Research News - May 25, 2018


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May 25, 2018

1. Submit Your STAT Wunderkind Nominations!
2. Mary "Kay" Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH
3. Free IBM SPSS Software Available
4. Partners HealthCare Biobank Disease Challenge
5. Website Development Services Spotlight: "Apollo" Website Wins Award



1. MGH Immunology Seminar Series
2. Center for Skeletal Research, 4th Annual Research Symposium - Call for Abstracts
3. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Research Integrity & Data Management


1. Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
2. Gilbert H. Daniels Award for Innovative Research in Thyroid Cancers - Request for Letters of Intent
3. Up to $50,000 for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Eating Disorders
4. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine
5. Heitman Young Investigator Fellowship: Career Development Award
6. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
7. Private Funding Opportunities
8. NIH Update for Week Ending May 25, 2018

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Submit Your STAT Wunderkind Nominations!

STAT News is looking for young postdocs, fellows, and early career industry scientists who are making waves and turning heads! Mass General researchers are encouraged to submit their nominations.
The call for nominations is open now and the deadline to submit is June 30th.

The winners will be featured on the STAT website and invited to an event at this year's HUBWeek.

If you have someone at Mass General you'd like to nominate, click here to fill out the form. Please note you need to include following:

  • Nominee's CV, a prominent paper of theirs, and their headshot
  • A short description of why you are nominating them

Have any questions? Visit their FAQ page.

2. Mary "Kay" Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH

The Mary "Kay" Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH was established in memory of Mary "Kay" Ryan, a dedicated member of the MGH Clinical Research community for 15 years, who died on July 6, 2017.

Kay, as she was known to her colleagues, is remembered for her devotion to helping Clinical Research Investigators and Study Staff. She selflessly did her work under the radar while making MGH great.
An award of $500 will be first given on October 4, 2018, during MGH Clinical Research Day, to honor MGH Clinical Research Staff for exceptional service.

All MGH Clinical Research Staff (study coordinators, research assistants, program/project managers, research nurses and research administrators) are eligible for the award. Anyone may provide a nomination - supervisor, co-worker or colleague. A committee of MGH Clinical Research Staff and Investigators will select the honoree.

The nominations are due by September 4, 2018.

3. Free IBM SPSS Software Available

SPSS is a software package for statistical analysis. Partners is offering shared network licenses of SPSS 24 at no charge. You must be on the network to install and use the software. To request an SPSS license, please email with name, Operating System (PC or Mac) and whether or not you have an older version of SPSS installed.

4. Partners HealthCare Biobank Disease Challenge

Partners HealthCare is hosting a “Biobank Disease Challenge,” an artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics competition and it is open to researchers across the United States. The goal of this competition is to enable major translational data science players to leverage the Partners HealthCare Biobank in order to develop better phenotypic algorithms for clinical and basic research. Registration closes on June 29, 2018 to 50 teams. Prizes up to $15,000 will be awarded for the best machine learning models and visualizations. All participating investigators will have access to the data in a secure environment called the “Data Enclave.” To learn more, visit us at or contact

5. Website Development Services Spotlight: "Apollo" Website Wins Award

MGH intranet, Apollo, recently won the Lamplighter Award of Excellence in the Internal Communications category. The new site was created by Josh Sostek, Developer for the ERIS Research Computing Core, in collaboration with the MGH News and Public Affairs Office – to strengthen and enhance communication throughout the hospital and provide easy access to information in one central location. Are you looking to build a departmental or lab website? The ERIS Research Computing Core team of Software Developers, Project Managers and Application Analysts can provide fee-based web development services. They specialize in several technologies like PHP, Java, WordPress and Drupal. Contact with any questions.

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1. MGH Immunology Seminar Series

Thursday, May 31, 12:00 PM, CNY 149, 7th Floor, Isselbacher Auditorium

Title: “The Surprising Nature of Lipid Antigens and the Human T cell Response to CD1.”
Speaker:   Branch Moody, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Will be broadcasted MGH Bulfinch 165
Contact Person – Fiona Chen (617/726-1527)

2. Center for Skeletal Research, 4th Annual Research Symposium - Call for Abstracts

Tuesday, June 12, 1:00 – 5:00pm

We invite you and your colleagues to the 4th Annual Skeletal Research Symposium hosted by the MGH Endocrine Unit.   This year we will again feature talks by two prominent leaders of the field, Brendan Lee from Baylor College of Medicine and Dolores Shoback from UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Shoback will also host a special informal session for young investigators entitled, “Combining Clinical and Translational Research in Endocrinology”. We will also have talks by two young investigators who will present their research supported by Pilot Grants awarded by the CSR.  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

3. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Research Integrity & Data Management

Thursday, June 14, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Main Campus, details provided upon registration.

The Center for Faculty Development's Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for HMS faculty and trainees.

Research Integrity and Data Management
The final RCR Session of 2017-2018 academic year will discuss:

  • Management of research data for publication and sharing
  • Research integrity in collaborations and publications
  • Perspectives of an HMS policymaker and a senior faculty member

Discussion Leader:
Gretchen Brodnicki, JD, Dean of Faculty and Research Integrity, HMS
Jessica Haberer, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director Global Health Research, MGH

Please click here to register.

This seminar counts as one of the four required lectures in part III of Partners RCR training.
All are welcome, but space is limited and registration preference will be given to those with RCR training requirements.

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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. Gilbert H. Daniels Award for Innovative Research in Thyroid Cancers - Request for Letters of Intent

The MGH Cancer Center is seeking Letters of Intent for the newly created Gilbert H. Daniels Awards for Innovative Research in Thyroid Cancer.

The Gilbert H. Daniels Award for Innovative Research in Thyroid Cancer was made possible through a generous gift from the Ruane Family, and honors Dr. Daniels a major clinical leader in thyroid cancer at MGH, while supporting new “out of the box” discoveries in this field. The Award will provide up to $200,000/year for two years (total cost) and will be selected on the basis of scientific innovation and relevance to thyroid cancer.

Projects that address the following questions are particularly encouraged, but all areas of thyroid cancer research will be considered:

  • What are the molecular drivers that predict aggressive behavior in thyroid cancer? Novel mechanisms of thyroid cancer pathogenesis may also be explored.
  • How can iodine processing pathways be manipulated in iodine-refractory thyroid cancers to overcome resistance?
  • How can immunotherapeutic advances be leveraged in advanced thyroid cancer?
  • What are the mechanisms of response and resistance involving standard treatments for advanced thyroid cancer, with emphasis on enhancing activity of current strategies and identifying novel therapies?

Eligibility and Deadline
All MGH independent investigators at the level of Instructor or above are encouraged to apply.
Please submit as a single document a "Letter of Intent" (up to two pages) outlining your proposed research and its rationale, along with your NIH style biosketch, by Friday, June 1, 2018 to: If you have any questions, please contact Ivona Olszak,

3. Up to $50,000 for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Eating Disorders

LOI due June 11

The Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program is accepting applications for pilot grants to support novel research partnerships with the potential to: (1) generate new evidence or methodologies that foster deeper understanding of eating disorders and health disparities, or (2) evaluate promising interventions to address these disparities. Four areas of particular interest reflect the content of the Eating Disorders and Disparities Symposium, including (1) Effectiveness and Dissemination Studies of Primary and Secondary Preventative Interventions; (2) Studies Focused on Macro-environmental Factors; (3) Translational Research; and (4) Economic and Decision Sciences Research. Four awards of up to $50,000 are available. Please note that we’ve extended this deadline so that we can open this opportunity to researchers who could not attend the April 30 symposium.

4. 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 by July 17, 2018 to be considered.

5. Heitman Young Investigator Fellowship: Career Development Award

Applications Due: August 10, 2018

The Heitman Young Investigator Fund is looking for promising young investigators to advance the field of research in the area of hemorrhagic stroke.  The Heitman Young Investigator Career Development Award (Heitman YI CDA) supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of a first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of hemorrhagic stroke research.

The award will develop the research skills to support and greatly enhance the awardee’s chances to obtain and retain a high quality cardiovascular and/ or stroke career position. The MGH Department of Neurology will accept applications for Heitman YI CDA funding for a 1-year award in the upcoming funding period (10/1/17 - 9/30/18). The review committee will award up to a maximum of 4 awards in any given funding period.

Click here for more information. 

Please submit your application by email to Su Wu by 5:00 PM on August 10, 2018.

6. 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.


Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to  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.

  • W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fellowships
  • Centers for AIDS Research (P30) – NEW!
  • Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)
  • Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation 

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

7. 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 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 5/25/18

  • Research Grant Program: Investigator Initiated Grants, A-T Children's Project
  • Stand Up To Cancer T-Cell Lymphoma Dream Team Translational Research Grant, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund/ASTMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Infectious Diseases, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)
  • Roslyn Faculty Research Award, Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)
  • Macular Degeneration Research Standard Award, BrightFocus Foundation
  • 2018 Indo-U.S. Joint Program on HIV/AIDS and STI Prevention Research (Joint Program) Collaborative Awards, Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global)
  • Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant (MFFRG), Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT)
  • Paris Patla Musculoskeletal Grant (PPMG Award), Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT)
  • Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR), Gilead Sciences, Inc./Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd
  • Research Grants, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
  • Strategic Research Agreements - Clinical SRA Projects, JDRF
  • Strategic Research Agreements - Multi-Project SRA, JDRF
  • Strategic Research Agreements - Single Project, JDRF
  • Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship Program, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
  • Research Support Grants, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation (OMSF)
  • Research Grant Call for Proposals, Saving tiny Hearts Society (StHS)
8. NIH Update for Week Ending May 25, 2018

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link:

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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: June 7, 2018; 7th day of each month

Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  June 26, 2018

Massachusetts Spinal Cord Injury Cure Research Program
Application Deadline: June 27, 2018

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

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5)
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  July 10, 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).

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July 11                   SUGAR Symposium

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