UTMB Announcements for 5/4/2016

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**TODAY Mason Guest Lecturer & 3rd Annual Cell Biology Graduate Program Symposium TODAY**
Retiree Benefits Meeting
Invite your referrals to the 2016 Spring Job Fair for Experienced Nurses for the chance to earn $3,000
**TODAY: Pepper Investigators Lecture – Elizabeth Jaramillo, M.D.**
Voting made easy - May 7
Mouse Colony Management Fundamentals – AALAS Webinar
Epic EMR Scheduled Maintenance
Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
UTMB increases nutritional awareness with new labeling system for vending machines

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
Symposium Honoring Dr. James C. Lee5/2/2016
HALF OFF SECOND PAIR PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES AT OPTICAL CENTER5/2/2016
UTMB HEALTH TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM5/2/2016
IHII PILOT RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM FOR FY2016-175/2/2016
Facilitator recruitment for the Integrated Medical Curriculum (SOM)4/20/2016
Center for Addiction Research Seminar Series5/2/2016
Exciting Changes to the IHOP Policy Approval Process!4/28/2016
Free Employee Hearing Screenings5/2/2016
Ride a van to work4/29/2016
Support Ronald McDonald House of Galveston on Lemonade Day at UTMB Friday, May 65/2/2016
Clinician of the Month5/2/2016
New! April Friday Focus Available Online Now!5/2/2016
Better Hearing and Speech Month5/3/2016
Neuroscience Grand Rounds5/3/2016
General and Cardiothoracic Surgery Grand Rounds5/3/2016
Grand Rounds - Department of Ophthalmology5/3/2016
Creating an NIH Biosketch (new format) - a workshop from the CCD5/3/2016

**TODAY Mason Guest Lecturer & 3rd Annual Cell Biology Graduate Program Symposium TODAY**
First Published 5/4/2016

The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
and
Cell Biology Graduate Program
present
The Annual Mason Guest Lecture

“TET Methylcytosine Oxidases in Immune Responses and Cancer”

by

Anjana Rao, Ph.D.

Professor and Division Head
Signaling and Gene Expression Research
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
Pfizer Endowed Chair in Cancer Immunology and Oncology
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
La Jolla, California

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
12:00pm
Levin Hall North Auditorium

EVERYONE WELCOME

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3rd Annual  Cell Biology Graduate Program Student Symposium 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

8:30am-11:45pm -  Oral & Poster Presentations (Basic Science Auditorium) 

12:00-1:00 Mason Guest Lecture (Levin Auditorium North 2.220)

3:00-3:30: Award Ceremony  

Contact:     Email: Aurora Galvan     For: Neuroscience & Cell Biology     Phone: 772-2124
 
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Retiree Benefits Meeting
First Published 5/4/2016

Please join Benefits Services on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for our Retiree Benefits Meeting. This meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Room 1.124. This meeting is designed to assist you in the retirement process by providing information to you regarding your benefits as a retiree from The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Click here to register. Seating is limited to the first 24 people to respond.  

Your registration will be processed through Enterprise Learning Management system. Sign in with your LAN user name and password the follow these steps to submit your registration.

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  • Enroll
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Contact:     Email: Human Resources Benefits and Business Center     For: Benefits Department     Phone: 409-772-2630
 
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Invite your referrals to the 2016 Spring Job Fair for Experienced Nurses for the chance to earn $3,000
First Published 5/4/2016

 

All UTMB employees are eligible for a $3,000 bonus by referring a BSN prepared nurse for the Health System.

  • If your referral is hired, you will receive $1,500 when he or she completes six months of service and another $1,500 when he or she completes one year of service.
  • All bonus payouts are subject to taxation, and you must be actively employed at UTMB at the time of each payout.
  • There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make – click here for more information about the applicant requirements and referral bonus guidelines.

Take the first step toward earning extra cash by inviting your referrals to the 2016 Spring Job Fair for Experienced Nurses on Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Primary Care Pavilion, Entrance B Lobby. Staff members will be available to answer questions, conduct interviews and extend job offers. Pre-employment screenings and physical assessments also will be completed onsite to expedite the hiring process.

Interested RNs may visit http://hr.utmb.edu/recruit/jobfair/ to learn more about joining our patient care family and to RSVP for the event. 

Contact:     Email: Monica Olson     For: Talent Acquisition and Recruitment     Phone: (409) 266-2247
 
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**TODAY: Pepper Investigators Lecture – Elizabeth Jaramillo, M.D.**
First Published 5/4/2016

Please join us for the next Pepper Investigators Lecture:

 

May 4, 2016

12-1

RS 6.100

 

PCOR project 1: Screening Mammography in Older Women

 

Presented by

 

Elizabeth Jaramillo, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Internal Medicine – Geriatrics

 

*Lunch provided, first come, first served*

Click for more information
Contact:     Email: Stephanie Burt     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-266-6975
 
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Voting made easy - May 7
First Published 5/4/2016

UTMB will serve as a polling place on Sat. May 7 for Galveston County’s Local Entity elections.

Anyone registered to vote in Galveston County may cast their ballot on the first floor of Rebecca Sealy, located on Eighth Street, between Post Office and Market streets, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 7. Voters will be required to show government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, in order to vote.

For more information, call the Galveston County Clerk’s office at 409-770-5108.

Contact:     Email: KirstiAnn Clifford     For: Marketing & Communications     Phone: (409) 772-8786
 
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Mouse Colony Management Fundamentals – AALAS Webinar
First Published 5/4/2016

Date:  Thursday May 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: Rebecca Sealy West 5.100 – enter on 8th street, take the elevators on the right to the 5th floor

Who: Technicians, veterinarians, managers, and researchers who are involved with a transgenic mouse colony.

CEUs: RACE and AALAS Continuing Education Units

RSVP at http://my.utmb.edu/PStraining

Summary: Mouse colonies require ongoing supervision to make them operate as efficiently as possible. The primary goal is always to produce sufficient numbers of animals of the desired ages, sexes, genotypes, and phenotypes, and at the desired times. This webinar will cover the fundamentals of managing a transgenic mouse colony, including daily observations and health monitoring and what to check for, common problems and what to do about them, collection of biological samples for genotyping and phenotyping, minimizing the number of excess animals and managing unused animals, the types of data that must be managed, and systems for recordkeeping.

Learning Objectives:

·         How to choose which animals to breed and which breeding schemes to use

·         How to plan for future breeding

·         How to wean and identify the offspring

·         How to maximize the efficiency of your colony and minimize the number of animals needed or produced

·         Troubleshooting techniques

·         How to manage colony data

·         The importance of good client communication

Speaker: Thomas J. Fielder, MA, established the Transgenic Mouse Facility at the University of California, Irvine, in 1996 and managed it for 17 years. During this time, the facility conducted numerous in-house breeding projects for its clients and trained multiple laboratory animal technicians in the basics of colony management. From 2008-2016 he served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies, and is currently Chairman of its Education Committee.

Questions: Jamie Lewis or Judy Barnett, pam.program@utmb.edu, 266.9489 or 266.9444

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Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services     Phone: 69489
 
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Epic EMR Scheduled Maintenance
First Published 5/4/2016

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 9:00pm to 12:00am (2100 - 2359), Epic EMR will be unavailable for server upgrade and database maintenance. Epic Read Only will be available during the outage. Please call the Help Desk at 25200 with any questions.

Contact:     Email: James Morris     For: IS - Ops -Techsrvs     Phone: 409-772-5200
 
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Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
First Published 5/4/2016

Department of Internal Medicine

Grand Rounds

 

Breast Cancer Screening for

Women at Average Risk

 

 

N. Miles Farr, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

 

Issam Alawin, MBBS

Assistant Professor

Division of Hematology/Oncology

Department of Internal Medicine

 

Thursday, May 5, 2015

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Research Building #6, 1.206 Auditorium

 

 

Objectives:  At this conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1.       Assess patient’s risk for breast cancer by using GAIL risk model on every patient prior to counseling regarding screening mammography.

2.       Utilize guidance of major guidelines for mammography screening.

3.       Identify risk-benefit of screening mammography over the age continuum to employ in shared-decision making with all their patients across the age spectrum.

 

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):   Drs. Farr and Alawin have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Educational Method:  Lecture

Target Audience:  MDS, Residents, Students and Alumni

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. Randall Urban, Dr.  Mark Holden, Dr. Richard Goodgame, Mrs. Kimblyn Raschke and Mrs. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

DESIGNATION STATEMENT:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Everyone is welcome

Contact:     Email: Kim Raschke     For: Internal Medicine     Phone: 409 772-1176     Fax: 409 772-8762
 
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UTMB increases nutritional awareness with new labeling system for vending machines
First Published 5/4/2016

 

UTMB has adopted a traffic light labeling system to help our visitors, students and staff to make healthier vending machine purchases.

This easy-to-understand labeling system is delivered in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center, and it categorizes foods and drinks into three groups based on their nutritional value:

  • Red – Items with red stickers have the highest amounts of fat, sugar and/or sodium. They are the least healthy options and should be consumed only as an indulgence. 
  • Yellow – Items with yellow stickers contain moderate amounts of fat, sugar and/or sodium and should be consumed occasionally.
  • Green – Items with green stickers have the lowest amounts of fat, sugar and/or sodium. They are the best options when craving a snack or eating on the go and should be chosen often.

The labeling system is now in place in select vending machines on the Galveston Campus and will be expanded to other vending machines and locations in FY17.

To learn more about this wellness initiative, click here or email hr.wellnessforlife@utmb.edu.

Contact:     Email: Health Promotion and Wellness     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-3689
 
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Symposium Honoring Dr. James C. Lee
First Published 5/2/2016

Symposium Honoring Dr. James C. Lee’s Contribution to Science & Teaching
The Pleasure of Uncovering Functional and Structural Linkages in Biological Systems:
Celebrating J. Ching Lee’s Life and Work

Saturday, May 14, 2016, at UTMB - Levin Hall

Register by May 6, 2016 at: http://www.scsb.utmb.edu/lee-symposium/

Speakers
Xiaodong Cheng
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
“cAMP-Site Mysteries: How did my stay in the Lee lab impact my scientific career?”

Wah Chiu
Baylor College of Medicine
“Opportunities and Challenges in CryoEM”

William Dowhan
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
"Dynamic Structural Organization of Membrane Proteins Governed by Lipid-Protein Interactions”

Carol Fierke
University of Michigan
“Specificity and Regulation of Histone Deacetylases: Implications for Biological Function”

Tomasz Heyduk
Saint Louis University
“Untangling DNA Template Sequence Dependence of Transcription:
How I blame Jim Lee for tricking me into working on transcription.”

Michael Luther
Entrepreneur in Residence
“Systems Pharmacology and Drug Discovery”

Rodrigo Maillard
Georgetown University
“Single Molecule Analysis of Allosteric Interactions in Protein Kinase A”

Marcos Milla
Janssen Research & Development
“Small Molecule Polypharmacology: Inescapable Curse or Golden Key”

Madeline Shea
University of Iowa
“Calmodulin Choreography on Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels: Allostery in Action”

Aubrey Thompson
Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
“Clinical/Translational Genomics of Breast Cancer”

 For any questions regarding the symposium, please contact Shirley Broz @ sbroz@utmb.edu (phone: 409-772-2281).

Contact:     Email: Shirley Broz     For: Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology     Phone: 409-772-2281     Fax: 409-772-4298
 
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HALF OFF SECOND PAIR PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES AT OPTICAL CENTER
First Published 5/2/2016

HALF OFF PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES AT OPTICAL CENTER

 

UTMB Health Optical Center is offering half off second pair of eyeglasses for a limited time.  *Buy two pairs of eyeglasses and get your second pair of prescription eyeglasses half off.  Perfect if you need a backup pair of glasses or a pair of prescription sunglasses.  If you have Superior Vision you can also take advantage of this special promotion.  Use your Superior Vision Insurance towards your first pair and receive half off your second pair.

 

Drop by today and let our friendly staff help you select a new designer look from our great selection including, Prada, Gwen Stefani, Betsy Johnson, Ray Ban, Polo, Coach and many more.

 

Texas City location

  • 10121 Emmett Lowery Expressway, Texas City
  • Appointments please call 409-978-4321
  • Questions call 409-978-4315
  • Open 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, closing daily between 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Free convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions

 

Galveston location

  • 700 University Blvd., near the UTMB campus
  • Appointments please call 409-747-5800
  • Questions call 409-747-5823
  • Open 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, closing daily between 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Free convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions

 

*Special offer for a limited time.  Not valid on prior purchases. Costa and Maui Jim sunglasses excluded in promotion 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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UTMB HEALTH TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM
First Published 5/2/2016

UTMB HEALTH TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM, Spring FY16

BACKGROUND

One of the goals of UTMB Health is to support and promote technology transfer and commercialization of research discoveries. The Technology Commercialization Program (TCP) will provide seed funds to support the commercialization of discoveries created at the UTMB Health. The funds for this program will be made available from the UTMB Health President’s Royalty Fund. The program is developed and offered by a partnership between the Office of Technology Transfer and the Research Office. The distribution of funds will be handled by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

ELIGIBILITY

  • All UTMB full-time employees are eligible to submit the application to the UTMB Health TCP.
  • The technology to be developed and commercialized is based upon efforts of a present UTMB employee, and has the potential to provide meaningful healthcare benefits.
  • A UTMB Invention Disclosure (ID) Form describing the technology is submitted to the Office of Technology Transfer 30 days prior to the date pre-proposal is due.

FUNDING AVAILABLE

It is anticipated that a project will be funded for a maximum of $50,000 for a year. The extension of funding for second year will be on competitive basis and will take into consideration the recipient achieving the set milestones and showing adequate progress during the first year. Awards are anticipated to be made by August 1, 2016.

Note: Recipients are expected to participate in the Institute of Translational Sciences (ITS)/CTSA-supported Innovations in Molecular Therapeutics and Devices InSight Workgroups which are held monthly. These workgroups are designed to aid the recipients in commercializing their technologies.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

I) Pre-proposal package (two pages maximum) is required and must include the following:

(i) Preproposal Title, Name of the Principal Investigators and Collaborators

(ii) Background of Technology

(iii) Problem

  • What is the market problem?
  • Identify the market needs that your product or service will address?

(iv) Solution

  • What is your solution? Make clear the advantages your product will bring to the market.
  • How is your product better than your competitors or the previous way of meeting the need being addressed?

(v) Target Market

  • Indicate the size of your market.
  • Who are your target customers?

(vi) Proposed Use of Funding

  • Briefly outline the project, indicating the amount of the requested funds.

(vii) Transition Plan

  • Identify potential commercial partners for your product?
  • Have you contacted any potential commercialization partners? If so, please provide brief response from them.

**Pre-proposal submission: Please submit electronically to Ms. Jacqueline Ramos, Email: jrramos@utmb.edu no later than 5:00 PM on the due date (May 15, 2016).

Pre-proposal package will be reviewed by the TCP committee for its relevance to the TCP mission, and selected applicants will be invited by May 30th 2016 to submit a full application using the guidelines below.

II) GRANT PREPARATION

Applicants should complete the package incorporating following information in the order listed. Please note that the TCP program is not an alternative source for basic research support, but rather is designed to support the conversion of innovative ideas into market-worthy products.

1) Background and Proposed Plan:This section should not exceed four pages:

(i-v) Elaborate on the pre-prosposal sections i-v stated in Section I of the
application instructions as needed.

(vi) Statement of work: Please provide preliminary data if available, describe
the methods of study, expected results and alternatives. Consideration will
be given to proposals that form collaborative partnerships with internal or
or external partners to develop the product.

(vii) Milestones with Completion Dates and Costs 

 

Milestones

Completion Date

Estimated Cost

 

 

$

 

Total

$

2) Transition Plan: If the above milestones are met, what are the next steps anticipated in moving the product towards commercialization? (e.g. licensing, formation of new start-up company, applying for grant funding-SBIR/STTR etc.)

3) Additional Documents

a) A list of cited literature: This section is not considered in page limitations.

b) Biographical Sketch:A current 4 page NIH-style biographical sketch including other support information) should be included for the principal investigator and all collaborators. Junior investigators should also list start-up funds available for their research program.

c) Budgetfor one year and budget justification. Please cite any additional funds that may have been received for developing the proposed technology. Travel and purchase of equipment must be justified and relevant to the development of technology. Faculty salary is not allowed.

e) OSP proposal routing form:An Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Routing form must accompany all intramural research grant applications (copies of this form are available at the OSP web page: http://research.utmb.edu/osp/forms.shtm)

**Grant Submission: Please submit as a single PDF file to Ms Jacqueline Ramos (jrramos@utmb.edu) no later than 5:00 PM on the due date, June 30, 2016.

Late applications will not be reviewed unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is approved by Dr. David Niesel (Vice President and Chief Research Officer).

III) APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

The TCP Executive committee (and invited ad hoc members) will evaluate the grant applications using an oral review process. The applicant will be scheduled for a 10-minute oral presentation describing the proposal, followed by 10 minutes for questions. The applicant is expected to describe the technology, problem, solution, market, potential commercialization partners, proposed use of funds and milestones. The primary criteria used for evaluation of the proposals by reviewers will include evaluation of the market opportunity and the likelihood that TCP funding will influence the probability of commercial success.

The applicant may utilize the Grant application or power-point document for oral presentation. If using power-point, please send your presentation to Ms Jacqueline Ramos (jrramos@utmb.edu) no later than 5:00 PM on July 13th, 2016. The scheduled date for the presentation is July 15th, 2016. Every effort will be made to accommodate the applicant's schedule in choosing a time for the presentation.

Reporting Requirements

The Principal investigator will be responsible for monitoring the deliverables, progress of the project, and providing 1-page, 6-month status update and a final report. Reports should include current status of the project, resources committed and the benefit of the results to commercialization. The report should also address whether you are on track to complete all the milestones listed in the application. The final written report is due 45 days after the termination of the project.

Please contact Dr. Sundeep Mattamana (E: sumattam@utmb.edu) or Dr. Nisha J Garg (E: nigarg@utmb.edu) for any questions or further information.

Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409 266-9415     Fax: 409 266-9470
 
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IHII PILOT RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM FOR FY2016-17
First Published 5/2/2016

Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
PILOT RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM for FY2016-2017

BACKGROUND

The purpose of the IHII Pilot Grant Program is to stimulate the development of new research initiatives in strategic areas of infectious disease and immunology designed to exploit new opportunities and strengthen overall IHII programs and goals. For FY17, we are targeting proposal topics that build our capacity to compete for major funding initiatives available now or anticipated from the NIH and other funding agencies, or that exploit new technologies available on our campus. We especially encourage collaborative projects that are transdisciplinary and involve both junior and senior investigators. Proposals that focus on one or more of the following strategic areas are especially encouraged:

1. Interactions between the microbiome and human disease. The human microbiome is increasingly recognized as playing a major role in both infectious and non-infectious diseases, and even the microbiomes of pathogen vectors can influence transmission. Proposals are encouraged that build UTMB’s overall capacities related to experimental (including our nascent sterile mouse facility) and informatic capabilities for manipulation and genetic characterization of the microbiome and that also generate data for competitive grant proposals.

2. Targeting antimicrobial and anti-viral resistance through newdrugs. The NIAID has several recent council-approved initiatives in their pipeline on this concept (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/council/concepts/pages/cmid0614.aspx). Several approaches including (but not limited to) systems biology, viral and bacterial delivery systems, small molecule inhibitors against pathogen or the host processes can be exploited.

3. Neurological inflammatory and infectious diseases.UTMB has internationally recognized expertise in neurosciences and infections of the central nervous system. Furthermore, interdisciplinary research in this area is relatively poorly developed nationwide, despite major funding initiatives from NIH (http://www.braininitiative.nih.gov/), UT system (http://www.utsystem.edu/sites/neuroscience/blog/2014/11/12/brain-initiative), and other funding agencies.

We seek pilot proposals encouraging cutting-edge investigations of infections of the central nervous system. Several approaches are envisioned including neurotropic pathogen discovery, pathogenesis and molecular interactions between pathogens and neurons, behavioral measures and animal models to assess cognitive damage and repair, and the development of therapeutics to treat infections and their neural complications and improve long-term outcomes in survivors. Opportunities to leverage new federal Zika virus funding are also encouraged. Additional funding is available from John S. Dunn Foundation for this topic of research.

4. Cancers of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation triggered by infectious agents, environmental toxins, and other etiological agents can induce oncogenesis. We seek pilot projects studying the genetics, epigenetics or molecular mechanisms of inflammation-induced cancers. Pilot proposal should be aligned with the current initiatives from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT, http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/), National Cancer Institute, and National Foundations that support meritorious projects on innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of cancer.

ELIGIBILITY

Any IHII full-time faculty member is eligible to apply. New faculty or those developing interests related to infection and immunity are encouraged to seek membership in the IHII. Proposals outside of the four strategic areas listed above will also be considered if there is a strong rationale explaining how the project will strengthen the overall IHII mission and goals, not just the applicant’s own research program.

REVIEW OF PROPOSALS

The IHII Executive Committee, supplemented by ad hoc reviewers, will review all proposals. Reviewers will be asked to address the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal, as well as the likelihood that successful completion of the proposed project will advance the IHII’s goals and will lead to new extramural grant support, especially for major NIH initiatives. Reviewers will specifically be asked to comment in the following categories:

Significance: Does the study address a strategic goal of the IHII? If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be advanced? What will be the effect of these studies on the overall UTMB infectious disease and immunology research program?

Innovation: Does the project employ novel concepts, approaches or methods? Are the aims original and innovative? Does the project challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or technologies?

Investigator: Is the investigator appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the principal investigator and other researchers (if any)?

Approach: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?

Environment: Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed experiments take advantage of unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is there evidence of institutional support?

FUNDING AVAILABLE

This year two different types of grants will be available (contingent on availability of funds):

1) Pilot grants of up to $50,000 per year for one year with the option of a competitive renewal for one additional year;

2) Data collection grants of up to $25,000 for one year only, designed to strengthen anticipated grant applications.

For any of these proposals, requests for equipment and travel must be highly justified and should be part of the work plan (i.e., not to attend scientific conferences).. Funding of research taking place outside of the UTMB campus must be well justified.

An investigator may hold only one IHII Pilot Research Grant as PI at any time. Recipients of an IHII Grant may reapply for another award only upon termination of his/her existing Pilot Research Grant, and the evaluations of final reports from past IHII grants will be considered. Grantees and mentors agree by acceptance of funding to include the IHII in their affiliation on all publications and presentations arising from the grant, and to acknowledge IHII financial support. The IHII will expect the submission of a related extramural grant within 6 months of completing IHII pilot funding for an investigator to be eligible to apply for future IHII awards.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Letter of intent:

A letter of intent (LOI) is required, and must include title of the overall proposal, a brief description (½ page or less) of the idea, and the names of the PI, individual project leaders and key personnel.The letter of intent is dueJune 1, 2016 and should be emailed to Ms. Ginger Stuart (gstuart@UTMB.EDU). LOI for pilot and data collection grants will help select ad hoc committee members for review of the proposals.

Grant Preparation:

  1. Proposal information:
    1. A description of how the proposed project will strengthen one of the four strategic research areas listed above, or otherwise will benefit the overall UTMB infectious disease and immunology research program. This section should not exceed ½ page.
    2. A description of how IHII support will lead to new extramural grant support.This section should not exceed ½ page.
    3. The proposed research plan. This section should not exceed three pages. Organize the research plan to answer these questions:
      1. What do you intend to do? (Specific Aims)
      2. Why is the work important? (Significance); what has already been done? (Background)
      3. How are you going to do the work/interpret the results? (Experimental Approach and Methods). Please include a statement of the relevance of the proposed project to the goals of the IHII.

Other documents:

  1. A list of cited literature. This section is not considered in page limitations.
  2. PHS 398 (NIH style) Biographical Sketch.A current 5-page NIH-new style biographical sketch (including other support information) should be included for the principal investigator and all co-investigators. Junior investigators should also list start-up funds available for their research program.
  3. PHS 398 Form Page 5 – Detailedbudget for the proposed project period. All PHS 398 forms are available at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html.
  4. OSP Proposal Routing Form:An Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Routing Form must accompany all intramural research grant applications (http://research.utmb.edu/AskForFunding/Forms/rasroute.pdf).

Grant Submission: Please submit an electronic version of your grant application as a single PDF file to:

IHII Pilot Research Grant Committee

C/O Ms. Ginger Stuart: gstuart@UTMB.EDU

6.200 Galveston National Laboratory, Route 0610

Direct inquiries about the preparation of your application to Dr. Nisha J Garg, at extension 7-6865 or via email (nigarg@utmb.edu).

Pilot applications are due by July 1, 2016, at 9 AM.

Late applications will not be reviewed unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is approved by the IHII Director.

While investigators may submit more than one application for consideration in a single round of competition, no more than one grant will be awarded to an investigator in a given round.

Awards will be made in accordance with the UTMB fiscal calendar year with start dates of September 1, 2016.

Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409 266-9415     Fax: 409 266-9470
 
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Facilitator recruitment for the Integrated Medical Curriculum (SOM)
First Published 4/20/2016

The School of Medicine is in the initial phase of faculty recruitment for small group facilitators for the IMC for the next academic year 2016-2017.  This phase of recruitment is limited to small group slots for the Year 1 and 2 courses and ICEE evaluators. Additional information is available by contacting the Instruction Management Office at x23175.    

It is important to understand that signing up for a course on the online survey site at this time is not a confirmation.  The online sign-up survey will be used to provide an opportunity for faculty to express their interest, to assess our needs, and to allow each department to fill a designated number of assured teaching credits for the upcoming academic year. Confirmation of final course rosters will occur at a later date.    The online sign-up survey began Monday, April 11 and will be available through Thursday May 9, 2016.  Faculty must use the survey during this time if they are interested in signing up for these teaching efforts.  The URL for the sign-up is:  https://www.utmb.edu/eduaffairs/facilitatorRecruitment/

Your assistance with this process is greatly appreciated.

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Contact:     Email: Mary Mallini     For: Instruction Management Office     Phone: 409-772-1646
 
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Center for Addiction Research Seminar Series
First Published 5/2/2016

The Center for Addiction Research

 

Proudly Presents

 

R. Adron Harris, PhD

 

 

Director, Waggoner Center for Alcohol & Addiction Research

 

Professor of Neurobiology

 

Waggoner Chair in Cellular & Molecular Biology

 

 

The University of Texas

 

Austin, TX

 

 

Alcohol and Brain Gene Expression:

Source of New Pharmacotherapies

 

Friday, May 6, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Levin Hall South Auditorium, 2.222

 

Hosted by: Kelly Dineley, PhD

Contact:     Email: Kirsty Foss     For: Center for Addiciton Research     Phone: 409-772-3093
 
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Exciting Changes to the IHOP Policy Approval Process!
First Published 4/28/2016

The Office of Institutional Compliance would like to announce a new automated process for reviewing and approving Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures (IHOP) policies. The new policy management system, housed in iSpace, will automatically move policies through the approval process. The system will increase efficiency of the policy approval process, enchance overall compliance with the triennial review period, and create a history of policy approvals. We are scheduled to launch the system the first week of May. If you are part of the policy approval process and have not yet completed training or you are interested in learning more about the new system, please view the training video here or on the Policies and Procedures website.

 

Contact:     Email: Nicole Aquino     For: Office of Institutional Compliance     Phone: 409-747-8710
 
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Free Employee Hearing Screenings
First Published 5/2/2016

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Free Hearing Screenings are available on all Thursdays (11:30am-12:30pm) for UTMB employees throughout the month of May at the UHC Audiologic Clinic 7th floor.  Appointments are required. 

Have you noticed that speech is not as clear as it used to be?

Have you noticed that you are missing information when someone speaks softly or too fast?  Have you noticed that listening when a speaker is at distance, in the presence of background noise, or when they are not looking at you has become more difficult? If you answered Yes to any of these questions - You could benefit from a hearing screening.

What is a hearing screening?

A hearing screening is a preliminary step in which an individual’s hearing is checked to see if further evaluation is required.  

 Why should I get a hearing screening?

While more than 30% of people over the age of 65 have some type of hearing loss, hearing loss can be found in younger populations.  Approximately 14% of those 45-64 years old have hearing loss, and close to 8 million people 18-44 years old have hearing loss.  Regular hearing screenings should be a part of an individual’s wellness plan.

 Please email Phyllis Archie (parchie@utmb.edu) and schedule your hearing screening with a UTMB Audiologist.  Note: Screenings are not intended for those with known or documented hearing loss or those with a history of middle ear disease. 

 

Contact:     Email: Phyllis Archie     For: Audiology and Speech Pathology     Phone: 409-772-2711
 
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Ride a van to work
First Published 4/29/2016

Relax and let someone else do the driving, meet new people, take a nap, read - these are just a few of the benefits of joining a van.

If you work 8-5 and are interested please contact me.

A.M. Departure - Bay Area Park-n-Ride at 7:00 AM arriving at UTMB 7:45 AM

P.M. Departure - UTMB at 5:07 PM arriving Bay Area Park-n-Ride 5:55 PM

Contact:     Email: Angelina Johnson     For: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology     Phone: 28083
 
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Support Ronald McDonald House of Galveston on Lemonade Day at UTMB Friday, May 6
First Published 5/2/2016

Please support Ronald McDonald House of Galveston on Lemonade Day at UTMB on Friday, May 6.

The Galveston Lemonade Day committee, through the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, and in coordination with the Ronald McDonald HouseGalveston, is extremely pleased to invite everyone to support Lemonade Day.

To kick off Lemonade Day, the children from the Ronald McDonald House will be operating their lemonade stand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in Jennie Sealy Hospital hallway near the bagel shop. Please stop by and support these inspiring young entrepreneurs. All proceeds will go to support the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston to provide a "home away from home" for the children who are receiving medical treatment at UTMB and Shriners Burns hospital.

Please contact Carolyn Nelson Becker at 409-789-8280 for additional information or questions.

Contact:     Email: Diana Davison     For: Health Policy & Legislative Affairs     Phone: 409-747-2739
 
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Clinician of the Month
First Published 5/2/2016

 

The ACADEMY OF MASTER CLINICIANS is accepting Letters of Support for Nominations for Clinician of the Month.

Nomination letters should be sent, from the clinician’s direct supervisor, to Debra Liedy at dliedy@utmb.edu . Criteria for this award can be found on the AMC homepage http://www.utmb.edu/amc.

The AMC at UTMB will honor those clinicians who are recognized as consistently outstanding in this domain. Election to the AMC is envisioned to be the highest honor that is bestowed upon a clinician at UTMB. Election as a Clinician of the Month recognizes those who have not practiced their discipline as long or been faculty as long as a clinician who qualifies for election to the AMC.  While providing excellent patient-centric clinical care, a Clinician of the Month will be distinguished and recognized by their commitment and professionalism in their daily work.

 

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Contact:     Email: Debra Liedy     For: Office of Students Affairs and Admisisons     Phone: (409)772-4784     Fax: (409)772-5148
 
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New! April Friday Focus Available Online Now!
First Published 5/2/2016

In this issue:

Ambulatory Health Maintenance Team

Reaching Out To Save Lives and Improve Population Health

New! Text Message Appointment Reminders

UTMB MakerHealth Space Hosts “Space Matters in Health” Symposium        

UTMB’s New Lab Automation System          

UTMB Diversity Council: Bullying a Form of Discrimination that Impacts Health

League City Campus Hospital Ribbon Cutting, May 3           

UTMB Health Wound Clinic Now Open         

Changes to American Heart Association Life Support Education       

Golden Phone Award Recognizes Access Improvement Excellence  

Always Award / Shout Outs!

 

Would you like to submit an article, photo or make a suggestion?

Contact us at friday.focus@utmb.edu

Miss an issue? Visit www.utmb.edu/fridayfocus

 

Health System Friday Focus Newsletter is produced once per month for our employees. Department directors and managers are encouraged to print and share this newsletter with employees who have limited access to email.

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Contact:     Email: Erin Swearingen     For: Hospital Administration     Phone: 409-266-9927
 
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Better Hearing and Speech Month
First Published 5/3/2016

This week, in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we want to focus on hearing loss!

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, affecting more than 50 million Americans.  It can affect patients of all ages – newborns, infants, babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and the elderly.  The causes of hearing loss are widespread and can include the normal aging process, exposure to loud sounds, ear infections, damage to the inner ear or ear drum, build up of wax, illness, and certain medications. 

Some signs and symptoms of hearing loss include asking for frequent repetition, muffled hearing, turning up the volume on the TV, avoiding conversation, depression, frustration, inattention, and buzzing or ringing in the ears. 

Hearing loss affects our lives in many different ways, as it impairs our ability to communicate.  Having a hearing loss can negatively impact your social life, work life, and emotional well-being.  Your hearing can be evaluated by an audiologist, who is a highly educated and clinically experienced health-care professional who specializes in evaluation, diagnosing and treating people with hearing and balance disorders. 

The Center for Audiology and Speech Pathology has a team of eight audiologists who also work in conjunction with the Otolaryngology department and are here to help.  For more information or to schedule an appointment to evaluate your hearing, contact us at 281 338-0829.

Not sure about your hearing and just want a free hearing screening?  See the UTMB announcements for free hearing screenings throughout the month of May.  

Contact:     Email: Deb Carlson     For: Audiology & Speech Pathology     Phone: 409-772-2711
 
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Neuroscience Grand Rounds
First Published 5/3/2016

 

Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Department of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery

 

Presents

Suzanne Z. Powell, M.D.

Professor, Department of Pathology

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Vice-Chair for Education

Houston Methodist Hospital

 

"Brain Banking Principles, Autopsy Consent and Neurodegenerative Disease:  An Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Project"

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Research Building 6, Room 2.312

Objectives:

1.  Identify principles of brain banking and the appropriate next of kin for autopsy permission.

2.  Define the requirements for submission of brain tissue for ALS research.

3.  Understand the neuroanatomic areas of involvement in the CNS in ALS.

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Powell has no relevant financial relationships with commercial intersts to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committte Members):  Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Dr. Joel Patterson and Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
 
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General and Cardiothoracic Surgery Grand Rounds
First Published 5/3/2016

GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS

May 4, 2016

8:00 A.M.

6.106 McCullough Building

 

“Cystic Disease of the Pancreas”

 

Dr. Kelly Olino

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

 At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. To describe the differential diagnosis of cystic neoplasms of the pancreas.

2. To discuss the work up and surgical management of pre-malignant and malignant cystic diseases of the pancreas.

3. To discuss the controversies in the management of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMN).

 

 Educational Method: Lecture

 Target Audience: Faculty/MDs, Residents, Students, and Alumni

Disclosure Statement (Speaker): Dr. Olino does not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members): Dr. Kristene Gugliuzza, Ms. Erica Ruiz, and Ms. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

 Accreditation Statement: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

 

 

Contact:     Email: Jossette Chimes     For: Surgery     Phone: 21369     Fax: 20557
 
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Grand Rounds - Department of Ophthalmology
First Published 5/3/2016

 

DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND VISUAL SCIENCES

Grand Rounds

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 7:30-8:30 am   

University Eye Center - 2nd Floor Conference Room

 

 

 Leveraging Awareness of Salient Ethical Knowledge

Jeffrey Farroni, PhD

Director of Clinical Ethics

Institute for Medical Humanities

University of Texas Medical Branch

 

 

 

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

 

1.  Explore the landscape of ethical issues encountered in ophthalmology.

2.  Engage attendees on ethical issues faced in their practice.

3.  Reflect upon frameworks to resolve ethical dilemmas and moral uncertainty.

 

 

 

Disclosure Statement (Speaker): Dr. Jeffrey Farroni has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

 

Educational Method:  Lecture

 

Target Audience:  MD’s, Residents, Students and Alumni

 

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members): Kevin Merkley, MD; Misha Syed, MD; Karen Long and Pamela Hentschel have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

 

Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Pamela Hentschel     For: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences     Phone: x75813
 
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Creating an NIH Biosketch (new format) - a workshop from the CCD
First Published 5/3/2016

The Committee for Career Development invites postdocs and students to attend a Career Development Workshop focused on the new NIH Biosketch format.  

Join Dr. Tom Green, Assistant Professor, Center for Addiction Research, Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology, as he shares info about the new format, what reviewers look for in a biosketch, and tips for writing a strong personal statement.

Thursday, May 5

Noon - 1 pm

Clinical Science Auditorium 3.362

Lunch provided

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Contact:     Email: Tammie Taylor     For: GSBS     Phone: 409 772-3661
 
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