Research News - July 30, 2021

 

         
 
July 30, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Get ready for the 2021 MGRI Image Awards
2. GraphPad Prism Software: Annual License Renewal and Signup
3. Reminder to Update your Computers, Smartphones and Tablets
4. 4th Annual Mass General Neuroscience Day: Call for Posters
5. Invitation to Submit Abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021- Deadline Saturday, July 31
6. Learn Something New! Series

EVENTS
 

1. REDCap: Getting Started
2. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©
3. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
4. Lab Managers’ Discussion Group Meeting
5. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention
6. 2021 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) Student Final Presentations: Day 2
7. 2021 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) Student Final Presentations: Day 3
8. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff
9. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!
10. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Infrastructure
11. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
12. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day
13. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course
14. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Interim Support Funding 21-3
3. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
4. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
5. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
6. The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 2021
7. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding
8. NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities
9. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
10. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
11. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Get ready for the 2021 MGRI Image Awards

The Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) Image Contest was created in 2018 to showcase the breadth of research occurring across Massachusetts General Hospital. We receive so many great images each year that it’s become increasingly difficult to select one winner. So this year, we’re proud to reimagine the MGRI Image Contest into the MGRI Image Awards.

With the new name comes new categories and more opportunities to highlight the many faces of research at Mass General. Learn more about the 2021 Awards on Bench Press and get those images ready—the submission period opens on August 4! Click here to learn more.

 
2. GraphPad Prism Software: Annual License Renewal and Signup

If you have a GraphPad Prism license through the Research Computing Core, it's time to renew. Annual licenses expire each year on August 31st. To prevent a break in service, request a software license through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog. The annual fee has been reduced to $40/license. More information about Prism, and other software offerings are on the ERIS Research Computing Core site.

Click here to learn more.

 
3. Reminder to Update your Computers, Smartphones and Tablets

Whether you are checking work email from an iPad or joining a Teams meeting from a computer, make sure to keep your device(s) safe and secure and your software up to date and running smoothly. All employees using non-standard Windows, Apple and/or personal computers for work must check for and apply OS updates on a regular basis. See HOWTO: Upgrade Your macOS and  HOWTO: Run Windows Updates for instructions. Visit the IS Service Hub or chat with InfoBot for additional information and assistance.

Click here to learn more.

 
4. 4th Annual Mass General Neuroscience Day: Call for Posters

The Mass General neuroscience community is invited to present their research in the areas of neurorecovery and neuroplasticity at the 4th annual Neuroscience Day on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Poster presentations can include descriptions of innovative clinical, community-based, or educational programs involving neurorecovery or neuroplasticity; or basic, translational, or clinical research in these areas. 

Three $500 prizes will be awarded to posters that best exemplify Mass General Neuroscience through innovation, creativity, cross-disciplinary expertise and a path to high clinical impact. The deadline to register is Aug. 27. Learn more and register.

 
5. Invitation to Submit Abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021- Deadline Saturday, July 31

MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day on October 14, 2021
All information on MGH Clinical Research Day 2021 can be found on this portal.

Invitation to Submit Abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

MGH Investigators are invited to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021. Abstract Submission deadline is July 31, 2021. Mandatory criteria for abstracts include; manuscripts published or submitted for publication between September 2020 and July 2021 and submissions must be about clinical research or educational research conducted at MGH. All abstracts that present novel data from a clinical research study will be considered for the hospital-wide awards in the following categories: Clinical & Outcomes Research, Translational Research, Team and Health Professions Education Research. MGH Departments will also be giving monetary awards. Please, submit abstracts here by July 31, 2021 at 23:59.

 
6. Learn Something New! Series

Click here for a full list of topics and dates

Clinical research is complicated. It is governed by regulations, guidelines, and institutional policies. It involves people inside and outside of the institution, in clinical areas, doing financial management, etc. But you don’t have to do it all on your own! Join the DCR’s network of study coordinators, research assistance, and project managers to learn something new about different clinical research operations topics. With something for everyone, these sessions cover how to’s on protocols, basic study designs, informed consent, managing your day to day, and many more. To get the most out of this program, you should have already completed the CITI Training in Human Subjects Research and Clinical Research Conduct: Research Staff Training prior to enrolling. It is also recommended that you take Good Clinical Practice in an Academic Research Institution prior to enrolling. Contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

Click here to learn more.

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EVENTS
 
1. REDCap: Getting Started

Friday, July 30, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Zoom

Instructors: Lynn Simpson, Research Data Collection Services Manager, Jeremy Alphonse, Research Data Collection Services Project Analyst Research Information Science and Computing (RISC) Applications and Services

In collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst, REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application hosted by Partners Research Computing and designed to support electronic data capture for research studies. To learn more about REDCap visit: http://rc.partners.org/edcredcap.

This course will provide a high level overview of the REDCap tool. Learn about study start up, project life cycles, data management, and how to program data fields and branching logic. There will be time devoted to user’s Q&A and design questions.

The Learning Objectives include:

  1. How to access REDCap and request new projects.
  2. Understanding the types of projects that REDCap can support.
  3. How to collect data, the different methods to send survey invites and to collect data directly from participants (self-reported) in clinics.
  4. How to program data collection instruments and utilize the program features.

The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and capability of
REDCap for research. Participants may find it helpful to view our online videos prior to attending: https://rc.partners.org/redcapgettingstarted

REDCap link : https://rc.partners.org/research-apps-and-services/collect-data#redcap

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

 
2. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©

Friday, July 30, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being

Fun Fridays offer a refreshing mid-day break from work to indulge in physical, mental, or creative activity.

Join Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi© certified teacher Barry Friedman in exploring the traditional principles of Tai Chi in a relaxed, informal and experiential session. Regular practice of this gentle “meditation in motion” leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and an overall sense of well-being.

Barry is a long-term committed practitioner of tai chi, teaches regularly to his own classes as well as at the Tree of Life tai chi studios in Watertown, and brings his experience as a life-long soccer goalkeeper coach to bear in providing a welcoming environment for the cultivation of fitness, health and mental well-being.

Register and receive link

 
3. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, August 2, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office
The QI Program Clinical Research Bootcamp is a “clinical research 101” for study staff and investigators. The course is not only an introduction to clinical research for new investigators and study staff but also good review for experienced study teams.  Many teams include this course as part of the onboarding process for new study staff.  The course covers research regulations, GCP guidelines, and institutional policies relevant to the day to day conduct of clinical research.  Topics include:

  • Informed Consent documentation
  • Study Documentation (subject files, source documents, and data collection forms)
  • Unanticipated Problems, Deviations and Violations
  • Investigational Product Management and Accountability
  • Regulatory Binder and Essential Documents
  • ClinicalTrials.Gov
  • Inspections and audits 
  • Other relevant topics

*This course is worth 2 RCR Credits.

Register here. Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
4. Lab Managers’ Discussion Group Meeting

Monday, August 2, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom

The next Lab Managers’ Discussion Group meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 2nd, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Harry Orf, Senior Vice President for Research, will be giving an update on the ‘Where We Work’ initiative from a Research perspective.

If you have questions or comments you would like to submit in advance of the next meeting, please fill out the form SubmitQuestionsToLMDG.

Zoom Meeting: https://broadinstitute.zoom.us/j/903351769?pwd=WkJKellVSDBKd2tlb2IrQncyaG9Zdz09
Meeting ID: 903 351 769
Passcode: 638795
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,903351769#,,,,*638795# US (New York) 

 
5. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office

Investigators are required to maintain records of their human research activities. Good recordkeeping is essential for verifying the integrity of study data produced and for demonstrating investigator compliance with applicable regulations, and institutional policies and procedures.  This presentation will cover: recordkeeping requirements for regulatory and subject files, maintenance and storage options, common errors identified in inspections and audits, as well as retention requirements for study files.  

Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
6. 2021 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) Student Final Presentations: Day 2

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, Zoom, 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Click here to register for this event in advance.

1:00 - 1:15 pm – Opening Remarks

1:15 - 1:30 pm
Nader Barsoum
School: Johns Hopkins University
Project Title: Does Brief Mentalizing Imagery Therapy Reduce Suicidal Ideation in Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients?
Department: Psychiatry
Preceptor(s): Felipe A. Jain, MD

1:30 - 1:45 pm
Viktoria Catalan
School: Cornell University
Project Title: The HUGS/Abrazos Program: Assessment of Reach and Effectiveness for Pregnant Women and Young Families amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Department: Pediatrics
Preceptor(s):  Meg Simione, PhD. CCC-SLP

1:45 - 2:00 pm
Norman Harris II
School: Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Project Title:Assessing Impact of Telemedicine on COVID-19 Outcomes in Patients with Limited English Proficiency
Department: Emergency Medicine
Preceptor(s): Kori Zachrison, MD

2:00 - 2:15 pm
Allison Rojas
School: Carnegie Mellon University
Project Title: Characterization of Extracellular Vesicle Subpopulations Released by Glioma Cells
Department: Neurosurgery
Preceptor(s): Leonora Balaj, PhD

2:15 - 2:20 pm - Break

2:20 - 2:35 pm
Edward Robinson
School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Project Title: The Impact of Infection on Post-Intracerebral Hemorrhage Cognitive Decline
Department: Neurology
Preceptor(s): Jonathan Rosand, MD and Alessandro Biffi, MD

2:35 - 2:50 pm
Anthony (Tony) Almazan
School: Brown University
Project Title: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health utilization and outcomes in Uganda
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Preceptor(s): Adeline A. Boatin, MD, MPH

2:50 - 3:05 pm
Edouard (Eddie) Augustin
School: CUNY The City College of New York
Project Title: Risk Factors for Non-Completion of PROM Surveys in Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients: A Machine Learning Approach
Department: Orthopedics
Preceptor(s): Young-Min Kwon, MBBS, PhD and Christian Klemt, PhD

3:05 - 3:20 pm
Christopher Martinez-Rivera
School: Ponce Health Sciences University, School of Medicine
Project Title: Diverse Elders' Perspectives on the COVID-19 Vaccine and their Trust in Public Officials
Department: GIM/ Mongan Institute
Preceptor(s): Margarita Alegria, PhD and Jenny Zhen Duan, PhD 

3:20 - 3:25 pm - Break

3:25 - 3:40 pm
Julian Garcia-Acosta
School: University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus
Project Title: QI project: Standardizing the Evaluation and Management of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in a Level 4 NICU
Department: Pediatrics
Preceptor(s): Juan Matute, MD and Megan Aurora, MD

3:40 - 3:55 pm
Vivian (Veev)­ Iloabuchi
School: Fisk University
Project Title: Improving ICU family communication with Get-to-Know-Me Boards and ICU Diaries
Department: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Preceptor(s): Kenneth T. Shelton, MD and Jona Ludmir, MD

3:55 - 4:10 pm
Devin Barzallo
School: Case Western Reserve University
Project Title:G9a Inhibition: Epigenetic Targeted Therapy for ARID1A and ARID2 Mutant Melanomas
Department: Dermatology
Preceptor(s): David E. Fisher, MD, PhD and Jessica Flesher, PhD

4:10 - 4:30 pm - Closing Remarks and Evaluator Comments

** Click here for the full three day presentation schedule

About SRTP:
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) founded the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) in 1992 to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to pursue careers in academic medicine and biomedical research.  We were delighted to welcome 29 outstanding college and medical students to the SRTP Class of 2021. Thanks to funding from the MGH 10 Pt Structural Equity Plan, we grew the program by 9 students, making this is the largest Class in SRTP history.  Students are paired with MGH investigators and conduct novel research in basic science labs, clinical research sites, health policy, and health services settings over 8 weeks during the summer.   The SRTP experience culminates with students presenting their research projects to the MGH community.

SRTP is also funded by ECOR, the MGPO, the President’s Office and the department sponsoring the student. This year’s participating departments are: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine,  GIM/ Mongan Institute, Department of Medicine and the subspecialties of Cardiology, Infectious Diseases and Hematology/Oncology Cancer Center), Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics,  Pathology/Langenau Lab, Psychiatry, Radiology/ Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Surgery and the subspecialties of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic, Cardiopulmonary and Transplant Surgery.

We are grateful to the 2021 sponsors and preceptors who make this program possible!

 
7. 2021 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) Student Final Presentations: Day 3

Thursday, August 5, 2021, Zoom, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Click here to register in advance for this webinar.

10:00 - 10:15 am – Opening Remarks

10:15 - 10:30 am
Charissa Obeng-Nyarko
School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Project Title: Evaluating gender parity in American Academy of Dermatology clinical practice guideline authorship over time 
Department: Dermatology
Preceptor(s): Gideon Smith, MD, PhD, MPH

10:30 - 10:45 am
Darwin Arias
School: Columbia University
Project Title: Proteomic analysis reveals alterations in protein levels in oxycodone self-administered rats
Department: Neurology
Preceptor(s):  Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili. MS. PhD and Tiziana Petrozziello, PhD

10:45 - 11:00 am
Derek Huell
School: Georgia Institute of Technology
Project Title:Reproducibility of PET/MR Imaging Measures of Regional Tau Protein Accumulation in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Department: Radiology/ Athinoula A. Martinos Center
Preceptor(s): Julie Price, PhD and Jessica Fu, PhD

11:00 - 11:15 am
Tiffany Calero
School: University of Southern California - Keck School of Medicine
Project Title: Racial Disparities in COVID Mortality Persist in Heart Transplant Recipients: An Analysis of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Database
Department: Surgery/Cardiac Surgery
Preceptor(s): Thoralf Sundt, MD and Stanley Wolfe, MD

11:15 - 11:20 am - Break

11:20 - 11:35 am
Auriole (Corel) Fassinou
School: Cornell University
Project Title:Individual and Neighborhood Disparities in COVID-19 Incidence and Outcomes
Department: Emergency Medicine
Preceptor(s): Margaret E. Samuels-Kalow, MD

11:35 - 11:50 am
Miriam Trigo
School: Stanford University
Project Title: Evaluating FGF-23 as Potential Biomarker for Delirium in Elderly Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Department: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Preceptor(s): Oluwaseun Johnson-Akeju, MD and Tina McKay, PhD

11:50 - 12:05 pm
Leyda Marrero-Morales
School: University of Florida
Project Title: Identifying Novel Regulators of Cell State Transition in Rhabdomyosarcoma
Department: Pathology/Langenau Lab
Preceptor(s): David Langenau, PhD and Abhinav Adhikari, PhD

12:05 - 12:20 pm
Alejandro Cañas
School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Project Title: Acetabular Cup Malpositioning and Patient Outcomes: Revisiting an Established Joint Registry A Decade Later
Department: Orthopedics
Preceptor(s): Christopher Melnic, MD

12:20 - 12:25 pm - Break

12:25 - 12:40 pm
Brittney Moncrieffe
School: Cornell University
Project Title: Development of a Deep-Learning based Model to quantify Tau Tangles in Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy
Department: Neurology
Preceptor(s): Susanne Van Veluw, PhD

12:40 - 12:55 pm
Justin Baytosh
School: University of California, Irvine
Project Title: Machine Learning Approach of Automatic Identification and Counting of Cardiac CITED4 RNA
Department: Medicine/Cardiology
Preceptor(s): Christopher Nguyen, PhD and Salva Yurista, MD, PhD

12:55 - 1:10 pm
Martha Castro
School: Pomona College
Project Title: HIV Nef protein-driven differentiation of Regulatory B cells in the development of AIDS-related tumors
Department: Medicine/Infectious Diseases
Preceptor(s): Mark Poznansky, MD, PhD and Huabiao Chen, MD

1:10 - 1:30 pm - Closing Remarks and Evaluator Comments

** Click here for the full three day presentation schedule

About SRTP:
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) founded the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) in 1992 to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to pursue careers in academic medicine and biomedical research.  We were delighted to welcome 29 outstanding college and medical students to the SRTP Class of 2021. Thanks to funding from the MGH 10 Pt Structural Equity Plan, we grew the program by 9 students, making this is the largest Class in SRTP history.  Students are paired with MGH investigators and conduct novel research in basic science labs, clinical research sites, health policy, and health services settings over 8 weeks during the summer.   The SRTP experience culminates with students presenting their research projects to the MGH community.

SRTP is also funded by ECOR, the MGPO, the President’s Office and the department sponsoring the student. This year’s participating departments are: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine,  GIM/ Mongan Institute, Department of Medicine and the subspecialties of Cardiology, Infectious Diseases and Hematology/Oncology Cancer Center), Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics,  Pathology/Langenau Lab, Psychiatry, Radiology/ Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Surgery and the subspecialties of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic, Cardiopulmonary and Transplant Surgery.

We are grateful to the 2021 sponsors and preceptors who make this program possible!

 
8. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff

Friday, August 6, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office

Principal Investigators (PI) who hold an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) agree to oversee the conduct of a clinical trial and remain in compliance with FDA regulations and MGB policies. Investigators who hold an IND or IDE are considered Sponsor-Investigators and must comply with regulations for both an investigator and a sponsor.  This results in an an increased regulatory burden on investigators and study teams. In this program the MGB Human Subjects Quality Improvement Program will outline the responsibilities of a sponsor-investigator.
This course is highly recommended for investigators and study staff conducting or planning to conduct clinical trials under an investigator held IND or IDE.

Register here. Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
9. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!

Monday, August 9, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom

Join subject matter experts online for 1:1 support with Research IS & Computing tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. The Scientific Computing team is available at 1p.m. to provide extra support for ERISOneLinux Cluster, R, Python and the new ERISXdl platform. We hope to see you then! Click here for additional dates.

Click here to learn more.

 
10. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom

Join Steven Flammini, Vice President, CTO, IS Technology and Innovation, MGB; Esther Kim, ScD, RD,Executive Director, EDDH Digital Health Innovation, MGB; Holly Barr-Vermilya, Project Director, Director of Research, Digital Health eCare, MGB for an informative session to learn about how MGB offers a range of infrastructure to support innovation. Hear from system leaders about integration of Epic, pilots and scaling of digital health projects.
Click here to register

About MGB Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium
Mass General Brigham Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium is a new, year-long program focused on Innovation and Digital Health. Designed for faculty, staff, and innovators within our System, each month will feature a theme with speaker(s) working on innovations and initiatives within the digital health space.   The following events are only open to Mass General Brigham employees. IDEA webpage: Learn more

 
11. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials      

Tuesdays and Thursdays: September 02 – November 09, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Psychiatry

Applications due August 23, 2021

Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials is an intensive thirteen-session course offered from early-September through late October. Physicians with a serious interest in clinical trials will be introduced to theoretical and practical issues facing clinical researchers.  Course participants will learn how to envision, plan, develop and execute effective clinical trials. Study content includes research designs, protocols, ethical patient recruitment, informed consent, regulations, and clinical trial management.
The course is ideally suited for clinical fellows starting their research years, junior faculty pursuing careers in clinical research, and physicians with an interest in becoming more actively involved in clinical research. 

All participants are expected to use the course curriculum to develop and present a trial design at the final session of the course. 

Enrollment is limited to facilitate interaction and individual attention. To ensure placement in the course, early application is recommended. All applications will be reviewed after the August 23rd deadline.
To submit an application and/or view a course schedule, please go to: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials.

*This site is not compatible with Internet Explorer, please use Chrome or Edge
Please contact Teresa La with any questions..

 
12. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

To learn more about MGH Clinical Research Day 2021 please visit the portal.

 
13. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course

Monday, November 2, 2021 – Thursday, November 4, 2021

36TH Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology

For comprehensive information about this course, including faculty, schedule, and pricing,
please visit the 36th Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology website
The “36th Annual Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology” course, directed by Professor Rakesh K. Jain, will continue to offer the best in critical analysis of what is currently known about the tumor microenvironment, angiogenesis, metastasis, immunology, metabolism and chronobiology. This will include chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies and the role of microbiome as newly introduced topics this year. The faculty is internationally recognized. They will present their latest findings from their clinics and laboratories. The goal is to highlight key gaps in present knowledge of cancer and outline future directions for research at the bench, in the clinic, and in drug development.

The course will continue its four-day online webinar-based live lecture format. Learning formats will include didactic lectures, Q&A and group discussions. The faculty will encourage an open discussion and will provide critical comments on challenges and future opportunities in research in cancer and in establishment of novel therapy approaches and biomarkers to guide treatment. The aim of this course is to analyze and synthesize the most up-to-date findings. Our faculty will present valuable information in a systematic and comprehensive framework, along with a critical review of various measurement techniques. This course is dedicated to helping to improve clinical translation of this knowledge and competence, leading to improved cancer treatment.  

Harvard Medical School’s secure online registration.
Click here to for an overview 

Click here to view the brochure
 
14. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being for a guided meditation session on Monday mornings. 

If you would like to receive an Outlook invitation for these sessions, email owb@partners.org

Attend sessions via Zoom

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

Please visit the new MGB web page for COVID funding opportunities that provides a central database for researchers to view open and competitive funding announcements.

We have aggregated opportunities from federal and private funding sources including NIH, DoD, CDC, EPA, foundations, and more.  The database defaults to sorting by award amount and can also be sorted by deadline or filtered by research focus.

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently addedNone this week

 
2. Interim Support Funding 21-3

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is now accepting applications for Interim Support Funding. 

What are they?
Interim Support Funding
The Interim Support Funding (ISF) Program is open to Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense).  Investigators must have applied for independent, long-term support (R01, R21, U01 and P01). The intent of the program is to rescue strong scientific programs that are in need of bridge funding in order to sustain their research. Applications will be accepted regardless of percentile or score, including applications that were not discussed. Financial need and the impact of the COVID pandemic will be taken into account.

When is the deadline?
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Interim Support Funding - Click here

 
3. 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‐year 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. While basic research projects involving human subjects, data, and samples are eligible, clinical trials research is beyond the scope of this program.

“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.”

This opportunity is open to full-time faculty at MGH whose Assistant Professor appointment began (or will begin) between 10/1/18 and 4/1/22. The award is $300,000 over three years, inclusive of 5% institutional overhead. 

The foundation now has a two-stage application process, and there are no limits on the number of applications from an institution. An internal selection process is no longer required. All eligible faculty at MGH should apply directly to the sponsor.

Please contact Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu if you wish to submit a proposal in response to this opportunity. They will be able to advise you on the application process.

Initial proposal deadline: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 12:00 Noon (Those applicants who make it to the second stage will be invited to submit a full proposal in November).

Click here to learn more and apply.

 
4. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

This award is designed for Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens of Canada.

What is it?
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. The award is designed for Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens of Canada.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow 

There is no set cap on the number of applicants MGH can endorse, however there is a significant amount of institutional involvement required for this application process.  The internal application will be used to confirm the applicant's eligibility and to assist the applicant with obtaining the required institutional letter of endorsement. 

How much is each award?
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a stipend of $70,000 (taxable) per year for 2 years and does not support indirect costs (IDC).  There are no additional funds provided for travel/research.  This Fellowship is not subject to the MGH 15% IDC requirement. The award will start sometime between April 2022 and October 2022.

When is the deadline?
MGH Internal Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 5pm
Sponsor Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

How do I learn more and apply?

  • Click here to read more and apply online.
  • To review the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application guidelines and process, please click here.
 
5. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital NOT-OD-20-031.

This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. Continuation of this program in the future will depend on the evaluation of the career outcomes of the supported individuals as well as continuing assessments of the diversity of the scientific workforce.

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6. The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 2021

Applications are now being accepted by the Mongan Institute Center for Aging and Serious Illness for the The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care

What is it?
The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support innovative applied clinical research or implementation pilot project(s) (T3-4) focused on improving the evidence base for aging or serious illness care. This RFA will fund initial pilot work to provide data and planning for an externally funded, full-scale project grant (e.g. K award, R01, PCORI etc.). Applicants who hold a full-time appointment in any MGH Department, are pursuing a research career, and meet the eligibility criteria below are encouraged to apply.

The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support research focused on achieving health equity and improving the lives of older people and or those with serious illness through research in population and health care delivery science. The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support research focused on improving the lives of older people and or those with serious illness, with an emphasis on the care of those living with cognitive impairment or their caregivers.

How much is the award?
The award is $50,000 for one year plus 15% indirect costs and is effective October 1, 2021.  

When is the deadline?
August 16, 2021 by 5 pm EDT

How do I learn more and apply?

 
7. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding

$400,000 in Grants Available to Researchers Investigating Causes/Treatments of Rare Multisystem Immunodeficiency Disorder

The Job Research Foundation, which seeks to help find a cure for Job Syndrome by providing the global scientific community with additional opportunities to further research into the rare multisystem immunodeficiency disorder, has announced the fourth round of grant funding. The Foundation will award two two-year grants in the amount of $200,000 each to scientific researchers who are investigating the causes of, and treatments for, Job Syndrome. Grant applications can be found online at https://www.jobresearchfoundation.org/grant-proposal-application . Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

The long-term goal of the Foundation is to help advance research to find a cure for Job Syndrome. In the short term, the Foundation hopes the research will improve the treatments for patients suffering from the rare disorder.

To date the organization has funded a total of ten research projects across the world. In 2019, Job Research Foundation awarded four grants in the first round of funding to researchers from Australia, Spain, Germany, and the United States. In 2020, four grants were awarded to researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom in the second round of funding. This year’s recipients are based in the United States and in Germany.

Special consideration will be given to research focused on Job Syndrome and Pulmonary Function. Previous applicants can apply in subsequent years to extend their research. The application process is open to researchers world-wide and awardees will be announced between December 2021 and January 2022.

The Job Research Foundation seeks to not only help find a cure for Job Syndrome by providing the scientific community with additional opportunities to further research into the rare multisystem immunodeficiency disorder, but also hopes that investigators will research treatments to help those suffering with Job Syndrome. Job Syndrome, also known as Autosomal Dominant Hyperimmunoglobulin E Syndrome (AD-HIES), was discovered in 1966 and is a multisystem immunodeficiency disorder found in males and females worldwide. Visit https://www.jobresearchfoundation.org/ for additional details.

 
8.  NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke seeks to promote diversity in all of its research programs and to increase the participation of underrepresented groups. As the US population becomes increasingly diverse, reflection of that diversity among the biomedical research workforce is vital to our science enterprise and the NIH research mission (See NOT-OD-20-031). NIH is committed to implementing approaches to address the funding gap for researchers from diverse backgrounds and “committed to instituting new ways to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and identifying and dismantling any policies and practices that may harm our workforce and our science”.

This NOSI utilizes the NIH parent R01 announcement to encourage Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) from diverse backgrounds to conduct and contribute to the research areas of the NINDS.

This notice applies to due dates on or after June 5, 2021 and subsequent receipt dates through May 8, 2023. 

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9. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592

The primary mission of this program is to promote the development of a diverse, translational research workforce that is capable of participating and/or leading cross-disciplinary team science relevant for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias.  The trainee will pursue a targeted research project under the mentorship of world-class researchers in the Harvard research community in three key areas:

  1. biology of aging and neurodegeneration;
  2. data sciences, computational biology, statistics, math/engineering/physics;
  3. drug discovery and development

Most T32 faculty are within the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and/or Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  Training includes targeted coursework, didactic lectures, and a dedicated T32 lecture series. General training includes research conduct, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, career development, and grant development activities.

Eligibility: PhD, MD, MD/PhD and U.S. citizen or permanent resident (see NIH PAR-18-524), with rolling admission for 4 training slots.  Our goal is to recruit a truly diverse T32 trainee pool that is highly representative of URM and women trainees.

Additional information: Please see  https://pricelab.martinos.org/t32-adrd/ for further information including application instructionsPlease submit questions to:  Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu

 
10. 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.

  • NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Centers for HIV Structural Biology (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

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

 
11. Foundation Funding Opportunities

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 opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard Insight/Research Management process.

Please be aware 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 submitting a proposal.  Training fellowships from foundations, public charity, and non-profit organizations are excluded from this minimum IDC requirement.

Week of 07/30/21

  • AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Postdoctoral Research Awards, American Heart Association (AHA). $320,568. Application Deadline: September 21
  • The David Lehr Research Award, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). $100,000. Application Deadline: September 15
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Innovator Awards, Kenneth Rainin Foundation. $150,000. LOI Deadline: September 13
  • Novel Therapeutics Delivery, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. $750,000. Application Deadline: November 19
  • Youth Employment Opportunity Grants, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. $300,000. Application Deadline: November 1
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Programs to Address Health Inequities in Resource Limited Settings, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG). $100,000. Application Deadline: August 26
 
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