Research News - April 27, 2018

 

 

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April 27, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Research Navigator Public Site Migration
2. Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar

 

EVENTS
 

1. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
2. Introduction to Bioinformatics
3. ERIS Info Table at MGH Research Fellows Poster Celebration
4. A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator
5. HMS Faculty Seminar – Beyond the Research Plan: Bits and Pieces of the NIH R01 Grant
6. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
2. Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018
3. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine
4. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
5. Private Funding Opportunities
6. NIH Update for Week Ending April 27, 2018

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Research Navigator Public Site Migration

Content from the Research Navigator public site (Research Resources) has been migrated into the partners.org website. Researchers and collaborators outside of the Partners network can now access all of this content from the Research section of Partners.org. Partners employees can still access the internal Research Navigator site through their Partners Applications menu, or by going to www.partners.org/researchnavigator.

For more information, subscribe to the Navigator newsletter by clicking here, or by emailing researchnavigator@partners.org

 
2. Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar

The MGH Youth Scholars program is looking for job shadowship hosts for 10th grade students. The students have been part of our program since ninth grade and were selected because of their interest in science and health careers and topics. They have been exploring a variety of topics in science and healthcare and are now ready to see what careers are out there!

Scholars attend high school in Boston, Chelsea, or Revere. They represent a variety of backgrounds, many speak more than one language, and many will be the first in their family to attend college. All are motivated about their futures. Generally, they are all interested in science and health.

As a host you will spend about an hour with 1-2 students and introduce them to your career. When you take them back to your work place, share with them some of the responsibilities of your job, the training and education involved, and answer any questions they may have. This is an opportunity for students to have an introduction of what your career involves. If you are interested and available to host a student please fill out the form below.

The 10th Grade Job Shadowship will take place Wednesday, May 16 from 4 to 5:15 pm. Hosts will pick up students in Yawkey 4-820.

Additional information: All of our scholars have nonemployee status and an MGH ID badge they can wear.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/fvfno6BlZpbAHLev1

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, May 1, 12:00 PM, Simches 3.120

Mechanisms of muscle adaptation to exercise and their systemic impact: from metabolism to mental health
Jorge Lira Ruas, Ph.D.                                
Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology
Karolinska Institute

 
2. Introduction to Bioinformatics

May 10 & 17, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Simches Research Building, Room 3.110

Speaker: Ruslan Sadreyev, Director of Bioinformatics
This introductory mini-course is intended for experimentalist who would like to get oriented in basic Bioinformatics concepts and tools. It is intended as a primer that would allow you to better understand general ideas and approaches and to start asking the right questions about your data. If you want to drill very deeply into a specific question or to get hands-on experience, this probably isn't a course for you. However, we are open to organizing more in-depth courses and workshops in the future.
Click here to register. Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
3. ERIS Info Table at MGH Research Fellows Poster Celebration

Wednesday, May 16, 9-10 a.m and Noon - 1p.m., MGH Bulfinch Tent

The ORCD Annual Research Fellow Poster Celebration showcases the research accomplishments of MGH Postdocs and Instructors. ERIS will be hosting an informational table during the poster sessions of this event. Subject matter experts will be on site and happy to help you navigate the ERIS tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. Stop in and say hello!

 
4. A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator

Tuesday, May 22, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Simches Research Building, Room 3.110

This event is sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research.
Are you able to keep up with the changing face of genetic research? Have you heard of disease areas that have seen explosive growth in genetic discoveries in the past year? This is an excellent opportunity to learn the essential elements of complex trait genetics and gain the latest insights from expert faculty from the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. This course is strongly recommended for experienced clinicians, clinical investigators, nurses, and other clinical research staff who wish to further expand their knowledge of modern concepts in genetics and genomics.

 
5. HMS Faculty Seminar – Beyond the Research Plan: Bits and Pieces of the NIH R01 Grant

Wednesday, May 23, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, MGH Main Campus, details provided upon registration

The Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for MGH faculty with HMS academic appointments.

Beyond the Research Plan: Bits and Pieces of the NIH R01 Grant

There are many sections beyond the research plan that are critical for the success of an NIH research grant. This seminar will discuss these R01 application “bits and pieces,” including:

  • Budget justification
  • Human subjects and vertebrate animals
  • Rigor and Reproducibility
  • Resource sharing plan
  • Validation of key resources
  • Letters of support/collaboration

Details and examples for each section will be discussed, as well as key criticisms and ‘deal breakers’ that can arise during a grant’s review.

Speaker: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director, Office for Research Career Development, Director, Program in Membrane Biology, and Associate Director, Center for Systems Biology, MGH

Pre-registration is required, please click here to register.

 
6. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution

May 29, June 5, 14, 19 | Simches 3rd Floor, Room 3.110

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, Partners Human Research Committee and Partners Quality Improvement Program

Good clinical practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting human subjects’ research. GCP guidelines define the roles and responsibilities of the IRB, investigator, and sponsor as well as describe the essential documents needed for the conduct of a study. Compliance with GCP assures that the rights, safety, and welfare of subjects are protected, and that the data produced from the research are credible.
After completing this training, the learner will have a comprehensive understanding of GCP and be able to apply those practices to the conduct of clinical research.
This is an interactive, four session course on the principles of GCP. In order to receive a certificate of completion a participant must attend all 4 sessions and successfully pass a post-course exam online.

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

RCR Eligibility: Completion of all four sessions of this course will fulfill two lecture/discussion requirements.

Click here to register. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards!

What is it?
The Tosteson & FMD Awards are intended to support junior investigators (MD and PhD Research Fellows/Clinical Research Fellows) at Massachusetts General Hospital pursuing either fundamental (basic) or clinical research.  

The ECOR Subcommittee on Review of Research Proposals (SRRP) reviews the applications and selects the awardees. The top three applicants will receive Tosteson Awards - named for the longtime Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine - and the remaining awardees receive FMD awards.

How much is each award?
The awards will include a stipend of $47,500 plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

  • Click here to read more and apply online.
  • Visit the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery page on the ECOR website here.
 
2. Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018.  

What are they?
Margaret Q. Landenberger Foundation Award
The Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation is a non-profit private foundation which focuses its support on promising early stage medical researchers. The ideal candidate is affiliated with an outstanding medical research institution and works under the supervision of experienced mentors. The goal is to assist these individuals by funding their current research, with the hope of enabling them to acquire more significant funding. The Landenberger Foundation does not restrict our support to any particular disease or medical condition, although they are looking for research with broad impact.
MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate.

When is the deadline?  
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 5:00 p.m.

How do I learn more and apply?
Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018 - Click here

 
3. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, presented by the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – honors a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with notable achievements in innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application.
This annual prize includes:

  • An unrestricted $20,000 honorarium
  • The Harrington Prize Lecture, delivered at the 2019 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting
  • Participation at the 2019 Harrington Discovery Institute Scientific Symposium
  • A personal essay, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation

This prize requires Institutional Nomination; MGH is not limited in the number of nominees we can submit. If you are interested, please contact MGH ECOR at ecor@partners.org by July 17, 2018 to be considered.

 
4. 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.

  • Coordination Center for the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) Program (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Consortia for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Development (CHAVD) (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed below or you have any additional questions, please let us know at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
5. 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 4/27/18

  • Request for Basic Scientific & Clinical Research Proposals, ASXL Rare Research Endowment Foundation
  • ADDF-Harrington Scholar Program, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
  • Allergan Foundation Research Grant, American Academy of Optometry (AAO)/American Optometric Foundation (AOF)
  • Faculty Innovation in Education Award, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. 
  • Early Stage Investigator Seed Grants (ESI Seed Grants), Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) 
  • ARLG Fellowships, Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) 
  • Clinical Studies - Research Concept Proposal, Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) 
  • Investigator-Institution Initiated Research, Bayer AG/Bayer USA Foundation
  • Young Investigator Grants, Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA)
  • Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) Grants, Cancer Research Institute (CRI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) - SCIRTS Senior Research Grants, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
  • Basic Research Grant Program, International Rett Syndrome Foundation
  • Clinical Research Program, International Rett Syndrome Foundation 
  • Mentored Training Fellowship Program, International Rett Syndrome Foundation
  • Neuro-Habilitation Program, International Rett Syndrome Foundation
  • Translational Research Program, International Rett Syndrome Foundation
  • Greater Value Portfolio, Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation
  • Brain Tumor Research Grants Research Grant, Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma Foundation (PLGA)
 
6. NIH Update for Week Ending April 27, 2018

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, 2018; 7th day of each month

2019 Clinical Fellows in Dementia
Application Deadline:  July 1, 2018

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

PCORI - Click here for the latest funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

April 30                 Trial Innovation Unit Workshop: Resources for translating a great idea into the clinic
May 1                   Research Community Forum & Symposium – Informed Consent: Content, Communications and Emerging Technologies
May 16                 Annual Research Fellow Poster Celebration
July 11                   SUGAR Symposium

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