In this week’s issue:
- Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – ApoE Therapeutics Innovation Program, Letters of Intent
- UBC Postdoctoral Fellows Office – Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize
Awards and Honours:
- Columbia University Medical Center – The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – The Margolese National Brain & Heart Disorders Prize
- Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – There Will Be Blood: Ethical Issues and Considerations in Research
- SFU FHS Seminar Series – Complex Systems Approaches to Understanding the Spread of HIV
- Surrey Innovation Boulevard – Call for Student Poster Submissions
- Neurodegenerative Diseases: The Distorted Origami of Protein Misfolding
LOI Deadline: November 21, 2013
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation funds drug discovery and development research programs in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging.
ADDF and the Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation established the ADDF/Belfer ApoE Therapeutics Innovation Program to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics specifically designed to target ApoE pathological mechanisms. This Request for Proposals will support both preclinical and clinical stage programs.
ADDF will award one- or two-year grants of up to $300,000 each for pre-clinical programs, and up to $1 million for clinical trials of novel agents such as phase 1b or 2a studies employing biomarkers as outcome measures.
Applications may be submitted by nonprofit academic institutions and for-profit biotechnology companies, both public and private, worldwide.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than November 21, 2013. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications due two weeks later.
Visit the ADDF Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.
Internal Deadline: November 22nd, 2013
As part of UBC’s ongoing efforts to increase the benefits for Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs), the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) is pleased to announce the 2014 Killam PDF Prize, an opportunity to recognize and reward. The Killam PDF Prize is in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam trusts.
The internal deadline for the Faculty of Medicine is 4:00pm November 22nd. A top candidate will then be selected from the Faculty for the final competition; this candidate’s application will then be submitted to the UBC Postdoctoral Fellows Office for the December 13, 2013 deadline.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nominations accepted: November 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014
Each year, since its inception in 1967, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize has been awarded by Columbia University for outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry.
The purpose of the prize is to honor a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contributions to knowledge in either of these fields are deemed worthy of special recognition.
Nominations are open from November 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
Deadline: February 28th, 2014
The Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes establishes two prizes, one each for Brain Disorders and Heart Disorders. The Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain disorders. The Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of heart disorders. The Prizes are awarded with the expectation that the Prize recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work.
Two prizes of $50,000 payable in Canadian dollars will be awarded annually, one in each of the two categories. The value of the Prizes will be reevaluated every third year.
Additional information and the nomination form are available at http://med.ubc.ca/the-margolese-national-brain-heart-disorders-prizes/.
Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – There Will Be Blood: Ethical Issues and Considerations in Research
Date: October 30th, 2013, 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Speaker: Dr. Anita Ho; Director, Ethics Services, Providence Health Care; Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC
This presentation will introduce various ethical considerations in conducting research with human participants and practical concerns in fulfilling these ethical obligations. In particular, it will utilize examples in blood research to stimulate discussions about recruitment, data collection, sample storage and sharing, as well as information dissemination.
Date: October 31, 2013; 12:00-1:15 pm
Location: SFU; Presentation will be available by webcast and recorded: https://acp.bccampus.ca/fhs-research-seminar/ (see website for in person location at SFU)
Speaker: Dr. Carl Simon; Professor of Mathematics, Economics, Complex Systems and Public Policy, University of Michigan
A complex system is one that includes elements normally omitted in classical models in biology, economics, epidemiology, ecology, etc. Such elements include: heterogeneity and diversity, nonlinear dynamics away from equilibrium, organizational structure and non-random mixing, feedback and learning, and emergence of macro phenomena from micro level assumptions. Focusing on the classical dynamic model of the spread of HIV, this paper illustrates how one is naturally drawn in the study of industry and health issues to including elements of the complex systems approach in order to understand the phenomenon thoroughly and to draw effective policy interventions. In the case of HIV, such public health interventions can have major impacts upon the medical, transportation and insurance industries.
Surrey Innovation Boulevard – Call for Student Poster Submissions
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013; 5:00 pm
Event: November 14, 2013; 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey BC
Innovation Boulevard is a network of health institutions, universities, companies and talented people located within one square mile in Surrey’s City Centre between Simon Fraser University and Surrey Memorial Hospital. We are currently seeking students to participate in a poster session being held at the inaugural Innovation Boulevard event. The poster session will offer you the opportunity to present your research and connect with a high-profile group of health technology and innovation experts and thought leaders from across the region. Additionally, you will be welcome to join the group for a lunch featuring a key note speaker.
Specifically we are seeking research that broadly (or specifically) concerns issues related to the following health technology themes: Medical Technologies; Digital Health Technologies; Independent Living Technologies.
This event will bring together health technology and innovation experts and thought leaders from across the region, including representatives from the Fraser Health Authority, SFU, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, UBC, BCIT, BCTIA, Life Sciences BC, NRC-IRAP, as well members of the development community, business stakeholders, and funders including VCs, Western Economic Diversification and government officials.
Submissions should include:
- Contact information (name, email, phone number and university)
- Field of study and area of research
- Abstract describing how the poster will address the session themes for the November 14th Innovation Boulevard event – Medical Technologies, Digital Health Technologies and Independent Living Technologies (250 word max)
- Description of the visuals to be used on the poster (showing examples where needed)
Submit to: Student Poster Session coordinator, Mike McGreer: MMcGreer@surrey.ca. Questions should also be directed to Mike McGreer, Economic Development Analyst, City of Surrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.591.4151.
Neurodegenerative Diseases: The Distorted Origami of Protein Misfolding
Date: November 9, 2013; 8:15 pm
Location: IRC 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, UBC
Speaker: Dr. Neil Cashman, Brain Research Centre, UBC
The Vancouver Institute, an all-volunteer organization, has been in operation since 1916 to bring university and community together at free public educational forums. The event is open to both members and the public (and everyone is invited to become member); members must bring their membership card to lectures for pre-8:00 p.m. seating.
Dr. Cashman is a neurologist-neuroscientist working in neurodegeneration and neuroimmunology. His special areas of work are the amyloid encephalopathies, such as the prion illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, and motor neuron diseases, particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). He holds the Canada Research Chair in Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding Diseases. He is Scientific Director to PrioNet Canada, a Network of Centres of Excellence focused on basic and applied research related to prion diseases. Dr. Cashman is the author of over 300 publications, and provides expertise and guidance to numerous scientific, medical, and governmental committees related to his research interests. Special honours recently received include the Jonas Salk Prize in 2000 for “outstanding contributions to basic biomedical research,” his election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008, and the Genome BC Scientific Excellence Award in 2012.