NINR Director’s Lecture: “Matters of the Heart: A Research Journey Uncovering Signs of Heart Disease in Women”

September 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater
Clinical Center (Building 10)
NIH Campus – Bethesda, Maryland

In this NINR Director’s Lecture, Dr. Jean C. McSweeney will discuss her program of research that focuses on the symptoms of heart disease in women. The lecture will also be broadcast live and archived at http://videocast.nih.gov.

You can register for this event here.

I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS

Fall 2019 course starts October 25th, 2019

The I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS, a joint MassTERi/UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) initiative, is designed to support the translation of biomedical research by providing early-stage education and strategic guidance to faculty, staff and students during the ideation phase of technology development.

Designed specifically for the biomedical researcher at UMass, it guides interdisciplinary teams through a hands-on process of understanding the market for their technology utilizing a proven customer discovery methodology.

This short course is a pre-cursor to a selective and intense set of courses run by the NIH and NSF and known as I-Corps. The I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS is designed to give teams a feeling if they and their opportunity are ready to apply for the national classes held by NIH and NSF. This short course maintains the intensity of the full I-Corps program but limits the time commitment.

For more details and to register, click here.

UMass Boston: Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Conference

Saturday, September 28, 2019
8:00am – 4:30pm
Class #: 1700
Fee: $100

Mt. Vernon building
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Offered by the College of Advancing and Professional Studies and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston

This conference provides an overview of current topics and methodologies and best practice models geared towards nurses. It is designed in an interactive format. It encourages nurses to enhance their existing knowledge base by focusing an all-day program geared specifically in the domain of Addictions treatment. The faculty will review the existing research that will equip nurses to provide professional up-to-date care to those with Substance Use Disorders. Each faculty member will share their cutting-edge knowledge, strategic tactics, and collaborative networks to implement for each attendee to utilize.

Further details can be found here. For more information contact Donna White, dwhite@prnassociates.org

APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

The American Public Health Association has announced its call for applications for the 2o2o APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government.

Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2020, so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area in January and stay through December 2020. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

To be eligible for the Fellowship, candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. be an APHA member.
  2. have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline.
  3. have at least five years’ experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training.
  4. be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residence status in the U.S.

Applications, additional information and brief articles from previous fellows are available on APHA’s website. The application, a CV and three letters of recommendation are due to APHA by 6 p.m. ET on Sept. 4, 2019.

For more information, please contact us at aphafellowship@apha.org or 202-777-2510.

Massachusetts Community Health Initiative Funds: Funding Announcement Webinars

Are you part of a Massachusetts multi-sector partnership, community-based organization, or municipality looking to advance health equity in Massachusetts communities?

Join staff from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action to learn about two exciting new Massachusetts funds focused on community health and health equity: the Statewide Community Health Initiative (CHI) Fund and the Healthy Aging Fund.

These funds provide capacity and funding in three areas:

  • Policy, systems, and environmental change approaches
  • Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) processes
  • Healthy aging

Through the webinars, you will:

  • Receive information about who is eligible to apply and what may be considered for funding
  • Understand how to share an idea to be considered for funding
  • Learn about the funds’ history, rationale, investment process, and first funding cycle timeline

Webinars
Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Funding Announcement Webinar
August 13, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Register here: http://bit.ly/policy-chi
Healthy Aging Funding Announcement Webinar
August 14, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Register here: http://bit.ly/healthy-aging-chi
Community Health Improvement Planning Processes Funding Announcement Webinar
August 15, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register here: http://bit.ly/chip-chi

For further questions, contact StatewideCHIFund@hria.org or HealthyAgingFund@hria.org.
For additional information, visit https://hria.org/projects/massachusetts-chi-funds/.

NINR Symposium: “Symptom Science Center: A Resource for Precision Health”

On June 27, 2019, NINR’s Division of Intramural Research hosted a scientific symposium to mark the launch of the NINR-led Symptom Science Center, a trans-NIH resource for the scientific community. The event featured a keynote address from NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research, Dr. Michael Gottesman; as well as an introduction to the Symptom Science Center; and scientific panels on cancer-related symptoms, patient-reported outcomes and symptom science at the NIH Clinical Center, and symptom clusters in concussions.

You can view the symposium  here.

National Institutes of Health: Revamped Inclusion Webpages

Click here for information on National Institutes of Health inclusion policies for researching involving Human Subjects.

Navigate to learn more about NIH policies on the inclusion of women and minorities and the inclusion of individuals across the lifespan.

There is information on how the policies have been implemented in applications, peer review, and progress reports, and tables with policy notices and resources.

MA Life Sciences Center Seed Fund Info Session

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will hold an information session on its recently announced Seed Fund on July 17 at 2pm in Room S330-340, Life Sciences Laboratories, UMass Amherst.

This fund is focused on supporting innovative startups in the Pioneer Valley, the Berkshires, Worcester, and Lowell that have yet to raise their first priced round of investment. The program is open to ventures in all life science sectors including:

  • Diagnostics
  • Digital health/Bioinformatics
  • Medical devices
  • MedTech
  • Therapeutics

Representatives from MLSC will provide an overview of the program and answer specific questions.

Registration is requested but not required. Further information can be found here.

National Institutes of Health Grants: Project Summary/Abstract vs Project Narrativr

Project Summary/Abstract and Project Narrative: What’s the Difference and What to Include

When writing an NIH grant application, applicants are asked to develop a Project Summary/Abstract and a Project Narrative, two sections that, if funded, are made available on NIH RePORTER to help the public understand the value of NIH-funded research. Check out the table below to see how they compare and what to include.

Project Summary/Abstract Project Narrative
A succinct and accurate description of the proposed work Communicates the public health relevance of the project to the public
30 lines of text or less No more than 2-3 sentences
Use plain language understandable by a general audience Use plain language understandable by a general audience
Include: the project’s broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, and a description of the research design and methods. Do not include: proprietary or confidential information, or descriptions of past accomplishments. Describe how, in the short or long term, the research would contribute to: the fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and/or the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
If the application is funded, the summary/abstract will be available on RePORTER If the application is funded, the narrative will be available on RePORTER

For more guidance, see the Application Guide for Project Summary/Abstract and Project Narrative.

 

National Institutes of Health: The Dos and Don’ts of Hyperlinks in Grant Application

The do’s and don’ts of hyperlinks in grant applications are simple:

  • Do include hyperlinks when explicitly requested in application guide, funding opportunity, or NIH Guide notice instructions
  • Do use hyperlinks in relevant citations and publications included in biosketches and publication list attachments
  • Don’t use hyperlinks anywhere else in your application

At the end of the day, risk avoidance may be the most convincing reason to avoid unrequested hyperlinks. NIH may withdraw your application from consideration if you include them. Don’t risk it. Write a compelling, self-contained grant application and let it speak for itself.