In this week’s issue:
- MSFHR 2013/14 Scholar Award procedures updated at http://med.ubc.ca/research/grant-applications/msfhr-scholar-award/
- Michael J. Fox Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, and W. Garfield Weston Foundation – Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases Program
- W. Garfield Weston Foundation – 2014 Early Phase Clinical Trials
- Progeria Research Foundation – Research on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Awards and Honours:
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Awards for Innovation & Distinguished Service in CPD/CME
- Universal Biotech – 2014 Innovation Prize
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – CME on the Run – Internal Medicine
- Student Biotechnology Network – SBN Conference & Expo
- SPARC – NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants Information Session
- VCH Research Institute – 3-Minute-Thesis: Heat
LOI deadline: March 19, 2014
The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation are launching a new grant program to inspire scientists to envision research projects that will use existing data and/or biological samples from two large-scale biomarker studies: the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).
Funding will support initiatives including, but not limited to, those that:
- analyze datasets to test hypotheses related to aging and neurodegenerative disorders;
- seek to identify panels or pathways that may play a role in disease mechanisms;
- pursue shared or disparate biochemical markers of disease risk, onset or progression;
- or assess potential commonalities across the disease spectrum, including around other neurological disorders.
All projects must use data or specimens from both PPMI and ADNI. The two-year awards will grant up to $150,000, although higher cost projects may be considered.
Please visit website for further details.
LOI Deadline: April 4, 2014, 2pm EDT
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Early Phase Clinical Trials Program this winter.
- Goal: to provide support for Phase I and IIa clinical trials of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
- Funding: up to $1,500,000 per project up to 4 years, to a maximum of $4.5 million in total for all projects.
- Eligibility: researchers at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent from registered charitable institutions in Canada, and their international collaborators.
The application requires a short Letter of Intent due by Friday, April 4th 2014, 2 p.m. EDT through the Foundation’s online grant management system at https://weston.smartsimple.ca/welcome/neuroscience. Applicants with high potential projects will be invited to submit a proposal in late May. Further details on this program can be found at http://www.westonfoundation.org/Pages/neuroclinical.aspx.
Deadline: May 2, 2014
The Progeria Research Foundation is seeking proposals from principal researchers for projects related to Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a rare, fatal, “premature aging” disease that affects children who die of heart disease at an average age of 13 — the same heart disease that affects millions of normal aging adults (atherosclerosis).
The program supports research projects with specific relevance to HGPS and that show promise for contributing to the scientific or clinical advancement in this field of study. Grants are awarded in three categories: Innovator Awards, Established Investigator Awards, and Specialty Awards.
1) Innovator Awards: Two-year grants of up to $75,000 a year are available to investigators eager to embark on new lines of investigation and produce enough preliminary data to be competitive for longer-term funding by NIH and/or other agencies.
2) Established Investigator Awards: Three-year grants of up to $100,000 a year are available to senior investigators established either in the field of HGPS or a field that can be directly applied to it.
3) Specialty Awards: These grants are awarded for smaller, more technology-driven projects, including sequencing, screening potential drugs, obtaining cell lines (including IPSCs), and preparation of antibodies. Funding amounts and lengths are flexible.
Please visit website for further details.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nomination deadline: February 24, 2014, 4pm PST
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 see website for further information and nomination form.
Deadline: April 19, 2014
Universal Biotech and its partners are proud to announce that the call for proposal for the 6th edition of the Innovation Prize is now open!
The 50 000 € prize, in cash and consulting services, rewards innovative projects in the following fields: Drugs, Biologics, Medical Devices, Medical Technologies and e-health solutions.
Last year it rewarded Professor Richard Pleass from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and his Hexagard project.
The call for proposal is open to academic researchers and young SMEs (under 10 years). Registration is now available online at: www.universal-biotech-prize.com
Date & Time: February 21, 2014, 1-5pm
Location: Paetzold Lecture Room, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West. 12th Ave., Vancouver
CME on the Run runs on a Friday afternoon and includes great speakers, topics and learning materials.
The sessions are low cost, high quality, accessible and accredited for up to 3.5 Mainpro-M1 study credits per day.
For more information please visit http://www.ubccpd.ca/course/cme-run-internal-medicine.
Registration is required.
Date & Time: February 26, 2014, 5:30-10:00pm
Location: Sutton Hotel and Plaza, 845 Burrard St., Vancouver
Interested in pursuing a career outside the lab? Want to meet mentors working in the biotech industry? Join us at the SBN Biotech Conference & Expo with the opportunity to:
- Connect with industry professionals and mentors at our networking reception over delicious appetizers
- Get inspired by stories from leaders in the life science sector at our breakout sessions.
- Learn about different careers away from the bench and how to get there.
Early Bird Price (until February 10th)
$20 for SBN members and $30 for non-members
Regular Price (after February 10th):
$25 for SBN members and $35 for non-members
Keynote: Dr. Ali Tehrani, President & Chief Executive Officer, Zymeworks. Visit the website for the full agenda and the exciting list of speakers: http://www.thesbn.ca/Events/2013-2014/biotech-expo-2014
Date & Time: February 26, 2014, 3-5pm
Location: Room B101, Allard Law Building, UBC Point Grey Campus
Pamela Moss, Director, Research Partnership Programs, from the NSERC-Ottawa office will be coming to UBC on Wednesday, Feb. 26th to outline and discuss the CRD program. There will also be UBC faculty who have successfully applied for CRDs, and other NSERC representatives, in attendance to provide tips on effective application strategies and how to convincingly fulfill program requirements. Ample time will be made available to have all your CRD questions answered.
This information session is scheduled to be from: 3:00 pm – 5:00pm on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, and all the relevant information is available on the event announcement and registration webpage.
NOTE: Please note that registration for this Information Session is REQUIRED. (Refreshments will be provided.)
If you have any questions, feel free to forward them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date & Time: February 28, 2014, 11am-1pm
Location: Blusson Lecture Hall, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Faculty of Medicine 3-Minute Thesis Heat
Practice Session: Wednesday, February 26, 11am-1pm
Heat: Friday, February 28, 11am-1pm
Register online for this heat — you can sign up as a participant, or an audience member.
Heat winners will proceed to the 2014 semi-finals at UBC in the week of March 10th.
Please contact Kerri Abramson (email@example.com) for more details about this practice session & heat.