20111111 FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Announcements:

· The Office of the Vice-President Research & International – Faculty Research Awards – Award Opportunities –Please see attached email.· An Apple a Day: Favourite recipes from UBC Medicine students and faculty – please see below

Funding Opportunities:

  • UBC Faculty of Medicine – 2012 Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes (Reminder)

· Northern Cancer Control Strategy Research Initiatives: Discovery Seed Grants

· Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges in Global Health: Biomarkers of Gastrointestinal (Gut) Function and Health

· Fisher Scientific Fund Applications 2012

· Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges in Global Health: Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth

· Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges in Global Health: Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative

Awards and Honours:

· UBC Faculty of Medicine – Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award

Events:

Cafe Scientifique – Seeing is Believing:  Part 1: The Universe Within.  Please see attached information.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

An Apple a Day: Favourite recipes from UBC Medicine students and faculty

The MD2014 class has compiled a recipe book as a fundraiser for their rural medical elective. All proceeds from the sale of this cookbook constitute funding for their summer rural medicine rotation. The recipe book includes recipes from students from all three sites as well as different faculty members within UBC Medicine.

There is a preview of the cookbook here: http://www.blurb.com/books/2585865

Price: $15 per book or $40 for 3 books (If outside the lower mainland, $18 per book to cover shipping costs).

Please see order form attached for more information.

Feel free to email Heather (hfilek@interchange.ubc.ca) or Josephine (chow.jsw@gmail.com) if you have any questions.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

UBC Faculty of Medicine – 2012 Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes

Deadline: November 15, 2011, Midnight, PST

The Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes were created by an estate gift made to the University of British Columbia by Leonard Hubert Margolese.

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. The Prizes are awarded with the expectation that the recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for a Prize, candidates must be Canadian citizens holding an academic appointment in good standing and be active and productive in their career. They must be nominated by an expert in their field. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of heart or brain disorders. The Advisory Selection Committee reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominees. A Prize will be awarded to a person employed by the University of British Columbia (UBC) once within a six year period. In 2011, a UBC employee was awarded the Brain Disorders Prize; therefore UBC employees cannot receive this Prize until 2017. The Heart Disorders Prize is still available to UBC employees.

Please visit the website for more information on how to submit a nomination.


Northern Cancer Control Strategy Research Initiatives: Discovery Seed Grants

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2011

As a part of the Northern Cancer Control Strategy, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), and Northern Health (NH) have joined with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in a partnership to facilitate rural and northern cancer research.

To date, the partnership has resulted in several initiatives, including a Discovery Seed Grant competition, Northern Oncology Lectures and dedicated resources for those interested in doing research on rural, northern and Aboriginal topics related to cancer control. The Discovery Seed Grants are open to all PHSA, NH, and BCCA staff, as well as any University of British Columbia or UNBC staff/faculty. The purpose of the grant is to build greater capacity to conduct research in the North and pursue questions related to enhancing cancer outcomes for the population.

To learn more about the grants, as well as other opportunities and supports offered, please visit the new Research Office section on the Northern Cancer Control Strategy (NCCS) website at the title link above, or contact Candice Manahan, NCCS Research Facilitator at cmanahan2@bccancer.bc.ca

The $106 million Northern Cancer Control Strategy is a joint partnership between Northern Health, BC Cancer Agency and the Provincial Health Services Authority. The strategy is focused on enhancing the continuum of cancer services in the North, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive and palliative care.

Please see the attached Call for Proposals for more information.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges in Global Health: Biomarkers of Gastrointestinal (Gut) Function and Health

LOI Deadline: January 11, 2012

The Biomarkers of Gastrointestinal (Gut) Function and Health program aims to identify and validate biomarkers of gut function to improve the health and development of children in the developing world. This funding initiative is intended to identify a promising biomarker or a biomarker signature that accurately reflects physical and physiological properties of the structural and/or functional integrity of the gut—especially the ileum or small bowel.

Proposals are eligible for up to $1.5M total cost per project for a time frame that is not to exceed 24 months.


Fisher Scientific Fund Applications 2012

Deadline: January 12, 2012 4:00pm

Open to UBC’s Point Grey and Okanagan campus.

The Fisher Scientific Fund supports creative initiatives that strengthen sustainability at UBC through reducing environmental impacts in research activities or in the laboratory. The fund is generously supported by Fisher Scientific Canada, one of the largest suppliers of scientific supplies and equipment to UBC. Approximately $6,000 dollars are available for winning proposals this year. Projects must be one-time occurrences, not ongoing expenditures.

If you envision new ways to foster sustainable research activities at UBC, visit the above link for information on how to apply.

Please note that UBC students, staff and faculty are all eligible to apply.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges in Global Health: Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth

LOI Deadline: January 25, 2012

The goal of this opportunity is to elucidate new pathways or mechanisms that will directly inform the development of interventions for the prevention of impaired growth, i.e. stunting and wasting, during the first 1,000 days following conception in the developing world. Ultimately we aim to identify simpler, less costly, and more effective interventions delivered before conception, during pregnancy, or in the first two years of life. To meet this goal, approaches should address the underlying biological mechanisms that lead to these adverse developmental outcomes focusing specifically on either or both infection and nutrition, the two primary factors involved in altering the course of fetal and infant growth and development in the developing world.

Proposals for funding are eligible for up to $2,000,000 total cost per project in funding. Individual program budgets should be representative of the scope and magnitude of the proposed studies. The proposal should clearly identify decision points and endpoints that will fit within the proposed budget and time frame of 36 to 48 months.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges in Global Health: Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative

LOI Deadline: January 31, 2012

Grand Challenges in Global Health, in partnership with the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), is seeking letters of inquiry for the new grant program Preventing Preterm Birth. The Preventing Preterm Birth initiative seeks to generate new discoveries for more rapid development of equitable, relevant, and innovative interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth. More newborns die from preterm birth than from any other cause. Those newborns that survive often suffer disproportionately from other diseases and in this way, preventing preterm birth is part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring a healthy start to life. The goal is to discover biological mechanisms that lead to preterm birth and develop novel interventions to prevent them. Studies should explore gestational origins, biological mechanisms and the immunological response to infection and nutritional deficiency which lead to preterm birth, especially in the developing world.

It is anticipated that, depending upon the scope of work proposed, the total budget for each project including institutional, indirect costs, will not exceed $2,000,000 US dollars for the entire three to four year funding period.


AWARDS AND HONOURS:

UBC Faculty of Medicine – Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award

Deadline: February 10, 2012

Recognizes extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have had sustained distinguished careers at UBC in the areas of research, teaching and/or service.

The recipient will be announced in the Spring and the award will be presented at the 2012 Faculty Awards Reception.

Questions regarding the nomination process or guidelines should be directed to Dr. Ross MacGillivray, Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, Dean’s Office at (604) 822-7153 or macg@medd.med.ubc.ca.

Please visit the above link for the Nomination Overview and Form.



Events:

Café Scientifique – Seeing is Believing: Part 1: The Universe Within

Date: November 21, 2011

Location: LSC3, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC

Featuring Dr. Kurt Haas, Dr. Shernaz Bamji and Dr. Doug Allan.

See the attached poster or click on the link above for more information.

RSVP to nvohra@mail.ubc.ca by November 14, 2011.