Funding opp: Falk Medical Research Trust catalyst and transformational research programs

The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust has announced two funding opportunities.

The 2014 Catalyst Research Program will provide one year of seed funding to enable planning and development of projects, teams, tools, techniques and management infrastructure necessary to successfully compete for multi-year contracts in the Transformational Research Program. The trust will fund 12-15 projects at a level up to $500,000. Click here to read the full RFP. The application deadline is noon (CST) Fri., Oct. 3, 2014. Funding begins Nov. 30, 2014.

In 2015, the trust will launch a new Transformational Research Program focused on increasing the impact of its funding. Since the Transformational Research Program utilizes an innovative approach that represents a departure from the trust’s previous programs, the Catalyst Research Program has been created to provide seed funding to help investigators and their institutions lay the foundation for successful application to the Transformational Research Program in 2015 and beyond.

Successful research proposals to both programs must demonstrate direct relevance to human disease and the ability to extend basic research in one or more of the following ways:

  • Understanding underlying disease processes and how they disrupt normal human biology,
  • Identification of biological markers of disease activity and progression
  • Development and testing of diagnostic or prognostic tests based on those markers
  • Identification of targets for therapeutic interventions
  • Development of therapeutic agents that will disrupt, arrest, or prevent the disease process
  • Pre-clinical and clinical testing of new therapies
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Weeklong series of events addresses continuing Ebola epidemic

Duke faculty experts on Global Health and Africa will hold a week-long series of public events on the continuing Ebola epidemic in West Africa the week of September 22-26, 2014.

Events include conversations, lectures, a live videoconference from Nigeria, and a film screening, and are sponsored by the Africa Initiative, Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS), Duke Global Health Institute, and Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.

Anyone interested in learning more about the complex dimensions of the current outbreak should attend.

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Grand Rounds 9/19/14: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature Alastair D. Smith, MB, ChB, associate professor of medicine (Gastroenterology) and medical director of Liver Transplantation.

Dr. Smith will present Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Video archives

If you can’t make Medicine Grand Rounds this week, watch a live stream or view the archived video at http://bit.ly/RSlrBP (ignore the security certificate warning, then use your Duke NetID & password).
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Coffman to receive AHA award for excellence in hypertension research

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 8.50.19 AMThis week Tom Coffman, MD, chief of the Division of Nephrology, will receive a 2014 Excellence Award for Hypertension Research from the American Heart Association.

The award recognizes researchers who have had a major impact in the field of hypertension and whose research has contributed to improved treatment and greater understanding of high blood pressure.

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Grant writing programs help faculty refine applications

The Duke School of Medicine Office for Faculty Mentoring offers two grant writing programs to help faculty refine grant applications as they write them.

The Path to Independence Program for assistant professors consists of structured reviews and feedback from experienced senior faculty. Participation requires a commitment to attend each of the essential program components. Additional information on program commitments, eligibility and timeline can be found here. The current application cycle will serve faculty who are submitting RPG applications (R01, R03, R21) to NIH IN FebRUARY 2015 or DOD applications during the summer or early fall of 2015. Please apply for this program no later than Sept. 19, 2014.

K Club, offered three times a year, is designed to assist junior faculty and fellows in the preparation of Career Development (NIH K) award applications. Consisting of a two-part seminar series and structured reviews of your application from senior faculty, this program requires a commitment to attend each of the essential program components. Additional information can be found here. The current application cycle will serve those who are submitting applications to NIH in June 2015. Please apply for this program no later than Sept. 19, 2014.

Important Dates, Program Period September 29, 2014-February 12, 2015

  • Fall class size is limited, and priority will be given to SoM faculty members.  Application closes Sept. 19**
  • Combined orientation and “Primer on Grant Preparation” Lecture Sept. 29, 5:00-7:30 pm
  • NIH grant application due for internal review Dec. 1
  • Internal Peer Review Session (structured like an NIH Study Section!) Dec. 18, 8:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Application includes: specific aims, abstract, signed Memorandum of Understanding (click here for Path to Independence Program MOU, click here for K Club MOU)

** Please note the deadline extension. Applications that are submitted after September 19th will not be considered.  Questions?  Contact Paige Smith at paige.smith@duke.edu.

For more faculty development resources, support offerings and tools, check out the Resources and Support page on MedicineNews.

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Medicine Research Conference 9/26/14: Role of Vascular Angiotensin Receptors in Blood Pressure Control

Sparks_Matt_4101-200x300Medicine Research Conference kicks off a new season Fri., Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. in Duke Hospital 2002 with a presentation by Matthew Sparks, MD, medical instructor in the Division of Nephrology.

Dr. Sparks will present Role of Vascular Angiotensin Receptors in Blood Pressure Control.

Lunch will be provided. Presentation begins promptly at noon.

Medicine Research Conference is a monthly presentation of outstanding research in the Department of Medicine and is designed to foster new initiatives and collaborations among our faculty.

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Video from the presentation live or after the fact on the Department’s new video catalog (log in with your NetID).

The full schedule for Medicine Research Conference: Oct. 31: Phuong Doan; Jan. 30: Brent Hanks; Feb. 27: Katie Garman; March 27: Christina Barkauskas.
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New funding awards – August 2014

Department of Medicine faculty have received notice of the following research, clinical trials, CME or other training awards.

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Grand Rounds 9/12/14: Regulation of insulin secretion by GI hormones

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature David D’Alessio, MD, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition and professor of medicine.

Dr. D’Alessio will present Regulation of insulin secretion by GI hormones: Physiology, Pharmacology and Mythology.

Video archives

If you can’t make Medicine Grand Rounds this week, watch a live stream or view the archived video at http://bit.ly/RSlrBP (ignore the security certificate warning, then use your Duke NetID & password).
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