Research News - April 21, 2017

 

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April 21, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Mentor the next generation!
2. LabArchives: an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) solution for researchers

 

EVENTS
 

1. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
2. Seahorse XFe96 Analyzer Data Analysis Discussion
3. MGH Immunology Seminar Series
4. Join the Research Technical Lunch
5. Distilling Your Message: A Workshop with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
6. Budgeting for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials
7. Epigenetics: An Introduction and Applications
8. Call for Abstracts and Registration: Center for Skeletal Research 3rd Annual Research Symposium

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards
2. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
3. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
4. Private Funding Opportunities
5. NIH Update for Week Ending April 21, 2017

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Mentor the next generation!

Do you want to make a difference in the world or inspire the next generation of leaders? If your answer is yes, The Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) – Youth Programs invites you to host a college or high school student(s) this summer.  You provide guidance and supervision and we will coordinate the on-boarding of students and provide you and them with ongoing support.  It’s fun, easy and no cost to your department.

For more information please click herehttps://goo.gl/forms/xCIOgc5IAPe2aRyO2

Contact: Tracy Stanley – tstanley2@partners.org or 617-724-6424

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2. LabArchives: an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) solution for researchers

LabArchives is a web-based application designed for scientists to organize and share laboratory data within their study team, department, or external collaborators. Enhance your lab's workflow and control your intellectual property while being able to access your lab notebooks from the bench, office or on the road. Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services, ERIS, offers LabArchives at no cost to all researchers. Visit rc.partners.org/eln to get started.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
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Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, CNY 149, Rm 2.204

Prostaglandins and their inhibitors
Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS
Professor of Medicine and Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics
University of Pennsylvania

 
2. Seahorse XFe96 Analyzer Data Analysis Discussion

Wednesday, April 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, CNY 149, CTS 9th floor Conference Room

Do you currently perform metabolic profiling of cells using a Seahorse XF Analyzer and Wave Software?   If so, this workshop is for you!

Presenters:  Sierra Kent, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Hosted by:  Dr. Bhavana Priyadharshini, Center for Transplantation Sciences

During this discussion, there will be a review of the Wave software used for data analysis with an overview of the newest software features and best practices for data analysis and experimental design. 
Contact Bhavana Priyadharshini at bpriyadharshini@mgh.harvard.edu or Sierra Kent at Sierra.Kent@Agilent.com for more information and to register in advance.    

 
3. MGH Immunology Seminar Series

Thursday, April 27, 12:00 PM, CNY 149, 7th Floor, Isselbacher Auditorium

 “Inflammation and Cancer: Good Cells Behaving Badly”
Lisa Coussens, PhD, Oregon Health Sciences University, Knight Institute

Contact Person – Fiona Chen (617/726-1527)
http://www.massgeneral.org/ciid/ourseminars/seminarseries.aspx
The MGH Immunology Seminar Series is supported in part by donations from Amgen and Sanofi

 
4. Join the Research Technical Lunch

Thursday, May 4, 12:15 - 2:15p.m., WebEx, Prudential Center or Assembly Row

Daniel Guettler, Lead Software Architect, Research Informatics Core, The Center for Systems Biology, MGH will present “Application development in the Cloud era”.  Daniel will discuss the complete development life cycle in use at CSB including his use of GitHub, automated builds and tests on CodeShip, automated code review on CodeClimate, and automatic deployment.

Herbert Harrison, PHS Corporate Manager of Enterprise Delivery Services and his team will discuss current initiatives and field your questions on Active Directory, Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Database, Disaster Recovery, Epic Client Systems, and LRS printing. RSVP Online by 5/2. Contact rcc@partners.org with questions about Tech Lunch.

 
5. Distilling Your Message: A Workshop with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Thursday, May 11, 9:00 am– 5:30 pm, 125 Nashua Street, Room 4200

As researchers, it is critical that we develop the ability to explain the significance of our work to lay audiences. If we can clearly articulate the importance of our research, we can better engage with our audience and be stronger advocates for research funding

The Mass General Research Institute has invited the Alan Alda Center for Science Communication to bring you a unique interactive program designed to help you improve your science communication skills.
Distilling Your Message is a day long interactive series of workshops that help researchers craft short, clear, conversational statements about what they do and why it matters.

The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material, and using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts; improvisational workshops aimed at helping you connect more directly and spontaneously with different audiences; and small breakout sessions to practice speaking clearly and vividly about your work and its significance, in terms non-scientists can understand. We will address problems and solutions that occur in public interactions, as well as in peer-to-peer communication.

This event is free but registration is required.

 
6. Budgeting for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials

Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 am – 1:00pm, Simches 3.120

This program is sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Partners Clinical Trials Office

Francine Molay, Project Manager, MGH Division of Clinical Research

Sarah Bernardo, Senior Financial Analyst & MCA Specialist, Partners Clinical Trials Office

This course will review the steps for developing an industry sponsored - clinical trial budget, describe direct costs, indirect costs, professional and technical fees, discuss the role of a Medicare Coverage Analysis and review the MGH budget approval process highlighting the role of the Partners Clinical Trials Office (CTO).

This session meets the requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing, at 244 CMR 5.00, for 1.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

Registration is required. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
7. Epigenetics: An Introduction and Applications

Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 – 3:15pm, Simches 3.110

The MGH Division of Clinical Research is sponsoring this nanocourse focused on epigenetics. This course is intended for clinical research investigators at the fellow and faculty level. Distinguished faculty from MGH will provide introductory lectures defining epigenetics and its effect on gene regulation and disease.

Welcome and Introduction
Jordan Smoller M.D., Sc.D., Director, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, MGH, Professor of Psychiatry, HMS

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Introduction to Epigenetic Mechanisms
Robert Kingston, Ph.D., Chief, Department of Molecular Biology, MGH

1:00pm -- 2:00pm
Drafting the epigenome through reading, writing and erasing
Johnathan Whetstine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS, Cancer Center, MGH

2:15pm – 3:15pm
What Can the Epigenome Teach Us About Cellular States and Disease?
Luca Pinello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MGH, HMS

Registration is required. Please contact Jillian Tonelli with questions.

 
8. Call for Abstracts and Registration: Center for Skeletal Research 3rd Annual Research Symposium

Monday, June 12, 1:00 - 5:00pm

We invite you and your colleagues to the 3rd Annual Skeletal Research Symposium hosted by the MGH Endocrine Unit.  This year we will feature talks by two talented leaders in the field, Sean Morrison, PhD from U Southwestern and Elizabeth Shane, MD from Columbia University.  We will also have talks by two young investigators who will present their research supported by Pilot Grants awarded by the CSR.  There will be a special seminar for young investigators and post docs presented by Dr. Shane entitled “Launching your career in today’s world”.  An important part of the symposium will be the poster session that will allow time for informal exchange about research ideas, prizes will be awarded.

There is no charge for this event but advanced registration is recommended due to limited seating.   To register or submit an abstract, please go to https://csr.mgh.harvard.edu/2017-symposium

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards

What are they?
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the Assistant Professor level.

MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate.

When is the deadline?  
MGH internal preliminary applications: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards - Click here

 
2. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
A program of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
 
Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

What are they?
The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
The mission of the Awards Program is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. The three‚Äźyear Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. Clinical trials are outside of the scope of this program however, basic research using human specimens is eligible. In recognition of the importance of research collaboration by the scientific community, collaboration is an additional, but not required, positive ancillary factor. These projects may involve researchers within and/or outside MGH.

MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates.

When is the deadline?  
MGH internal preliminary applications: Monday, May 15, 2017 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research - Click here

 
3. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

We ask that all MGH Investigators interested in applying for any limited submission award submit a Letter of Intent (see detailed instructions below) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) by the deadline indicated for each award to be considered to receive an institutional nomination.

Process
Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to ecor@partners.org.  In addition to your LOI, please include an NIH Biosketch.

The letter of intent should include:

  • Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  • A descriptive title of the potential application
  • Brief description of the project
  • Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

If there is more than one MGH investigator interested in applying for each limited submission award, the LOIs will be used to assess candidates and a review and selection process will take place.

Current Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
Please click here for more information and for our internal deadlines.

  • Centers for AIDS Research (P30)
  • Developmental Centers for AIDS Research (P30)
  • George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.

 
4. Private Funding Opportunities

Please note that any grant that brings in less than 15% in indirect costs (IDC) will need to be supplemented up to the 15% equivalent by existing investigator or departmental sundry funds. Resolution of this issue must occur prior to submission of the award.

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these funding opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard InfoEd/Research Management process.

Week of 4/21/17

  • Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
  • Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
  • CCF Research Grant Program, Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF)
  • Science and Technology (S&T) Award Program:  Seedling Award, CooperVision
  • FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP), Foundation for Child Development (FCD)
  • Research Grants, Jain Foundation
  • Research Grants, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF)
  • Computational Tools for PD Therapeutic Development, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF)
  • Osteology Researcher Grants, Osteology Foundation
  • Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGL&C): Request for Proposals - Improving Health Care Capacity in Immuno-Oncology, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Basic Research Grant Program, Rettsyndrome.org (International Rett Syndrome Foundation)
  • Mentored Training Fellowship Program, Rettsyndrome.org (International Rett Syndrome Foundation)
  • Neuro-Habilitation Program, Rettsyndrome.org (International Rett Syndrome Foundation)
  • Systems for Action:  Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
  • Therapeutic Development Initiative (TDI) - Funding for High-Impact Pediatric Cancer Research, Solving Kids' Cancer
 
5. NIH Update for Week Ending April 21, 2017

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/WeeklyIndex.cfm

 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: May 7, 2017; 7th day of each month

Pilot Grants on Nutrition Obesity Research
Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

Center for Genomic Medicine Catalysis Awards
Application Deadline: June 15, 2017

HHMI Announces New Investigator Competition
Application Deadline: June 27, 2017

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Accepting PILOT & DRIVE Grant Pre-Proposals

Introduction to BioinformaticsMay 4 & 11

ORCD's Annual Research Fellow Poster Celebration - May 18

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