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The Wellcome Trust Director Sir Mark Walport to Deliver David E. Barmes Global Health LectureSir Mark Walport, FRS, FMedSci, Director of The Wellcome Trust and UK Chief Science Adviser appointee, will present the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium (Building 10) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The title of his lecture is "Global Health: From John Snow to Genome Science." The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Fogarty International Center and the NIDCR. As head of The Wellcome Trust, Sir Walport oversees one of the largest global charitable foundations supporting biomedical research. The Wellcome Trust is also the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. In April 2013, he will begin his new position as the UK Chief Scientific Adviser. Additional information about Sir Walport is found at: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Organisation/Governance/Executive-Board/index.htm The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture Series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health at the NIDCR. Prior to joining the NIDCR, Dr. Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist by training, served in senior management positions related to oral health, health promotion, and non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva. The lecture series is sponsored by NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries. The Barmes Lecture will be videocast at: http://videocast.nih.gov FY 2013 Extramural Funding PlanThe NIH is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) which allows NIDCR to operate through March 27, 2013 at a budget level approximating the FY 2012 level. Until the FY 2013 appropriation is finalized, NIDCR will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (up to 90% of the previously committed level). See the complete notice published in the NIH Guide: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-002.html Applications Accepted for 2013 NIDCR Summer Dental Student AwardTo 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. Selected candidates 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 is accepting online applications for the Summer Dental Student Award until January 17, 2013. All supplemental application information must be received by February 8, 2013. For additional information on how to apply, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/gm7h or contact Dr. Deborah Philp, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org , (301) 594-6578
NIH Proposes Critical Initiatives to Sustain Future of U.S. Biomedical ResearchA summary of the actions that NIH is seeking to implement regarding Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce, the Future Biomedical Research Workforce, and Data and Informatics is found at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2012/od-07.htm NIH is seeking to launch multiple initiatives designed to help strengthen the biomedical research enterprise and sustain the global competitiveness of the U.S. scientific community well into the future. Faced with significant challenges affecting the biomedical research workforce and the storage and use of large biomedical datasets, the NIH Director charged the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) to develop recommendations. The ACD used three specialized committee working groups, each of which included additional outside experts on the relevant topics. The ACD presented its recommendations to the NIH Director in June 2012. NIH leadership further deliberated on the recommendations and presented its implementation plan at the 105th meeting of the ACD on December 6-7. Meeting of Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee The second meeting of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) took place October 22 and focused largely on developing a summary of pain research advances and assessing an IPRCC analysis of the federal pain research portfolio. The ultimate goal is to identify critical gaps in federally-funded pain research, make recommendations on how to prevent duplication of effort, and capitalize on opportunities for collaboration. NIDCR Director Martha J. Somerman serves as a member of the IPRCC. Dr. Story Landis, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), serves as chair of the committee. NIH recently named Dr. Linda Porter, a program director in the NINDS Division of Extramural Research, to be the Designated Federal Official for the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. Information about this committee, as well as the meeting agenda and materials, can be found on the committee website: http://iprcc.nih.gov/index.htm The videocast of the full meeting is available at: http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=200 NIH Director's New Blog and Twitter Account NIH Director Francis S. Collins has established a Director's blog and Twitter account, reflecting the importance he places on communicating the value of biomedical research and telling the NIH story through all forms of media. Visit the Director's blog at: http://directorsblog.nih.gov/ The Twitter account is found at: http://twitter.com/NIHDirector NIH Names Dr. Richard Nakamura as Director of the Center for Scientific ReviewDr. Collins has announced the selection of Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., as the new director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Nakamura had been serving as the acting director since September 2011. He leads CSR's 450 scientists and administrative staff, overseeing their efforts to manage 80,000 incoming NIH grant applications a year and review the majority of them in CSR peer review groups. Prior to joining the Center for Scientific Review, Dr. Nakamura had a 32-year career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he served as both its Scientific Director and Deputy Director. He also was Acting Director of the NIMH from 2001 to 2002. Public Access Policy and Compliance Changes - Spring 2013The NIH announced that in Spring 2013, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. This change will take effect in conjunction with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring. For more on the new requirements and available resources, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-160: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-160.html NIH Funds Will Strengthen National Capacity for Cost-Effective, Large-Scale Clinical StudiesFunds totaling approximately $11.3 million will support the first year of the Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory, which will engage health care systems as research partners in conducting large-scale clinical studies. The funds are managed through the NIH Common Fund. Health care systems, which include health maintenance organizations and other large integrated care settings, see large populations of patients. By partnering with these entities, NIH will be able to conduct large-scale and more cost-effective clinical research within the settings where patients are already receiving their care. The eight awards funded as part of the collaboratory include the HCS Research Collaboratory Coordinating Center (Duke University, Durham, NC) and the following seven pragmatic clinical trial demonstration projects: Decreasing Bioburden to Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections and Readmissions, University of California, Irvine; Strategies and Opportunities to Stop Colon Cancer in Priority Populations, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Portland, OR; Pragmatic Trial of Population-based Programs to Prevent Suicide Attempt, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle; A Pragmatic Trial of Lumbar Image Reporting with Epidemiology (LIRE), University of Washington, Seattle; Nighttime Dosing of Anti-Hypertensive Medications: A Pragmatic Clinical Trial, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Collaborative Care for Chronic Pain in Primary Care, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Portland, OR; Pragmatic Trials in Maintenance Hemodialysis, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 2012 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards Recognizes 14 ScientistsFourteen exceptional junior scientists, who were within one year of completing their doctoral degrees or clinical residencies at the time of application, will be supported by the NIH Director's Early Independence award. The program encourages young scientists who have demonstrated outstanding scientific creativity, intellectual maturity, and leadership skills with the opportunity to conduct independent biomedical or behavioral research by skipping the conventional post-doctoral training period. The NIH Common Fund and contributing NIH institutes plan to commit potentially $25.9 million to support these research projects over five years, contingent on the availability of funds. Read more about the awardees: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2012/od-01.htm
NIH Grantees Win 2012 Nobel Prize in ChemistryThe 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to NIH grantees Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; and Brian K. Kobilka, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif., for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the researchers had made groundbreaking discoveries on an important family of receptors known as G-protein-coupled receptors.
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