Research Council Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 3

News from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council including research of Patricia Hibberd, MD, PhD, (Global Health): Javier Irazoqui, PhD (Developmental Immunology); Sam Moskowitz, MD (Cystic Fibrosis).

Announcement

Request for Proposals for Pilot Feasibility Studies
Deadline: April 15th, 2011

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is accepting applications from MGHfC junior faculty for an award to support clinical or laboratory-based pilot feasibility studies. The 1-year award will provide $25,000 to support studies that have a high likelihood of leading to extramural funding. Please see below for more information.

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard: Goals and Projects

by Dr. Deborah Hung, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Medical Genetics and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. read more

Research Programs of Faculty

Patricia Hibberd, MD

Patricia Hibberd, MD

Chief, Division of Global Health, MassGeneral Hospital for Children.read more.

   
Javier Irazoqui, PhD

Javier Irazoqui, PhD

Program in Developmental Immunology; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. read more.

   
Sam Moskowitz, MD

Sam Moskowitz, MD

Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Basic Science Program, Associate Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Program at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.read more.

Request for Proposals for Pilot Feasibility Studies

Deadline: April 15th, 2011

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is accepting applications for an award to support clinical or laboratory-based pilot feasibility studies. The intent of the award is to allow MGHfC junior faculty who lack other substantial sources of research support to initiate studies that have a high likelihood of leading to extramural funding.

Award Description and Criteria

1. One proposal will be awarded a maximum of $25,000 to be used over 1 year for supplies and support staff salaries. The funds cannot be used to cover salary for the Principal Investigator (applicant) or equipment. Indirect costs are not allowed.

2. The applicant should hold the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor, should be within 5 years of completion of training, and should not have significant independent funding from other sources. Investigators with NIH K awards are eligible, but those with R awards are not.

3. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on April 15th, 2011.

4. The award will be announced in June, with funding expected to start by July 1st.

5. Selection criteria for the award will include the applicant’s record of achievements and commitment to research, the scientific merits of the proposal, and the likelihood that the project will lead to long-term funding.

Application Guidelines

The application should include all the components listed below:

1. Partners cover-page with signatures of the Principal Investigator and Division Chief.

2. Description of proposed research, including Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Data (if available) and Experimental Design (5 pages maximum for these items). Literature citations are not included in the page limit.

3. Budget, including a brief justification of the expenses.

4. Biosketch of applicant in NIH format.

5. A list of all current and pending research support (including departmental start-up funds, if any), with dates of awards, direct cost dollar amounts, goals, and overlap, if any, with current proposal.

6. Copy of IRB or IACUC approval if applicable.

7. Two letters of support - from a research mentor and the Division Chief. In addition to an evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for the award, the letters should indicate plans for his or her career development at MGHfC, and the amount of protected time devoted to research.

Components 2 to 5 should be formatted according to NIH guidelines using pages with no less than 0.5” margins, Arial font, no smaller than 11 point (figures and legends may use smaller font as long as it is legible), single-spaced. Page restrictions are inclusive of figures, tables and other pertinent data, and will be strictly enforced. Assemble all components of the application into a single PDF file in the order indicated, and e-mail to Elizabeth Smith (esmith35@partners.org).

Funding received by MGHfC faculty and fellows starting 2010 (Addendum to information included in the last issue of this newsletter)

Name of the Awardee: Katherine M. Martien, MD
Source of Funding: Autism Treatment Network, HRSA Grant (HHS Health
Resources and Services Administration)
Name of Funded Protocol: Epileptiform Discharges and Their Relation to
Cognition and Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Duration of Funding: Jan 2011 to June 2012

Name of the Awardee: Nicolas Oreskovic, MD
Source of Funding: NHLBI (K23)
Name of Funded Protocol: Use of the Built Environment to Promote Physical Activity In Children.
Duration of Funding: August 2010 to April 2015

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