May 2014 Archives
by Susan D. Hall
April 29, 2014
Not all happy as telemedicine policy is adopted
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) adopted without changes a revised policy on appropriate use of telemedicine--ignoring recommendations from the American Telemedicine Association. Read article.
~May 2, 2014 article: What's necessary for a sustainable telehealth program?
State Implementation Grants for Enhancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs through Systems Integration
A total of $3,600,000 is available for approximately 12 grants with award ceiling up to $300,000 annually. Deadline to apply is June 13, 2014.
Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to support the creation of an interdisciplinary research network designed to reduce the ¿word gap,¿ the gap in exposure to language among children from low-income families, as compared to children from higher-income families.
Deadline: July 7, 2014
by John Timmer
April 16, 2014
Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it's unsustainable
It's no secret that biology research in the U.S. is facing a number of challenges. After years of rapid growth, the funding for biomedical research has dropped by 25 percent in real dollar terms since 2003, leaving researchers scrambling to keep their labs running. Meanwhile, the system is still training far more graduates than there are faculty positions to fill. But it's tempting to think that taking care of the first by increasing the funding would help take care of the second. Learn more.
The UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute's New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program is now accepting applications for a two-year program to fund assistant professors interested in clinical or translational research. Applications are due by 5pm on Thursday, May 15, 2014 Learn more and apply
CTSI is also accepting applications for its KL2 Scholars Career Development Program, which supports assistant professors (in rank ≤ 6 years) who are conducting clinical and translational research. Applications are also due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014. CTSI is also accepting applications for its KL2 Scholars Career Development Program, which supports assistant professors (in rank ≤ 6 years) who are conducting clinical and translational research. Applications are also due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The Philanthropy News Digest publishes a list of funding opportunities and notices that can be searched by interest area (e.g., aging, health, children and youth), or by location and keyword search. Among the opportunities you will find:
by Nicolas Hallett
April 10, 2014
Every year, the U of M receives about $10 million in biomedical research grants from the department. This funding has grown in importance in recent years, said associate vice president for research Tucker LeBien. U of M Medical School's Pamela Andreatta also comments on her team's work with U.S. Department of Defense funding. Learn more.
Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) will host the "National Conference on Engaging Patients, Families, and Communities" on August 21-22, 2014 in Bethesda, MD. Researchers interested in all phases of translational research should plan to attend. Submit your abstracts now and register by August 4, 2014.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy (op-ed)
by John Notter
April 10, 2014
Money, we can all agree, matters. It doesn't buy happiness, but it certainly buys a ton of scientific research of vital importance to human health. Without that, the pursuit of happiness wouldn't even be possible. And things are beginning to look a bit bleak in that regard.
Government funding, which has long supported the bulk of basic scientific research, is increasingly threatened in the U.S. If we hope to capitalize on the remarkable progress made in molecular medicine over the past few decades to solve such intractable problems as cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, something will have to change--and soon. Learn more.
NIH News Releases
April 17, 2014
Scientists have traced vulnerability to depression-like behaviors in mice to out-of-balance electrical activity inside neurons of the brain's reward circuit and experimentally reversed it - but there's a twist.
Instead of suppressing it, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health boosted runaway neuronal activity even further, eventually triggering a compensatory self-stabilizing response. Once electrical balance was restored, previously susceptible animals were no longer prone to becoming withdrawn, anxious, and listless following socially stressful experiences. Learn more.
~April 30, 2014 Reuters' article: Is depression less common among men or are they less likely to acknowledge it?
by Ethan Nelson
April 29, 2014
An ongoing University of Minnesota research project from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is collecting stories from immigrant Somalis in the Twin Cities to find out why many are returning home. U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Ryan Allen comments on his research. Full article.
~The Somali Diaspora's Role in Somalia: Implications of Return
Check out this federal funding opportunity for early stage investigators:
NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
This initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators proposing new and highly innovative research approaches with a potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research.
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014
Revisions to Add Biomedical Big Data Training to Active NLM Institutional Training Grants in Biomedical Informatics (T15)
This funding will train the next generation of scientists to develop computational and quantitative approaches and tools needed by the biomedical research community to work with 'big data.'
Letters of intent due: June 26, 2014
Deadline: July 28, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Joe Gaugler on two recent funding awards. The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) selected to fund his project that will test a free online tool designed to help families deliver care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He also received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) for research that will test remote sensor technology to monitor daily functioning of dementia patients and persons with Alzheimer's disease.
~April 7, 2014 Star Tribune article: New care model could save MN nearly $1B in Alzheimer's costs
The UMN Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) seeks applicants for a 10-month program that provides professional growth opportunities and a forum to network with women leaders. Up to 25 staff and faculty will be selected. There is a $100 application fee but limited scholarships are provided. Download the application and apply by June 27, 2014.
Proposals are requested by May 31, 2014 for a new UMN-Fairview initiative to support team-driven science while at the same time elevating patient experience and outcomes. Research proposals for key clinical areas include:
• Cardiovascular health
• Chronic kidney disease
• End of life/palliative care
• Critical care
• Blood utilization
The 2014 System-Wide Engagement Program will fund up to $80,000 in direct costs over a 6-month period. Learn more.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities and notices have been published for May 2, April 25 and April 18, 2014. Notices and opportunities include:
Notice of Clarification of Career (K) Award Eligibility
Per the NIH Grants Policy Statement, non-U.S. entities or foreign institutions are ineligible for this and other types of awards including:
PA-14-044: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
PA-14-045: Independent Scientist Award (K02)
PA-14-046: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
PA-14-049: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
PA-14-047: Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
PA-14-048: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)
PA-14-042: NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
Disseminating and Implementing Evidence from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice Using Mobile Health Technology (R21)
Deadline: August 4, 2014
NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA seeks leaders in promoting interdisciplinary pain education who will have the time, ability, and institutional clearance to increase pain education in the teaching environment.
Deadline: June 16, 2014
The UMN Advanced Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ARDL) will have an open house on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. ARDL provides specialty testing that includes genotyping, DNA analysis, lymphocyte cryopreservation, method development and biochemical analysis.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a change in policy affecting previously unfunded grant applications. As of April 16, 2014, proposals that have been denied funding can be resubmitted without changes to the existing application. Although review panels will not refer to original applications when reviewing a resubmission, researchers are encouraged to review their proposals to possibly strengthen or refine their plan, specific aims, science or budget requests. Restrictions apply and resubmissions must occur within 37 months of the initial application. See notice NOT-OD-14 and the April 22, 2014 clarification statement NOT-OD-14-082 for details.
~April 17, 2014 blog post by Sally Rockey, NIH Rock Talk Blog
~April 17, 2014 blog post by Ann Hagan, NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog
UMN graduate students, post-docs and residents/clinical fellows can apply for a 2014-2015 Neuromodulation Fellowship Program award funded through the Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy MnDRIVE ) initiative. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2014.
~MnDrive discoveries and treatments for brain conditions