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Study Finds Alternative to Anti-Cholesterol Drug

No clinical trial had ever asked what happened when LDL levels get below 70 because, said Dr. Robert Califf, a Duke cardiologist and the study chairman, “many people were nervous about going this low and imagined a lot of possible toxicities.”

by · Posted on November 18, 2014 in Cardiology, News · Read full story · Comments { 0 }
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Faculty invited to attend workshop on publishing Op-Ed articles

The Office of News & Communications invites faculty to the annual Op-ed writing workshop – Fri., Oct. 24, 9-11 a.m., in Room 217 of Perkins Library.

Faculty members can can sign up by sending a message to Keith Lawrence, keith.lawrence@duke.edu.

by · Posted on October 8, 2014 in Faculty Development · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Funding opp: 2015 Department of Medicine Chair’s Research Award

Reminder: Applications for the Chair’s Research Award are due Jan. 5, 2015.

The Department of Medicine is taking applications for the 2015 Chair’s Research Award, which funds junior investigators making the transition to becoming independent scientists prior to their acquisition of extramural funding.

Learn more on the Chair’s Research Award page.

Deadlines: letter of intent due by 11/14/2014; full application due 1/05/2015.
by · Posted on October 2, 2014 in Funding, Research Support · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Faculty Flex Voucher Pilot Program

The School of Medicine has announced a call for applications for the Faculty Flex Voucher Pilot Program.

“Junior faculty members are often faced with the critical challenge of jump-starting their careers at the same time that family/childcare obligations are least flexible,” said Ann Brown, MD, MHS, vice dean for faculty and associate professor of medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition).

The Faculty Flex Voucher Pilot Program was created to address that challenge, added Dr. Brown.

Faculty Flex Vouchers will be awarded for services up to $2,500, and are designed to be used in a wide variety of ways by connecting junior faculty members with high quality academic services that facilitate their engagement in scholarly work.

Vouchers can be used for institutional services available through the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR), the Communications Publications Services group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), and the Medical Center Library.

Application deadline for the 2014 program is Fri., Oct. 31, 2014.

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by · Posted on September 19, 2014 in Faculty Development, Faculty Development Opportunities · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

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.

by · Posted on September 12, 2014 in Diversity, Events, Faculty Development, School of Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Duke and UNC team up to fund inter-institutional collaborations in translational research

CTSA-badgeTake a moment to check out Duke Translational Medicine Institute‘s story about a translational research collaboration between Duke and UNC:

The Duke University Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) are launching a new program to award $50,000 grants for translational research projects that involve co-investigators – one from Duke and one from UNC.

“I think that although we come from different ends of Tobacco Road and our different shades of blue compete passionately in sports, when it comes to translating medical progress and health care to the community, we can be very collaborative,” said Jennifer Li, MD, MHS, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and co-PI of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute.

The pilot program is supported by the more than $100 million in funding to NC TraCS and DTMI as the academic homes of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University.

The new grants from the UNC and Duke CTSAs will encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. They will place particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary discovery science research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease and clinical trials.

The new program will award funding to projects that demonstrate high translational potential with a clear path to subsequent grant support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, or other channels. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2014.

Read the full story here. Learn about eligibility and the application submission process.

by · Posted on August 26, 2014 in Centers & Institutes, Funding, News · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Peer Mentoring 9/15/14: Library resources for researchers and educators

The Mid-Career Peer Mentoring group is hosting Megan Von Isenburg, associate director of Duke Medical Center Library and Archives, to discuss “Library Resources for Researchers and Educators.”

The session will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 15 in 208 Carl Building. Lunch will be served.

Please reserve a seat by emailing jarrett.spence@dm.duke.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Program for Women in Internal Medicine. All are welcome.

by · Posted on August 26, 2014 in Events, Faculty Development · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Registration open for George Gopen Writing Seminar

Registration is now open for the next Writing from the Reader’s Perspective workshop, presented by George D. Gopen, JD, PhD, professor emeritus of the practice of rhetoric in the Department of English.

The workshop meets 2:30-5:30 pm on Tuesdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 in Medical Student Amphitheater, Duke South.

Space is limited and this seminar fills up quickly – sign up today. This 12-hour seminar is split into four sessions. Participants should plan to attend all 4 parts. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and faculty will be given priority. If you have questions or need any additional information, please contact Jessica Womack at 919-684-4139 or Jessica.womack@duke.edu.

“Take the Gopen course … more than once!” says John Perfect in this Virtual Mentor pearl of wisdom.
by · Posted on August 20, 2014 in Faculty Development, School of Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }