News from NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH)

E-Newsletter: December 19, 2007

In this Issue:

1. NIDCR News  
2. NIH News
3. Funding Opportunities
4. Science Advances


 

NIDCR NEWS

photo of Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-GeneralDirector-General of World Health Organization Speaks About Climate Change and Health  
On December 10, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, delivered the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.   See her lecture, entitled "Climate Change and Health."

The annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a long-standing World Health Organization employee, special expert for international health in the NIDCR Office of International Health, and ardent spokesman for global health.  The lecture is jointly sponsored by the NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center.

A transcript of Dr. Chan's lecture also is available.
 

NIH NEWS

HHS Secretary Leavitt, DHS Secretary Chertoff Meet with Health Ministers on Global Health Security
Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff met with health ministers from allied nations, the European Union, and the World Health Organization on November 2 on the NIH campus.  The meetings took place as part of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI).  Health ministers, senior officials, and technical experts engaged in a series of discussions and workshops to help decide how best to address the threats of bioterrorism, infectious disease, and other public health risks.

The GHSI originated following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax attacks, when the U.S. Government called for the establishment of a regular, formal opportunity for the health ministers of the major industrialized nations and their immediate neighbors to meet and exchange ideas. This is the first time the U.S. has hosted the meeting.
 
2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program
NIH is now accepting applications for the 2008 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program.  The Pioneer Award Program is a unique aspect of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, a high-risk research initiative of Research Teams of the Future. Pioneer Awards are designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering – and possibly transforming--approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.  Approximately 5–10 new awards of $500,000 in direct costs per year for five years will be made in Fiscal Year 2008. Awardees are required to commit the major portion (at least 51%) of their research effort to activities supported by the Pioneer Award.  The application deadline is January 16, 2008.  Details are available at:
Also see details about an additional application requirement

NIH Director's New Innovator Awards
NIH will accept applications for the 2008 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program from March 3 - 31, 2008.  Photo of New Innovator Award logoThe program  was created in 2007 to support a small number of new investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative research approaches that could potentially have a major impact on important problems in biomedical and behavioral science. The proposed research need not be in a conventional biomedical or behavioral discipline but must be relevant to the mission of NIH.   Information about the award program is available at

Also see the list of FAQs about the NIH Director's New Innovator Award.  

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Biotechnology/Regenerative Medicine/Biomaterials

 

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date

Human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) Research Using Non-Embryonic Sources (R01)

12/13/07

PA-08-043

Nadya Lumelsky
301-594-7703

1/08/11

Human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) Research Using Non-Embryonic Sources (R21)

12/13/07

PA-08-044

Nadya Lumelsky
301-594-7703

1/08/11




Cancer

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancer for the Year 2008 and 2009 (P50) 

10/30/07

PAR-08-020

Yasaman Shirazi
301-594-4812

9/23/09

Career Development

 

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)

11/16/07

PAR-08-026

Albert Avila
301-496-4263

9/08/11

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award (SC2)

11/16/07

PAR-08-027

Albert Avila
301-496-4263

9/08/11


NIH Roadmap


 

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date

Solicitation of Assays for High Throughput Screening (HTS) in the Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN) (R03)

11/30/07

PAR-08-035

Sangeeta Bhargava
301-402-4243

9/25/10

Solicitation of Assays for High Throughput Screening (HTS) in the Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN) (X01)

11/30/07 PAR-08-034

Sangeeta Bhargava
301-402-4243

9/25/10

Assay Development for High Throughput Molecular Screening (R21)

11/09/07

PAR-08-024

Sangeeta Bhargava
301-402-4243

3/21/10


REQUESTS FOR APPLICATIONS

Neurobiology/Pain

Title NIH
Guide
RFA Number NIDCR Contact Application Receipt 
Date

Centers for Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Antibodies (CENA, U24)

12/13/07

RFA-NS-08-005

John Kusiak
301-594-7984

2/15/08




NIH Roadmap

Title NIH
Guide
RFA Number NIDCR Contact Application Receipt 
Date
A Data Analysis & Coordination Center (DACC) for the Human Microbiome Project (U01) 12/12/07 RFA-RM-08-007

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

2/15/08
Development of New Tools for Computational Analysis of Human Microbiome Project Data (R01) 12/12/07 RFA-RM-08-008 Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421
2/15/08
Development of New Tools for Computational Analysis of Human Microbiome Project Data (R21) 12/12/07 RFA-RM-08-009

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

2/15/08
Development of New Technologies Needed for Studying the Human Microbiome (R01) 12/12/07 RFA-RM-08-010

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

2/15/08
Development of New Technologies Needed for Studying the Human Microbiome (R21) 12/12/07 RFA-RM-08-011

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

2/15/08

Human Microbiome Demonstration Projects (UH2/UH3)

12/04/07 RFA-RM-08-012

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

5/22/08

Construction of a Reference Sequence Data Set for the Human Microbiome Project (U54)

11/21/07 RFA-RM-08-001

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

5/22/08

Discovery of Novel Epigenetic Marks in Mammalian Cells (R21)

11/16/07 RFA-RM-07-016 Lillian Shum
301-594-0618
2/14/08

New Methodologies for Natural Products Chemistry (R01)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-08-004 Sangeeta Bhargava
301-402-4243
1/23/08

Pilot-Scale Libraries (PSL) for High Throughput Screening (P41)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-08-003

Sangeeta Bhargava
301-402-4243

1/15/08; 1/08/09

Studies of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Human Microbiome Research (R01)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-08-006

Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

2/15/08

Technology Development in Epigenetics (R21)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-07-012

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618

2/14/08

Technology Development in Epigenetics (R01)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-07-011

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618

2/14/08

Reference Epigenome Mapping Centers (U01)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-07-013

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618

3/07/08

Epigenomics Data Analysis and Coordination Center - EDACC (U01)

11/15/07 RFA-RM-07-014

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618

3/07/08

Discovery of Novel Epigenetic Marks in Mammalian Cells (R01)

11/14/07 RFA-RM-07-015

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618

2/14/08

Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN) (U54) - Limited Competition

11/09/07 RFA-RM-08-005

Sangeeta Bhargava
301-402-4243

1/10/08

2008 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)

11/09/07 RFA-RM-08-014

Alicia Dombroski
301-594-4805

3/31/08

2008 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (DP1)

11/01/07 RFA-RM-08-013

Alicia Dombroski
301-594-4805

1/16/08


NOTICES

Title NIH
Guide
Notice Number

Registration Open for 2008 NIH Regional Seminars in Program Funding and Grants Administration

12/14/07

NOT-OD-08-022

Change in Name for NIH Center for Scientific Review Staff

12/13/07

NOT-OD-08-021

Reminder:  All System-to-System Solutions for Electronic Submission of Grant Application Submission to NIH/AHRQ/FDA/NIOSH Must Submit to Grants.gov's 2006 System 

12/11/07

NOT-OD-08-020

NIH Reduces Temporary "Error Correction Window" for Electronic Grant Applications from Five Businss Days to Two 

11/30/07

NOT-OD-08-018

NIH-RAID Pilot -- Updates on Program Scope and Procedures

11/21/07

NOT-RM-08-005

Guidance on New Law (Public Law 110-85) Enacted to Expand the Scope of ClinicalTrials.gov: Registration

11/16/07

NOT-OD-08-014

Implementation Guidance and Instructions for Applicants: Policy for Sharing of Data Obtained in NIH-Supported or Conducted Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) 

11/16/07

NOT-OD-08-013

Extending the Response Date of NOT-RM-08-001 "Target Nomination: Monoclonal Antibodies for Epigenetic Research"

11/15/07

NOT-RM-08-003


 

SCIENCE ADVANCES

Scientists Discover Candidate Salivary Marker for Sjogren's Syndrome

Photo of Dr. David WongThree years ago, scientists supported by the NIDCR began taking the first full inventory of the proteins that normally are produced in our salivary glands.  Now, one of those scientists and his colleagues offer a first glimpse into how this new research tool can be applied to detect subtle changes in the protein content of a person’s saliva that may be linked to an oral or systemic disease.  As reported in the November issue of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, the scientists detected 42 proteins and 16 peptides in saliva that clinically discriminated between people with the primary form of Sjőgren’s syndrome and healthy volunteers.  These data far surpass previous efforts to identify protein biomarkers for primary Sjőgren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition of the salivary and tear glands that affects about two million Americans, mainly women.  The NIDCR Inside Scoop spoke with the study’s senior author Dr. David Wong, a scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry. 

See the interview with Dr. Wong.

Science News in Brief

Please see the following brief summaries of recent oral health research findings:


Mussel Inspired Polymer Coating Reported

Scientists Identify Muscle Forming Cells

Looking to Nature to Coat Nanomaterials



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