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

E-Newsletter: July 8, 2008

In this Issue:

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

 


 

NIDCR NEWS

NIDCR Celebrates 60th Anniversary
photo of NIDCR 60th Anniversary bannerOn June 24th, NIDCR celebrated its 60th anniversary.  To mark the occasion, the Institute held a scientific symposium featuring sessions on "Building the Molecular Toolbox: Four Perspectives" and "The Human Microbiome: Biology's Next Revolution."  The symposium featured talks by NIDCR grantees Linda Griffith, Paul Krebsbach, David Wong, William Maixner, Floyd Dewhirst, former grantee David Relman, and Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.


See the news release on "NIDCR Turns Sixty" (see Current News Releases--June 24, 2008--NIDCR Turns Sixty):
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/
Also see the 60th anniversary scientific symposium agenda:
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NewsAndFeatures/Announcements/60thAnniversary.htm

On June 23rd, the Friends of the NIDCR also hosted a 60th Anniversary celebration.  Dr. Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of Science Magazine, presented the keynote address on "The Societal Context for Science."

Share Your Ideas for NIDCR's Next Strategic Plan
photo of arrow pointing to invitation to share ideas for strategic planNIDCR is developing a new strategic plan to guide the Institute's research efforts over the next 5 years (2009-2013).  Please give us your views about future directions for the Institute.  You may submit your comments through the form posted on NIDCR's website through July 11:
  www.nidcr.nih.gov/



NIDCR Launches New Website
photo of new NIDCR homepageIn early April, NIDCR launched its new website:  www.nidcr.nih.gov/ 
The new site features simplified navigation with fewer clicks to accomplish key tasks, an "A to Z" index, new content, and a user-friendly graphic design, among other features.  The redesign was guided by usability testing with NIDCR's major audiences: researchers, students, educators, patients and consumers, dental and medical care providers, and public health professionals, as well as by online user surveys and interviews with NIDCR staff.  



NIH NEWS

NIH Peer Review Update
On June 6, NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni announced critical changes to enhance and improve the NIH peer review system, marking the end of a year-long effort to determine ways to further enrich the process. 

The changes--which were presented at the 96th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director by NIDCR Director Lawrence Tabak, co-chair of the internal and external committees examining the NIH peer review process--reflect NIH’s response to thousands of comments, opinions, and criticisms received throughout the year.  Taken together, these proposals bring to fruition the original charge, “to fund the best science, by the best scientists, with the least administrative burden.”  

Photo of Enhancing Peer Review Banner

The Implementation Plan Report consists of four main priorities.  Highlights include:

  • Priority 1 — Engage the Best Reviewers: Increase flexibility of service, formally acknowledge reviewer efforts, further compensate time and effort, and enhance and standardize training
  • Priority 2 — Improve Quality and Transparency of Reviews: Shorten and redesign applications to highlight impact and to allow alignment of the application, review and summary statement with five explicit review criteria, and modify the rating system
  • Priority 3 — Ensure Balanced and Fair Reviews Across Scientific Fields and Career Stages
    • Support a minimum number of early stage investigators and investigators new to NIH, and emphasize retrospective accomplishments of experienced investigators
    • Encourage and expand the Transformative Research Pathway
    • Create a new investigator-initiated Transformative R01 Award program funded within the NIH Roadmap with an intended commitment of a minimum of $250 million over five years
    • Continue the commitment of — and possibly expand the use of — the Pioneer, EUREKA, and New Innovator Awards.  NIH will invest at least $750 million in these three programs over the next 5 years.
    • Reduce the burden of multiple rounds of resubmission for the same application, especially for highly meritorious applications
  • Priority 4 — Develop a Permanent Process for Continuous Review of Peer Review

Additional information about enhancing peer review at NIH and the implementation plan is available at:
http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/

NIH Director's Newsletter
See the NIH Director's Spring 2008 newsletter:
http://www.nih.gov/about/director/newsletter/Spring2008.htm

NIH Forms Council of Councils
In March, NIH announced the appointments to the NIH Council of Councils:
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2008/od-24.htm
The Council is made up of 27 members selected from the NIH Institute and Center (IC) advisory councils and advisory members to the NIH Office of the Director.  Cecile A. Feldman, DMD, MBA, is the liaison to the NIDCR.

The Council will advise the NIH Director on cutting-edge trans-NIH priorities and matters related to the policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives and the Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives (OPASI).  The Council also will act as an external advisory panel to the IC Directors during the concept approval stage of the review process for trans-NIH initiatives.  The Council’s first official meeting was held March 31-April 1, 2008.  Dr. Tabak gave a presentation to the Council on “Interdisciplinary Research.”

NIH Expands Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium
Fourteen academic health centers in 11 states are the latest members of NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium.  Creating a unique network of research institutions across the nation, the consortium is working to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatment for patients and to engage communities in clinical research efforts.  The consortium also is fulfilling the critical need to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.  The 14 new institutions will receive $533 million over 5 years.  See additional details about the new CTSA centers: 
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2008/ncrr-29.htm  
 
NIH Launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program
NIH has announced a new clinical research program to provide answers to patients with mysterious conditions that have long eluded diagnosis. Called the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, the trans-NIH initiative will focus on the most puzzling medical cases referred to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., by physicians across the nation.  The program is expected to begin in July 2008:
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2008/nhgri-19.htm

Dr. Francis Collins to Step Down
Photo of Dr. Francis CollinsFrancis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), has announced that he will step down on August 1 to explore writing projects and other professional opportunities.  Dr. Collins, a physician-geneticist, served as NHGRI director since 1993.  He led the Human Genome Project to its successful conclusion in 2003 and subsequently initiated and managed a wide range of projects that built upon the foundation laid by the sequencing of the human genome.  Dr. Alan Guttmacher, current NHGRI deputy director, will become acting director on August 1.   


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

AIDS

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
Interdisciplinary Research on Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS in Vulnerable Populations (P01)

3/20/08

PA-08-117

Pamela McInnes
301-443-8618

8/14/10


Cancer

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
Biomarkers of Infection-Associated Cancers (R01)

4/22/08

PA-08-156

Yasaman Shirazi
301-594-4812

5/08/11

Biomarkers of Infection-Associated Cancer (R21) 4/22/08 PA-08-157

Yasaman Shirazi
301-594-4812

5/08/11

Career Development

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

4/18/08

PA-08-151

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

5/08/11



Fellowships

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date

NIDCR Individual NRSA Predoctoral Dental Scientist Fellowship (F30)

 

3/27/08

PAR-08-119

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

1/08/11



Genetics/Developmental Biology

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques (R01) 

4/09/08

PAR-08-139

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618
9/18/10

Genetic Screens to Enhance Zebrafish Research (R01)

 

4/09/08 PAR-08-138 Lillian Shum
301-594-0618
9/25/10



NIH Roadmap

 

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing (R01) 

6/24/08

PAR-08-184

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618
9/08/11

Exploratory Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing (R21)

 

6/24/08 PAR-08-183 Lillian Shum
301-594-0618
9/08/11



Research Mechanisms

 

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13)

04/16/08

PA-08-149

Alicia Dombroski
301-594-4805

5/08/11




Small Business

 

Title NIH
Guide
PA
Number
NIDCR Contact Expiration
Date
Lab to Marketplace:  Tools for Biomedical and Behavioral Research (SBIR [R43/R44])

4/09/08

PA-08-114

Melissa Riddle
301-451-3888

5/08/11





REQUESTS FOR APPLICATIONS

Biotechnology/Regenerative Medicine/Biomaterials

 

Title NIH
Guide
RFA Number NIDCR Contact Application Receipt 
Date
Harnessing Inflammation for Reconstruction of Oral and Craniofacial Tissues (R01) 6/25/08 RFA-DE-09-001 Nadya Lumelsky
301-594-7703
10/31/08
Harnessing Inflammation for Reconstruction of Oral and Craniofacial Tissues (R21)

6/25/08

RFA-DE-09-002

Nadya Lumelsky
301-594-7703
10/31/08



Neurobiology/Pain

 

Title NIH
Guide
RFA Number NIDCR Contact Application Receipt 
Date
Probes and Instrumentation for Monitoring and Manipulating Nervous System Plasticity (R01) 3/19/08 RFA-MH-09-030 John Kusiak
301-594-7984
9/16/08



NOTICES

 

Title NIH
Guide
Notice Number
Conduct, Reporting and Oversight of Clinical Research and Clinical Trials - NIDCR 4/15/08 NOT-DE-08-001
New NIDCR Policy:  Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials 4/15/08 NOT-DE-08-002
NIH Opens xTrain to All Federal Demonstration Partnership Members 6/18/08 NOT-OD-08-081
Request for Information (RFI): What Role Might the NIH (Neuroscience Blueprint) Play in Developing Neuroscience-Related Educational Materials for the K-12 Community? 6/18/08 NOT-MH-08-012

Extension of Several NRSA Training (T), NRSA Fellowship (F), and Career Development (K) Funding Opportunity Announcements

5/16/08

NOT-OD-08-069

Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications:  Renewal of the National Technology Centers for Networks and Pathways Program

5/15/08

NOT-RM-08-016

NIH Implements New Procedures to Protect NIH Application Data Sent to Peer Reviewers on Compact Disks

5/14/08

NOT-OD-08-071

NIH Announces the Posting of Updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Financial Conflict of Interest Requirements for all NIH-Supported Institutions 4/10/08 NOT-OD-08-063
Revised NIH Parental Leave Policy for the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Awards 4/10/08 NOT-OD-08-064
Revision of NIH Policy Concerning Concurrent Support from Mentored Career Development (K) Award and a Research Grant 4/10/08 NOT-OD-08-065
NIH Announces New Centralized Processing Center for Receipt of Grant Closeout Documents and Reminds Grantees of Required Closeout Reports for NIH Assistance Awards 4/02/08 NOT-OD-08-061
Clarification of PAR-07-019: Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R03) 3/20/08 NOT-OD-08-048
Clarification of PAR-07-020: Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R01) 3/20/08 NOT-OD-08-047
Clarification of PAR-07-018: Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R21) 3/20/08 NOT-OD-08-046
Notice of Amendment to the Resubmission Restriction, Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54), RFA-RM-08-002   3/24/08 NOT-RM-08-012
Notice of Amendment to the Number of Applications per Applicant Organization and Clarification of Page Limitation for RFA-OD-08-001 "Rare Diseases Clinical Research Consortia (RDCRC) for Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (U54) 3/06/08 NOT-OD-08-051
Registration Open for the Tenth Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference (July 22 - 23, 2008) 3/03/08 NOT-OD-08-053


 

SCIENCE ADVANCES

Scientists Launch First Comprehensive Database of Human Oral Microbiome
NIDCR grantees and their international colleagues have launched the first comprehensive database of the oral microbiome, or the approximately 600 distinct microorganisms currently known to live in the mouth. The free online compendium is called the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD).  The database is the digital equivalent of an Oxford dictionary of oral microorganisms, providing detailed biological entries for each species and an extensive catalogue of the thousands of genes that these microbes express.  The site is located at: 
http://www.homd.org/
and is overseen by scientists at The Forsyth Institute in Boston and King's College London in England.  See additional information about the Human Oral Microbiome Database (see Current News Releases--"March 25, 2008--Scientists Launch First Comprehensive Database of Human Oral Microbiome"):
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/NewsReleases/

Antibody Technique Shows Diagnostic Promise

Photo of heat mapIn the February 1 issue of the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, a team of NIH researchers report early results with a tremendously sensitive and accurate new diagnostic technique to quantify antibodies in blood and saliva.  Known by the acronym LIPS, the technique performed without error in a small validation study involving a well-known antigen that is frequently elevated in people with a rare disorder called Stiff-Person Syndrome.  See more information about the new antibody technique (see first story--"Antibody Technique Shows Diagnostic Promise"):
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/InterviewsOHR/

Research Experience Propels NIDCR Summer Intern to Intel Finals
Photo of Benjamin LuBenjamin Lu, a 2007 NIH summer intern in NIDCR's Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Branch, was a finalist in the recent Intel Science Talent Search (STS).  The Intel STS is the most prestigious science competition for high school students in the U.S.  Mr. Lu, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., was one of 40 finalists out of more than 1,600 contestants.  He was honored for his research on the Drosphila melanogaster (fruit fly) genome.  His research focused on genes that may be involved in the pathway between the Gq-coupled muscarinic receptor type 1 and the AP-1 transcription factor in the nucleus.  Such fundamental research could one day illuminate possible targets for cancer therapies.  Read the interview with Benjamin Lu:
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/InterviewsOHR/BenLu.htm

Science News in Brief
See the following brief summaries of recent oral health research findings:
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/

Study Finds Tooth Eruption Accelerated in Kids with Diabetes
Study Evaluates Oral Care and Bacteremia Risk
Study Evaluates Periodontal Disease Contributing to Diabetes Risk
GWAS Study Looks Into Clefting, Dental Conditions 
Self-Assembling Sacs and Membranes Reported
First Lead into Molecular Interplay that Produces Trigeminal Ganglion
Molecular Targeting Reverses Craniofacial Defects in Mice
Consortium Publishes Salivary Proteome
PBRN Offers Overview of Clinical Research Primer

NIDCR PERSONNEL NEWS

Dr. Lillian Shum Named Chief, Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch
Dr. Lillian Shum was appointed chief of the Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch, Division of Extramural Research, on May 11.  Prior to her appointment she served as acting chief of the branch.  Dr. Shum will oversee program planning, solicitation, evaluation, and monitoring of this NIDCR extramural research program.  She joined NIH in 1995 as a senior research fellow at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and took the position as health scientist administrator with the NIDCR in 2003.  Dr. Shum received her Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Mary Sue Hamann Appointed Evaluation Officer 
Dr. Mary Sue Hamann joined the NIDCR as its new evaluation officer in January.  She comes from the Coastal Health Education Center (AHEC) in North Carolina where she led the research department of a large, multi-specialty graduate medical education program and served as principal investigator for externally sponsored research since 2003.  While working at AHEC, Dr. Hamann also was a clinical research assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She received her Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Jonathan Horsford Appointed Scientific Review Administrator
Dr. Jonathan Horsford was appointed as a scientific review administrator in the Scientific Review Branch (SRB).  Previously he was a program analyst, program director, and IRTA fellow in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  Dr. Horsford received his Ph.D. in molecular and medical genetics from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Kenneth Yamada Receives AADR Award
Dr. Kennth Yamada, chief of the Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, received the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Distinguished Scientist Award in April for "his outstanding contribution to dental research."  This award is presented every two years at the AADR annual meeting.  Dr. Yamada's research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of cell adhesion, migration, and salivary gland development. 

Dr. Eleni Kousvelari Retires from Federal Service
Dr. Eleni Kousvelari, associate director for biotechnology and innovation, retired on May 16 after 24 years of Federal service.  While with the NIDCR, Dr. Kousevelari served as an expert and senior staff fellow in the Intramural Research Program, a health scientist adminstrator in the extramural program, and most recently as associate director for biotechnology and innovation.

Dr. Rochelle Small Retires from Federal Service
Dr. Rochelle Small retired from Federal service on April 25 after spending over 15 years in the government.  Dr. Small joined the NIH in 1992 and in 2000 accepted a position in NIDCR's extramural program as a health scientist administrator.  She served as director of the Developmental Biology and Genetics Program.

Dr. Mostafa Nokta Takes New Position at NIH
Dr. Mostafa Nokta left the NIDCR in April to take a position at the National Cancer Institute as a health scientist administrator.  Dr. Nokta had served as director of NIDCR's AIDS and Immunosuppression Program since 2003.

Dr. Sangeeta Bhargava Takes New Position at NIH
Dr. Sangeeta Bhargava left the NIDCR in March to take a position at the Center for Scientific Review as a health scientist administrator.  Dr. Bhargava served as a health scientist administrator in the NIDCR since 2003.  She was director of NIDCR's Immunology and Immunotherapy Program.

Dr. Piotr Zelazowski Joins NICHD
Dr. Piotr Zelazowski left the NIDCR in March to become a health scientist administrator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  Dr. Zelazowski had been with the NIDCR since 2002 and was a health scientist administrator in NIDCR's Scientific Review Branch.  





        

 


 

 



 



 









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