Seminar and new Imaging Core Opening : In Vivo Whole Body Small Animal Molecular Imaging

The Imaging Service Division of the GNL and the CTSA Novel Methodologies Core Announces the Opening of a new Whole Body Small Animal Molecular Imaging Core in the ABSL2 Facilities of the GNL.

SEMINAR: “Introduction to In Vivo Bioluminescence and Fluorescence Imaging with the IVIS System.”

December 18th at 10AM
GNL 1st Floor Conference Room
Speaker: Will Hauser, Field Service Engineer, Perkin Elmer

Topics will Include: Study design, Bioluminescent imaging, Fluorescent imaging, Image acquisition and Image analysis.

Everybody welcome, refreshments will be available
Following the seminar there will be hands-on training sessions for using the IVIS instrument. Limited space available. Please contact Dr Leoncio Vergara for more information.
If you don’t have access to GNL or for more information, please contact Leoncio Vergara – (409)-7502153

Topics in Biosecurity Symposia Series Session X

Biosecurity Symposia Series - Session X

The Infectious Diseases and Immunity Colloquium

“Signal Transduction in the Innate Immune Response”
Allan R. Brasier, M.D.
Nelda C and HJ Lutcher Stark Distinguished Chair in Endocrinology
Director, Institute for Translational Sciences
Director, Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston TX 77555

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Basic Science Auditorium 2.212


Translational Science 2013 Call for Abstracts

Submit your research for presentation in Washington, DC this spring. Accepted abstracts will be published in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS), a publication that holds the prestige of being indexed in MEDLINE. Both researchers and trainees can submit abstracts. Additionally, trainee abstracts are eligible for awards based on review by senior investigators.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your work and gain exposure in this unique cross-disciplinary meeting.

Submissions in methodology, best practices, and resources are especially sought. Abstracts from the following categories will be accepted:

• Best Practices
• Clinical Epidemiology
• Clinical Trials
• Ethics
• Health Services Research
• Methodology
• Outcomes Research
• Resources
• Translational Basic-to-Clinical

The abstract deadline is January 11th, 2013.
Outstanding Plenary Speakers:

• Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel from the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
• Dr. Elias Zerhouni, former NIH Director and currently
President of R&D at Sanofi, SA.
• Dr. Christopher Austin, Director of the NIH’s newest
center, the National Center for

NEW for 2013 - Grantsmanship Skills Workshop Designed especially for faculty preparing grant applications to the NIH, this interactive workshop will focus on how to communicate the key elements of successful NIH proposals through didactics and experiential learning. For the latest updates in Translational Science 2013 please visit the website

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Signaling in the innate immune response”
Presented by
Allan R. Brasier, Ph.D.
Institute for Translational Sciences
Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium
December 6, 2012
4:00 p.m.


Public Health Seminar Series

Monday, Dec 3rd | Noon-1pm | 1.102 Mary Moody

"Community Engagement"
Discussion led by:
Sharon A. Croisant, MS, PhD
Christine Arcari, PhD, MPH
Melanie de Boer, PhD
Series is open to all campus students, faculty and staff

Lunch will be provided

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:

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

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.

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 ( 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: no later than February 21, 2013.

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:

Topics in Biosecurity Symposia Series Session IX

Biosecurity Symposia Series - Session IX

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.

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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 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:

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.