Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis 10th Anniversary Symposium
The Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis hosted its 10th annual symposium on December 5, 2008. This whole day symposium marked the center’s 10th year anniversary since its inception in 1999 and also celebrated the second successful competitive renewal of the NIH/NIAAA P50 center grant totaling $8.1M for 5 years from January 1st, 2009.
The symposium showcased three state-of-the-art lectures by George Kunos, Scientific Director of NIAAA/NIH, Peter Tontonoz, Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Pathology at UCLA, and Michael Karin, Professor of Pharmacology at UCSD, as well as presentations by the Center investigators and Pilot Project investigators. Full story»
Li Zhang, PhD Awarded Presidential Early Career Award
Dr Li Zhang, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics in the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in a ceremony at the White House on December 19, 2008. The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the US government and is intended to recognize and nurture scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century.
Dr Zhang was honored for his innovative research on the structure and function of neural circuitry in the auditory cortex. He is the first NIH-supported scientist from USC selected for this award. Full story»
Significant Changes in NIH Peer Review Process Now Underway
As calendar year 2009 begins, the massive grant review system at NIH will be undergoing conceptual and operational changes. The goal of the changes is to fund research that advances the most important biomedical research while attempting to minimize the inherently conservative and bureaucratic aspects of such a group process. Assuring the entry of more early stage investigators into the community of funded NIH grantees is also a goal. The scope of the changes was announced in September 2008, but detailed guidance and firm implementation dates were not in place at that time. Further details have now been posted. Key items include:
The upcoming Zumberge Multi-School Interdisciplinary competition has a due date of February 25 for large $50k proposals. In recent rounds, faculty who are in the best position to receive an award have often chosen not to apply for funds. Many teams are in the process of developing proposals for DOE, NSF and NIH centers, yet very few of these teams apply for a large Zumberge interdisciplinary grant.
Many proposals have been rejected because they have no specific target for external funding, they lack experienced research leadership, or they are not truly interdisciplinary. The mismatch between applications and program requirements has led to a large rejection rate (about 85%).
For the upcoming round, PIs with interdisciplinary center level proposals are encouraged to apply for funding. Please ensure that your proposal has a clear plan by which Zumberge funding can be leveraged into significant external funding.
National Council of Entrepreneural Tech Transfer Researcher Commercialization Webinar Course
This unique course will deal with successfully commercializing any type of research activity, whether focused on engineering, physical sciences or life-sciences. The course will discuss the practical business and legal issues that researchers need to understand to commercialize their research. It will deal with the different ways to commercialize research, ranging from the traditional (i.e., employment and licensing) to the more entrepreneurial (i.e., consulting, joint venturing/strategic alliance and startup company). The course will show how these commercialization methods overlap and how they differ. Fundamental topics like intellectual property, licensing agreements, employment agreements and consulting agreements, which researchers must understand regardless of whether they intend to be researchers at a university lab or the founder of the next great public company, will also be addressed.
This is an 11-part weekly lecture series, beginning on Wednesday January 14, at 10-11.30am PST. Click here to register.
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