Research News - September 25, 2020

 

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September 25, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Annual Innovator Service Survey
2. FlowJo Software Available for Purchase
3. TCRC Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Opportunities
4. Get your Flu shot at the Navy Yard!

EVENTS
 

1. MGH Clinical Research Day
2. Bodyweight Strength Training and Mobility from Your Home or Office!
3. How to Identify Funding Opportunities
4. Virtual Office Hours | MGH Clinical Research Day Poster Session
5. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
6. Women in Medicine Celebration: “Positively Deviant”
7. MGH/BWH Radiology Diversity & Inclusion Week
8. Virtual Nursing Research Day
9. MGH New Faculty Orientation
10. Financial Literacy for Residents, Fellows, and Junior Physicians

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation
3. 2021 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship
4. HMS Foundation Funds
5. Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
6. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
7. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Annual Innovator Service Survey

Please complete this 5-10 min ANONYMOUS survey by September 30. Please take a moment to respond to this short but important annual service survey. The findings help identify opportunities to enhance translation and commercial support for innovators across Mass General Brigham. The survey is open until September 30. The 2019 survey led to improvements aimed at providing day-to-day and long-term value to researchers. Some of these actions included:

  • Streamlining agreement tracking
  • Developing contact databases for easier searches on the Innovation website
  • Creating new development and training outreach
  • Launching a process improvement project focused on the innovators’ experience.

Please click here to take the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PY5NS3K

 
2. FlowJo Software Available for Purchase

FlowJo portal licenses are offered at a discounted rate through the ERIS Research Computing Core. FlowJo is a software package for analyzing flow cytometry data. Files produced by modern flow cytometers are written in the Flow Cytometry Standard format with an .fcs file extension. FlowJo will import and analyze cytometry data regardless of which flow cytometer is used to collect the data. This is a subscription service with an annual fee of $209. Request through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog.

 
3. TCRC Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Opportunities

The Translational and Clinical Research Center has a new web page which lists new Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Opportunities and is updated regularly. 
Please visit https://mghresearch.partners.org/clinical-trial-opportunities-at-the-translational-research-center/. These opportunities are open to all so please share this link with other investigators at MGH who may not have seen this message.

If interested in any of these opportunities, please email the TCRCInfo email box at tcrcinfo@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
4. Get your Flu shot at the Navy Yard!

To protect the safety of all patients and staff, all employees must receive a flu vaccine by November 13, 2020, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Employees and dependents who are covered by a Mass General Brigham health plan may obtain flu vaccinations at no cost at your doctor’s office, CVS, another pharmacy or at a Mass General Brigham Urgent Care center.

Stop by the flu vaccination clinic at the Charlestown Navy Yard!

    • October 6, 7 am to 3 pm, CNY Building 149
    • October 14, 7 am to noon, CNY Building 149

For other options for obtaining your flu vaccination click here. Learn more flu vaccination information, including how to request a medical or religious exemption and important deadlines.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. MGH Clinical Research Day

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 8:00am-1:00pm | Schedule of Events
All zoom links and additional information about Clinical Research Day 2020 is on our virtual portal

8:00-9:00am | Keynote Address: Data for Good: Ensuring the Responsible Use of Data to Benefit Society
Jeannette Wing, PhD, the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute, Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

9:00am-12:00pm | Virtual Poster Session - Now Live!
Click here to go to portal!
This virtual poster session portal is now live! We encourage the MGH community to explore this portal now and begin interacting with authors using the Chat feature. Also, on October 1st between 9-12 many authors will be available to chat virtually, we encourage the community to browse the posters and RSVP for a “live” virtual interaction with our researchers as well!

12:00-1:00pm | Panel Discussion: Big Data in Clinical Research: Getting it Right
Panelists
Jeannette Wing, PhD, the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute, Columbia University
Andrea Foulkes, ScD, Chief, Biostatistics Center, MGH
Latrice Landry, PhD, MS, MMSc, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics, HMS
Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, Director, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, MGH
Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics, Chief, Research Ethics Service, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School

Moderator
Maurizio Fava, MD, Director, Division of Clinical Research, MGH Research Institute

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

 
2. Bodyweight Strength Training and Mobility from Your Home or Office!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and its Office for Well-Being

Darren Wallace is a certified strength and conditioning coach with National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been coaching for over 10 years both in United States and Ireland. He currently works with New England Revolution and has worked with professional NFL, NHL and MLB athletes. This class will focus on some low volume strength training (different from the high intensity class last time) with progressions and regressions to suit everyone. There will also be some stretching after to help you increase mobility in areas that maybe tight.

Equipment needed: mat or towel to lay on, water and athletic attire.

Click here to view webinar.

 
3. How to Identify Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom
 Co-sponsored by the Postdoctoral Division and the Graduate Student Division

Are you a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow and are you interested in finding new external funding opportunities for your research? Community of Science (COS) Pivot is a database of funding announcements from government, commercial and international sponsors.

At this seminar you will learn how to:

  • Find grant opportunities to support your research
  • Find awards, scholarships and travel support opportunities
  • Set up COS Funding Alert for weekly, individualized notifications based on your needs/interests
  • Learn how to describe your research interest in the context of funding opportunities

Facilitator: Amy Robb, Associate Director, Prospective Research and Funding Opportunities, Corporate and Foundation Relations, MGH Development Office

Click here to view webinar.

 
4. Virtual Office Hours | MGH Clinical Research Day Poster Session

Thursday, October 1 from 9a.m. – 12p.m.,  Zoom Meeting  

Join Enterprise Research IS online during the MGH Clinical Research Day event. Subject matter experts will be online to provide virtual consultation and 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. We hope to see you then!  

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

November 3 | November 10 | November 17 | December 1 | December 15
Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, Partners Human Research Committee and Partners Human Research 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.

Note: To receive a certificate of completion a participant must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a post-course assessment through RedCap. RCR Eligibility: Completion of all five sessions of this course will fulfill two lecture/discussion requirements.

Registration is required. Please contact Teresa La with questions.

 
6. Women in Medicine Celebration: “Positively Deviant”

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers

The annual lecture features a leader in academic medicine, sharing advice on career success and advancement.

“Positively Deviant” with Nancy J. Brown, MD

Featured Speaker: Nancy J. Brown, MD, Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine

Click here to view webinar

 
7. MGH/BWH Radiology Diversity & Inclusion Week

October 5-9, 2020

Virtual, Free and Open to All

Please join us for our week of events to celebrate Diversity & Inclusion. Click here for more information and the schedule of events.

 
8. Virtual Nursing Research Day

Tuesday, October 6th, from 1:30 - 3 pm

We are excited to share with you that the Munn Center will host a Virtual Nursing Research Day comprised of the annual Nursing Research Lecture and Presentation of Awards (Munn Nursing Research Awards and Poster Awards) as well as a Virtual Poster Showcase. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 6th, from 1:30 - 3 pm and details including registration, the link to the Virtual Poster Showcase, and the WebEx are forthcoming.

We are excited to showcase 58 posters- the largest number to date!- that demonstrate the incredible work of MGH nurses in Evidence Based Practice, Original Research, and Quality Improvement. We will also recognize 3 extraordinary nurse and mentor recipients of the Munn Nursing Research Awards.

The title of this year’s lecture is:
“The Gifts of the Hero’s Journey: Revealing the Extraordinary in
Ordinary Nursing Practice”

Presented by: Marlaine C. Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, FAAN
Professor and Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University

Please Save the Date and share it with your colleagues!

We hope you are able to join us. Please contact munncenter@partners.org with any questions.

 
9. MGH New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Join webinar via Zoom
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

An opportunity for new (and established) faculty to learn about the various offices and networks that support our clinical and research faculty. While this is designed for those who are new to the MGH Faculty, all faculty members are welcome to attend.

This two‐hour virtual session is designed to provide an overview of the MGH environment and faculty resources focusing on:

  • MGH and MGPO
  • Center for Faculty Development
  • MGPO Frigoletto Committee
  • Executive Committee on Diversity and Equity (ECODE)
  • Executive Committee on Teaching & Education (ECOTE)
  • Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH)
  • MGH Research Institute
  • Harvard Catalyst
  • How to format your HMS CV using EasyCV.me

Note: This session is targeted for the MGH environment and is distinct from the orientation session from the HMS Office for Faculty Affairs.

Click here to register.

 
10. Financial Literacy for Residents, Fellows, and Junior Physicians

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Join Chirag P. Shah, MD, MPH, for one of the most important (non-medical!) things you will learn in training: how to navigate your personal finances.  Dr. Shah is a vitreoretinal surgeon at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, and the Co-Director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship.  He has recently co-authored a book on personal finance for physicians, “Financial Freedom Rx: The Physician’s Guide to Achieving Financial Independence,” and teaches “Financial Literacy 101” at Harvard Medical School. His lecture will provide a brief overview on:

  • Why Financial Planning Matters
  • Jobs and Contracts
  • Initial Steps Post Training
  • Disability, Health, and Malpractice Insurance
  • Student Loans and Retiring Debt
  • Tax-Advantaged Investing
  • Taxable Investing
  • Diversification and Asset Allocation
  • Life, Homeowners, and Umbrella Insurance
  • Financial Advisors
  • Estate Planning
  • Have I Won the Game?
  • Retirement Distributions
  • Pitfalls to Avoid

Click here to view webinar.

 
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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 added:

 
2. Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation

Applications for the 2021-2022 MGH HTL Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation are now open–with a submission deadline of Sept 30, 2020.

The MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab (HTL) is currently seeking applications for our one-year Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation. HTL’s founding mission is to improve the experience and value of healthcare through collaborative innovation. The fellowship program (now in its fourth year) provides a unique opportunity for physicians to have protected time to develop and engage in care delivery transformation projects at MGH with mentorship from experts in the field as well as support from senior leadership. Using principles of innovation science and leveraging new technologies, fellows are encouraged to pursue projects that enhance the delivery of healthcare—making it a better experience for patients/clinicians and potentially more affordable and/or higher-value.

For more information, please visit http://healthcaretransformation.org/fellowship/.

 
3. 2021 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the 2021 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Proposal deadline:  5:00 pm – November 2, 2020  
Award decision:  December 21, 2020

Potential candidate must be at the postdoctoral training level at the time of the award. PhD, MD and MD/PhD research fellows are eligible for this award. Criteria for funding are scientific quality, enabling collaboration that might not occur otherwise, potential medical and scientific impact, and career development of the Fellow. 

Combined mentorship and collaboration between two Harvard Medical School faculty members, at least one of whom is based at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, is required. An external collaborator is preferred. It is anticipated that the fellow will perform the majority of their research at the Wellman Center.
The Fellowship will provide one year of support. An award of up to $60,000 direct costs is anticipated. The award will be administered by the Wellman Center. Funds may be used for stipend (minimum effort 60%), fringe benefits and research supplies.  

The fellowship will begin on or about January 1, 2021 and is intended for one year.  The fellowship review committee will consider a one-time 6 month no cost extension (maximum project duration, 18 consecutive months).Any remaining funds at the end of the award period will be forfeited.   

For additional information and instructions regarding the application process please refer to this announcement: BullockFellowshipAward

 
4. HMS Foundation Funds

Each year several foundations invite HMS faculty and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career.  Interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds office, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the sponsors. 

Awards include:

  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
  • Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars Program
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Scholars Award
  • Mary Kay Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Award
  • Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Faculty and postdocs interested in applying for any of the awards listed above can apply for the HMS nomination by submitting an application online no later than Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:30 PM. For information on application guidelines, click here.

For some awards, MGH receives invitations to submit their own nominations. In this case, MGH faculty must first apply for the MGH nomination through ECOR and a committee at MGH will select the final MGH candidate(s) to submit applications to the foundations. Click here to view a chart of the current opportunities and the Institution that MGH faculty should apply through. Internal announcements are forthcoming for the following opportunities in which MGH is invited to submit their own application:

  • Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
  • Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award

Please direct all inquiries regarding the application process at HMS to Clare Lamont, Program Coordinator, Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463, clare_lamont@hms.harvard.edu.  If you have questions regarding the MGH application process, please email MGH ECOR, ecor@mgh.harvard.edu

 
5. Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

Intended to support independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine. ECOR is now accepting letters of intent.

Letter of intent deadline: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Faculty Type: Independent Assistant Professors who hold an MD or MD/PhD
Award Amount: $600,000 for a period of three years
Submit letter of intent and biosketch to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu     

Click here to view the requirements for the 1-2 page letter of intent
Click here to visit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation website

 
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.

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.

  • Liver Cirrhosis Network: Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
  • Liver Cirrhosis Network: Scientific and Data Coordination Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (U19)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant
  • Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and Martin Delaney Collaboratory for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 - Clinical Trial Optional)
  • NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 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.

 
7. 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 9/25/20

  • Grants for Parkinson's Research ($9 million), Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP)/ Milken Institute
  • Drug Development Program ($600,000), Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
  • Neuroimaging and CSF Biomarker Development Program ($600,000), Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
  • Prevention Beyond the Pipeline ($3 million), Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
  • Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT) ($3 million), Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
  • NBF Scientific Research Grants Program ($75,000), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)/National Blood Foundation (NBF)
  • Pilot Grant for Basic Science Research ($60,000), Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant ($60,000), Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) COVID!
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Innovator Awards ($150,000), Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Bridge Funding Awards ($30,000), Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
  • Pilot Study Awards ($75,000), Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
  • Scientific Scholar Award ($120,000), Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
  • Research Infrastructure Program ($5 million), Massachusetts Life Sciences Center NEW!
  • McKnight Scholar Awards ($225,000), McKnight Foundation/McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
  • Technology Awards ($200,000), McKnight Foundation/McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
  • Biosimilars in Hematologic Malignancies & Supportive Care ($200,000), Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! COVID!
  • Emerging Mechanisms of Action in the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis ($200,000), Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW!
  • Identifying and Diagnosing polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (pJIA) ($200,000), Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG)
  • Research Grants ($100,000), Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (TBBCF)
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Check out the Coronavirus Resource Guide for MGH Researchers!

NIH Update for Week Ending September 25, 2020

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

Looking for something you saw in a previous Research News release? Check out our archive!

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