In this week’s issue:
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – ‘A’ Award Grants in Pediatric Oncology Research for young scientists
- Western Economic Diversification Canada – Western Diversification Program, Call for Proposals
- Canadian Physician Health Institute – Special Project Fund ((1 attachment)
- Prostate Cancer Foundation in Collaboration with the Marcus Foundation – Call for Letter of Intent – “Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy for Prostate Cancer Patients”
- American Gastroenterological Association – AGA – R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer (reminder)
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Sloan Research Fellowships (reminder)
- UBC and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Joint Symposium on Traditional Chinese Medicine (CHANGE IN LOCATION, 2 attachments)
- IC-IMPACTS (India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability) Public Presentation
- UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – Pathology Day 2014 (reminder)
- NSERC Visit to UBC
Deadline: May 23, 2014
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that evolved from a young cancer patient’s front-yard lemonade stand to a national foundation for childhood cancer, awards grants designed to fill critical gaps in pediatric cancer research.
The foundation’s “A” Award Grants provides a $450,000 grant over three years to young scientists who want to jump-start their careers in pediatric oncology research. To be eligible for the award, applicants must have their M.D., Ph.D., or dual M.D./Ph.D., and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor. M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from finishing a three-year fellowship.
The ideal candidate has an original project that currently is not being funded. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and a future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.
For additional details, please visit the ALSF website.
Deadline: May 30, 2014
The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. The Call for Proposals (CFP) process is a fair, open, transparent and widely accepted business process whereby interested parties develop project proposals and apply for funding. Projects involving all industry sectors will be considered.
WD has focused its priorities on: Innovation; Industrial and Technological Benefits, Trade and Investment, Economic Growth Acceleration Opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples; and Skills Development and Training. WD supports projects that are aligned with its mandate and meet its priorities.
For additional details, please visit the WD website.
Deadline: June 9, 2014
The Canadian Physician Health Institute is a national program focused on promoting physician mental health and wellness. Created by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Foundation, the Institute works with and through partners, to share information and build knowledge around the issues related to physician mental health.
CPHI is now accepting submissions to the Special Projects Fund. The fund is designed to support the promotion of physician health and wellness at the national level. CPHI encourages submissions from a wide range of proponents, including researchers, students, advocacy organizations, practicing physicians, residents, PhD students, educators, physician health programs and others. There is $145,000 available to be awarded through a peer-review process. Projects should address at least one of the following four themes: Education and training in physician health at undergraduate and post-graduate medical education level; Elimination of stigma associated with physician illness, impairment, or disability; Professionalism and disruptive behavior; or All other themes related to primary prevention.
Prostate Cancer Foundation in Collaboration with the Marcus Foundation – Call for Letter of Intent – “Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy for Prostate Cancer Patients”
Deadline for LOI: June 30, 2014
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a global philanthropic foundation committed to funding basic, translational, and clinical research that will lead to better treatment for prostate cancer patients.
PCF, in collaboration with the Marcus Foundation, is currently soliciting a call for a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for a 1-year, $100K Pilot Award for a project that will interrogate the mechanisms and potential efficacy of vitamin C therapy in prostate cancer (PCa) patients and mitigation of chemotherapy-associated toxicity.
High dose intravenous vitamin C therapy has long been suggested to generate tumor cell-specific cytotoxic effects but clinical trials have not definitively proven efficacy in cancer patients. Furthermore, the mechanisms by which vitamin C exerts tumor cell cytotoxicity were unclear. A recent paper by Ma et al. (Sci Transl Med. 2014 Feb 5;6(222):222ra18) demonstrated that intravenous vitamin C induced death of ovarian cancer cells through activation of DNA damage and ATP depletion leading to mTOR inhibition via activation of AMPK. In addition, this study demonstrated therapeutic synergy between high dose vitamin C and chemotherapy in inhibiting ovarian cancer growth in xenograft models. Activation of AMPK has pleotropic effects in suppressing PCa growth and is an ongoing area of investigation as a treatment strategy for advanced PCa. Thus, high dose, intravenous vitamin C administration may be applicable to the treatment of advanced PCa via these or other mechanisms.
We are particularly interested in the observation by Ma, et al. that the side effects of chemotherapy were mitigated by intravenous vitamin C in a model of ovarian cancer. This should be considered for the design of prostate cancer investigations.
PCF will fund a one-year (individual) project that will investigate the mechanisms and potential for intravenous vitamin C therapy in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer and mitigation of chemotherapy-associated toxicity. Investigators representing non-profit academic research centers worldwide are eligible to apply. Investigators from for-profit companies and government-sponsored institutions, i.e. NIH, are ineligible.
To apply for this award, please submit a 2-page LOI that contains the following: Research Strategy and Objectives; Impact; and Personnel. The LOI should include your name, email address and phone number at the top of the first page. Please email a PDF of the LOI to firstname.lastname@example.org. A select number of applicants will be invited by PCF to submit full five-page applications for this award.
American Gastroenterological Association – AGA –R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer
Deadline: August 29, 2014
This award provides $50,000 per year for two years (total $100,000) to an established investigator working on novel approaches in gastric cancer research, including the fields of gastric mucosal cell biology; regeneration and regulation of cell growth (not as they relate to peptic ulcer disease or repair); inflammation (including Helicobacter pylori) as precancerous lesions; genetics of gastric carcinoma; oncogenes in gastric epithelial malignancies; epidemiology of gastric cancer; etiology of gastric epithelial malignancies; or clinical research in the diagnosis or treatment of gastric carcinoma.
The overall objective of this award is to support an established investigator in the field of gastric biology whose research will enhance the fundamental understanding of gastric cancer pathobiology in order to ultimately prevent or develop a cure for the disease.
For additional details, please visit the AGA website.
Deadline: September 15, 2014
This program seeks to recognize the achievements of outstanding young scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science. Past recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships have gone on to win 39 Nobel prizes, 16 Fields Medals (mathematics), and 13 John Bates Clark Medals (economics).
The size of the award is $50,000 for the two-year period. Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Please visit the APS website for further information and nomination instructions.
UBC and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Joint Symposium on Traditional Chinese Medicine
Date & Time: May 12, 2014, 9am-3:30pm
Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Room 3402A/B/C (Level 3), Vancouver
The UBC Faculty of Medicine is pleased to announce a one-day joint symposium between UBC and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM). Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practised in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years and has become of worldwide interest for potential applications in modern drug discovery and alternative/complimentary clinical treatments. Scientists and clinicians from SHUTCM will present their recent results in basic and clinical studies using TCM herbs and treatments. Scientists from UBC will also present their research work in relation to TCM. The symposium is an initial step in developing a partnership between SHUTCM and UBC.
Due to limited seats, pre-registration is required for attendees. For more information and to pre-register for the event, please send an email to email@example.com.
Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided for lunch.
Date & Time: May 14, 2014, 10:30am PST (1:30pm EST)
Location: University of Toronto, Live Streamed at http://ic-impacts.com/
The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) will be introducing itself to the Canadian research community through a public presentation on May 14 at 1:30pm (EST) at the University of Toronto. This event will also be live streamed on the IC-IMPACTS website.
IC-IMPACTS is the first, and only, Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) as a new Centre dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India. Built upon the vision of three of Canada’s leading research universities – The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto – IC-IMPACTS is a pan-Canadian Centre bringing together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from across India and Canada, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.
To live-stream the event, please go to http://www.ic-impacts.comand press the “click to play” option.
Date & Time: May 23, 2014, 7:55am – 8:30pm
Location: Paetzold Education Centre, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Medical Student Alumni Centre, 2750 Heather Street, Vancouver
We are pleased to announce the Annual Pathology Day Conference which will be held on Friday May 23, 2014 at the Paetzold Education Centre for oral presentations and guest speakers, and the Medical Student Alumni Centre for the poster session and awards reception.This important event provides faculty, students, residents, fellows and departmental members/associates with the opportunity to showcase their clinical, basic, or translational research efforts and allow them to learn more about the diverse ongoing research in our department.
Please visit the Pathology Day website for more information and to register.
NSERC Visit to UBC
Date & Time: June 3, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver, MSL-102
NSERC is gearing up for another round of community engagement visits to provide researchers, students and other stakeholders an opportunity to connect with them to learn more about some recent program and policy developments. These visits also serve as a platform for the community to ask questionsand seek more information from some of NSERC’s grants and scholarships experts.
The session takes approximately three hours and features presentations by NSERC experts with opportunities for questionsfrom participants throughout the session.
Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
- Federal Budget 2014
- Update on the Allocation of Discovery Grants Budget Among Evaluation Groups
- Eligibility and Appeals Processes
- Common CV & New Research Portal
- Women in Science and Engineering
- Update on Scholarships and Fellowships programs, including the Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships
Light snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Margie.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending.