In this week’s issue:
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Innovation in Regulatory Science Award (final reminder)
- William T. Grant Foundation – Uses of Research in Policy and Practice Affecting Youth: Letters Of Inquiry
- William T. Grant Foundation – Distinguished Fellows Program: Letters Of Inquiry
- Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Innate Immune System Impact Request for Applications
- CHEOS and BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network – Site Audits workshops
- Life Sciences Institute Café Scientifique – “Once upon a time we treated diabetes with insulin”
- Centre for Blood Research – The Earl W. Davie Symposium (final reminder)
- UBC CPD Ovarian Cancer Workshop for Family Physicians: Reversing the Classroom (final reminder)
- The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility – Leaders of Tomorrow
Deadline: November 18, 2013
Awards to provide support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration and others make. This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and systems pharmacology, to name a few.
Five-year awards provide up to $500,000 to support academic investigators who are addressing research questions that will lead to innovation in regulatory science, with ultimate translation of those results into improving the regulatory process.
Check the eligibility page for more information.
LOI Deadline: January 8, 2014; 3pm EST
The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice.
Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies related to what affects policy makers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs.
The foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects. Add-on studies must address research questions not covered by prior funding from the Grant Foundation or other funders, although they may cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data.
The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the U.S. or abroad.
The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years.
Visit the Grant Foundation Web site for the complete Request for Proposals and application instructions.
LOI Deadline: January 8, 2014; 3pm EST
The William T. Grant Foundation‘s Distinguished Fellows Program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish this goal, the program gives influential mid-career researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings, and conversely gives prominent practitioners and policy makers the opportunity to work in research settings.
The program encourages mid-career researchers to submit proposals that are designed to deepen their understanding of policy processes and practice settings. Similarly, the program invites policy makers and practitioners to propose projects that will enhance their capacity to recognize and use high-quality research.
The program generally selects between one and four fellows annually. Each will receive up to $175,000 (including direct and indirect costs) for the total duration of the fellowship. Fellowships may range from six months to two years. The foundation also may provide a small grant of up to $25,000 to the fellowship site to defray the costs associated with hosting a fellow.
The 2014 Distinguished Fellows Application Guide, containing a complete description of the fellows program, eligibility guidelines, and application instructions, is available at the William T. Grant Foundation Web site.
Deadline: March 3, 2014; 5pm EST
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce a new request for applications for research focused on the impact of the innate immune system on autism-related disorders.
To this end, we seek applications for investigations of the impact of physiologically relevant activation of the innate immune system on behavioral, circuit, synaptic and neuronal functions in animal models of autism. SFARI encourages applications that address either of the following two issues: (1) Effects of activation of the maternal innate immune system on embryonic central nervous system development in genetic models of autism and controls; (2) Effects of activation of the innate immune system in genetic autism models and adult controls.
SFARI especially encourages submission of proposals that are collaborations between immunologists and neuroscientists.
RFA and accompanying guidelines available here. The deadline for full proposal submission is 3 March 2014, and notification of award is expected by 1 July 2014.
Date: Workshops run from November 12 to December 6
CHÉOS and the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network are pleased to host a series of workshops at St. Paul’s Hospital. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Details are available at http://www.cheos.ubc.ca/news/workshops-site-audits-2013/.
Date: November 14, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: LSC3, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC
Since its discovery by Canadians in the 1920s, insulin has given people with type 1 diabetes longer life expectancy and higher quality of life. But it is not a cure. Our speakerse will present and discuss new and up-and-coming cell therapy strategies in development, such as immune cells, islet transplants and stem cells.
Dr. Megan Levings – “The cells that saved my pancreas”
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Scientist, Child & Family Research Institute
Dr. Garth Warnock – “Human islet transplantation, identifying the outcomes and the challenges”
Woodward Professor, Department of Surgery
Dr. Timothy Kieffer – “Stem cells as an alternate to human islets for transplant”
Professor, Departments of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and Surgery
Group leader, LSI Diabetes Research Group
RSVP at http://cafesci.lsi.ubc.ca
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View live webcast at http://webinarfomubc.adobeconnect.com/lsicafenov14/
Centre for Blood Research – The Earl W. Davie Symposium
Date: November 14, 2013
Location: Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver BC
The 2013 Earl W. Davie Symposium is only 9 days away! If you are busy or out of town, we understand.
This year will feature a professional broadcast live on the web! All you need is a computer or device with Adobe Flash and you will be able to tune in from wherever you are. To join us online visit: http://creative-services.sfu.ca/broadcast/live/391/
The Webcast starts at 8:30AM on Nov. 14th and runs until the end of our speaker session. If you are unable to join us live via webcast we will offer a video-on-demand archival for future viewing (link at a later date). If you have any questions, please ask!
Keynote Speakers: Barry Coller and Shaun Coghlin
Special Guest: Nobel Laureate – Edmond Fischer
The goal of the Earl W. Davie Symposium is to widely communicate cutting edge advances in the broad field of hemostasis-thrombosis, as applied to medically relevant disciplines including innate immunity, infectious diseases, inflammation and cancer.
The 2013 program is particularly exciting. The day will start with a special address by Nobel Laureate (1992) Professor Edmond Fischer. As a friend and colleague of Dr. Davie, Dr. Fischer attended the symposium in 2012 and is thrilled to return and to make a presentation. The two keynote speakers will be Dr. Barry Coller, Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief, Rockefeller University Hospital, Mt Sinai School of Medicine, and Dr. Shaun Coughlin, Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco. These physician-scientists have made extraordinary contributions in the fields of medical research. Several other lectures are planned by visiting and local scientists and clinicians, research associates and clinical trainees. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion and a poster session during the day, with awards at the end. Buffet-style coffee breaks, lunch, drinks and dinner will be provided … free! Register NOW at www.cbr.ubc.ca.
Program available at http://cbr.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2013/09/EWD_2013_FinalProgram.pdf.
UBC CPD Ovarian Cancer Workshop for Family Physicians: Reversing the Classroom
Date: November 25, 2013, 6:30-8:00pm (PDT)
Location: Multi-Purpose Room, Paetzold Health Education Centre, Jim Pattison Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Target audience: Family Physicians
Please note: Vancouver workshops will build on webinar content. Workshop participants need to either attend the live webinar or watch the archive. Those not attending a workshop are welcome to join the webinar.
This event costs $35. Register online and save $10. Space is limited.
- Nov 25 (Mon) 1830-2000, Facilitated by Dr. Jessica McAlpine
Accreditation: Up to 2.5 Mainpro M1 credits (Up to 1.5 Mainpro M1 for the workshop and up to 1.0 Mainpro M1 for attending the live webinar)
The “reverse classroom” model, an exciting new instructional approach, delivers key information through an online format, allowing live sessions to focus on problem solving, discussion, and case-based application.
1. Watch the live or archived UBC CPD webinar on “Ovarian Cancer: Local Updates and Ask the Expert”
2. Attend the in person dinner workshop with a provincial expert; discuss FAQs and the clinical relevance/application to your cases.
The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility – Leaders of Tomorrow
Date: November 27th, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: LSC2, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
This presentation is free to attend. Light refreshments will be available.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Linda Skibo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.822.7250
Join us for an interactive evening with students from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) featuring ‘hot off the press’ findings from research projects that aim to better understand mobility, bone and joint health and quality of life of adults and older adults.
Three of CHHM’s top young scientists – the Leaders of Tomorrow – will present:
FRACTURES! WHAT DOES THE ROAD TO FULL RECOVERY LOOK LIKE?
Presented by Kristin Brown
Kristin Brown is a Research Coordinator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. A previous summer student at the Centre, Kristin graduated with distinction from UBC in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology. Her research interests are focused on addressing gaps in health care delivery through interdisciplinary collaboration and integration of patient perspectives.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT KNEE JOINT! ARE ADVANCES IN MEDICAL IMAGING KEY TO MAINTAINING HEALTHY JOINTS?
Presented by Agnes D’Entremont
Agnes has a background in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in human joint mechanics and advanced medical imaging. In her doctoral work, she developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tools for measuring knee movement and cartilage health, and explored relationships between these measures in an osteoarthritis population before and after surgery. Her current research involves examining relationships between hip joint shape and cartilage health in childhood hip disorders using MRI.
“I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO PLAY WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN”: IS THERE A SECRET TO SUSTAINING OLDER ADULT MOBILITY?
Presented by Catherine Tong
Catherine has a background in Latin American Studies, and has worked and volunteered with several community-based health initiatives in Canada and Central America. Through these work experiences, she saw first-hand how issues of race, ethnicity and immigration can impact the health of an individual. Her doctoral research critically examines how ethnicity and the immigration experience impact the health and mobility of foreign-born older adults living in Metro Vancouver.