Research News - April 28, 2017

 

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April 28, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. PIPS Update: Travel Signatures Available onsite at MGH
2. Mentor the next generation!
3. LabArchives: an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) solution for researchers

 

EVENTS
 

1. MGH Research Council
2. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
3. MGH Immunology Seminar Series
4. MGH Science Fair Mentor Program - come to the Youth Science Fair Showcase!
5. Distilling Your Message: A Workshop with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
6. Research Administrators Retreat - Rescheduled Date & Registration Information
7. Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology
8. Spotlight Series: Delegation of Responsibilities in a Clinical Research Study

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 28, 2017

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. PIPS Update: Travel Signatures Available onsite at MGH

Beginning May 1, 2017, a PIPS Advisor will visit MGH the first Monday of every month to answer questions and provide travel signatures for PIPS-sponsored visa holders in the MGH community.  Look for them after the monthly Research Council meeting in nearby Room 3.120 (1:00-1:30pm).  You may also visit the PIPS table at the MGH Global Health Expo on May 10th, 2017, from 11:00 – 2:00, to ask additional questions and receive travel signatures.

 
2. 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

 
3. 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. MGH Research Council

Monday, May 1, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Simches 3.110, Videoconferenced to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY 149, 7th Floor)

 Meeting Chair: Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

Your Partner within Partners: Research and Teaching Opportunities at the MGH Institute of Health Professions
Peter S. Cahn, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, MGH Institute of Health Professions

The “KISS” Method for Privacy and Information Security (Keep It Safe, Scientists)
Sarah Jordan, Privacy & Security Specialist, HIPPA Office & Toby Tsuchida, MGH Information Security Officer

All MGH Researchers welcome! Lunch is available at 11:45 am.

Elected Representatives will be available 30 minutes before and after this meeting in Simches 3.130 if you’d like to speak with them.

 
2. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, May 2, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, CNY 149, Rm 2.204

Genomics and the Targeted Marketing Problem
Anthony Philippakis, MD, PhD
Chief Data Officer of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

 
3. MGH Immunology Seminar Series

Thursday, May 4, 12:00 PM, CNY 149, 7th Floor, Isselbacher Auditorium
(will be broadcasted MGH Bulfinch 165)

“Immune Pore-forming Proteins: The New Bug Exterminators”
Judy Lieberman, MD., PhD, Boston Children's Hospital

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. MGH Science Fair Mentor Program - come to the Youth Science Fair Showcase!

Friday, May 5, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Bulfinch Tent

On Friday, May 5th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM, the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement’s Youth Programs invites you to stop by the Bulfinch Tent for a Science Fair Showcase! Twelve students from the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury produced excellent projects for the Boston Citywide Science Fair, with the help of MGH professionals who served as their mentors through the MGH/Timilty Science Fair Mentoring Program. This is a great opportunity to support and engage with youth whose projects range from model plane aerodynamics to zebrafish breeding, check out what they accomplished at the hospital!

For more information, please contact Arthur Newbould at ANEWBOULD@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
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. Research Administrators Retreat - Rescheduled Date & Registration Information

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Simches Research Building, 3rd Floor Conference Facility

Registration is now open for the rescheduled Research Administrators Retreat, being held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017!

Please note that everyone MUST register for the new date, even if you were previously registered for the original date in March.

All MGH Department Administrators (Grant Administrators, Grant Coordinators, Grant Managers, Research Coordinators, Staff Assistants, Support Staff, etc.) and Partners Central Administrators are invited to attend, as well as any interested investigators.  The retreat will be equally beneficial to those who are new to research administration and those who have been in the field for years.  The retreat will also be a great opportunity to network with your colleagues.

Please click here to view the agenda and click here to register.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, please email researchmanagement@mgh.harvard.edu

 
7. Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology

Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 8:00am – 9:00am, Simches, 2nd Floor, Garrod/Mendel Conf. Room

Speaker: Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School | MGH Mongan Institute for Health Policy | MGH DCR Qualitative Research Faculty

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy
Course Description 

This four session course is designed to guide clinical researchers who are interested in developing a qualitative research project with an introduction to theory and practice. Course topics will include:
1. An overview of qualitative methods (selecting a design, sampling, instrument development, qualitative research standards). 
2. Selecting your design, recruitment and sample size
3. Development of qualitative research instrument (i.e., interview guide)
4. Qualitative data analysis

Registration is required. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs @ tmorrisonrohlfs@partners.org with questions.

 
8. Spotlight Series: Delegation of Responsibilities in a Clinical Research Study

Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:30pm, Simches Room 3.120

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the MGH Clinical Research Center

Speaker: Kathy Hall, MS, APC-BC, NE-BC, Nursing Director, MGH Clinical Research Center

As part of a research study an investigator may decide to delegate certain tasks to a member of the study team, who is trained to perform such tasks. Please join Kathy Hall as she discusses the responsibilities that can and cannot be delegated to study staff.  Kathy will discuss the following topics:

  • What tasks can be delegated to a clinical research assistant or coordinator?
  • What tasks can be performed by a clinical research nurse or nurse practitioner?
  • What study-related activities can only be performed by an investigator?
  • What to do if you have been asked to perform a task you are not qualified to perform.

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

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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 4/28/17

  • Familial RUNX1 Grant Program:  Familial RUNX1 Patient Samples Grant, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
  • Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award (Innovation Award), Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
  • EH Direct Grant Program, Enduring Hearts (EH)
  • Health Services Research Pipeline Grant, Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT)
  • Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant (MFFRG), Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT)
  • U.S. Corporate Grants, Gilead Sciences, Inc./Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd
  • Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Cardiovascular Disease, Gilead Sciences, Inc./Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd
  • Promising Innovations Grant, Kendal Charitable Funds
  • Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC):  Track 2 - Call for Grant Applications (CGA) - Advances in the Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinoma, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Health Data for Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
 
5. NIH Update for Week Ending April 28, 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

 Research Technical Lunch May 4

Introduction to BioinformaticsMay 4 & 11

Budgeting for Industry Sponsored Clinical TrialsMay 16

ORCD's Annual Research Fellow Poster Celebration May 18

Epigenetics: An Introduction and Applications – May 23

Center for Skeletal Research 3rd Annual Research Symposium – June 12

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