Research News - December 1, 2017




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December 1, 2017

1. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session
2. LabArchives tip of the week: Working with Excel



1. MGH Research Council Meeting
2. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
3. MGH Immunology Seminar Series
4. Partners RCR Course on Rigor and Responsibility
5. Research Fellows: Scholarly Writing Seminar
6. MGH ORCD RCR Series - Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research
7. Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX
8. A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Precision Medicine


1. W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program
2. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
3. Private Funding Opportunities
4. NIH Update for Week Ending December 1, 2017

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session

ECOR is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 SAC Poster Session
Now is the chance to exhibit your research but don't wait too long to submit your abstract- we are already 25% full and will reach our capacity before the deadline.

Deadline for submission:  Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Poster Session gives researchers the opportunity to create a compelling visual display of their work and present it to some of the best scientific minds in the nation. The poster session is an essential part of the two-day meeting, which highlights excellence in research at MGH. Twelve Posters of Distinction will be chosen to receive a $1,000 travel award. A review panel will select a group of finalists from the submitted abstracts. Those finalists will be required to present their poster in order to be considered for the travel award. Awards will be restricted to junior faculty and trainees (i.e. Assistant Professors, Instructors, Fellows, and Graduate Students).

Poster abstract submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Authors must be MGH employees.  Abstracts on any type of research are eligible for submission and authors may only submit ONE abstract.  

Simches Building, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor (SERI)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Session 1:  10:00am – 11:30am
Session 2:  12:00pm – 1:30pm

*Submitted posters will be placed in a session based on the selected category

Twelve $1,000 Poster of Distinction Awards will be awarded and are intended to help offset the costs of travel to a scientific meeting.

Please click here for more information and to submit a poster abstract!

If you have problems or questions please email

Again, space is limited! Submit your abstract early!

2. LabArchives tip of the week: Working with Excel

LabArchives, the new electronic lab notebook (ELN) program available free-of-charge to the Partners research community, isn’t just for basic science researchers working at the bench.  It can also accommodate the needs of clinical researchers, social and behavioral researchers, and data scientists. 

For example, if you use Excel to store or analyze data, you can work on your spreadsheet and save to LabArchives. Each time you access the spreadsheet within LabArchives or on your computer, saving the document will automatically establish an audit trail for the document recording who, what, when, and where changes were made, essential for maintaining data integrity. 

If you have any questions about establishing LabArchives notebook access or using Excel as described above, please contact


To Access LabArchives: Log in with your Partners username and password.

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1. MGH Research Council Meeting

Monday, December 4, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Simches Auditorium (3.110), Videoconference to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th Floor)

Meeting Chair: Sylvie Breton, PhD

NIH Policy: Certificates of Confidentiality
P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD - Director, PHS Human Research Affairs

Life After AAALAC - Visit Results and Next Steps
Anne Clancy, PhD - Director, Animal Welfare Assurance

What Every Researcher Should Know about the EAP
Lisa Goss Staffiere, LICSW, CEAP - Corporate Employee Assistance Consultant     

All MGH Researchers welcome!

2. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, December 5, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, CNY 149, Room 2.204

Hippo Signaling in Heart Regeneration
James F. Martin, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Director Cardiomyocyte Renewal Lab
Texas Heart Institute

3. MGH Immunology Seminar Series

Thursday, December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, CNY 149, 7th Floor, Isselbacher Auditorium

Title: "Dissecting adult and pediatric gliomas with single-cell genomics".
Speaker: Mario Suva, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

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

4. Partners RCR Course on Rigor and Responsibility

Tuesday, December 12, 1:00-2:00, Simches Conference Room 3.120

The NIH, along with journal editors, has placed great emphasis on the need for rigorously designed preclinical studies to ensure they can be reproduced.  The Partners RCR Program is pleased to offer a RCR-eligible course to enhance the skills of postdocs and career awardees so they produce research that is robust, reproducible, and transparent. Advanced registration on HealthStream is required. This RCR course can be applied toward the four hospital-based course RCR requirement. Attendance at this lecture fulfills one RCR lecture/discussion course requirement.

Faculty: Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, Director, Psychiatric Genetics, MGH and Professor, HMS and HSPH

Registration instructions:
Search the course catalog using the title of the course ‘Rigor and Reproducibility’
Select 'Info'
Select 'Choose class' 
Select 'Register’

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

5. Research Fellows: Scholarly Writing Seminar

Wednesday, December 13, 12:00-1:30 pm, Main Campus

Would you love to start the new year with a more productive writing practice? Join the Post Doctoral Division for our final program of 2017 and improve your scholarly writing.

The course will be most valuable for those who desire to enhance their scientific writing and productivity. Participants will learn how to clarify interests and goals, select a target audience for writing, create an outline, and avoid obsessive perfectionism.

This workshop will be facilitated by Theodore Stern, MD, Director for Clinical Careers, Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation, Harvard Medical School, Chief Emeritus of the Avery D. Weisman, MD Psychiatry Consultation Service, Director, Thomas P. Hackett Center for Scholarship in Psychosomatic Medicine, MGH and Editor-in-Chief, Psychosomatics.
Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Lunch will be served.

Please click here to register for this session.

6. MGH ORCD RCR Series - Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research

Tuesday, December 19, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, MGH Campus, details provided upon registration

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

RCR: Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research

This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar will discuss avoiding conflicts of interest that may arise in various aspects of research, including those related to:

  • Collaborations with academia and industry
  • Financial gain from research discoveries
  • Peer Review of manuscripts and grants

Speaker: Udo Hoffman, MD, Professor of Radiology, HMS; Division Chief, Cardiovascular Imaging; and Director, Cardiac MR PET CT Program

Please click here to register for this session.

7. Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX

Wednesday, January 10, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Simches 3.120

Course Instructor: John Putzke, ScienceTrax
Jeremy Alphonse, REDCap

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
• Compare and distinguish functionality between REDCap and StudyTRAX
• Describe the key factors, reasons and issues related to choosing between REDCap and StudyTRAX
• Analyze which application best fits various research projects and investigator interests

Summary: This goal of this presentation is two-fold.  First, provide an overview of two electronic data capture (EDC) applications offered through Partners Research Computing, REDCap and StudyTRAX.   Second, provide common reasons, factors and issues related to choosing between these two EDC applications.

This presentation is intended for researchers considering the use of REDCap or StudyTRAX.  Attendees will learn about and compare functionality in both applications and examine differences in application development, product roadmap, and support model.  Attendees will also learn about common factors, issues and investigator interests related to selecting the best fit. 

To learn more about visit:

Registration is required. Please contact Cassidy Peters with any questions.

8. A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Precision Medicine

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:00– 4:00pm, Simches 3.110

Presented by MGH Division of Clinical Research, Harvard Catalyst Clinical and Translational Science Center, and the BWH Center for Clinical Investigation

Speakers: Pearl O’Rourke, MD, Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, and Scott Weiss, MD, MS
This course will provide an introduction to the use of biorepositories for clinical research, a practical guide to banking, accessing, and using samples and phenotypic data, and an overview of relevant human subjects issues. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility of biorepositories for their research.

Please click here to register. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

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1. W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program

MGH Deadline: 12/8/17

The W. M KECK FOUNDATION’S MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the knowledge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. In all of its programs, "transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation, technologies or methodologies enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. Funded projects cannot focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.

This is a restricted opportunity with concept papers limited to FOUR and proposals limited to ONE PER INSTITUTION. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount: Research grants range from $500,000 to $5 million, and are typically about $1 million.

  • Keck is looking for BASIC, FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH. Keck does not support clinically-oriented or disease-specific research. The ultimate application can be clinical, but the focus should be on basic underlying mechanism(s).
  • KECK HAS MOVED AWAY FROM HYPOTHESIS-DRIVEN RESEARCH. An external review committee found that hypothesis-driven research was less impactful than the development of novel basic tools, techniques, and methods.
  • Keck will only fund PROJECTS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OF THE MISSION OF PUBLIC FUNDING AGENCIES. If a proposal is declined by federal agencies (e.g., NIH), include reviewer comments verbatim, especially if it was turned down because the project was considered too high-risk or outside-of-the-box. 
  • Applications must represent priorities of INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP and receive some INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT (including coverage of indirect costs). Although not an explicit selection criterion, past successful proposals have had significant matching funding.
  • Keck places value on MULTIDISCIPLINARY and INTER-INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION, as well as the use of novel technology in the project.
  • For Instrumentation and Methodology proposals, DESCRIBE QUANTITATIVELY THE IMPROVEMENT (BY ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE) OVER EXISTING METHODS. It must represent a quantum leap over the state of the art. New tools and techniques should have broad applicability across disciplines.

For additional eligibility requirements and descriptions of previously funded projects, please see the program website:

Internal Submission Instructions:  Please submit a ONE-PAGE CONCEPT PAPER to ECOR at by December 8, 2017 that includes the following sections:

  • an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies;
  • a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  • a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  • an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).

For questions or concerns about this opportunity, please contact Tristan Barako, Director of Development, at or 617.724.5626.

2. 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.

  • Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Reducing Disparities in Vaccination Coverage by Poverty Status Among Young Children: An Assessment of Parental Experience, Barriers, and Challenges with Accessing Quality Vaccination Services
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)
  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 - Clinical Trial Optional) 

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

3. 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 12/1/17

  • Research Grants, American SIDS Institute
  • Research Training Award for Fellows (RTAF), American Society of Hematology (ASH)
  • Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award, International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
  • IASLC Lung Cancer Fellowship and Young Investigators Awards, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
  • ISHLT/O.H. Frazier Award in MCS Translational Research Sponsored by Medtronic, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)
  • Education Scholar Grant, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)/RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation
  • SSAT Career Development Award, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • HTRS/Novo Nordisk Clinical Fellowship Award (CFA) in Hemophilia and Rare Bleeding Disorders, Thrombosis & Hemostasis Societies of North America
4. NIH Update for Week Ending December 1, 2017

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: December 7, 2017; 7th day of each month

President’s Innovation Challenge
Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

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).

12/6       REDCap v7.4: New Feature Release and User Group Meeting
12/7       REDCap: eConsent
12/13     Division of Clinical Research Spotlight Series: Pitching/Consenting Research Opportunities in Acutely Ill Subject Populations

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