In this week’s issue:
- MSFHR Scholar Award – LOI deadline is on November 6th. Full application procedures and timelines are available at https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/Research/GrantApplications/MSFHR/Pages/MSFHR-Scholar-Award.aspx (final reminder).
- Alzheimer Society – Alzheimer Society Research Program (final reminder)
Awards and Honours:
- UBC Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Awards for Innovation & Service in CPD/CME
- UBC Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Sidney (Wally) Whiteheart: The platelet release reaction: Molecules and mechanism (membrane trafficking in platelets)
- UBC School of Population and Public Health Grand Rounds – Sleep: A Novel Cancer Risk Factor
- UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Visiting Scholar Presentation – Coping with conflict: Technologies for targeting social action and rehabilitation research
Deadline: November 6, 2015; 9pm PST
The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is a successful collaborative initiative of our Federation, within which all the provincial Alzheimer Societies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), partners and donors pull together to support research directed at both eradicating dementia and ameliorating the lives of those affected by it.
The ASRP provides grants and awards to support Canadian studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Doctoral Awards provide an opportunity for promising individuals, pursuing a PhD, to begin the process of becoming future independent investigators in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Postdoctoral Awards are for graduates with a PhD or MD who wish to gain additional research experience within an established research environment.
- New Investigator Grants are designed to help launch the careers of outstanding researchers who are within the first 2 years of their initial academic appointment.
- Regular Grants are designed to fund established researchers.
For more details about these awards and grants, please visit the Alzheimer Society website.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
FoM Internal Deadline: November 13, 2015; 4pm
Established in 2011, the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prizes are awarded annually for excellence in research. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to full-time Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC. All fields of research are included.
Nomination packages must be submitted to the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine by the internal deadline of Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:00pm. The Faculty of Medicine will select and forward one nominee to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by Friday, December 11, 2015. Supervisors and nominees will be notified if their application is selected to move forward. The final awardees are selected by a subcommittee within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Please visit our Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize website for further details.
Deadline: February 1, 2016; 4pm
The Faculty of Medicine Award recognizes exemplary and distinguished service to the UBC Faculty of Medicine (UBC FoM) in the areas of Continuing Medical Education/ Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD). Recipients are given an honorarium of $1,000 and recognized at the Faculty of Medicine Awards Reception. Nominations are invited for the following awards:
- Innovation in CME/CPD
- Distinguished/Outstanding Service to the Realm of CME/CPD
Please visit the UBC CPD website for further details.
UBC Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Sidney (Wally) Whiteheart: The platelet release reaction: Molecules and mechanism (membrane trafficking in platelets)
Date & Time: November 4, 2015; 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Dr. Sidney (Wally) Whiteheart
Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Activated platelets release hundreds of molecules that affect hemostasis, angiogenesis, inflammation, and wound heal-ing. These molecules are stored in three granule types: dense, alpha, and lysosomes, and their release requires SNAREs (Soluble NSF Attachment Protein Receptors). v-SNAREs/VAMPs, on granules, pair with heterodimeric t-SNAREs (Syntaxins and SNAP-23/25s), on the plasma membrane, to mediate membrane fusion. Using platelets from knockout mice and from patients with Familial Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (FHL), we are defining the platelet secretory machinery. Platelets from patients lacking Syntaxin-11 show a robust loss of secretion from all three granules. Deletion of VAMP-8, in mouse platelets, attenuates release; however deletion of VAMP-2, -3, and -8 is required for robust defects in hemostasis. SNARE regulators control where, when, and how SNAREs interact. Munc18b is a Syntaxin-11 chaperone required for se-cretion. Syntaxin Binding Protein 5/Tomosyn-1 regulates VAMP access to t-SNARE heterodimers. Munc13-4 is a docking factor that is especially important for dense granule release. SNARE post-translational modifications also affect function. Phosphorylation of SNAP-23 by IκB Kinase (IKK) controls SNARE complex formation and secretion. Acylation of SNAP-23 and Syntaxin-11 is critical for secretion. From our studies of platelet SNAREs, we have gained insights into other platelet membrane trafficking events, such as endocytosis and autophagy. VAMP-3, Syntaxin-2/4, as well as ADP-Ribosylation Factor 6 (Arf6), contribute to fibrinogen uptake by circulating platelet. Interestingly, platelet endocytosis is also important for platelet spreading and for their response to certain Toll-like Receptor (TLR) agonists and viruses. Our studies of platelet secretion have led to a greater understanding of other forms of membrane trafficking in platelets and have suggested how these dynamic processes contribute to platelet function in circulation. Supported by NIH grant HL56652.
New: Live Online Seminar Viewing: http://tinyurl.com/cbrseminaronline
Date & Time: November 6, 2015; 9-10am
Location: Room B151, SPPH Building, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver
Dr. Carolyn Gotay
Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention
UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Visiting Scholar Presentation – Coping with conflict: Technologies for targeting social action and rehabilitation research
Date & Time: November 17, 2015; 4-5:30pm
Location: Room 1C13, Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital (Videoconferencing to VGH, DHCC 2263)
The Department of OS&OT, with the support of the Peter Wall Institute’s International Visiting Scholar Program, is delighted to host Dr. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss, PhD, OT (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel), who will be giving a series of scholarly presentations to targeted audiences. The third of the series is “Coping with Conflict: Technologies for Targetiing Social Action and Rehabilitation Research”
This talk is open to anyone who has an interest in the use of technologies to aid in social action and rehabilitation research. Time will be set aside for discussion and questions.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Please see attachment for abstract and bio.