In this Issue:1. NIDCR News2. NIH News3. Funding Opportunity News
NIDCR 2014-2019 Strategic Plan UpdateNIDCR has made significant progress in developing its 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. We posted a Request for Information (RFI) on the NIDCR website and received over 491 comments from 108 professional associations, patient advocacy groups, university deans and assistant deans, researchers, clinicians, patients, and the general public. In addition, two Strategic Planning Roundtables were held in June -- one on Oral Health Disparities and the other on Bi-directional Research. To further inform our strategic planning efforts, NIDCR held two programmatic consultation sessions with interdisciplinary groups of scientists to obtain expert input on directions and approaches for overcoming key obstacles and identifying optimal strategies for (1) Translational Research Opportunities in Healing and Regeneration of Oral and Craniofacial Tissues, and (2) The Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease. A Strategic Planning Steering Committee made up of executive staff members has been formed to guide the science writer in developing the Plan. We expect to present the final plan to the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council in January 2014.Bill Gates to Present 2013 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on December 2The 2013 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, postponed from its original date of October 7th due to the federal government shutdown, will now be held on Monday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. We are delighted to welcome Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who will present his lecture on "Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation" in the Masur Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The Barmes Lecture will be videocast at:http://videocast.nih.govWhile on the NIH campus, Mr. Gates also will meet with senior leadership, including NIDCR Director Martha Somerman.Known for his philanthropy, Mr. Gates advocates for research and innovation to help people live healthy and productive lives. He also is an outspoken supporter of federal investment in basic science research.Since its inception, the Gates Foundation has made grant payments of $28.3 billion to grantees across the U.S. and in support of work in more than 100 countries. The foundation aims to help people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on overcoming challenges that include extreme poverty and poor health. In the U.S., it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture Series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health at the NIDCR. The lecture series is sponsored by the NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center. Read more:http://go.usa.gov/DVVCApplications Now Accepted for NIDCR 2014-2015 Residency Program in Dental Public Health Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2013 for NIDCR’s Residency Program in Dental Public Health. The 12-month full-time or 12-month equivalent part-time Residency Program provides a formal training opportunity for dentists planning careers in dental public health, with an emphasis on oral and craniofacial, health-related epidemiologic research. The Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Program graduates receive a certificate of completion and are qualified educationally to apply for examination by the American Board of Dental Public Health for specialty certification. While emphasizing research training and oral disease prevention and health promotion, the residency also provides experience in other areas of dental public health, i.e., public health administration and management, the organization and financing of dental care programs, and the development of resources. Residents develop an individualized initial training plan, which describes activities to be undertaken during the residency and conduct at least one research project under the guidance of NIDCR staff and other qualified mentors. The training program in research will be tailored to meet the particular interests and previous experience of each individual selected. However, a typical resident's effort will require that time be spent in each of the following areas: Research Methods in Dental Public Health; Health Policy, Program Management, and Administration; Oral Disease Prevention and Oral Health Promotion; and Oral Health Services and Delivery Systems. Applicants must have a DDS or DMD degree or its equivalent and a graduate degree in public health. Additional information about the program and the application are found at: http://go.usa.gov/Wdb5NIDCR Welcomes Applications for 2014 NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award To expose future dentists to careers in research, NIDCR offers an outstanding summer training opportunity in its intramural research labs for dental students. The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to give talented dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Summer Dental Student Awardees are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students’ areas of interest. Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications. The NIDCR provides a competitive stipend for all summer researchers. Acceptance of this reward requires a minimum eight-week commitment. The nominating dental school must agree to support air or ground transportation for their students. Although housing is not supplied by NIDCR, student housing resource guides are provided. NIDCR will accept online applications for the Summer Dental Student Award from mid-November, 2013 – January 16, 2014. All supplemental application information must be submitted by February 8, 2014. For additional information on how to apply, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/Wdbhor contact Dr. Deborah Philp, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 594-8444. NIDCR Grantee and Board Members Elected to Institute of Medicine NIDCR grantee Dr. David Mooney and Board of Scientific Counselor members Dr. Brendan Lee and Dr. Nancy Lane are among the 70 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. David J. Mooney, Ph.D., is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics and professor, department of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Nancy E. Lane, M.D., is director of the center for musculoskeletal health; Endowed Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology; and director, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH); UC Davis Health System, University of California, Davis.
NIH Operates Under a Continuing ResolutionNIH is operating under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 2775/Public Law 113-46) signed by President Obama on October 16. This Act continues government operations through January 15, 2014 at the FY 2013 post-sequestration level. NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). This is consistent with our practice during the CRs of FY 2006-2013. Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2014 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period. All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2013 remain in effect under the CR. NIH Approves High Priority Research within Brain Initiative NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has approved initial areas of high-priority brain research to guide $40 million of NIH fiscal year 2014 funding within the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The initiative aims to accelerate work on technologies that give a dynamic picture of how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact. The ultimate goal is to enhance understanding of the brain and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of brain diseases. NIH’s FY 2014 investment will focus on nine areas of research: generate a census of brain cell types; create structural maps of the brain; develop new, large-scale neural network recording capabilities; develop a suite of tools for neural circuit manipulation; link neuronal activity to behavior; integrate theory, modeling, statistics and computation with neuroscience experiments; delineate mechanisms underlying human brain imaging technologies; create mechanisms to enable collection of human data for scientific research; disseminate knowledge and training. Given the cross-cutting nature of the BRAIN Initiative, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research—an initiative spanning 14 NIH Institutes and Centers, including the NIDCR—is the leading NIH contributor to its implementation in FY14.Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce – Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Such diversity would ensure recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; broadened and balanced research priorities; and an improvement in the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. A key component of NIH’s efforts is the establishment of the "Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program, via the NIH Common Fund. The long-term goal of this program is to catalyze a systematic culture change in the biomedical research training environment to have a broad impact on scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. Under this program is the BUILD initiative – Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. BUILD awards are intended to transform the environment at the recipient institutions, enabling them to dramatically improve their ability to draw students into research career paths and to prepare them for success. The BUILD planning grants have just been issued, with money awarded to 15 institutions. Also under the Common Fund program is the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The NRMN is intended to facilitate the development of robust mentoring relationships by coordinating nationwide pairings of scientific leaders and early career scientists (undergraduate students through junior faculty members) who may benefit from additional mentoring, including but not limited to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. This initiative will also support development of novel tools and training activities to improve mentoring skills. The NIH intends to identify an entity that will engage and assemble multiple persons and/or professional organizations into a single, Nation-wide consortium. The NRMN planning grants have just been issued, with 5 institutions receiving awards. NIH Announces 15 Clinical and Translational Science Awards to Help Translate Scientific Discoveries to Improved Health To help translate basic discoveries into new treatments that tangibly improve human health, NIH announced more than $79 million in fiscal year 2013 funding to support 15 Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). Led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the CTSA program catalyzes improvements across the entire spectrum of translational research through efforts to broadly develop, demonstrate, and disseminate health interventions. It also serves as a connector to engage key partners including other NIH institutes and centers, patient groups, communities, health care providers, industry, and regulatory organizations. The program supports a consortium of more than 60 research institutions across the country. The 2013 awards expand consortium representation to New Hampshire with an award to Dartmouth. The network now includes 31 states and the District of Columbia. Dr. George F. Koob Named NIAAA Director The NIH Director has announced the selection of George F. Koob, Ph.D., as Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Koob is expected to join the NIH in January 2014. As NIAAA director, Dr. Koob will oversee the institute’s $458 million budget, which primarily funds alcohol-related research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. The institute also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and federal programs on alcohol-related issues and national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work. Dr. Koob comes to the NIH from The Scripps Research Institute, California Campus, where he is Chairman, Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders, and Director, Alcohol Research Center.
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