Synapse Conference at Beckman Institute
Thank you for reading the July Clinical and Translational Neuroscience newsletter. This month we draw your attention to interesting funding opportunities, grant-related podcasts, and the upcoming Synapse Conference at the Beckman Institute.
As always, check the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Program Area section of the IHSI website for the most current news and opportunities. Have an item to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois? Please contact Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist.
Complex Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Award | JUST ANNOUNCED
The latest award from the Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program has just been announced: the Complex Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehabilitation Research Award is seeking pre-applications (due August 17, 2016) for up to four years of funding.
The FY16 Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research Award is intended to support observational studies and clinical trials addressing rehabilitation of patients with complex TBI. Traumatic brain injury is defined as being caused by (1) a direct blow or impact to the head, (2) a penetrating head injury, or (3) an exposure to external forces such as blast waves that disrupt the function of the brain. Not all blows to the head or exposure to external forces result in a traumatic brain injury. The severity of TBI may range from “mild”—a brief change in mental status or consciousness—to “severe,” an extended period of unconsciousness or confusion after the injury.
The award seeks research on the affected patient populations, mechanisms of comorbidities, and potential interventions in the following three Areas of Encouragement:
- Epidemiological studies to define differences between populations of patients with complex TBI whose symptoms are non-responsive, as compared to responsive, to treatment.
- Etiological studies to identify factors that contribute to differences between patients with complex TBI who respond to treatment and those who do not, with the goal of identifying mechanisms underlying refractory symptoms.
- Interventional studies to evaluate emerging or existing rehabilitation strategies for the treatment of patients with complex TBI, compared to existing standards of care. Proposed studies evaluating interventions for patients with TBI and comorbidities that may be refractory to treatment are of particular interest.
Pre-application deadline is August 17, 2016. Get more details at the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) website.
Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience | NEURONEX
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) intention to develop a national research infrastructure for neuroscience has caused quite a stir in the neuroscience community. By investing in innovative research resources and theoretical frameworks, NSF hopes to transform our understanding of the link between neural activity, cognition, and behavior across different systems, environments, and species.
Hoping to fund up to 15 awards of between $500,000 to $2,000,000 per year, the NSF is investing heavily in addressing fundamental questions in neuroscience and cognitive science that, by their nature, require the convergence of multiple disciplines. This particular solicitation asks for proposals for two types of activities: (1) neurotechnology hubs to develop, institutionalize, and disseminate the use of innovative brain technologies by investigators studying brain structure and function in diverse species (three to five years of funding), and/or (2) theory teams to foster theoretical approaches that have the potential to reveal the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition across organizational levels, scales of analysis, and/or a range of species, including humans (three years of funding).
Letter of Intent Due Date (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): September 02, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): October 21, 2016
For more information, contact Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist.
Partnerships for International Research and Education | RENEWED FUNDING
Recognizing the value of international partnerships in addressing critical science and engineering questions, in 2005 the NSF established the Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program. PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports fundamental, international research and education in physical, living, human, and engineered systems. PIRE awards enable research at the leading edge of science and engineering by facilitating partnerships with others nationally and internationally, by educating and preparing a diverse, world-class STEM workforce, and by fostering institutional capacity for international collaboration. This agenda is designed to encourage high-risk/high-reward activities and the pursuit of potentially transformative ideas.
International engagement will be critical to keeping the U.S. globally competitive at the frontiers of knowledge. As science and engineering expertise and infrastructure advance across the globe, it is expected that the U.S. will increasingly benefit from international collaborations and a globally engaged workforce leading to transformational science and engineering breakthroughs. Therefore, PIRE will promote cooperation among scientists and engineers from all nations, and will fund international collaborative activities through all areas of research supported by NSF. PIRE is also working with counterpart funding agencies to lower barriers to international collaboration for U.S scientists, engineers and students, and to encourage jointly funded, bilateral and multilateral projects.
This sixth round of the PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by NSF (including education research). Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Preliminary proposals are due September 14, 2016, with researchers competing for up to $4M in funding over five years.
Visit the PIRE program website for more details.
NIH 'All About Grants' Podcasts | LISTEN UP
In this podcast, folks from the Office of Extramural Research talk to National Institute of Health (NIH) staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process, they provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. There are several areas covered, such as “Getting to Know NIH and the Grants Process,” “Preparing a Successful Grant Application,” and “Advice For New and Early Career Scientists.”
Episodes are available as mp3s for download via iTunes or via RSS feed. Go online now to listen to a podcast.
Synapse: A Collaborative Neuroscience Conference | REGISTER NOW
Synapse is a multidisciplinary event that provides a forum through which neuroscientists, physicians, faculty, researchers, and ancillary providers can be recognized for their collaboration, engage about future opportunities, and take advantage of a platform where care and research synergize. This conference encompasses not only traditional neuroscience but also sleep medicine, back care and epilepsy. It is a merger of the Carle Neuroscience Institute (CNI) Update and the Carle Back Care Forum.
Physicians, chiropractors, residents, advanced practice providers, researchers, registered nurses, sleep technologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, speech language pathologists, respiratory care therapists, and health professional students and postdocs are welcome to attend.
Attendees can expect to hear about “The Intersection of Engineering and Medicine”; “Narcotics: Our mess, how we got here, and rational approaches to acute and chronic narcotic management”; and a panel discussion from experts on head injuries. Attendees will have the option of selecting an afternoon breakout track (spine and non-spine), and can choose to attend a poster presentation session and reception following the conference.
Fee: $50 (MD, DO, DC); $15 (residents and students); $25 (others)
Click here for more information and to register.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research Award: August 17, 2016
- Synapse: A Collaborative Neuroscience Conference: August 19, 2016
- NeuroNex Letter of Intent: September 2, 2016
- PIRE preliminary proposal: September 14, 2016
- Neural Regulation of Cancer: October 26, 2016
Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with a calendar item or announcement to share with the clinical and translational neuroscience community at Illinois.