July 2013 Archives

Register for free Aug. 6 AHRQ webinar

AHRQ will host a 90-minute webinar on August 6 from 3:30 to 5 pm CDT on using health information technology to improve care within practice-based research networks (PBRNs). The webinar will highlight three PBRN successes:

  • Connecting to health information exchange (HIE) in primary care.
  • Creating and sharing electronic after-visit summaries.
  • Using technology to inform HPV vaccination decisions.

The expert panel will include Alexander Fiks, M.D., Co-Medical Director of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Research Consortium; Zsolt Nagykaldi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Valory Pavlik, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Vice Chair of Research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; and Brian Yeaman, M.D.,Chief Medical Informatics Officer from Norman (OK) Regional Health Center. Rebecca Roper, M.S., M.P.H., Director of AHRQ's PBRN Initiative, will moderate. Register here.

Check out AHRQ electronic newsletter archive

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has electronic archived articles of its Research Activities Newsletter. Articles in July include:
~New journal supplement on comparative effectiveness and PCOR research methods available.
~Improved preventive care in nursing homes could potentially reduce hospitalizations by 60 percent, AHRQ study finds.
~HHS releases the National Quality Strategy for promoting better health and quality care.

NIMHD offers grants to improve minority health

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) offers two types of large grant funding that address minority health or the disparity of healthcare among minority populations:
NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Deadline: Nov.19, 2013

NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Deadline: Nov. 26, 2013

Funds offered to benefit aging adults

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is offering grants to address symptoms caused by biobehavioral and social issues that affecti older adults:

Mid-life Reversibility of Early-established Biobehavioral Risk Factors (R01)
Applications would propose research to address how early life disadvantage may lead to midlife biobehavioral changes.
Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014

High Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks (R24)
Proposed projects would result in research networks and small scale pilot research that promotes behavioral and social wellness among the aging population.
Deadline: Oct. 22, 2013

Clinical Trial of a Multifactorial Fall Injury Prevention Strategy in Older Persons (U01)
Funded initiatives would conduct randomized clinical trials to determine strategies and methods for prevention of falls among the elderly.
Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013

NLM offers 'informationist' funding

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting administrative supplement requests for currently-funded NIH research projects that may have a data driven need that could be enhanced through active involvement of informationists.

Informationists are information specialists, usually health sciences librarians, with graduate training in biomedical, informatics, behavioral or biological science. Approximately 5 awards will be made available for projects not to exceed 2 years with a $50,000 cap. Deadline to apply is Nov. 5, 2013. See the program announcement for details.

Multiple chronic condition grants to be launched

The National Institute of Health's (NIH) Office of Strategic Coordination Common Fund will soon announce two types of clinical research funding to help patients with multiple chronic conditions. The NOT-RM-13-022 notice indicates that next month more information will be published on UH2 and UH3 opportunities to encourage "pragmatic trial design" to prevent, diagnose and treat patients that are functionally impaired due to multiple chronic conditions. Applications are not being solicited yet but questions can be directed to:
Catherine M. Meyers, M.D., NIH-HCS Research Collaboratory Working Group
Democracy 2, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475 (for express/courier, use 20817)
Telephone: (301) 443-8206
Email: hcsrs-pt@nih.gov

NINR discontinues omnibus R03 program

On July 19, 2013 the National Institute of Nursing Research announced it will no longer accept applications under the omnibus small research grant program (R03). This type of grant mechanism supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time using limited resources. Although NINR no longer accepts omnibus R03 applications, these entities continue participation in the PA-11-262 process:
~National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
~National Institute on Aging (NIA)
~National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
~National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
~National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
~Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
~National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIEHS)
~National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
~National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Model predicts kids' weight outcomes

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have created a mathematical model to predict how weight and body fat in children respond to adjustments in diet and physical activity. See The Lancet article published July 30, 2013. The model accurately "makes quantitative predictions about weight management interventions" among children ages 5 to 18 years and quantifies how much exercise it would take to achieve bodyweight change.

NINR releases palliative care research guide

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The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) recently published "Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care" which is a compilation of research trends and funding patterns dating from 1997 to 2010. The report focuses on the 1997 recommendations by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of how to strengthen the research landscape.

Save the date

The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host its annual research conference on Oct. 1-2, 2013 at the McNamara Alumni Center. The theme, "Discovery through the Lens of Innovation: Transforming Translational Research" will feature poster sessions and keynote presentations from Edward Connor, MD, MBE, director of Innovation Development at Children's National Medical Center and Anthony Windebank, MD, Mayo Clinic. The conference is free and open to faculty, staff and students. Register here. Contact Shane Smith at ctsieduc@umn.edu with questions.

MNsure seeks advisory members

MinnPost - July 30, 2013
by Joe Kimball
The board of MNsure, the state's health care exchange, is looking for applicants to join two advisory boards that will offer guidance to the board on areas of the health insurance industry.


Applications are being accepted for the Health Industry Advisory Committee and the Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee. Members will serve two-year terms with expenses paid. Learn more.
~Enrollment begins October 2013

Various NIH funding opportunities available

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award (SC2)
SCORE is a developmental program to increase biomedical research among institutions that train students from diverse backgrounds.
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2013

Building Evidence: Effective Palliative/End of Life Care Interventions (R01)
This funding opportunity seeks to stimulate research that tests optimal palliative and end-of-life care interventions.
Deadline: Oct. 8, 2013 *with letters of intent due 30 days prior*

NIH Transformative Research Awards (R01)
These awards complement traditional, investigator-initiated grants and promote individual or groups of scientists engaged in groundbreaking or unconventional research.
Deadline: Oct. 4, 2013

Developmental Mechanisms of Human Structural Birth Defects (P01)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2013

Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Deadline: Sept.25, 2013

Building Evidence: Effective Palliative/End of Life Care Interventions (R01)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Deadline: Oct. 8, 2013

NIGMS funding opportunities listed

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has published funding opportunities that include:
Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing in the Biomedical Sciences (U54)
Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013

Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)
Deadline: Oct. 10, 2013

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (K12)
Deadline: Oct. 2, 2013

Healthcare quality and disparity data now available

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published 2012 data tables that detail healthcare measures in terms of quality and disparity. Topics range from cardiovascular disease, to cancer, osteoporosis screening and more.

New UMN Google templates created

Use your X500 identity to log in and check out the Google templates created and released by the UMN University Relations office. Templates range from documents, to spreadsheets, to presentation designs.

Yu receives Alzheimer's Disease research funding

Congratulations to Dr. Fang Yu for an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Yu's project, "Aerobic Exercise in Alzheimer's Disease: Cognition and Hippocampal Volume Effects" will seek to determine if a six-month aerobic exercise regimen will affect the decline in cognition of older adults with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's Disease (AD).

Kudos to Merrie Kaas

Congratulations to Dr. Merrie Kaas on funding received for the "Enhancing Interprofessional Integrative Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education to Address Health Care of Persons with Psychiatric Disorders and Other Chronic Conditions" project. The research will be funded through the Advanced Nursing Education program of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It is designed to create interprofessional education opportunities to enhance learning for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and doctoral nursing students.

Call for nominations

The UMN Postdoctoral Association calls for nominations to recognize outstanding postdoctoral scholars. The nomination deadline is Aug. 9 and 2 awards of $500 each are available. Learn more.

AHRQ releases childhood obesity research statistics

On July 10 the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) released a report comparing the effectiveness of childhood obesity prevention programs. The report estimates that approximately 17 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 19-years are considered obese, and 30 percent are considered either overweight or obese. Analysis of data collected from 2007-2008 shows that a combination of diet and physical activity interventions are beneficial when used in a variety of home, school, and community settings, according to a new review by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program. Read the report.

MN Daily: Master UMN research plan presented to Regents

Minnesota Daily - July 17
by Janice Bitters
New research VP Brian Herman unveils master plan for university research
The UMN Board of Regents heard from new Vice President for Research Brian Herman for the first time July 10, when he presented a $665 million plan for advancing research initiatives amid federal budget reductions. Read the article.
~07.24.13 UMN Brief article

Gaugler receives AHRQ award

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Gaugler, PhD, for a July 16 funding award announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Quality in Research (AHRQ). Dr. Gaugler's project, "Comparative Effectiveness of Dementia Caregiver Interventions: Toward Person-Centered Care Planning Tool" will help determine different types of support strategies and tools that can best meet the needs of dementia family caregivers based on outcome. Examples of desirable outcomes include reduction of caregiver stress, keeping the dementia patient at home, and improving the overall well being of dementia patients and their caregivers.

Bronas receives R03 funding to research chronic kidney disease

Congratulations to Dr. Ulf Bronas, assistant professor, for a grant award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Bronas will investigate the effect of regular aerobic exercise to reduce blood pressure in patients with chronic kidney disease.

NINR offers R01 and R15 opportunities

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) requests applications for the following projects that would integrate diverse data, patient-reported outcomes, and genetic predisposition of factors that relate to chronic illness and disease:
PA-13-264 Synergizing Omic and Symptom Science (R01)
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2013
PA-13-265 (R15)
Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013

Check out list of NIH program announcements

Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R21)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013

Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R01)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013

Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R03)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2013

Implications of New Digital Media Use for Underage Drinking, Drinking-Related Behaviors, and Prevention Research (R01)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013

Implications of New Digital Media Use for Underage Drinking, Drinking-Related Behaviors, and Prevention Research (R21)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2013

NIDDK Program Projects (P01)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2013 (letters of intent due Aug. 14, 2013)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will offer funding for two types of research projects to determine the link between environmental exposure and the risk for Alzheimer's and related neurogenerative disease:

  • RFA-ES-13-006 (R01) would support research ranging from basic to clinical research supporting the strategic goals listed in the NIEHS strategic plan.
  • RFA-ES-13-007 (R21) supports exploratory/developmental research by developing feasibility data or adapting new tools and technologies to study environmental exposure as it relates to neurogenerative disease. Letters of intent for both grants are due Sept. 30 and the application deadline is Oct. 31, 2013

NIA promotes blog for researchers

Check out the new blog published by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) featuring updates from NIA director for extramural activities, Robin Barr.

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NIA seeks applications for clinical trial

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is accepting applications to test the effects of Vitamin D supplements to improve mobility among the aging. Award recipients will conduct a six-year, randomized, controlled clinical trial to test whether increased Vitamin D supplements in elderly participants aid in preventing falls and increasing mobility. The first nine months of the award will provide funds to conduct pilot studies and test recruitment strategies. Letters of intent are due Aug. 23 and deadline to apply is Sept. 23, 2013. See the overview and full announcement to learn more.

Nominations requested for mentor of the year

Check out the July edition of the CTSI Connect newsletter to request nomination materials for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Mentor of the Year award, which provides $1,500 of discretionary funds to recognize excellence in clinical and translational science mentoring. Nomination deadline is Aug. 31, 2013. Contact Shane Smith at ctsieduc@umn.edu with questions.
~Nomination details

Bronas wins award for diabetic kidney research

Last month Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson announced that Dr. Ulf Bronas had been selected for the Jay D. Coffman Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science at the Society for Vascular Medicine annual meeting in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Bronas was selected for his "Exercise improves vascular endothelial function in patients with early diabetic kidney disease" presentation, which part of research related to a K-23 faculty development grant.
~Dr. Ulf Bronas interview

NCATs offers tools for researchers

Researchers.jpg The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) publishes tools to help basic and clinical researchers advance translational science. Check out the include Clinical Research Tools and Resources to aid in such activities as patient recruitment, clinical study management, and public-private partnership development as well as Pre-Clinical Research Tools and Resources to help researchers explore the functions of cells at the genome level, including more than 60 chemical probes.

PCORI plans to fund $30 million for fall prevention research

PCORI.bmpThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to fund up to $30 million for research aimed at fall prevention among the elderly. The agency issued a Request for Information (RFI) earlier this month to explore options for clinical research among non-institutionalized older adults who may be prone to falls.
~June 14 PCORI press release
~PCORI funding opportunities

MSPBJ: Best Buy medical research funding to increase

Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
June 18, 2013
by Mark Reilly
Best Buy Co. Inc. founder Richard Schulze is planning to use nearly half his wealth to greatly expand his family's foundation, focusing on K-12 education and medical research. The Star Tribune has details on Schulze's plan, which will build the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation from about $100 million now to more than $1 billion. Learn more.
~June 18 Star Tribune article
~Best Buy Foundation

Medscape Today recently published a 2012 article from the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing outlining how nurses are using the technological advances of social media to communicate and educate nursing students. The article discussed the changing pedagogy of the profession, examples of how social media is used in education, plus the considerations, advantages and disadvantages of this platform.Create your own free Medscape log-in ID to read the article or view it here.

SoN receives grant to help veterans

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On June 26 the UMN School of Nursing announced it was among 6 selected recipients to receive a $5.3 million U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs award that will facilitate a partnership with the local VA to coordinate care for veterans. The grant also leverages room for the addition of 10 additional faculty members and 20 more available enrollment spots for undergraduate nursing students in the upcoming semester.
Dr. Chris Mueller in the news:
* Press release
*July 10 Star Tribune article
*July 2 KSTP clip
*July 5 Minnesota Daily article

PCORI invests $17 million in asthma-related research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently launched a $17 million initiative to evaluate treatment options for uncontrolled asthma in African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. Letters of intent for this R18 proposal are due Aug. 1; application deadline is Sept. 18.
~Explanatory webinar

Program provides bridge funding

The UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is expanding its bridge funding program to provide interim support for research projects that experience a temporary lapse in funding. As part of the Grant-in-Aid program, OVPR will offset cuts that may have occurred in National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects. The initial program allowed for requests totaling up to $30,000 but the expanded bridge funding can now be up to $150,000 with matched funds. Deadline to apply is Sept. 16, 2013.
~Grant-in-aid description
~Special instructions
~OVPR blog

NCCAM requests proposals to aid military

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in conjunction with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking proposals to investigate non-pharmacological approaches toward pain and comorbidity in U.S. military personnel, veterans and their family members. Types of grants that are offered:

  • RFA-AT-14-005 (R01) research that focuses on symptom and pain management associated with problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance use disorder (SUD), depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.
  • RFA-AT-14-004 (R34) feasibility and pilot research focusing on preliminary clinical studies that address the effects of combat-related conditions in military personnel, veterans and in terms of how it affects their families.
Letters of intent are due Sept. 11 and applications are due Oct. 11, 2013.

NIH lists grant opportunities to address stigma in healthcare

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) request proposals due Sept. 16 for research that addresses the health-related aspects of stigma and its contribution to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups. Types of grants include:

  • PA-13-248 - Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health (R01). Deadline Oct. 5, 2013.
  • PA-13-246 - Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health (R21). Deadline Oct. 16, 2013.
  • PA-13-247 - Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health (R03). Deadline Oct. 16, 2013.

AHRQ offers grants for research on chronic pain

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks applications for several types of related grants:

  • Large research grant (R01) applications with proposals on how to optimize care for patients with multiple chronic conditions
  • Exploratory development (R21) applications that will propose and test new methods to treat chronic pain.
  • Research demonstration (R18) proposals that present strategies to disseminate PCOR research and improve healthcare delivery.
Letters of intent are due July 19. Application deadline is Aug. 28, 2013. See RFA-HS-14-001 (R01) and RFA-HS-14-002 (R21) and RFA-HS-14-003 (R18) guidances for details.

PCOR development grants available

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) mentored career development grants. These opportunities support clinical and research doctorates interested in developing, implementing and evaluating clinical and system intervention strategies. Areas of interest include health communication, decision-making and evidence dissemination based on patient-centered outcome research. Types of awards:

  • Mentored Clinical Investigator Award (K08)
  • Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
  • Mentored Career Enhancement Awards (K18)
Deadlines to apply are Oct. 8, 2013.
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