Brain Injury Symposium at Carle
Computational Neuroscience Workshop
Parkinson's Disease Research Funding
NSF Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering Program
Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program
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As always, if you have an event or announcement to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois, we are happy to include it here. Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development manager, with your item.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Annual Brain Injury Symposium at Carle | REGISTER NOW
From Saturday, April 1, to Sunday, April 2, 2017, Carle Neuroscience Institute will host its annual Brain Injury Symposium at the Forum at Carle.
Breakout sessions will explain and highlight neuropsychological benefits of incorporating yoga into rehabilitation, music therapy in brain injury rehabilitation, reading and brain injury, evaluating the role of the cervical spine in post-concussion headache management, holistic treatment incorporating art therapy, and strategies for managing neurogenic bladder and bowel.
This event is targeted to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech language pathologists, psychologists, case managers, and social workers.
Learning objectives include to:
- Recognize and explain the impact of brain injury and how various treatment approaches can impact the individual’s ultimate outcome goals.
- Discuss translation of current neuroscience research into evidence-based interventions
- Explore medical management in the care of patients following brain injury
- Understand medical and therapeutic implications in brain injury management
- Become familiar with alternative therapies available to brain injury survivors
Details and registration information provided here: https://carleconnect.com/classes-and-events/conferences/2017/Brain-Injury-Symposium.
Computational Neuroscience Workshop | REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
The Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will be offering a workshop on Computational Neuroscience for free, in the 4269 tower room at the Beckman Institute, May 15 – 19, 2017. The workshop is meant as an introduction for individuals who may want to gain a better appreciation for the field of Computational Neuroscience: its scope, specific techniques, and contributions to Neuroscience as a whole.
The workshop will not cover computer programming, and little to no programming skill will be required. The workshop is open to anyone from any department and will focus on topics such as single cell modeling, population modeling, and multi-system modeling.
Please find a tentative schedule here: http://neuroscience.illinois.edu/CompNeuro, though for more details on specific topics to be covered contact Kevin Horecka.
Space is limited, so don't delay. Register here: https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/6841303.
Parkinson’s Disease Research Collaboration Program | CALL FOR PROPOSALS
23andMe and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) are committed to improving understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD) with the goal of accelerating discovery and development of new diagnostics, treatments, and ultimately a cure. In recognition of their shared goal, 23andMe and MJFF seek proposals for collaborative PD research using the 23andMe research database and its genotyped PD cohort. Researchers may propose analyses to conduct with 23andMe scientists. Leverage and sharing of complementary data resources and application of new methodologies and approaches are highly encouraged.
Selected investigators will be able to work with 23andMe to study information from its PD cohort to answer critical PD questions. Given the nature of this program, no specific funding is being offered to collaborators and applications should not include a budget request. In certain cases, 23andMe may provide a small amount of funding (<$25k) to offset costs for truly innovative proposals.
The organizations seek collaborators who will enable new PD discoveries from the 23andMe database by proposing innovative analyses or data collection ideas, sharing complementary datasets from which to draw or replicate results, and/or applying novel analytic techniques. They are open to a range of collaborations, including but not limited to:
- Genome-wide association study (GWAS) meta-analyses with independent cohorts
- Identification of rare variants with whole-genome sequencing data
- Fine-mapping of causal variants with targeted sequencing data
- Application of genotypic or phenotypic data for disease risk prediction
- Validation of survey responses through clinical assessment
Collection of new phenotype information to generate or validate innovative hypotheses related to prodromal disease, disease mechanism, risk and progression prediction, subtyping, etc.
Applications should be submitted via this linked form by April 19, 2017.
Visit 23andMe for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
NSF Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering Program | APPLY NOW
The Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering program supports fundamental engineering research that will improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities through: development of new technologies, devices, or software; advancement of knowledge regarding normal or pathological human motion; or understanding of injury mechanisms.
Research that is directed toward the characterization, restoration, rehabilitation, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition; or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment may be supported. Areas of particular interest are neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. The program will also consider research in the area of new engineering approaches to understanding normal or pathological motion, both as a target for rehabilitation and as a means to characterize motion related to disability or injury; or, understanding injury at the tissue or system-level such that interventions may be developed to reduce the impact of trauma and subsequent disability.
Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge that facilitates transformative outcomes. We discourage applications that propose incremental improvements. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to submitting a proposal.
Innovative proposals outside of the above specific interest areas may be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.
The duration of unsolicited awards generally is one to three years. The typical award size is approximately $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.
Application deadline is October 20, 2017.
For more information see the funding opportunity.
Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program | PREPARE YOUR LETTER OF INTENT
The Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award recognizes physician-scientist innovators throughout the U.S. whose research has the potential to advance standard of care. The Scholar-Innovator Award provides research and drug development funding as well as non-financial support to selected innovators and their institutions to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and clinical introduction.
The Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award selection committee seeks breakthrough discovery defined by innovation, creativity, and potential clinical impact including:
- Discoveries deemed to address unmet medical needs
- Novel targets
- Potential to be developed into a commercial program.
- Possess intellectual property (IP) or protection strategy
- May be either a small molecule or biologic
- Diagnostics or devices only acceptable as part of a therapeutic development project or if completely transformative
Harrington Discovery Institute is committed to providing Scholar-Innovator awardees with a full level of support, including:
- $100,000 guaranteed, opportunity to qualify for up to $700,000/2 years
- Pharmaceutical industry drug development expertise and project management support through our Innovation Support Center
Support for Harrington Scholars includes:
- Consulting services from highly experienced drug development personnel
- Business and commercialization advice
- Clinical development advice
- Regulatory assistance
- IP review and advice
- Assistance identifying and securing additional financial support based on project needs
Letter of intent due April 5, 2017. For more information, see the notice.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- Brain Injury Symposium at Carle: April 1-2, 2017
- Harrington Scholar-Innovator Letter of Intent: April 5, 2017
- 23andMe Application deadline: April 19, 2017
- Computational Neuroscience Workshop: May 15-19, 2017
- NSF DARE Application deadline: October 20, 2017
Please email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development manager, with your calendar item or announcement to share with the clinical and translational neuroscience community at Illinois.