2016 Neuroscience Workshop | Recap
Protein Discoveries Could Aid Parkinson’s Patients
National Research Council Funding Deadlines
DOD Spinal Cord Injury Funding Opps
Do You SPIN?
Welcome to the Clinical & Translational Neuroscience (CTN) newsletter for April. This month, we highlight a few NEW, interesting funding opportunities, and recap the first annual Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop that took place on April 9, 2016.
As always, keep tabs on the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience section of the IHSI website; here, you can get updated information about neuroscience-related grant opportunities and more. Have an item to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois? We would love to include it here. Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with your announcements
Spring 2016 Neuroscience Workshop | RECAP
For 28 years, Carle neurologist Dr. Ken Aronson has encountered the same question from his patients.
“Every few months or years they ask, ‘Is there anything new out there?’ Well, I truly believe this is a watershed time in the future of translational research and health care, with the prospect of creating something unique in Champaign-Urbana,” said Aronson. “And I am ever more optimistic in my response.”
This sense of expectation opened the inaugural Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop, held on April 9 and sponsored by Carle and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative at Illinois. More than 50 faculty, clinicians, staff, postdocs, and students spent an early-spring Saturday hearing about recent clinical and translational research and advances in neuroscience.
For decades, researchers from the University of Illinois and Carle clinicians have worked side-by-side on neuroscience and imaging projects and studies related to neurological conditions. The two institutions have a long history of utilizing each other’s strengths and resources to advance research and technology, and to better serve patients within the community. Recently however, the neuroscience research collaboration has been re-energized—with the Neuroscience Workshop as a clear product of this renewed commitment.
The Workshop brought together academics and clinicians from UCLA’s Brain Research Institute, the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine—as well as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle—to present their neuroscience findings as related to neuroengineering, epilepsy, seizures, cognitive function and aging, memory, multiple sclerosis, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, intracerebral hemorrhage, brain injury, and more.
Attendee feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and organizers say they plan on making the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop an annual event.
Neurosciences Research and Scholarship LibGuide | NOW LIVE
Peg Burnette, a Biomedical Sciences Librarian on campus, has been working closely with IHSI’s Gillian Cooke on the development of a library guide dedicated to neurosciences research and scholarship. This guide is designed to provide information and links to important resources for neuroscience education and research at Illinois. For example, there is information about how to stay current on neuroscience-related websites, where to access information about funding opportunities, useful sources for data and statistics, and of course where to access books, journals, databases, and more.
Check out the Neurosciences Research and Scholarship LibGuide.
Unlocking a Protein Structure May Lead to New Treatment Options for Parkinson's Patients
A group of chemists, led by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Chad Rienstra, have identified the complex chemical structure of the protein that stacks together to form fibrils in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. These fibrils disrupt brain activity in Parkinson’s disease, and the protein that forms them has eluded researchers, until now. Rienstra’s group is now working with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to identify possible diagnostic agents that could target certain spots on the protein that would “light up” in a brain scan, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnosis. They believe that armed with this knowledge, researchers can identify specific targets for diagnosis and treatment.
Could this lead to possible prevention of amyloid diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s? Read the full story.
National Research Council Deadline: May 1, 2016
With the next deadline for applications fast approaching, there is a wide range of funding opportunities available within the Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Naval Research Laboratory, among others. Proposals are being sought in areas from computational modeling of neural systems for translational neuroscience, to fatigue and cognitive performance. Prospective applicants should carefully read the details and eligibility of the program to which they are applying. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than five years beyond PhD award). When searching for research opportunities, applicants may limit their search to only those labs which match their eligibility criteria. In addition, applicants should note application deadlines, as not all labs participate in all reviews. As always, IHSI has detailed information about these opportunities on its grants calendar.
Click here to search all open opportunities.
Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
The Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program has provided information in a pre-announcement, outlining a range of awards that may become available in the near future, allowing investigators time to plan and develop their proposals. The FY16 program announcements and general application instructions for the awards are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website sometime in April 2016, along with deadlines. As soon as the info is released, we will re-post it to the IHSI Clinical and Translational Neuroscience grants calendar.
In the meantime, visit the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program pre-announcement webpage for more details on the awards that may soon be available.
Do You SPIN?
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign now has access to SPIN—the world’s largest database of sponsored funding opportunities. Not only can you use SPIN to search for funding opportunities, you can also set up alerts to automatically notify you of grants related to a specific search term or category. By leveraging data in the SPIN funding opportunities database, users can configure automation for any SPIN saved search to generate daily or weekly email notices of newly-added or modified opportunities that meet the criteria of the saved search. This is a great way to stay up-to-date on funding opportunities in your research area.
- SPIN can be accessed from any computer/IP address, whether on campus or not. Simply create a profile (username and password) to gain access.
- Use the advanced search option to refine your search and narrow the list of funding opportunities returned.
- Use the keyword search to find funding opportunities curated by SPIN/InfoEd staff that correlate with predetermined keyword categories, even if the keyword is not specificially listed in the funding annoucement.
- Watch the training videos under the Help tab on the SPIN website to get the most out of the database.
For more information and to access SPIN, visit the Office of Proposal Development website, or email Suzanne Berry-Miller with any questions.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- BRAIN Initiative: April 26, 2016
- National Research Council: May 1, 2016
Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with a calendar item or announcement to share.