In this Issue: 1. NIDCR News 2. NIH News 3. Science Advances 4. Funding Opportunity News
The Department of State's U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Eric Goosby will present the 2011 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Tuesday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Masur Auditorium (Bldg. 10) on the NIH campus.
His lecture, titled, "PEPFAR: Moving from Science to Program to Save Lives," will highlight the work done through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program launched eight years ago that Goosby currently oversees as ambassador. Ambassador Goosby also manages the federal government's participation in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and serves on the operations committee that leads the Global Health Initiative. Jointly sponsored by NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center, the annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a longstanding World Health Organization employee, special expert for international health at NIDCR, and ardent spokesman for global health. The lecture is free and open to the public. It may also be viewed via videocast at: http://videocast.nih.gov/ Applications Now Accepted for NIDCR's Residency Program in Dental Public HealthNIDCR is accepting applications through December 31, 2011 for its Residency Program in Dental Public Health. The 12-month full-time or 12-month equivalent part-time 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 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 application and additional information are found at: http://go.usa.gov/8J4
NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution The NIH is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that was signed by President Obama on November 19. The CR continues government operations through December 16, 2011 at the FY 2011 level minus 1.5 percent. Until FY 2012 appropriations are enacted, the 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 NIH's practice during the CRs of FY 2006 - 2011. Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after NIH's FY 2012 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period. NIH Answers Call to Streamline Technology Transfer ProcessNIH is launching the electronic Research Materials catalogue (eRMa) to streamline the process by which companies access technologies developed by researchers in NIH's intramural programs. The project addresses one of the most important directives in a Presidential memorandum related to the commercialization of federal research and support for high-growth business potential. Researchers in NIH laboratories make unpatented materials available to companies through internal use licenses executed by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer. An internal use license is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials from NIH to a company for commercial research use. The new system will streamline the licensing process by providing a website for companies to find and license unpatented materials using a ready-to-go-contract; allowing a company to pay online through Pay.gov and receive the materials from the lab quickly; and providing faster turn-around time and simplifying the process for companies to find research materials available from NIH labs. See the NIH electronic Materials Research catalogue: http://www.ott.nih.gov/erma/ NIH Program Allows Junior Investigators to Bypass Traditional Post-Doc Training A program designed to accelerate the entry of outstanding junior investigators into independent researcher positions immediately following completion of their graduate research degree or clinical residency has announced its first recipients. The NIH's Early Independence Award (EIA) is part of an NIH-wide effort to empower the biomedical research workforce, particularly through the support of investigators early in their careers. The EIA program effectively allows awardees to leapfrog over the traditional post-doctoral training period, capitalizing on the creativity, confidence, and energy of young scientists. The first group of awardees includes 10 exceptional junior investigators. NIH plans to commit approximately $19.3 million to support their research projects over a five-year period. Read more about the awardees: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2011/od-30.htm Applications are now being accepted through January 30, 2012 for the next round of Early Independence Awards. See detailed instructions on how to apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-007.html More information about the program is also found at: http://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/ Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2)Applications are invited for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program that supports research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers.
The program offers the opportunity for a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities, and contains two phases. In the first phase, Lasker scholars will receive appointments for up to 5-7 years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent research budgets. In the second phase, successful scholars will be eligible to apply for up to 5 years of NIH support for their research at an extramural research facility, or the scholar can be considered to remain as an investigator within the intramural program.
Applications will be accepted until January 24, 2012. See additional details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-12-001.html
NIH to Make a Mightier Mouse Resource for Understanding Disease Over the next five years, NIH-funded researchers will extensively test and generate data about mice with disrupted genes to gain clues about human diseases. NIH has awarded a set of cooperative agreements totaling more than $110 million to begin the second phase of the Knockout Mouse Project (KOMP). The results of the next stage, called the Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Project, or KOMP2, will be placed in a public database. Researchers make knockout mice by disrupting the function of individual genes across the animal's genome. KOMP2 is a trans-NIH and NIH Common Fund project that will work with other members of the International Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) to generate about 5,000 strains of knockout mice that will undergo a large battery of clinical phenotype tests. In the long term, the project aims to enable the research community to establish the traits associated with the function of every protein-coding gene in the mammalian genome. Such information will be valuable for the discovery of the genetic causes of human diseases and will aid efforts to identify new drug targets. NIDCR is one of the 18 NIH institutes, centers and offices contributing to the Knockout Mouse Project. More information about KOMP is found at: http://www.nih.gov/science/models/mouse/knockout/
Eight investigators across the United States will receive funding over the next five years to develop innovative neuroscience education programs for K-12 students and their teachers. The grants are funded by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award and the Science Education Partnership Award Program. NIDCR is one of the NIH institutes supporting both of these awards. The educational programs aim to increase science literacy and understanding as well as an interest in science among K-12 students and their teachers. Read more about the awardees: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2011/nida-27.htm NIH Grantees Win 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to NIH grantees Bruce A. Beutler, M.D., of The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, and Jules A. Hoffmann, Ph.D., for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity and the late Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., of Rockefeller University, NY, for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity. "The work of these three NIH-supported scientists has provided fundamental understanding of the body's immune system, and has been pivotal to the development of new vaccines against infectious diseases and treatments for cancer," said NIH director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Chris Kaiser to Lead National Institute of General Medical Sciences Dr. Collins has announced the appointment of Chris A. Kaiser, Ph.D., as the new director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Kaiser, a leader in cell biology, is professor and head of the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He expects to start his new position in the spring of 2012. Dr. Kaiser will replace Judith H. Greenberg, Ph.D., who became acting director of NIGMS in July 2011 after the departure of Jeremy Berg, Ph.D., who had served as director since 2003.
To Its Microbial LikingScientists have solved in mice how P. gingivalis orchestrates conditions that lead to periodontitis. Read more about it: http://go.usa.gov/522 Looking AnewScientists observed a key subcellular process through an IVM microscope and caught a telling new glimpse of how the biology works. Find out more: http://go.usa.gov/52T
OPPERA UpdateStudy issues early results on risk factors for chronic TMJD. See additional information: http://go.usa.gov/52D
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