IHII Retreat - Keynote Lecture

2012 Institute for Human Infections & Immunity (IHII) Retreat

"Molecular pathogenomics of group A Streptococcus epidemics: What have we learned?"
James M. Musser, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Disease Research
Chair, Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine
Fondren Endowed Distinguished Chair
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Houston, Texas

Wednesday, December 5
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Levin Hall Main Auditorium

All are welcome to attend. The full retreat agenda is available here.

Call For Pilot Project Proposals

Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
Request for Applications (RFA)

Pilot Awards
Purpose: The Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center in collaboration with the Institute for Translational Sciences invites applications for the 2013 Pepper Pilot Research (PPR) awards in aging research.
Topics of research interest include but are not limited to: muscle function/strength, sarcopenia, disability, mobility, and recovery of physical function after illness.
Support: Based on availability of funds, we anticipate funding 2-4 highly meritorious pilot applications beginning May 1, 2013.
Award and Project Period: PPR awards will be for one or two years, with total annual direct cost not to exceed $30,000 per year. A second year of support may be requested and will be based on availability of funds and reasonable progress made toward study goals in Year 1.
Eligibility: PPR awards are open to UTMB investigators at the Assistant or Associate level.

Application Process:
Letter of Intent – A letter of intent (LOI) and NIH biosketch are required. The LOI (one-page) will briefly describe an area of research interest and how the PPR award will facilitate this interest. The LOI Deadline is January 7, 2013 – no extensions will be given.

LOIs will be reviewed by the Executive Leadership of the Pepper Center to identify the most promising candidates. Selected candidates will be requested to submit a full proposal with the following elements:abstract (1-page); specific aims (1-page); research strategy (5-pages) including significance, innovation, and approach; IRB approval and protection of human participants section prepared according to current NIH instructions;budget and budget justification; biosketch in NIH format; and a list of other support from intramural and extramural sources. Full proposals will be due March 21, 2013 – no extensions will be given.

For further information on the PPR Awards please visit our website:

Questions related to the RFA or LOI should be directed to Pepper Center Associate Director, Tony DiNuzzo, PhD, email: adinuzzo@utmb.edu.

Research Services Grants for Lunch Series

"Avoiding your own fiscal cliff, making a realistic grant budget"
Speaker: Craig Cassidy, MHA
Research Development Officer, Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Tuesday, December 4th
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

Points of Discussion:
• Understanding time and effort and how to budget it
• How much time to give to a collaborator
• Matching your budget to your aims (Who will do the work)
• NIH: to modular or not to modular, that is hardly ever the question
• Tips/tricks/insider information on the NIH budget
• NSF: time and effort
• NSF: How to prepare an NSF budget and what to include/what not to include
• Foundations and other agencies
• Your roles and responsibilities of managing a budget after you get the grant
RSVP at http://my.utmb.edu/PStraining

Topics in Translational Research Seminar Series

Cornelius Elferink, PhD Seminar

Mentoring Workshop for postdocs and grad students

Learning to Become an Effective Research Mentor and Mentee

Thursday, December 6, 9:30-11 am
Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Room 1.106
Presenter: Dr. Christine Pfund, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Participants will gain insights into the principles of effective research mentorship – for themselves and for those they mentor. Audience: Postdoctoral scientists and graduate students

Dr. Pfund is co-author of Entering Mentoring, project leader and associate researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is on the staff of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning. She also is connected with many major National Science Foundation initiatives targeted at improving graduate and undergraduate education in the sciences, including efforts focused on issues of diversity.

Presented by the Organization of Postdoctoral Scientists, the Committee for Career Development, the Office of Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Affairs and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. - Beverages will be served.

Call for Pepper Pilot Proposals - Coming Soon!

The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center / Institute of Translational Science


Details on how to submit proposals will be send during
the week of December 3-7, 2012

Microvasculature in Inflammatory Disorders Seminar Series

A series of seminars focused on the microvascular endothelium in disease.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Room 2.212 BSB Auditorium

Presented by
Perenelei Enkhbaatar, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology


PMCH Seminar Series

Rehabilitation Outcomes using Large Datasets: An Example and Resources

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 12:00-1:00 pm | 1.104 Ewing Hall

Presented by:
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair
PROFESSOR & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging

This presentation will discuss the need and opportunities to use large datasets in exploring rehabilitation outcomes. An example using Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Data will be presented using hospital readmission for persons receiving inpatient medical rehabilitation as the outcome. Resources available through the UTMB Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets will be described.

Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

The School of Medicine supports a robust program of university-wide core laboratory resources to facilitate its research mission. The Provost 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 Shared Instrumentation Grant (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.

The next round of proposals for the Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) is due March 21, 2013 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-008.html). Thus, 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 the needs that it will service as well as the Management Plan by February 21, 2013. 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 have the above listed documentation to the OSP contact person (Ericia Huff, email: ehuff@utmb.edu) no later than February 21, 2013.

John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund Research Pilot
and Bridging Grant Programs

The John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund will accept applications for the Research Pilot Grant Program and Bridging Grant Program.

The purpose of the Research Pilot Grant program is to stimulate the development of new research initiatives through the support of pilot projects that have a very high probability of attracting new biomedical research grants to UTMB. Applications from both new and established investigators are encouraged. JSMEF reviewers will recognize an investigator's NIH designation as a New Investigator (NI)/Early Stage Investigator (ESI). Applications from NI/ESI will be identified so that consideration of their career stage can be applied during the review.

The Bridging Grant Program is to assist UTMB Investigators whose unfunded federal grant applications with a project period greater than two years and received favorable reviews and scores. The Sealy Grant Program will "bridge" these proposals by providing a limited amount of funding for one year. The unfunded application must have received a priority score and/or been ranked in the top 50% for the agency. The goal of the Sealy bridge funding is to allow the Investigator to carry out the work necessary for submission of a fundable grant application.

A faculty member may simultaneously submit to both the research pilot grant program and bridging grant program provided the applications are significantly different; however, only one application can be funded.

The Sealy Research Pilot and Bridging Grant Programs are open to Investigators from all schools and departments at UTMB who are eligible to submit grants. Please refer to the current UTMB policy for Principal Investigator eligibility. Applications for both basic and clinical research are encouraged.

Investigators interested in applying to the Research Pilot or Bridging Grant Programs should locate the guidelines and forms at http://research.utmb.edu/Sealy/Default.shtm.

The deadline for JSMEF Research Pilot and Bridging Grants will be Monday, November 26, 2012. Anticipated start date will be January 1, 2013.

For additional information, instructions and the application packet, please contact Ericia Huff at extension 6-9433 or ehuff@utmb.edu.

Topics in Translational Research Seminar Series

Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health - George Saade MD

Conference on Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI)

Clostridium difficile Infection Conference

Sponsored by: UTMB’s Institute for Translational Sciences; Texas Children’s Microbiome Center, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital; and Metabolon, Inc.

The Institute for Translational Sciences and its CTSA UTMB’s Institute for Translational Sciences is pleased to extend an invitation to a national conference on Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). This conference will be attended by leading scientists (from the NIH/NIAID, VA, CDC, and other CTSA components) as well as community and industry leaders. Topics will involve discussion of the changing epidemiology of CDI infections, establishing a national CTSA network on CDI, and methods for treating and preventing this emerging community acquired infection.

Attendance is free for academic institution participants, but space is limited, so register early.

To see the conference agenda:

To register for the conference:

The 16th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session

The Sealy Center on Aging in conjuction with Research Services is hosting:
The 16th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Levin Hall Dining Room
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

More information on the Forum on Aging please visit the SCOA website:

Everyone is welcome to attend, refreshments will be served.

Topics in Biosecurity Symposia Series Session IX

Biosecurity Symposia Series - Session IX

WEBINAR SERIES: Breaking into NIH Funding and Beyond:
A How-to Guide for New and Early Career Investigators

Research Services is hosting a two-part webinar series targeting new and early-career investigators and their search for funding.

Part 1, Deciphering NIH Funding for Beginners, will walk you through the various NIH institutes, how to identify funding in these different institutes, as well as best practices in applying for funding.

Part 2, Breaking into NIH Funding and Beyond, you will learn how to create a grant strategy to support your research, identify key funding options including R01s, training and career awards, and how to build a relationship with your program officer. It also will include information on lesser known award types such as Pioneer Awards, Transformative Research Projects Awards and New Innovator Awards, which can help get your career started.

Part 1
Wednesday, November 7
1-2 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

Part 2
Wednesday, November 14
1-2 p.m.
Rebecca Sealy East, 4.302/4.304
RSVP for both workshops at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining.

IMH Colloquium: Dr. Sharon Croisant to present "Community Engagement in Research: It's all in the Translation"

You are cordially invited to attend the next IMH colloquium which will be held on THURSDAY, November 8, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in 2.268 Primary Care Pavilion (PCP). Sharon Croisant, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, PMCH; Director, Community-Based Research Facility, CET; Director, Community Outreach and Education Core, CET; Co-director, Community Research Coordinating Center, ITS, UTMB, will give a presentation titled “Community Engagement in Research: It’s all in the Translation.” You can read more about Dr. Croisant here, http://pmch.utmb.edu/about/faculty/sharonpetronella.aspx.

For non-IMH guests who will be attending this presentation, please print this message and put it in the front windshield of your car so that Campus Police can clearly see that you are a guest of the IMH. The PCP has opened the bottom floor now and parking in front of the building is for patients only. Guests will need to park in the G-lot. You will enter the building through the glass doors at Entrance B. You will follow the signs posted on the walls around to the elevator at Entrance A. Take the elevator up to the second floor. From the elevator, enter through the door marked "Family Medicine" located directly across from the elevator. 2.268 PCP will be about halfway down that long hallway on your left. Door numbers are at the very top of the doors. We apologize for any inconvenience due to construction.

No RSVP Required. We hope to see you there.

Research: Navigating the IRB and Investigator Responsibilities

UTMB-Research Services offers "Navigating the IRB and Investigator Responsibilities" beginning October 29th. This program is developed for investigators, study/nurse coordinators, fellows and other individuals with responsibilities in human subjects research.

The course comprises three 90-minute sessions, all from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304.

Session 1: Overview of the UTMB Institutional Review Board
Monday, October 29, 2012
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Christy Taylor/Heidi Lutz

Session 2: Getting Started - Initial Submissions and Ongoing Research Review
Monday, November 5, 2012
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Christy Taylor/Heidi Lutz

Session 3: Obtaining Informed Consent
Monday, November 12, 2012
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Christy Taylor/Heidi Lutz

RSVP for each session at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining

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.

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 lrp@nih.gov. 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.

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 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, visit us at: http://www.its.utmb.edu/index.html

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.