Topics in Biosecurity Symposia Series

Biosecurity Symposia Series - Session VIII

NIH Loan Repayment Programs applications available

The 2013 application cycle for the National Institutes of Health’s Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) is now open. The programs repay the outstanding student loans of researchers who are or will be conducting nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research. Opportunities are available in five research areas – clinical, pediatric, health disparities, contraception and infertility and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applications will be accepted until 7 p.m. November 15.

New Loan Repayment Programs contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt annually. Tax offsets also are provided as additional benefits. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the Loan Repayment Programs.

Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the contraception and infertility research LRP); be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university or government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary.

Each year, nearly 1,600 research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests in their careers through the extramural Loan Repayment Programs. Approximately 40 percent of new applications and 70 percent of renewal applications are funded.

For guidance on the application process, potential applicants should use the application guide and watch an Overview of the Loan Repayment Programs and Application Tutorial.

Visit the Loan Repayment Programs website for information and to access the online application. For additional assistance, call (866) 849-4047 or send email to or send email to Also, receive application cycle updates and tips through Twitter @NIH_LRPand Facebook.

REMINDER: All research applications should go through the Office of Sponsored Programs prior to submission. Please contact your pre-award analyst if you plan to apply for this opportunity.

Deadline reminder: AMIA 2013 Joint Summit on
Translational Science

The deadline for papers is approaching fast, and the deadline for papers, podiums presentations, and panels is not far behind. But there's still time to submit your work to THE research informatics conference of the year! Below is a graphic to help clarify the range of submission types.

Key dates:
• Paper submissions deadline: September 27, 2012
• Podium presentations, posters, and panels deadline: October 11, 2012
• Registration open: January, 2013

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2013 Joint Summits on Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) and Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) will be held March 18-22, 2013 at the Parc 55 Hotel San Francisco, CA. See for details.
The AMIA Joint Summits continue to be the premier venue for showcasing the latest informatics research at the dynamic interface of biomedical research and patient care. The meeting, however, features more than scientific presentations. It also includes sessions on issues, trends, and other important happenings with thought leaders in the field. During the meeting, there are many opportunities to network, catch up with friends and colleagues, and be part of a vibrant community that shares a passion for translational informatics research. We look forward to your submissions and to a rich program of cutting-edge, innovative research along with invaluable networking opportunities.

Register Now:
“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 8, 2012, 5:15 p.m., Children’s Hospital, Room 2.312. The sessions provide an overview of regulations and ethical principles involved in clinical investigation. A brochure further describing the sessions is available upon request or at :
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.) To find out more about the Institute for Translational Sciences, visit us at:

Centennial Seminar Series

Centennial Seminar Series

Two Faculty Funding Opportunities Offered


Offered through the UT Academy of Health Science Education through generous support from the University of Texas System

The Innovation in Health Science Education Awardrecognizes an individual who has implemented an educational project or program in undergraduate or graduate education in all UT health science institutions with documentation of innovation and achievement in the last five years. The monetary awards are $7500 for first place, $5000 for second place and $2500 for third place. Three finalists will present their projects at the 2013 Innovations in Health Science Education Conference on February 21-22, 2013 in order to receive the final award. This monetary award will be placed into discretionary accounts at the recipient’s UT institution for legitimate expenses to support academic pursuits.

The Health Science Education Small Grants Programoffers awards (up to $5000 per project) to faculty members at all UT health science institutions who submit a written proposal and budget for a project that strives to improve health science education by innovative approaches. Projects that demonstrate a direct, measurable and positive impact on learners in health science education will be most competitive for these awards.

Attached are details to nominate a faculty member for the Innovation in Health Science Education Award and to apply for the Heath Science Education Small Grants Program.
Strict deadlines for both applications will be October 5, 2012 at 5pm.

Application information for the awards and the small grants program can also be found at UT Academy of Health Science Education website at :

Grants for Lunch Series Begins October 9th

Research Services Grants For Lunch Series Presents…
“Strategy: Six Grant-Writing Tips You've Probably Never Heard”

Speaker: Thomas Green, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Tuesday, October 9th
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy Hospital West 6.100


NIH Webinar: Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Module Training

NIH RPPR Training Webinar for all Grantees
Wednesday, October 17
12:30-2 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

Register at

Effective October, 19,all NIH grantee institutions will have access to the NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for most Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards. Training for all grantees on the use of the new NIH RPPR will be provided via this webinar.

The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) is an initiative to establish a uniform format for interim performance reporting on federally-funded research and research-related activities. The RPPR format comprises a cover page, accomplishments (the sole mandatory reporting component), products, participants and other collaborating organizations, impact, changes/problems, special reporting requirements, and budgetary information identical to the forms included in the SF 424 R&R.

NIH expects to require use of the RPPR for most SNAP awards and Fellowships in Spring 2013, and to pilot the RPPR for non-SNAP awards during calendar year 2013. Details will be provided at a later date through separate Notices in the NIH Guide.
Training materials and other resources (including background and the RPPR Instruction Guide) are posted on the NIH RPPR web site at :

ITS Topics in Translational Research Seminar Series

Host-pathogen Interaction in Viral Bronchiolitis Seminar

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.

Announcing the 2nd Novel Immunotherapeutics Summit

January 30 - February 1, 2013 in San Diego, CA
Register Today to receive an Early Registration Discount!

The 2nd Novel Immunotherapeutics Summit taking place on Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2013 in San Diego, CA, brings together experts from academia and industry to discuss cutting edge research, immuno-strategies and novel therapeutics against various diseases. Topics such as cytokines, inflammation, cancer immunotherapy, immunomonitoring, biomarkers, immunosuppression, immunogenicity, immunotoxicity, allergy and asthma will be discussed at the summit.

The summit includes four concurrent tracks:

5th Immunotherapeutics and Immunomonitoring
11th Cytokines and Inflammation
2nd Allergy Drug Discovery and Development
Immunogenicity and Immunotoxicity

Register today and save up to $400!
Register 3 people for the price of 2! Use discount code rcdvb.

2012 UTMB Immunology Research in Progress

Immunogenicity of Rift Valley fever MP-12 vaccine encoding modified NSs gene presentation

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Investigators Lecture

Pepper Investigators Lecture
"The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center"

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Director, UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences
University of Texas Medical Branch

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Rebecca Sealy Conference Room, 6.100

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Scientific Writing Short Course

Title: Special Topics - Scientific Writing Short Course
Date: Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, September 15
Time: 8 a.m.-12 noon
Location: Sept. 14th: 1.408 SON/SHP Building; Sept. 15th, 3.320 Levin Hall
Course No.: CTPS 6096
Register at Space is Limited

This 2 half-day course addresses the basic principles of writing successful grant proposals, followed by instruction on developing a publishable manuscript based on a meeting abstract. The Friday grant-writing session will review pre-planning to enhance writing efficiency, providing essential details effectively and making the document easy to read and navigate. The Saturday manuscript class will examine the importance of choosing a focused, significant subject and then developing it in keeping with the conventions of a scientific report. Class size is limited.

This is the prelude to the intensive career development and fellowship grant boot camp the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will sponsor this fall. Watch for details later.

September Teaching Skill Workshop

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) integrates the best available evidence from clinical research, the physician's clinical expertise and experience, and the patient's unique circumstances and expectations. The importance of practicing EBM stems from a need to combine diagnostic skills and sound clinical judgment with up-to-date knowledge in the areas of diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and prevention. The clinician is confronted with an increasing amount of information and must acquire the skills necessary to sift through this information in minimal time in order to benefit from research progress and apply new information to the treatment of patients. Practitioners from Nursing and Health Professions Schools will aslo benefit using EBM to identify current best practices. Scientists in translational research can use EBM principles when participating in clinical trials. This workshop is targeted towards faculty teaching in any of the UTMB's four schools who want to learn about EBM and teaching strategies for EBM.

Participant Learning Objectives:
• Describe the five steps involved in the EBM process
• Identify the key elements in a clinical, patient-oriented, and searchable question
• Apply EBM principles to the evaluation of clinical trials

Presented by: Rolf Konig, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology; Director, Longitudinal Theme on Evidence-Based Medicine

Wed., Sept. 19, 2012 - Marvin Graves Bldg. Conference Rm 2.308 - 4:00-5:00 PM
Mon., Sept. 24, 2012 - Marvin Graves Bldg. Conference Rm 2.308 - Noon - 1:00 PM

TO REGISTER: click on the following link:

Registration Questions Contact
: Michelle R. Carter at x22791 or
Workshop Questions Contact: Oma Morey, Ph.D. at 23233 or

The TEACHING SKILLS WORKSHOP SERIES is jointly sponsored by OED and the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers.

Clinical Research Course 2012-2013

“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 13, 2012, 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. 

Genomics Pilot Funding Available

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.)

Questions should be directed to Dr. Naomi Forrester.

Genomic Pilot Funding Contacts

Pathogen Genomics Program:
Naomi Forrester, PhD
(409) 266-6927

Application Submission:
Andrew McNees, PhD, MBA

Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine Next Generation Sequencing Core Facility:
Tom Wood, PhD

GNL Assay Development Service Division:
Rick Pyles, PhD