The Institute for Translational Sciences Seminar

Protein S-nitrosylation in Health & Disease


Genomics Pilot Funding Available

Institute for Human Infections and Immunity announces availability of GENOMICS PILOT FUNDING

The Institute for Human Infections and Immunity is pleased to announce the availability of seed funds for pathogen genomics and other infectious disease and immunology initiatives involving next generation sequencing. Applicants must be IHII members and may request a one-time award of up to $5,000 to cover reagents and sequencing costs in the Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine Next Generation Sequencing Core Facility and/or the GNL Assay Development Service Division.

To apply, an abstract of no more than 400 words, along with a budget and biosketches of key personnel, should be sent to Dr. Andrew McNees. Applications should explain how the sequence data will be used to develop new projects or extend existing projects and lead to external grant funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr. Naomi Forrester in the IHII Pathogen Genomics Program for assistance in planning and budgeting their project. There is no deadline for applications, but the review of proposals will begin on June 15, 2012, and will continue until the available funds are exhausted. It is not yet known if additional funding will be available next fiscal year (beyond August 2012.)

For more information, visit www.utmb.edu/ihii/path.shtml
Questions should be directed to Dr. Naomi Forrester.


SRA Webinar Series:
Essentials for the Research Administrator

Research Services is hosting an SRA webinar series on the Essentials for the Research Administrator. All webinars will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304.
Please register for each webinar separately at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining. You may attend one or all.

May 23 - Reviewing the Award Document
Sample award documents from major public sponsors such as NIH, NSF and others will be reviewed. The presenter will go through the major elements on the award document and provide background on interpretation. Focus will be on "what information do I need to establish an award?

May 30 - When do I Hold-up an Award?
Much to the frustration of the PI, sometimes an organization will receive an award that must be held before an award can be set up. The reasons vary from lack of certain compliance approvals to incomplete information on the award document. This Webinar will outline the most common and critical reasons for holding up establishment of an award and provide suggestions and best practices for moving forward.

June 6 - Post-Award Considerations
Post-award administrators need to be familiar with the many issues that can arise during the management of sponsored programs. Attend this Webinar to learn best practices, guidance and valuable resources related to essential elements of successful post-award administration such as: transfers, reporting and timely closeouts.

Date to be announced – Basic Proposal Development Priorities
Every sponsor, regardless of whether or not they require Grants.gov, Fastlane or other submission tool, requests a different set of information as part of the proposal. This Webinar will provide useful tips regarding the critical elements that need pre-submission review.

Click for more information


PRIM&R Webinar: Data Sharing in Genomics
Research - Participant Attitudes

Data sharing is a tenet of research traditionally expressed through publication and the opportunity for others to review, critique, and attempt to reproduce scientific findings. Data sharing has also increasingly become standard practice as a means to promote resource sharing across the research community.

For pre-existing studies, determining whether data sharing is consistent with the original consent remains a challenge. Many older consent forms do not explicitly address data sharing, and consequently, it can be challenging to know how to assess them. In addition, genomic science is advancing rapidly and the issues relevant to data sharing are evolving along with it. During this transitional time, there is great uncertainty about how to deal with genomics and genomic data.

During this webinar, the following topics will be discussed:

  • The current state and evolution of data sharing policy, including other relevant developments in federal policy
    • e.g. issues under discussion by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues: privacy vs. access; individual vs. societal benefit
  • IRB issues, best practices, and informed consent
  • Results from a randomized study of consent for data sharing conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, including:
    • Preconceptions and evolving opinions on controlled access and open-access data release
    • Changes in preferences following changes in data sharing options
Audience:
Those conducting or reviewing genetic and genomic research that is or may be governed by data sharing policies.

Thursday, May 24
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy West 5.100

Register at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining


The Institute for Translational Sciences Seminar

Long-term effects of perinatal events on gut function


Institute for Human Infections & Immunity Accepting Applications for Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Fellowships

SCSBMB / IHII Predoctoral Fellowship
The Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics and the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity announce the availability of an interdisciplinary joint predoctoral fellowship for a PhD student studying structural and/or computational aspects related to infectious diseases and/or immunology. Applications will be accepted from students who propose interdisciplinary research and who have a strong co-mentoring plan to include faculty members in both the SCSBMB and the IHII. The fellowship will cover the GSBS stipend of $27,000 per year and tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year, with the potential for an additional year of funding subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

Application deadline for SCSBMB/IHII fellowship: 5:00 p.m., June 1, 2012

Neuroscience / Infectious Disease Predoctoral Fellowship
The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity announce the availability of a predoctoral fellowship for a PhD student working at the interface between neuroscience and infectious disease. Applications will be accepted from students who propose truly interdisciplinary research and who have a strong co-mentoring plan to include faculty members of both the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and the IHII. The fellowship will cover the GSBS stipend of $27,000 per year and tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year, with the potential for an additional year of funding subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

Application deadline for Neuroscience/IHII fellowship: 5:00 p.m., July 2, 2012

Application materials are the same for both fellowships and are available at
www.utmb.edu/ihii/fellowships.shtml

Contacts: IHII - Melissa Jones || SCSBMB - Desi Miller || Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology - Dr. Darren Boehning


Healthy Health Policy Lunch & Lecture

The UTMB Office of the President and the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs are serving up a Healthy Health Policy Lunch & Lecture Series!

Enjoy a light, healthy lunch along with a healthy dose of health policy from local, state, national, and international experts. On the menu this month…

"Responding to Community Concerns About Air Pollution's Health Effects"

presented by
Andrea M. Hricko
Director, Community Outreach and Education Program
Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center University of Southern California

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Noon–1 p.m.
Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. in Levin Hall Dining Room

The Healthy Health Policy Lecture, "Responding to Community Concerns About Air Pollution's Health Effects" featuring Andrea Hricko of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, is available for remote broadcast to all interested UTMB locations. Please contact Veronica Pleasant at 772-2906 to request service. Please have your IP address available when requesting service. The set-up of the live broadcast will begin no later than 11:45 a.m.
co-sponsored by the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology, the Institute for Translational Sciences, and the UTMB student chapters of the American Medical Assoiation and the Texas Medical Association.

Research Coordinators Monthly Education Series

Topic: "Important Changes in Research Billing"

Speakers: Erin Pennington and Gianna Luper

Thursday, May 17
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304


Please send questions or suggested topics of discussion prior to the meeting to research.education@utmb.edu.

RSVP at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining


The Institute for Translational Sciences Seminar

Subramani Mani, (MD), PhD


The Institute for Translational Sciences Presents
Topics in Translational Science

Kathryn A. Cunningham, PhD


Elizabbeth Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA, Pepper Older Americans Indendence Center Investigators' Lecture

Sealy Center on Aging
Pepper Investigators' Lecture


"Parkinson's Disease & Exercise: Let Me Count the Ways"
Elizabeth J. Protas, P.T., Ph.D., FACSM, FAPTA
Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions
George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor
Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging
University of Texas Medical Branch

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Conference Room 6.100


DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR CPRIT RFA -
High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards

Internal Deadline: April 20, 2012 (UTMB) EXTENDED TO MAY 1, 2012
(External Deadline: May 31, 2012)


Applications for High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards will be accepted beginning April 12, 2012 at 7 a.m. CST through May 31, 2012 at 3 p.m. CST through the CPRIT Application Receipt System (www.cpritgrants.org). The applications will be reviewed September - October 2012 and award notifications are expected in November 2012.

High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards (HIHR)
http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/images/uploads/rfa_r-13-hihr-1.pdf

These awards support relatively short-term high-impact/high-risk projects that are innovative, developmental, or exploratory in nature targeting new avenues of cancer research. This RFA may and should be used for any kind of research—basic, translational, or clinical. The goal of this award mechanism is to fund uncommonly great ideas that merit the opportunity to acquire preliminary data. Awards are up to $200,000 (total costs) for up to 2 years.

Eligibility:

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must have a doctoral degree, including MD, PhD, DDS, DMD, DrPH, DO, DVM, or equivalent, and must reside in Texas during the time the research that is the subject of the grant is conducted.
  • One Co-PI may be included.
  • A PI may submit only one new or resubmission application under this RFA during this funding cycle. Renewal applications will not be accepted.


Limitations: Because a large number of submissions is anticipated, and to ensure timely and high-quality review of the most innovative and cutting-edge research with the greatest potential for advancement of cancer research, CPRIT is imposing a limit on the number of High-Impact/High-Risk Research Award applications that may be submitted by an institution. UTMB is limited to five applications.

Matching requirement: Texas law requires the CPRIT award recipient to demonstrate that it has an amount of funds equal to one-half of the CPRIT funding dedicated to the research that is the subject of the award.

NOTICE: High-Impact/High-Risk Research Awards require internal review by the Research Advisory Committee. UTMB is limited to five applications. Please submit a FULL PROPOSAL by April 20 (EXTENDED to May 1) to Ericia Huff, Office of Sponsored Programs (ehuff@utmb.edu; ext. 69433).

For more information about the CPRIT application process, see CPRIT Frequently Asked Questions http://research.utmb.edu/FindFunding/Files/CPRIT_FAQs.doc.

For more information about Limited Competitions internal review processes see Limited Competitions table: http://rsdev2.utmb.edu/FindFunding/LimitedCompetitionsTable.xls.


SCSBMB / IHII Requests Applications for Joint

Predoctoral Fellowship

The Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics (SCSBMB) and the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity (IHII) announce the availability of an interdisciplinary joint predoctoral fellowship for a PhD student studying structural and/or computational aspects related to infectious diseases and/or immunology. Applications will be accepted from students who propose interdisciplinary research and who have a strong co-mentoring plan to include faculty members in both the SCSBMB and the IHII. The fellowship will cover the GSBS stipend of $27,000 per year and tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year, with the potential for an additional year of funding subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., June 1, 2012
A fellow will be selected by August 1, 2012.

Application materials and additional information are available here.

Questions should be directed to Desi Miller in the SCSBMB (dl2mille@utmb.edu) or Melissa Jones in the IHII (meljones@utmb.edu).


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/ .


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.