to identify funding opportunities
Thursday, March 1
10:00-11:30 am
Carruth Room, Moody Medical Library, Rm 233 (computer lab)
Speaker: Linda Crumpler
or
Session 1 (Alternate time – select only one)
Wednesday, March 7
2:30-4:00 pm
Carruth Room, Moody Medical Library, Rm 233 (computer lab)
Speaker: Linda Crumpler

Session 2: Research Expertise: Tools to identify experts at UTMB and around the world
Thursday, March 8
10:00-11:30 am
Carruth Room, Moody Medical Library, Rm 233 (computer lab)
Speaker: Linda Crumpler
or
Session 2 (Alternate time – select only one)
Wednesday, March 14
2:30-4:00 pm
Carruth Room, Moody Medical Library, Rm 233 (computer lab)
Speaker: Linda Crumpler

Session 3: Writing Best Practices
Thursday, March 15
10:00-11:30 am
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304
Speaker: Heidi Lutz

Session 4: Public Access: PubMedCentral and ClinicalTrials.gov
Thursday, March 22
10:00-11:30 am
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304
Speaker: Linda Crumpler

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant Letters of Intent

Due in Advance to UCDC

The School of Medicine supports a robust program of university-wide core laboratory resources to facilitate its research mission. The Provost has established the University Core Development Committee (UCDC) to advise the Research Executive Committee and him on issues related to core support, management and acquisition of new technology.

In order to improve our award rate for NIH instrumentation grants, the Provost has asked investigators who wish to develop applications for the Small Instrumentation Grants (S10), High End Instrumentation Grants (S10) and Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvement grants (G20) to coordinate their applications with the UCDC. The purpose of the UCDC review will be to assist in enhancing the competitiveness of these applications. The UCDC can help develop a strong user group, assist in developing sustainable management plans, frame the instrumentation request in the context of on-going core laboratory activities and can plan an application strategy for instrumentation requests that may be duplicative or parallel. The involvement of a university-wide planning group, the UCDC, should strengthen the case, secure institutional support, and improve competitiveness.

Thus, investigators and groups developing these applications are required to submit to the UCDC at least one month prior to submission. The next round of proposals for the Shared Instrumentation Grant is due March 21, 2012 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-017.html). Investigators and groups developing these applications will need to submit to the UCDC a Letter of Intent and their Abstract, fully describing the instrument, users and needs that it will serve, as well as the Management Plan by February 22, 2012. The UCDC will then assist the PI with the management plans and the institutional documents required for support of the application.

Given the anticipated value to UTMB of the UCDC review of such an application, a PI's failure to disclose such an application to the UCDC may result in UTMB not endorsing the application.

Please submit the above listed documentation to the UCDC contact person (Laurie E, Sower, Ph.D., email: lsower@utmb.edu).


KL2 Position Available for Career Development of an Assistant Professor Engaged in Clinical/Translational Research

Request for Applications (RFA)

Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS)
Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program

Optional letter of intent due March 2, 2012 and the application deadline is April 6, 2012
The Institute for Translational Sciences' Translational Research Scholars Career Development (ITS Scholars) Program is an early mentored research career development program and a component of the UTMB Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NIH. The aim of the Program is to provide a mentored research experience leading to external funding of a research program in clinical and/or translational research relevant to the mission of the ITS, which is the home of the CTSA at UTMB. Four positions are funded by the KL2 component of the CTSA grant or by matching institutional funds provided to the ITS for up to 3 years or until a scholar secures independent funding. This annual application process is intended to fill vacant positions when they become available.

The Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) is an ITS-CTSA program and is a required part of the ITS Scholars Program, It is a series of seminars and workshops for junior faculty members preparing initial grant applications. Additional members of TRSP, numbering about 20, are supported by other sources such as other K12 programs or departmental funds. Many members of TRSP who do not have K12 support are strong candidates for KL2 support and are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who are ITS members and members of one of the ITS Multidisciplinary Translational Teams, as listed below and on the ITS web site: http://www.its.utmb.edu/mtts/mtts.html

More information is available from the ITS web site:
http://www.its.utmb.edu/learning/career_development/career_development.html
or the ITS Education Office (email: ctsa@utmb.edu, (772-1484).

The application deadline is April 6, 2012.


Request for Proposals Announcement for
Partnership for Cures

This is an important announcement regarding the RFP for the Patient Impact Initiative, Partnership for Cures.

The Due date for letter of intent is March 2, 2012 at 9:00pm Central Time. Should you decide to submit a letter of intent, please send a copy of the final lettervia email to Lisa Velasquez (livelas@utmb.edu).

Click here to view or download the official announcement from Dr. Allan Brasier!

Find out more and click Here to download the 2012 Patient Impact Initiative RFP Packet, including the Letter of Intent Instructions, Letter of Intent Form, Full Grant Instructions, Grant Form and Example Grant Proposal.


Adult Vaccine Study - Dengue Vaccine

We are looking for healthy adults interested in participating in a Dengue vaccine study. Participants should be in good health between the ages of 18 and 45. Interested individuals should be available to be seen 13 times over 4 months. Reimbursement for time and travel is provided. Please contact us at scvd.ctg@utmb.edu


Joint IRB - Scientific Review Committee Protocol Review

THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCES – CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTER AND THE INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB) NOW OFFER JOINT IRB – SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE PROTOCOL REVIEW

Effective February 1, 2012, Investigators who plan to use the Clinical Research Center (CRC) and wish a coordinated review of their protocols by the ITS – Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and the IRB must submit their application material to the SRC by the 15th of each month. This new submission date also applies to all protocols submitted for SRC review. For more information, please contact Liz Ruiz at ebruiz@utmb.edu or refer to the ITS website.

Register Now: "Epidemiological & Statistical Methods

in Clinical Investigation" Course

"Epidemiological & Statistical Methods in Clinical Investigation", is a series of 13 weekly sessions as a module in the Institute for Translational Sciences Education Program titled, "Clinical Research: Tools and Techniques". This module will begin Monday, February 27, 2012, 5:15 p.m., Children's Hospital, Room 2.312. The sessions provide an overview of Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Clinical Investigation.

A brochure further describing the sessions is available here!

To register, complete and submit the registration form located on the brochure or contact the Institute for Translational Sciences – Education Office by email CTSA@utmb.edu 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.) To find out more about the Institute for Translational Sciences' Education Programs, visit "Learning" at: http://www.its.utmb.edu/ .


The 3rd Annual International Science of Team Science Conference is pleased to present:

Linked Open Data & Team Science Workshop
SciTS Conference 2012 ~ Wyndham Chicago Hotel
Thursday, April 19 ~ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$175/person* ~ Continental breakfast and refreshments included

Linked open data (LOD) as a technology that uses the Web to connect related data, is well-poised to transition from proof-of-concept prototyping into significant, high-visibility projects. The analytic/algorithmic aspects of Team Science can readily capitalize upon the graph structure basis of LOD, directly consuming many of the common ontological classes already accessible in LOD form. This workshop will explore the nature of LOD and its applicability and utility to Team Science. Particular emphasis will be placed on the provisioning of Team Science class data as LOD and consuming LOD in Team Science class applications. Research networking (RN; knowledge management for the research enterprise) will be used as a primary motivating application to ground discussion, with examples drawn from representative RN tools (e.g., VIVO, Loki and Profiles). Topics covered in the workshop will include: Basic LOD principles; Why this technology matters to the SciTS community; Getting started serving data (i.e., Resource Description Framework, RDF); Getting started consuming data (i.e., SPARQL); and Integration with other frameworks (e.g., Drupal).

• Noshir Contractor, PhD, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Communication Studies, and Management and Organizations, Northwestern University,
• Ying Ding, PhD, Assistant Professor, Information Science Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Indiana University Bloomington
• David Eichmann, PhD, Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Iowa
• Deborah McGuiness, PhD, Professor, Computer Science and Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
• Griffin Weber, MD, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Harvard Catalyst Profiles, Harvard University Medical School

* The Workshop registration fee is separate from the General Conference registration fee; participants can attend the Workshop without attending the General SciTS Conference.

Click HERE for additional information, or go directly to the Workshop REGISTRATION site. Space in this Workshop is limited, early bird discounted registration ends February 12.


Research Study Volunteers Wanted - Cold Exposure

Are you 18-70 years old and healthy?
If YES, you may be eligible to participate in a study investigating the effect of cold exposure (61oF) on the body's ability to clear blood sugars.

You will need to come to the hospital 2 times (~ 2 weeks apart) and stay 2 days each time.
Eligible volunteers will receive:

  • health screenings and lab tests at no charge, and
  • reimbursement for time and travel.
Contact:
Christina Yfanti, MSc
UTMB post-doctoral fellow
Email: chyfanti@utmb.edu

PhD Maria Chondronikola, MS, RD
UTMB Doctoral fellow
Email: machondr@utmb.edu


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: klcraig@utmb.edu)
or
Dr. Nick Hurren: (phone: (409) 770-6954; email: nmhurren@utmb.edu)


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