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October 2018

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Internal Application Deadline: October 11, 2018

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country's most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • The nominee must:
    • Have been born in or after 1977*
    • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.)
    • Currently hold a faculty position at an invited institution in the United States
    • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry
  • The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages the nomination of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering
  • Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again.

*Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Academy in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at blavatnikawards@nyas.org no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Internal Nomination Process:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents to FoundationRelations@jhu.edu:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Research summary (1,000-words maximum, not including citations and captions): The research summary should describe up to 5 of the nominee's most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments from their independent career. The research summary should be accessible to another scientist working in their overarching disciplinary category (e.g. Life Sciences) but not in their specific field of study (e.g. Neuroscience). Key results, their impact on the nominee's field of study, and the nominee's specific role in the described work should be included. One figure is allowed.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
    For more information, visit the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists website.

Request for Proposals for Collaborative Research Projects - Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundation

Application deadline: October 29, 2018

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Institute for Cell Engineering is soliciting proposals to conduct collaborative, Parkinson's Disease-related research with the Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundation. The primary goal of this collaborative research opportunity is to foster fundamental, discovery-driven biomedical research that may lead to target validation, new target identification and/or drug development. Whereas projects may contain a drug development aim, they should not focus solely on drug development. The Helis medical research foundations encourage risk taking and value the premise, hypothesis/idea of the project over the extent of preliminary data.

Submitted projects will be subject to an internal review. Those ranked most highly in this round of review will also receive external review by the Helis Medical Research Research Advisory Council. Projects will be considered for two to three years of collaboration and may request up to $300,000 total cost per year. The total cost is inclusive of rent paid to JHU for identified laboratory space and 15 percent indirect costs.

Investigators who are interested in applying for Helis medical research foundation collaboration may contact Dr. Ted Dawson (tdawson@jhmi.edu) to address any scientific questions. Since there are unique administrative aspects to this sponsored research mechanism, please contact Nikia Whorley (njohnso8@jhmi.edu) for administrative and/or budgetary guidance.

Projects must be submitted using the application form, which is available here: https://jh.box.com/s/95bkirkc5nkv0fh8rqg1xzx8kh30gln1. A sample budget is also available.

The deadline for final project submission is Monday, October 29, 2018. Please email applications to Dr. Jennifer Roshek (jroshek1@jhmi.edu). Following oral presentations by the PIs of the projects selected as finalists to representatives from the Helis medical research foundation (date to be determined), those chosen for collaboration will begin on or around May 1, 2019.

Please note: Principal investigators of funded projects, or their designee if the principal investigator is out of town, are required to attend and provide updates at the monthly Helis project seminar series. In addition, it is expected that the principal investigator will attend Helis sponsored activities.

Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge

No application deadline

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is sponsoring a $2 million prize to the first team to develop a viable selective alpha-synuclein PET tracer and agree to make that tracer available broadly.

The ability to image alpha-synuclein deposition in the brain would be a game-changing achievement for the Parkinson's disease (PD) field. The accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein is a pathological hallmark of PD and a priority target for drug development given its hypothesized contribution to neurodegeneration. In vivo imaging of alpha-synuclein pathology could be useful as a biomarker of the presence of disease and disease progression and as a pharmacodynamic tool for drug development. With this prize, the Foundation seeks to attract research teams and accelerate momentum to speed the development of such a tracer.

Contestants: Anyone is eligible for the prize who agrees to all contest rules. Contestants may be MJFF funded or not and can be from either academia or industry.

Contest rules:

  1. Contestants must apply for the prize with pre-clinical and clinical data supporting the broad use of their alpha-synuclein radiotracer. Judges may ask for additional data, including but not limited to raw imaging data.
  2. NOTE: All contestants must agree to make the winning radiotracer available for use by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and MJFF awardees through a nonexclusive license or other MJFF-approved mechanism.

Criteria for winning: The winning contestant must demonstrate that the radiotracer binds with relatively high selectivity to alpha-synuclein according to pre-specified criteria and must demonstrate proof-of-concept in human subjects, including people with Parkinson's disease and/or another synucleinopathy. See below for more details on submission requirements.

Timeline: There is no deadline for submissions. The $2 million award will be issued to the first contestant who submits compelling evidence of a viable selective tracer and agrees to its widespread use. If no award is given by mid-2018, The Michael J. Fox Foundation will evaluate the state of the field and utility of such a prize.

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October 2018 articles:
Trends in Clinical Research Program
Clinical Research Annual Reports
Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies
Data and Safety Monitoring Board Training Manual Now Available
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Request for Proposals for Collaborative Research Projects - Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundation
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for October, November and December

October Events at the Genetic Resources Core Facility


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