In this Issue: 1. NIDCR News 2. NIH News 3. Science Advances 4. Funding Opportunity News
NIDCR FY2012 Funding PlanNIDCR's FY2012 extramural funding plan is now available at: http://go.usa.gov/Q7n The Institute plan is consistent with NIH's funding policy, which is found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-036.html Also see NIDCR's FY2013 Congressional Justification: http://go.usa.gov/Q7U NIDCR to Sponsor Meetings, Workshops & Talks During AADR Annual Meeting; NIDCR Director to SpeakIn addition to having an information and consultation booth in the exhibit hall during the upcoming American Association for Dental Research (AADR) annual meeting in Tampa, FL (March 21-24), NIDCR will sponsor a number of workshops, meetings, and presentations. Included among these are a grant writing workshop, a workshop on behavioral and social intervention research, presentations about NIDCR training and career development opportunities and NIH peer review, meetings with trainees, and scientific presentations. NIDCR Director Martha J. Somerman also will deliver a talk on "Personalized Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Dentistry," as part of the AADR Distinguished Lecture Series. For a complete list of NIDCR-sponsored events visit: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NewsAndFeatures/Announcements/AADREvents.htm NIDCR Launches New Toolkit for Clinical ResearchersIf you are an NIDCR grant applicant or awardee planning to conduct clinical research, please visit NIDCR's new Toolkit for Clinical Researchers: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/toolkit/ The toolkit contains study start-up documents you will need, as well as those needed during the conduct of clinical research and for study completion and close-out. New NIH Council of Councils Appointees Include NIDCR Council MemberJeffrey Kaufman, M.B.A., co-founder and executive director of the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation and a member of NIDCR's National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council, is among the seven new appointees to the NIH Council of Councils. The council advises the NIH Director on policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), including making recommendations on research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination. Dr. Lynn King Named Chief, Research Training and Career Development Branch Dr. Lynn Mertens King has been appointed chief of the NIDCR Research Training and Career Development Branch, following the retirement of Dr. Kevin Hardwick at the end of February. Dr. King had previously served as chief of NIDCR's Scientific Review Branch since 2005, providing leadership in the Institute review of applications that span the breadth of scientific research supported by the NIDCR. After receiving her Ph.D. in population biology and evolution from Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. King became a research associate at Harvard University in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. She then was an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, University of Miami, where she conducted National Science Foundation-funded research in population genetics. She came to the NIH as a research fellow in the Medical Genetics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, and later joined the Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR. In 2002 she was appointed a scientific review officer at NIDCR. Dr. Jonathan Horsford Appointed Acting Chief, Scientific Review BranchDr. Jonathan Horsford has been named acting chief of the Scientific Review Branch, following Dr. King's move into her new role as chief of the Research Training and Career Development Branch. Dr. Horsford has been with the NIH since 2005, when he joined the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke as a program analyst and an acting program director, overseeing grants on DNA repair diseases and neurodevelopment and a contract on high-throughput gene expression in the CNS. He then joined the NIDCR Scientific Review Branch and in 2007 became a scientific review officer. Dr. Horsford has overseen the review of a broad range of scientific areas and mechanisms, from Phase III clinical trials and research and development contracts to basic research grants. He is a regular presenter at a variety of external meetings on the ins and outs of peer review. Dr. Horsford holds a Ph.D. in molecular and medical genetics from the University of Toronto and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of retinal stem cells.
NIH Launches New National Center for Advancing Translational SciencesIn a move to re-engineer the process of translating scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, NIH has established the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Congress approved NCATS with the Fiscal Year 2012 spending bill, and the President signed it into law.
The new Center will gather existing NIH programs into an integrated scientific enterprise with new leadership. NCATS’ mission is to develop innovative methods and technologies designed to reduce, remove, or bypass bottlenecks in delivering new drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices to patients with a wide range of diseases and conditions. NIH Director Francis Collins announced that as NIH continues its search for a permanent NCATS director, the transition of people and programs will move forward under the leadership of National Institute of Mental Health Director Dr. Thomas Insel as NCATS acting director and Dr. Kathy Hudson, NIH deputy director for science, outreach, and policy, as NCATS acting deputy director. More information about the new center is available at: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/ncats/index.htm NIH Launches New Website: Clinical Research Trials and You NIH has created a new website, Clinical Research Trials and You, to help people learn more about clinical research trials, why they matter, and how to participate: http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/ Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Research has shown that among the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers is the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate. Visitors to the website will find information about the basics of clinical trial participation and links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program. In addition, health care professionals can read about evidence-based strategies for talking with patients about trials, print audience-tested posters to help promote trials in clinics and offices, and find other educational materials. Members of New Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee Announced More than 100 million Americans suffer from migraines, arthritis and other chronic pain conditions with an economic toll of nearly $600 billion in medical bills and lost productivity. To help address this problem, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Affordable Care Act, to create a new Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. Its members, announced by NIH, include biomedical researchers, representatives from nonprofit public advocacy organizations, and representatives of seven federal government organizations that deal with pain research and patient care. The committee will work to identify critical gaps in basic and clinical research on the symptoms, causes, and treatment of pain and will recommend federal research programs in these areas. NIDCR Director Martha Somerman is one of the newly appointed committee members. See additional information about the appointees: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/feb2012/ninds-13.htm The inaugural meeting of the committee is scheduled for March 27 on the NIH campus. The meeting will be videocast and is open to the public. Proposals Sought: Pain Management Education in Health Professional SchoolsThe NIH Pain Consortium is encouraging dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools to respond to a new funding opportunity to develop Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). CoEPEs will act as hubs for the creation, development, evaluation, integration, promotion, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources, as well as be leaders for change in the pain management education of health professionals nationwide. Proposals are due March 5, 2012. See the RFP: http://www.altarum.org/project-highlights-pain-education NIH Eases Technology Transfer with Online Material Transfer AgreementsNIH has launched the Transfer Agreement Dashboard, or TAD, to streamline the transfer of NIH-developed research materials to the biomedical research community: https://techtransferagreements.nih.gov/Pages/tad.aspx The system eases the completion and tracking of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) for materials (such as cell lines or specially bred research animals) transferred out of the NIH. For its first release, TAD is focused on MTAs between NIH intramural laboratories and non-profit research organizations and universities that wish to obtain NIH materials.
Express YourselfThe DSPP protein originally was thought to be expressed only in dentin. Researchers are discovering that's not the case at all. Find out more: http://go.usa.gov/Q7d
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