Research News
Monthly Newsletter
August 2013

Developing Successful Scientific Papers for Publication

Friday, September 6, 2013

8:00 - 10:00 AM


Get Published! Using MedEdPORTAL as Another Avenue

Thursday, September 5, 2013

8:30 -10:00 AM


Monday, September 23, 2013

9:00 -10:30 AM


Save the Date!

Symposium - FDA-Regulated Research

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rackham Amphitheater

Details to follow.


Other Sources for Seminars + Events


Calendars at Health System Headlines 


To find seminars throughout campus on basic, clinical and translational research, view the "Research Seminars and Events"...


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Internal Submissions


University of Michigan - Israel Research and Fellowship

September 15, 2013


Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships

October 1, 2013


External Limited Submissions

(Require an internal competition because the sponsor limits the number of proposals allowed from U-M.)


Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Internal Deadline:
September 12, 2013


Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

Internal Deadline:
October 1, 2013



Available through the Michigan Experts tool.


Fact Sheets & Hot Topics
Find UMHS facts & figures for your next proposal!

MBECT Tips & Tricks 


UMMS Office of Research


U-M Medical School


Join Us for Researchpalooza on Wednesday, August 21

Connect with the labs and offices here to serve YOU!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Circle Drive in front of Med Sci I


Join the UMMS Office of Research for Researchpalooza during the annual Ice Cream Social, with 50+ exhibitors from labs and offices of the Medical School and across campus. There will be ice cream, popcorn, games, and fantastic prizes. Plus you'll be able to purchase lunch and soft drinks from Whip's Dog Days and San Street food carts!


Researchpalooza is the perfect opportunity for colleagues and friends to have a great time and meet, mingle, and learn more about many of the organizations that offer their stellar services to faculty, students, and staff, all at one convenient time and location. View an updated list of the exhibiting labs and offices.


Hope to see you there!


Michigan Experts: An Online Tool Highlighting U-M Faculty Research Expertise

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Michigan Experts is a faculty profiling and research networking web tool used to highlight the research expertise of over 3,000 faculty members on campus. The database helps users find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, and enables investigators at the University of Michigan to demonstrate their activities to the global research community. Michigan Experts currently includes faculty from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy, the Life Science Institute, and U-M Dearborn. Other U-M schools, colleges or institutes continue to be added.


Each faculty member has a page that contains a rich, individualized representation of his or her:

  • publications (obtained through Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus bibliographic database)
  • externally funded sponsored projects, e.g., grants (obtained through U-M's electronic proposal management system, eRPM)
  • patents (obtained through U-M Office of Technology Transfer)

Faculty members can also add tailored research statements and key words. Every researcher profile delivers a list of similar experts and a semantic index, or "fingerprint" visualization, of the researcher's distinctive expertise. The text from the publications, grants, patents, and optional tailored information is combined to develop the "fingerprint," making it easier to find experts and enable collaboration.


Users can search the database by concept, individual name, or "free text" excerpt (such as an abstract or RFA) to discover researchers, understand research expertise, and visualize connections among researchers. Searching by "concept" includes links to similar experts outside of U-M.


The database is an Elsevier product and is managed by the Medical School's Office of Research and Medical School Information Services (MSIS). A data warehouse allows a variety of reports to be generated from the aggregated profile data. Please direct any questions or comments to [email protected].


Save the Date for Several Exciting Events This Fall!

Mark your calendars for these events hosted by the Office of Research later this fall.

Postdoc Appreciation Week Events:

View more information and register.


From Small Details to the Big Picture: MICHR Helping Researchers

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Postdoctoral Lounge, Taubman Library


Research Grant Proposal Writing

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 9:00 AM

M5330, Med Sci I


Lunch and Learn With the Biomedical Research Core Facilities

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:30 AM

Towsley Dining Hall


A New Environment for Commercialization Funding: Update on the National Cancer Institute's SBIR/STTR Opportunities

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Research Auditorium, NCRC

View more information and register.


Research Town Hall: MiChart Update

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Two identical sessions - 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Research Auditorium, NCRC

View more information and register for the morning or afternoon session.


More details coming soon at


John A. Williams to Receive the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research

The Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) has the honor of selecting a Medical School faculty member for the annual Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research. They are pleased to announce this year's winner is John A. Williams, M.D., Ph.D., Horace W. Davenport Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Professor of Internal Medicine.


This award, initiated in 1979, continues to be the highest honor bestowed by the Medical School upon a faculty member for research in the biomedical sciences. Each recipient has made outstanding contributions in the areas of research, teaching and institutional service. Dr. Williams is being recognized for his numerous research accomplishments, a strong focus on teaching and mentoring, and his valuable leadership to science, the Medical School, and the university. His extensive contributions have included serving as chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology for 21 years, teaching and mentoring primary and joint faculty and as director of a training grant (Training in Systems & Integrative Biology) for 20 years. Dr. Williams also started the expansion of the department's scientific focus and status as a leader in research and graduate education.


Dr. Williams is highly respected in the national and international research communities for his leading research contributions in shaping the field of pancreatic physiology. For over 30 years, his research has dealt with the control of function of the exocrine pancreas. Initially this work focused on the control of digestive enzyme secretion and continues to be centered on the molecular mechanism of exocytosis and the proteomics of the zymogen granule. This work has also been expanded to embrace the control of digestive enzyme synthesis, the regulation of pancreatic growth, and the cellular mechanisms involved in rodent models of experimental pancreatitis. Overall, important and numerous areas of pancreatic biology have been influenced by Dr. Williams's work.


Dr. Williams will receive this award and present a lecture later this year. The details for the lecture, award presentation, and reception will be announced in a future issue of this newsletter.


U-M MTRAC Accepting Proposals Until September 16

A Program of the Strategic Research Initiative

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The U-M Medical School has issued a Request for Proposals for the U-M Michigan Translation and Commercialization for Life Sciences Program (U-M MTRAC).


U-M MTRAC, launched by the Medical School in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is intended to support funding for proof-of-concept and other early-stage development studies, regulatory guidance, and consultation and mentoring from industry and investment experts outside the University.


Part of the Medical School's Strategic Research Initiative, the fund targets four market segments: devices, diagnostics, therapeutics and digital health/IT. Each proposal must have a Medical School PI with efforted appointment at the U-M Medical School, and will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, potential health care impact and significance, the potential for commercialization, and likelihood of obtaining further support.


Downloadable instructions for proposal submission can be found at the U-M MTRAC website. Proposals must contain a comprehensive research plan with deliverable milestones and are due Monday, September 16, 2013.


Questions? Contact Bradley Martin, U-M MTRAC Program Director at 734-936-8577 or [email protected].


Honest Broker Update

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For those researchers who need clinical data for grant submissions, please be aware the Honest Broker Office needs minimally 8 to 12 weeks (depending on complexity) to turn around your request. The need is great and the queue is growing. Please submit your request with this timing in mind so the Honest Broker Office has enough time to generate your data set.


M-Inform Alert!

July 31 marked the submission deadline for annual M-Inform disclosures and the beginning of the annual review cycle. If you haven't yet made your annual submission, log in to


Reviewers: Reviews should be completed by August 31. As you know, M-Inform moved to a new ITS platform this year. Sources of assistance available to you include:

  • A help guide to assist with navigating the new system.
  • A reviewer guide, "10 Points to Consider." 
  • ITS is available to answer technical, "how-to" questions; you can reach them at 734-764-4357, prompt #3.
  • The Regulatory Affairs staff is available to assist with non-technical review questions and concerns. Email [email protected] or call 734-615-9842.


A Recipe for Great Team Science - The Perfect Transdisciplinary Smoothie

Sharpening the Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation

By Chris Black, M.L.S., Assistant Director for Research Development Support, Office of Research

(One in a series of tips published in UMMS Research News about writing proposals.)


We know that interdisciplinary team research is more competitive than single disciplinary research in applying for sponsored funding. A "fruit" metaphor for scientists working together from different disciplines is attributed to Moti Nissami from Wayne State University. The analogy compares disciplinary research (a bowl of various fruits, each fruit representing a discipline and being in close proximity to the others) to multidisciplinary research (a fruit salad) to interdisciplinary research (a smoothie, finely blended so that the distinctive flavor of each fruit is no longer recognizable, yielding instead the delectable experience of the smoothie). Taking it a step further, transdisciplinary research connotes a research strategy that crosses many disciplinary boundaries to create a holistic approach - a perfect, finely blended smoothie that produces a pure, distinctive, new flavor that is appealing to many (impactful). The spaces between disciplines fill in and ideas emulsify. Interdisciplinary researchers work jointly but from each respective scientific perspective, while transdisciplinary researchers work jointly to develop a shared conceptual framework and methodological approach that integrates and transcends their respective disciplinary perspectives to address a common problem.


How do PIs achieve the perfect smoothie with a team of researchers? Here is one recipe:

  • Select disciplines that blend (integrate) well and may enhance the contributions of each (this is not a random pull from the fruit bowl).
  • Select both seasoned (incumbent) researchers and those more recently trained (just picked) researchers; remember - diversity is the key to innovation!
  • Select proportions of different disciplines depending on final objectives.
  • Before combining, make an effort to resolve inconsistencies, e.g., identify mutually acceptable terminology, methodology, concepts.
  • While blending, the chef (PI) has to carefully add trust to the mix through effective communication. Disagreements will happen, flavors will compete. Help members develop an understanding that perceptions and experiences will vary, and variety is the spice of science, not a threat. Members must be ready to share and accept data, feedback, and concerns. A shared vision helps!

While it takes patience and effort to make a great transdisciplinary smoothie, the pay offs are numerous. Teams typically produce more highly cited research than individuals, address complex problems, foster creativity, and are more likely to demonstrate success in challenging environments.


Falk-Krzesinski, Holly J. Guidance for team science leaders: Tools you can use.

Repko, Allen F. (2012) Interdisciplinary Research Process and Theory (2nd edition). Sage. 


Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals:
A Workshop by David Morrison, Ph.D.

Sign Up to Attend this Widely Acclaimed Workshop!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center


Co-sponsored by the UMMS Office of Research and the MICHR Education and Mentoring Group, this widely acclaimed seminar addresses practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal writing process (with emphasis on NIH applications). The presenter, David Morrison, Ph.D., is one of the most sought after presenters of workshops on writing NIH grant proposals. Participants will learn to prepare a competitive grant proposal by:

  • incorporating knowledge of the peer review process in a persuasive research description
  • formulating a focused research plan that incorporates well-formulated hypotheses, rationales, specific objectives, and long-range research goals
  • developing and justifying a budget for the proposed research activities
  • using existing resources at the University of Michigan in research proposal development
  • avoiding many common grant writing mistakes.

This workshop is open to everyone interested in developing their NIH grant writing skills. CME credit is available.


Registration Deadline: October 11, 2013

Since course materials must be pre-ordered, we are unable to accept late / walk-in registrations.


$125 for UM Participants
(payable by shortcode or credit card)
$150 for Non-UM Participants


All those registered as of October 12 will receive The Grant Application Writer's Workbook - National Institutes of Health Version (a $75.00 value) as well as other course materials.


Register and view complete information (including the agenda) at:


Follow this event on Twitter with hashtag #MICHRWWG13. Tweet your questions to us before or during the event.

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