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

E-Newsletter: January 29, 2009

In this Issue:
1.  NIDCR News
2.  NIH News
3.  Funding Opportunities
4.  Science Advances
5.  NIDCR Personnel News



NIDCR NEWS

NIDCR Grantee Receives Prestigious PECASE Award 
Suchitra NelsonNIDCR grantee Dr. Suchitra Nelson of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, was one of 12 NIH-supported researchers awarded the nation’s highest honor for scientists at the outset of their professional careers.  Ten NIH grantees—including Dr. Nelson—and two intramural NIH scientists were selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  The investigators were honored in a ceremony held at the White House with President George W. Bush on December 19.  Dr. Nelson is conducting research on factors that lead to dental caries in low birth weight infants.


NIDCR Funds Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health
In September 2008, the NIDCR again funded Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health.  In doing so, the Institute continues its commitment to understanding and eliminating the disproportionate burden of oral diseases suffered by segments of the U.S. population, including the poor, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with acquired or developmental special needs.  The Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health are located at:

Boston University
http://www.creedd.org/
 
University of California, San Francisco
http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/cando/

University of Colorado at Denver
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/research/centers/CAIANH/cnohr/Pages/cnohr.aspx

University of Florida
http://www.dental.ufl.edu/Offices/TakeTheBite/

University of Washington
http://depts.washington.edu/nacrohd/

At these centers, teams of investigators from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in partnership with communities, are conducting research on dental caries and oral/pharyngeal cancer.  In addition to the Oral Health Disparities Centers initiative, the NIDCR funds numerous and varied types of studies focused on understanding and eliminating inequalities that exist in a wide range of disadvantaged communities and populations.  For additional information about oral health disparities research, contact Ruth Nowjack-Raymer, (phone): 301-594-5394, e-mail:  Ruth.Nowjack-Raymer@nih.gov 

NIDCR Launches New Spanish-Language Website
Smiling mother and childNIDCR's new Spanish-language website was developed for people who primarily speak Spanish and are seeking oral health information as well as for bilingual individuals seeking information for their Spanish-speaking friends and family members.  While it echoes the Institute’s English language website, both the content and the graphic design of the new Spanish site are tailored for U.S. Hispanics/Latinos.  Visit the new site at:
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Espanol/

NIH NEWS

NIH Begins New Process to Report Detailed Funding Information
RCDC logoOn January 15, NIH made public the results of a new process for providing detailed funding information for 215 major areas of research. The Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) process uses standard category definitions, knowledge management principles, and computerized tools to categorize research projects. The process was initiated at the request of Congress to provide consistent and transparent NIH research funding information. For the first time, a complete list of all NIH-funded projects related to each category is available. By clicking on each of the categories, the public can access full project listings for that category and view, print, or download the detailed report.   Categorized projects funded in FY 2008 can be found in on the RePORT site at:
www.report.nih.gov/rcdc/categories/

NIH Releases First Biennial Report of the Director
Biennial Report banner
NIH has released its first Biennial Report of the Director, a document that provides an integrated portrait of NIH research activities. The report makes it easier for Congress, advocates and patient groups, and the general public to understand the many programs within the agency. The report contains an assessment of the state of biomedical and behavioral research organized by disease category and investigative approaches.
 
Sections of the report include: an introduction to the disease, disorder, field, or approach; a summary of the scope of NIH’s research activities referencing the NIH Institutes and Centers whose missions address the topic; related health statistics; aggregate data on NIH funding; notable examples of research activities, key programs, initiatives, studies and accomplishments; and strategic plans and directions for future research. The report is available on the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) website.


Linda Birnbaum Named NIEHS Director
Linda BirnbaumLinda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., has been named the new director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program.  Before joining NIEHS, Dr. Birnbaum was a senior advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she served for 16 years as director of the Experimental Toxicology Division.





 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Career Development

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

Independent Scientist Award (K02)

12/11/08

PA-09-038

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

1/08/12

Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)

12/11/08

PA-09-042

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

1/08/12

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) 

12/11/08

PA-09-043

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

1/08/12

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

12/11/08

PA-09-037

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

1/08/12

Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)

12/11/08

PA-09-039

Kevin Hardwick
301-594-2765

1/08/12

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

12/12/08

PA-09-036

Leslie Frieden
301-496-4263

1/08/12


NIH Roadmap

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

National Institutes of Health Rapid Access to Interventional Development (NIH-RAID) Program (X01) 

11/14/08

PAR-09-027

R. Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

9/16/11


Small Business

Title

NIH
Guide

PA
Number

NIDCR Contact

Expiration
Date

PHS 2009-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44])

1/22/09

PA-09-080

R. Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

1/08/10

PHS 2009-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42]) 

1/22/09

PA-09-081

R. Dwayne Lunsford
301-594-2421

1/08/10


REQUESTS FOR APPLICATIONS

NIH Roadmap

Title

NIH
Guide

RFA Number

NIDCR Contact

Application Receipt 
Date

Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)

1/07/09

RFA-RM-09-004

Jane Atkinson
301-435-7908

10/14/09

New Methodologies for Natural Products Chemistry (R01)

12/10/08

RFA-RM-09-005

Lillian Shum
301-594-0618

5/14/09


NOTICES

Title

NIH
Guide

Notice Number

Clarification of Submission Instructions for RFA-RM-08-029 "Roadmap Transformative R01 Program (R01)"

1/23/09

NOT-RM-09-009

NIH Policy Change on Threshold for Negotiation of Facilities and Administrative (F&A)/Indirect Costs for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grants 

1/21/09

NOT-OD-09-038

NIH Policy Concerning Career Development (K) Awards:  Leave, Temporary Adjustments to Percent Effort, and Part-Time Institutional Appointments 

1/21/09

NOT-OD-09-036

Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts Under the Current Continuing Resolution    

1/16/09

NOT-OD-09-037

Guidance to IACUCs Regarding Use of Designated Member Review (DMR) for Animal Study Proposal Review Subsequent to Full Committee Review (FCR)  

1/08/09

NOT-OD-09-035

The NIH Implements New Registration Process for Reviewer Reimbursement for Participation in NIH Peer Review Meetings

1/05/09

NOT-OD-09-033

Guidance on Submitting Applications to the Roadmap Molecular Libraries Assay Development for High-Throughput Screening Program: PAR-08-024 

1/02/09

NOT-RM-09-008

Early Stage Investigator Policies:  Requesting an Extension of the ESI Period 

12/31/08

NOT-OD-09-034

Clarification of NOT-OD-08-014 and NOT-OD-08-023 Regarding Registration in ClinicalTrials.gov

12/11/08

NOT-OD-09-030

Transition of Individual Career Development (K) Applications to Electronic Submission (Grants.gov) - New Business Processes and Other Information

12/12/08

NOT-OD-09-029

The NIH Center for Scientific Review Updates the Descriptions of its Chartered Review Panels

12/10/08

NOT-OD-09-027

Impact of NIH Transition to Adobe Forms on Appointed Members of NIH Chartered Study Sections

12/09/08

NOT-OD-09-028

NIH Announces the Availability of Adobe-Based Grant Application Forms

12/05/08

NOT-OD-09-026

Notice of Correction to Application Instructions for: PAR-09-013 "2009 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (X02)"  

12/05/08

NOT-RM-09-007

Notice of Correction to Application Instructions for: PAR-09-012 "2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (X02)"  

12/05/08

NOT-RM-09-006

Notice of Change in Council Review Date for RFA-RM-08-003:  Pilot Scale Libraries (PSL) for High Throughput Screening (P41)

12/05/08

NOT-RM-09-005

Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Enhanced Peer Review Criteria for Evaluation of Research Applications Received for Potential FY 2010 Funding

12/02/08

NOT-OD-09-025

Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces New Scoring Procedures for Evaluation of Research Applications Received for Potential FY 2010 Funding

12/02/08

NOT-OD-09-024

Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Updated Implementation Timeline

12/02/08

NOT-OD-09-023

NIH to Migrate Approximately 100 FOAs in Early Dec; Applicants Will Receive Automated E-mail from Grants.gov

12/01/08

NOT-OD-09-022

Implementing the Early Stage Investigator Policy: Updating eRA Commons Profiles to Include Degree and Residency Completion Dates

11/21/08

NOT-OD-09-021

Reminder and Clarification on NIH/AHRQ/CDC/FDA Transition to Adobe-based forms for SF424 Research and Related (R&R) Electronic Submissions through Grants.gov  

11/21/08

NOT-OD-09-020

Extension of Expiration Date for PA-06-042 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA): Parent R15

11/14/08

NOT-OD-09-018

 

SCIENCE ADVANCES

Science News in Brief
See the following summaries of recent oral health research findings:

New Lead in Resolving Tissue Inflammation
Researchers Open the Gates
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/CurrentSNIB/January/

Teledentistry Shows Potential to Assist Rural Communities
Study Links Oral Bacteria and VAP
Complex Genetics of Dentin Disorders
Study Shows Fungal Molecule Can Kill Tumor Cells
New Analysis of Periodontitis Prevalence
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/ScienceBriefs/Archive/archive2008/

NIDCR PERSONNEL NEWS

Dr. Alicia Dombroski Appointed Director, Division of Extramural Activities
Dr. Alicia Dombroski has been appointed director of the NIDCR Division of Extramural Activities, where she served as deputy director for the past two years.  As division director, she oversees the Scientific Review, Grants Management, and Research Training and Career Development branches, and represents NIDCR on NIH-wide extramural activities.  Dr. Dombroski is also executive secretary of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors.

Before joining NIDCR in 2006, Dr. Dombroski was a health scientist administrator in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where she played a leading role in planning and building NIAID’s biodefense program.  She came to NIH in 2001 as a scientific review administrator at the Center for Scientific Review.  Dr. Dombroski was an associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston before moving to NIH.


Dr. Amy Adams Appointed Acting Director, Office of Science Policy and Analysis
Dr. Amy Bany Adams, Ph.D., is the new acting director of the NIDCR Office of Science Policy and Analysis.  Dr. Adams has four years of NIH experience within the Office of the (NIH) Director.  She arrived at NIH in 2004 as the first American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Policy Fellow, and worked with the NIH director and deputy director on a wide range of efforts, including the NIH Reform Act of 2006 implementation.  She also worked with the Revitalizing NIH Peer Review Team. Dr. Adams earned her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Yale University School of Medicine and her B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Leslie Frieden Named Extramural Training Officer
Dr. Leslie Frieden has joined the NIDCR Research Training and Career Development Branch as the new extramural training officer.  Dr. Frieden did her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University and earned her PhD from Harvard.  She completed her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt, where she studied the role of ephrin-A1 in cardiac valve development.  In addition to her scientific knowledge, Dr. Frieden has experience in NIH training and research career development, having received both predoctoral and postdoctoral support through T32 programs.  She also has participated in the writing of NIH fellowship and research project grant applications and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr. Norman Braveman Retires 
On December 31, Dr. Norman Braveman, assistant to the NIDCR director, retired with almost 30 years of government service at the NIH.  His previous positions at the NIDCR included serving as assistant director for program development in the extramural program from 1992 to 2001.  Earlier in his NIH career, he was a health scientist administrator in the Office of the Director, NIH and at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.  Dr. Braveman holds a Ph.D. in psychobiology from Washington State University. 



 


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