April 2014 Archives

Workshop offers grant application tips

On Wed. April 30, 2014 from 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m. you can attend a workshop led by NIH grants program directors, UMN administrators and leading researchers. The "Grantsmanship in a Changing Environment" workshop is part of the iCOMOS (International Conference on One Medicine One Science) organized by the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine and held at The Commons Hotel. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Matthew Fenton, Director, Division of Extramural Activities, NIAID, NIH
  • Dr. Hortencia Hornbeak, Associate Director for Scientific Review-Policy, NIAID, NIH
  • Dr. Peter Jackson, Branch Chief, AIDS Research Review Branch, NIAID, NIH
  • Dr. Brooks Jackson, Dean of Medical School;VP for Health Sciences, UMN
  • Dr. Bruce Blazar, Regents Professor, Medical School, Assoc VP, AHC Clinical Research, UMN
  • Pamela Webb, Associate VP, Sponsored Projects Administration, UMN
  • James Casey, Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs, Carnegie Mellon University
Cost is $150 and you can register here.

ANA offers grants

nurse_cap.jpgThe American Nurses Foundation (ANA) is offering two (2) awards at $5,000 each for beginning researchers. An additional two (2) awards of $10,000 each are available for experienced nurse scientists. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2014. For more information visit www.givetonursing.org or contact Gisele Marshall at 301/628-5229.
~Cast your vote by April 18, 2014 to name a nurse among Modern Healthcare's top 100 most influential people

Delaney, Westra to present EHR seminar

The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will offer a noon seminar on Wed., April 16, 12 to 1 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105. Presented by Drs. Connie W. Delaney, Bonnie Westra and Genevieve Melton-Meaux, the "Leveraging Electronic Health Records (EHR) for Your Research" seminar will focus on how EHR data can be used for grant applications, studies and clinical recruitment efforts. RSVP by April 15 to ctsieduc@umn.edu to reserve a lunch.

Collins offers views on future of biomedical research

Thumbnail image for Collins.jpgLast month Dr. Francis Collins, MD/PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discussed the $29.9 billion budget being implemented within FY 2014, a billion more in funding than the previous fiscal cycle, including $4.9 billion for cancer research. Check out the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) interview.
~ASCO 2013 annual report

IRB implements changes

The UMN Institutional Review Board (IRB) announced changes that will affect UMN academic health researchers. Highlights include:

  • Significant revisions to the biomedical application
  • New, revised and retired appendices for drugs, devices, tissue use/storage, genetic testing
  • Changes to training requirements: Effective Feb. 1, 2014 all researchers and staff listed on new biomedical and social IRB applications will be required to undergo basic human subject's protection training
See the IRB website and read the UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) blog post about these important changes.

University research could boost agriculture options

Lawmakers are considering $1.4M in funding for research to increase crop yields.
Minnesota Daily
April 7, 2014
by Roy Aker

Nestled under the snow, Kayla Altendorf's pennycress plants were green and nearly ready for harvest when she tended to them Saturday afternoon. University of Minnesota researchers like Altendorf, a graduate student in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, want to prove how plants like pennycress could thrive in the offseason, benefitting farmers and the state's economy. They've already identified ways to create a more profitable and efficient agricultural landscape, which includes using more perennial crops, and state legislators are perking up their ears. The Forever Green Agriculture Initiative outlines plans to increase crop yields and asks for nearly $1.4 million in state funding this session. Full article.

Studies raise questions about dietary fats and heart disease

March 19, 2014
by Susan Perry

Graph Machine_0.jpgTwo new studies raise yet more questions about current dietary guidelines for a healthy heart -- specifically the recommendations to eat less saturated fat and more polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. The studies found that both types of fat appear to have no effect -- neither bad nor good -- on the risk of heart disease.

Saturated fat is the kind found mainly in fatty meats and whole-milk dairy products. Polyunsaturated fats generally come from plant-based foods, primarily nuts, flaxseeds, avocados and certain vegetable oils, such as olive and canola. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of poloyunsaturated fat. One of its key sources is fish, especially salmon and sardines. Read on.

Fulkerson garners State Fair funding

Fulkerson.pngCongratulations to Dr. Jayne Fulkerson who received a Driven to Discover Community Health and Research Grant from the UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Fulkerson joins four other faculty who will enroll participants and collect data in the new Driven to Discover building at the Minnesota State Fair this summer in the new Driven to Disfor the Childhood Obesity Prevention in Rural Minnesota Communities project. Learn more.

CTSI seeks scholar applicants

The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) seeks faculty applicants for career development funding toward clinical and translational research. Assistant professors are eligible for the opportunity which funds 75 percent salary support, up to $26,000 annually for three years in travel funds, training and ongoing mentorship support. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on May 15, 2014. Learn more.

Weekly NIH-TOCs available

Check out National Institutes of Health (NIH) weekly funding opportunities and notices for April 4, March 28 and March 21. Items include:
NIH Policy for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Peer Review of Concepts and Proposals for Research and Development Contract Projects
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)
Deadline: June 16, 2014
Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)
Deadline: June 5, 2014
Funded projects will develop new interventions, programs, policies, practices and tools that can be used by organizations that help older adults remain healthy and active.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Mozambique USAID-Maputo
Girls Education - Strengthen Family and Community Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program
The program has $15,864, 752 to fund up to 7 awards for projects that support healthcare and nutrition for orphans, vulnerable children and caregivers who may be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Deadline: May 7, 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Comprehensive Asthma Control Through Evidence-based Strategies and Public Health Care Collaboration
Department of Health and Human Services Logo
Deadline: May 12, 2014
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science
Several types of grants available: (R43) - (R44) - (R01) - (R41) - (R42)
PA-14-154 -R43/44
These small business innovation research grants (SBIR) are designed to support in-depth development of phase one projects which are likely to result in commercial products and services.
Deadline: May 7, 2014
PA-14-155 - R01
This initiative aims to address biomedical research in computing, informatics, and Big Data science through early-stage development of new software, tools, methodologies and approaches.
Deadline: May 7, 2014
PA-14-157 - R41/42
Deadline: May 7, 2014
Note: Awards are made to small business concerns only. More SBIR information.

Learn about bioethics

Registration is open for a series of workshops sponsored by the UMN Center for Bioethics. On Tuesday evenings at the Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center from 6:30 to 8:30, April 22, 29 and May 6, 2014, you can learn about perspectives on the Affordable Care Act, advancing health care directives and ethical issues regarding brain death. See the website for details.

FY 2014 omnibus medical research package outlined

The Translational Science 2014 annual meeting takes place April 9-11 in Washington, DC, and several School of Nursing (SoN) faculty will present their research. In the meantime, the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) has summarized the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which was passed in January, and reinstates medical research funding affected by sequestration cuts. Summary highlights include:

  • $621.1 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an increase of $33 billion over the FY 2013 post-sequestration level.
  • $29.93 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $783 million over the FY 2013 post-sequestration level.
  • $6.32 billion for the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an increase of $407 million over the FY 2013 post-sequestration level.
  • $268.32 million for the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), an increase of $8 million over the FY 2013 post-sequestration level.
~FY 2015 proposed overall budget overview
~FY 2015 U.S. Health & Human Services proposed budget overview

Nursing Research Day reaches capacity

Thumbnail image for SoN Logo.jpgRegistration for Nursing Research Day has reached capacity and is now closed. Set for April 25, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center, the event will have nearly 55 oral and poster presentations. The keynote presentation by Dr. Robin Newhouse will be webcast. Log on at 8:45 a.m. for live viewing here: https://umconnect.umn.edu/nursingresearch/
~Contact Nancy Ulvestad if you can volunteer for the event.

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