Research News - September 26, 2014





September 26, 2014




1. Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for ECOR Representative
2. Core of the Week: CBRC Confocal Microscope Core
3. Please take the Partners HealthCare Innovation 2014 Service Survey!
4. Effort Reporting Period Begins October 1
5. PHS IS News Summer 2014




1. MGH Research Council 
2. MGH Faculty Happy Hour
3. Munn Nursing Research Grand Rounds
4. MGH New Faculty Orientation 
5. Research Faculty Seminar - Responsible Conduct of Research Series: Responsible Authorship
6. New England Symposium on Biomedical Optics




1. Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2015
2. HMS Foundation Funds
3. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities 
4. Private Funding Opportunities
5. NIH Update for Week Ending September 26, 2014




Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events




1. Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for ECOR Representative

There are two openings for election as a representative from the Research community to the Executive Committee On Research (ECOR). One opening is for a Professor, the other for an Associate Professor.
The deadline for nominations is at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 30.

For each open position on the ballot, the ECOR Nominations Review Committee will select three candidates from among the nominated faculty.

Nomination form:

For information about ECOR & ECOR Reps responsibilities go to:



2. Core of the Week: CBRC Confocal Microscope Core

CBRC Confocal Microscope Core
Director: Kristin White, PhD
Location: Building 149 13th Street, Charlestown

The CBRC Confocal Microscope Core provides support for confocal microscopy. The core is currently equipped with a Nikon A1SiR confocal equipped with galvo and resonant scanners for high resolution and high speed scanning. A motorized stage facilities data collection at multiple regions during time lapse imaging. A stage incubator is available for long term imaging of mammalian cells. Spectral imaging and unmixing allows users to separate multiple fluorescent proteins in live and fixed tissue. This facility is available on a fee for service basis to trained users from the CBRC and the MGH Community. Training is a two step process, scheduled on an as needed basis. Please contact the core coordinator with questions or to schedule training.

To learn more about the CBRC Confocal Microscope Core, please click here.


3. Please take the Partners HealthCare Innovation 2014 Service Survey!

This annual survey is part of our team’s commitment to provide the highest quality service to our constituents, and to maximize the outcomes we work toward as a team. We will set targeted action plans based on survey results and repeat the process every year. The survey is open until Friday, October 3, 2014. To begin, please click here:

The survey can also be found under “News” on the new Research Navigator:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please contact

Your feedback is important to us. Thank you for your participation.


4. Effort Reporting Period Begins October 1

The next effort reporting period will begin on October 1, covering work performed from April 1 – September 30, 2014. All effort reports must be completed by October 31, 2014. A reminder and additional details for departmental Effort Managers was posted to the Research Navigator on September 17. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Effort Reporting team.



5. PHS IS News Summer 2014

Check out the current issue and find:
-what's been accomplished in the first year of the Lighthouse Project
-how Lighthouse is vetting vendors who have access to Partners information and data
-what it took to get the LMR certified for 2014
-how Office 365 will improve accuracy, versatility, and mobility for Office users
-what mi2b2 is and how it is helping researchers access images

Please click here to read the latest PHS Information Systems News.




1. MGH Research Council

Monday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 PM, Simches 3.110
with Broadcast to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th floor), Lunch available at 11:45 AM

MGH Research and the HMS Quad: Opportunities for Collaboration
Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, Dean, Faculty of Medicine

“Top 10” Things MGH Researchers May Not Know, But Should!
Harry Orf, PhD, Sr VP for Research

All MGH Researchers welcome!


2. MGH Faculty Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:00-7:00 PM, Paul S. Russell, MD Museum; 2 North Grove St., Boston, MA 02114

Need an excuse to relax with your colleagues after the October 6 NIH Deadline?

ECOR invites our Research Faculty to our Fall Faculty Happy Hour on October 8!

Please RSVP:!


3. Munn Nursing Research Grand Rounds

Thursday, October 2, 1:30-2:30 pm, O’Keeffe Auditorium

“Utilizing Evidence Based Practice to Prevent Constipation in Older, Adult Hospitalized Patients”

Presented by: Andrea H. Thurler, DNP, FNP-BC and Lieba R. Savitt, MSN, RN, ANP-BC (recipients of an Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Award in 2011; mentor Deborah D’Avolio, PhD, APRN-BC)

This presentation will discuss their pilot study and lessons learned throughout their research process. They will examine future opportunities for constipation research and practice implementation. There will be an interactive discussion with the audience about their experience and implications for future research and investigators.

Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital (OH-239, 10/1/2017) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The learner must stay for the entire program and submit a completed evaluation to obtain contact hours.


4. MGH New Faculty Orientation

Thursday, October 23, 12:00 - 3:00 pm, Location provided upon registration.

Presented by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

Have you recently joined MGH as a new faculty member on or after July 2013? Did you recently transition to HMS instructor after being a research fellow? The CFD’s New Faculty Orientation will allow you to meet key faculty leaders and administrative leaders, and familiarize yourself with important information and resources to enhance your MGH experience. A session geared to research faculty is part of the new faculty orientation agenda!

Speakers include: Peter L. Slavin, MD, Harry Orf, PhD, Robert Kingston, PhD, Anne Klibanski, MD, Maureen Connelly, MD and others!

Faculty with HMS academic appointments please click here for more information and click here to register by Friday, October 3.


5. Research Faculty Seminar - Responsible Conduct of Research Series: Responsible Authorship

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm, Location provided upon registration.

The Center for Faculty Development's Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for MGH research faculty.

As a researcher, your publication record is critical for career advancement. This seminar in the RCR series will cover topics in responsible authorship, including:

  • Guidelines for assigning authors on a manuscript
  • Grey areas in authorship decisions
  • Case studies of authorship disputes and resolutions
  • Tips for successful collaborations and authorship determination

Responsible Conduct of Research Series: Responsible Authorship
Facilitator: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Office for Research Career Development

Faculty with HMS academic appointments, please click here to register by Tue, Oct 7.


6. New England Symposium on Biomedical Optics

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, 65 Lansdowne Street, Room 103A, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Biomedical OCT Research and Translation (CBORT) at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and MGH is hosting the New England Symposium on Biomedical Optics. The symposium, for trainees including graduate students and research fellows, is intended to promote synergy among the biophotonics community in the Boston area and facilitate networking among young researchers. The presentations and discussion will focus on three main areas within biomedical optics, including: technology development, clinical applications, and optical imaging in biology - with invited speakers from optics groups at Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and BU.

Lunch and cocktails at the conclusion of the event will be provided.

Please RSVP to Jacqueline Namati, PhD - if you are interested in attending




1. Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2015

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the MGH Howard M. Goodman Fellowship.

What is it?
This is an endowed fellowship established by the MGH Department of Molecular Biology in honor of the founding Chief of the Department, Dr. Howard M. Goodman. The award is intended to further the careers of outstanding independent young scientists who have demonstrated the potential to rise to a leadership position in their chosen field. Independent Fellows, Instructors, and new Assistant Professors from any MGH Department are eligible to apply for this award.

How much is the award?
The award is for two years at $150,000, plus 15% indirect costs, per year and is effective April 1, 2015.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?


2. 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, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the foundations.

Information on funding opportunities offered through the HMS Foundation Funds is available online at:

Awards include:

  •  Brain Research Fund Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
  •  Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant (MGH process required)
  •  Bullock-Wellman Postdoctoral Fellowship
  •  Dana Foundation David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program
  •  Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars Program
  •  Mary Kay Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Award
  •  Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering
  •  Rita Allen Faculty Scholars Program

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 October 15, 2014 at 5:00PM. Please direct all inquiries to the Office of the HMS Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463,

If you are an MGH investigator, you should not apply directly to HMS for several of the funding opportunities offered through the HMS foundation funds annually. Please see the chart located here to determine where to apply and for information on the process.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.


3. 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:
1. Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
2. A descriptive title of the potential application
3. Brief description of the project
4. Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

In the event that there is more than one MGH investigators 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.

  • Pediatric Preclinical Testing Consortium: Coordinating Center (U01)
  • American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network: Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease - NEW!
  • NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.


4. Private Funding Opportunities

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.

  • Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Awards - SFARI Pilot Award and SFARI Research Award, Simons Foundation
  • Genetics Prize, Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation
  • Neuroscience Prize, Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation
  • Pediatric Health Grants, Gerber Foundation
  • Environmental Hazards Grants (Nutrient Competitors Grants), Gerber Foundation
  • Established Investigator Academic-Industry Partnership Awards, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
  • Annual DeGregorio Foundation Award for Cancers of the Esophagus and Stomach, DeGregorio Family Foundation for Stomach and Esophageal Cancer Research and Education
  • McKnight Scholar Awards, McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
  • Awards for Young Investigators, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN)
  • Epidemiology Grants, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
  • Targeted Biomedical Research - Exploring the Mechanisms for HIV Persistence and the Potential for HIV Eradication, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
  • IRP Research Grant, International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia (IRP)
  • Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, Health Resources in Action (HRiA)/The Medical Foundation
  •  AFAR Research Grants, American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
  •  Career Development Grants, Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.


5. NIH Update for Week Ending September 26, 2014

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




Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding
Application Deadline: 7th day of each month

ADA-BI Targeted Award in CKD 
Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

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

Maintaining Research Subject Privacy and Information Security: What Clinical Researchers Must Know - September 30

A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Personalized Medicine Research - October 1

Save the Date! The 2014 Warren Triennial Prize & Symposium - November 24

Save the Date! SAC 2015 - April 1 &2, 2015




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