Research News Digest Thursday, March 16, 2017

Research Administration News Research News Digest Thursday, March 16, 2017

Research News Digest Thursday, March 16, 2017


AGENCY NOTIFICATIONS
This notification serves as a reminder of the recently updated NIH submission policies. If you are submitting a grant application this week, take note of guide notice NOT-OD-17-041 – Impact of Washington, DC Area Federal Office Operating Status on NIH Grant Application Due Dates. In response to inclement weather, grant application due dates will now move to the next open business day when the OPM operating status for Federal offices in the Washington, DC area is:
  • Federal offices are closed – Emergency and telework-ready employees must follow their agency’s policies
  • Open - Early departure
  • Immediate departure – Federal offices are closed
  • Shelter-in-place
Although many NIH personnel choose to telework in lieu of taking leave when NIH is "closed" for inclement weather, the level of service may be affected and, as such, due dates were moved. During these closures, email is recommended for communicating with NIH personnel. If contacting the eRA Service Desk, take advantage of Web Ticketing. Please review the policy for handling closures of your own institutions due to weather or other disasters. This policy remains in place and unchanged.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
In December 2016, the UAB Office of the IRB announced new Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training requirements for key personnel involved in clinical trials.  The full text of that announcement can be found here.    All key personnel listed on a clinical trial must complete the GCP training course.  The training should be completed by March 24, 2017.   Detailed instructions for registering for the GCP course may be found on the OIRB website.      If you have any questions, please contact the IRB at irb@uab.edu.
In conjunction with the implementation of the revised Effort Reporting Policy and Procedures effective October 1, 2016, a new effort reporting training module is now available in the UAB Learning System (LMS) system.  Only two weeks remain to timely complete this important training.
Zebrafish husbandry education courses sponsored by the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) are now available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). These are available in two formats: an Online Course and a Hands-On Short Course. By teaching these state of the art husbandry techniques, the team will encourage standardization of husbandry methods and, subsequently, research results.
 
Online Course:  This is a 15 week course containing 30 online sessions. The course is available on any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  This course offers 6 hours of continuing education credit.  Cost is $400 per person. The next online course begins June 5, 2017.  The link for registration is here.  
 
Short Course:  The next short course will be taught May 23 to 25, 2017 at UAB. Cost is $1500 per person and includes local transportation, room, and board. The link for registration is: here.
For information, please contact Dr. Hugh Hammer (hhammer@gadsdenstate.edu) or Dr. Susan Farmer (sfarmer@uab.edu). 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Speaker:  Stephen Dalton, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry
Molecular Biology & Center for Molecular Medicine
Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences
University of Georgia Athens, GA
 
Sponsored for CME credit by UAB Division of CME
 
Attachments:
When:  Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 12-1:00 PM
Where:  Finley Conference Center
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) is proud to join forces with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) to bring this exciting educational opportunity to the Southeast Region.  Both organizations are dedicated to providing quality education about mitochondrial disease to medical and patient communities and supporting research advancements to find better treatments and cures for mitochondrial disease.  The symposium program will focus on mitochondrial disease and mitochondrial dysfunction, which is at the root of diseases and conditions that affect the young and old in ways that can range from subtle to devastating, and is even responsible for the aging process itself.  The program will offer a full day CME activity on Friday and a half day of sessions for patients/families on the following Saturday. Both groups will come together for a Friday night reception to encourage networking and exchange of information.  A feature component of the 2017 Southeast Regional program will include a glance at cutting-edge research developments in bioenergetics, coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Mitochondrial Medicine Laboratory, in conjunction with Seahorse Bioscience/Aglient Technologies.  Additionally, a keynote address from The Energy Project will provide a broader energy perspective to enlighten, educate, inspire and unlock new ideas and solutions to human energy problems facing us all.
 
Clinical/Research/Medical Sessions (CME)
Grand Bohemian Hotel, Birmingham, AL
Friday, April 7, 2017 8am-5pm
 
Keynote Address:  Human Energy and Performance:  Transforming the Way We Work and Live from The Energy Project (www.theenergyproject.com)
Friday, April 7, 2017 7:30 pm
 
Patient/Family Sessions (non CME)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, April 8, 2017  
 
When:  Friday, April 7, 2017 - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM - 9 PM
Where:  Grand Bohemian Hotel/Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, AL
Presented By:  Dr. Martin R. Pollak MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA  
 
Please register for lunch.  
 
We gratefully acknowledge the generous educational gift from Dr. Jerry Jackson, UAB alumnus.  
 
 
When:  Monday, April 10, 2017
Time:  12-1:00 PM
Where:  Spain Auditorium
Reserve your seat today!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Presented by:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and
Hudson/Alpha Institute for Biotechnology
 
When:  Monday May 8th, 2017
Time:  10:00 am -6:00 pm
Where:  Jackson Center, Huntsville, AL

Additional News and Announcements

  • NIH Notices - March 27, 2017

    Notices:
    • Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products
      (NOT-OD-17-050) National Institutes of Health
    For additional notices, please view Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices  here.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/27/17
  • NIH eRA items of Interest - March 2017

    The latest NIH eRA Items of Interest for March 2017 is now available.
     
    Included Topics:
    Review the attached PDF or visit the NIH eRA Items of Interest page for more information.

     

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/23/17
  • Safety Information - Varian TV 801 Turbo Pumps and API 5000 Spectrometers

    IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE-IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

    Varian TV 801 Turbo Pumps on the API 4000™, 4000 and QTRAP®, and API 5000™ Mass Spectrometers
     
    SCIEX is initiating a field action for the products listed above as a result of a communication received from our pump component supplier, Agilent Technologies. The TV 801 turbo pump may experience a rotor fragmentation leading to a sudden separation of the body from the envelope, allowing metal fragments to be ejected from the pump at high speeds, which may result in serious injury or death. 
     
    SCIEX has received two customer complaints for the Agilent Technologies' TV 801 turbo pump, which is used in some of SCIEX's API 4000™, 4000 QT RAP®, and API 5000™ systems 1. Please review the attached important information on how to identify if your system is impacted, and what actions you need to take.

    Attachments:
    Posted by Occupational Health and Safety | 03/22/17
  • Computational Genomics Course- An Advanced Level Immersion Course

    May 15th-18th, 2017
     
    8:30am -12:30pm 
     
    Location: Finley Conference center
    720 20th St. S, Birmingham, AL- 35233
     
    $50- Faculty, $25- Post Doc and Fellows, $10 - Students/Staff

    Attachments:
    Posted by Heflin Center for Genomic Science | 03/21/17
  • NIH Notices - March 20, 2017

    Notices:
    • NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
      (NOT-OD-17-048) National Institutes of Health
    • Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements
      (NOT-OD-17-049) National Institutes of Health
    • Notice Defining NIAID's Use of the Career Development (K01) Awards
      (NOT-AI-17-015) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    For additional notices, please view Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices  here.

     

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/20/17
  • IMPORTANT REMINDER – GCP Training Requirement for Clinical Trials

    In December 2016, the UAB Office of the IRB announced new Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training requirements for key personnel involved in clinical trials.  The full text of that announcement can be found here
     
    All key personnel listed on a clinical trial must complete the GCP training course.  The training should be completed by March 24, 2017.
     
    Detailed instructions for registering for the GCP course may be found on the OIRB website.   
     
    If you have any questions, please contact the IRB at irb@uab.edu.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 03/16/17
  • Are You Ready? Only Two Weeks Remaining to Timely Complete New Effort Reporting Training

    In conjunction with the implementation of the revised Effort Reporting Policy and Procedures effective October 1, 2016, a new effort reporting training module is now available in the UAB Learning System (LMS) system.
     
    This course is required of all employees who must certify effort on sponsored project(s) (UAB Project Employees, excluding non-exempt/biweekly paid employees) and Departmental Effort Officers (DEOs). Additionally, the school/college dean’s offices may elect to assign this training to other employees that may benefit from the course information as well.  The expectation is this course needs to be completed prior to certifying effort or distributing effort reports (i.e., before the 3/31/17 end date of the current effort reporting period). For those required to complete this training, the course was automatically assigned in the LMS system in early January 2017.  Those individuals received an email from hs-alerts@healthstream.com with the subject line, “New Assignment in the UAB Learning System”. They may also locate the course by accessing the LMS system and clicking the “To Do” tab.
     
    Only two weeks remain to timely complete this important training. As of 3/15/17, the University completion percentage is 59%.  Congratulations to the following areas for already reaching the University’s 90% completion goal:
    • Schools:
      • Business (all departments)
      • Education (all departments)
      • Nursing (all departments)
    • Departments/Divisions/Offices:
    • Anthropology (CAS)
    • Criminal Justice (CAS)
    • Foreign Language (CAS)
    • History (CAS)
    • Mathematics (CAS)
    • UAB Teach (CAS)
    • Sparkman Center for Global Health (SPH)
    • Lister Hill Center for Health Policy (SPH)
    • Biostatistics (SPH)
    • School of Dentistry Dean’s Office
    • Orthodontics (Dentistry)
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Pharmacy – Hospital (UAB Medicine)
    • Research Computing (Central)
    • School of Engineering Dean’s Office
    Posted by University Compliance Office | 03/15/17
  • NIH Submission Policy When NIH Offices Are Closed

    This notification serves as a reminder of the recently updated NIH submission policies. If you are submitting a grant application this week, take note of guide notice NOT-OD-17-041 – Impact of Washington, DC Area Federal Office Operating Status on NIH Grant Application Due Dates. In response to inclement weather, grant application due dates will now move to the next open business day when the OPM operating status for Federal offices in the Washington, DC area is:
    • Federal offices are closed – Emergency and telework-ready employees must follow their agency’s policies
    • Open - Early departure
    • Immediate departure – Federal offices are closed
    • Shelter-in-place
    Although many NIH personnel choose to telework in lieu of taking leave when NIH is "closed" for inclement weather, the level of service may be affected and, as such, due dates were moved. During these closures, email is recommended for communicating with NIH personnel. If contacting the eRA Service Desk, take advantage of Web Ticketing. Please review the policy for handling closures of your own institutions due to weather or other disasters. This policy remains in place and unchanged.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/14/17
  • Research News Digest for Monday, March 13, 2017

  • DOD GWIRP Funding Opportunities

    Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the award mechanisms below are expected to be posted on the Grants.gov website during May 2017.  Deadlines for pre-applications and applications will be available once the Program Announcements are released.
     
    Funding of research projects received in response to these Program Announcements is contingent on the availability of Federal funds appropriated for the GWIRP in the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill. 
     
    The following award mechanisms are planned for release:
    • Qualitative Research Award
    • Biospecimen Resource Network Award
    • Clinical Consortium Award
    • Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
    Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline.
     
    Full applications must be submitted through the Federal Government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov.  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from Grants.gov.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov.
     
    A listing of all Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.
    For additional information and requirements regarding each mechanism, please see the attached pre-announcement.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/10/17
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