Research News
September 2014
UMMS State of the School Address

Tuesday, September 16

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dow Auditorium,

Towsley Center for Continuing Education


A reception will follow.



EndNote for

Academic Research

and Publishing for

the Health Sciences

Thursday, September 18

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Learning Center,

2802 Med Sci II Building


This session is for both those who are new to EndNote and those who wish to sharpen their skills. Sponsored by the Taubman Health Sciences Library.



FDA Regulated Research 
Friday, September 19
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Danto Auditorium,
Cardiovascular Center

To save your space for the seminar, be sure to register here.


Friday, September 19
8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Kahn Auditorium and Seminar Rooms, BSRB

Friday, September 19
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Forum Hall,
Palmer Commons

Limited spaces may
still be available. Please contact Jenna Russell
via email or phone at (734) 232-8404 for more details.

Tips on Writing Successful
Scientific Papers

Tuesday, September 23

Two sessions:

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM or

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

BSRB Seminar Rooms



U-M Research Administrators

Network Meeting

Tuesday, September 23

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Michigan League Ballroom


Register now.




September 24

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

South Atrium,

NCRC Building 10




Symposium 2014: "Coloring Outside

the Lines"

Wednesday, October 1

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NCRC Building 18


This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to ensure your spot.



Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research Annual Symposium

Wednesday, October 1 -

Friday, October 3

Various locations across U-M Ann Arbor campus 


25th Annual Pediatric Research Symposium

Monday, October 6 - 

Tuesday, October 7

Towsley Conference Center


Register here for the symposium.


Note: Please register by Tuesday, September 30 to ensure that you receive lunch at the symposium on Tuesday, October 7. 


Tuesday, October 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Free webinar


The Personal Training Approach to Writing for Education Journals - Ready, Set, Go!

Thursday, October 16

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

BSRB Seminar Rooms


Please note that this workshop is for faculty only. 


Flow Cytometry Core 30th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, October 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

South Lecture Hall - Room 3699,

Med Sci II Building 


Flow Cytometry

2-Day Boot Camp

Thursday, October 23 - 

Friday, October 24

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pond Room,

Michigan Union


Academic registration is $375 per person. Click here for more information and to register.


U-M Annual Orthopaedic Pathology OITE Review 

Monday, November 3

7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Towsley Center,

Sheldon Room

U-M Main Hospital


For free registration, please contact Carrie Callahan via email or phone at (734) 936-9594.



Write Winning Grant Proposals from the Reviewer's Perspective for Faculty

Monday, November 10

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

BSRB Seminar Rooms


Additional details, including registration information, available here


This workshop is

co-sponsored by U-M Medical School Faculty Development and the UMMS Office of Research. 


MICHR K Writing Workshop Series 2014

Three-part series beginning Thursday, November 20


Registration is required and must be completed by Wednesday, October 15. Participants must attend all three sessions, bringing their mentor to the first session.



AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program for Faculty

Six weekly workshops beginning Wednesday, November 12.



Health System Headlines Research Seminars & Events 


Internal Submissions


Saturday, November 1

Subsidy funds are available on a rolling basis from the Nathan Shock Center for the Biology of Aging for subsidized use of U-M Research Resource Cores for problems in aging research.


Details here.



Pilot Programs


Clinical Translational Resource Allocation Committee (CTRAC) Grant

Monday, September 29


MTRAC Kickstart Award


Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until available funding has been distributed. 


Radiology/Nuclear Medicine Seed Grants for Advancing

Clinical Use of Pet Radiopharmaceuticals


Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Other Opportunities 

Damon Runyon
Cancer Research Foundation
Physician-Scientist Training Award
Monday, December 1




Competition Space

A new online platform for finding, and applying for, internal funding opportunities through the UMMS and limited submission grant opportunities from foundations.


Additional Resources


Fact Sheets &
Hot Topics

Find UMHS facts and figures for your next proposal!

Research Project
Route Map

MBECT Resources 


UMMS Office of Research


U-M Medical School 


  • Funding
  • Policies
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Announcements
  • Biosafety
    A Call to Action for U-M Laboratories
    Participate in National Biosafety Stewardship Month
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has declared September 2014 to be National Biosafety Stewardship Month. During this time, all federal laboratories will evaluate their own safety practices and procedures for biological research.

    As recommended by the NIH initiative, we are asking all U-M laboratories (see Memo from Friday, September 5) where biological research is performed to conduct an inventory of infectious agents and toxins in the lab during the month of September and to provide a short report to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) by Friday, October 3.

    We ask that each laboratory, regardless of biosafety level, set aside time this month to complete this process. In addition to the inventory, be sure to review biosafety policies and procedures to ensure best practices are consistently implemented, and review the training status of each individual performing research in the laboratory to ensure that he or she is prepared to conduct the work safely.

    Inventory Report Details
    After you perform the inventory and review your laboratory's procedures and training, please send a short report containing the following to [email protected] by Friday, October 3:

      1.  Name of Principal Investigator responsible for laboratory
      2.  Location of laboratory (room/building)
      3.  Date that inventory and review was completed
      4.  List of infectious agents and toxins stored or used in  
           laboratory OR indication that there are none, and
      5.  Biosafety containment level (BSL) of laboratory

    Our IBC and Occupational Safety and Environmental Health teams will work with you to resolve any issues that may arise in this process.

    Participating in this stewardship activity will help to ensure the accuracy of U-M records of infectious agents and toxins that are being utilized or stored, as well as confirm that these are maintained under the appropriate containment conditions and that there is a responsible party identified for these materials in each laboratory. 

    Additional questions about this process can be directed to the IBC via email or phone at (734) 936-3934. To assist you in this process, we have compiled a brief list of "points to consider" in preparing your inventory.
    Register Now for "NIH Resubmissions and Renewals" Seminar 
    Registration Deadline: Friday, October 17
    Sponsored by the Medical School Office of Research and presented by renowned national expert Stephen Russell, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC), this FREE half-day workshop focuses on how to prepare resubmission and renewal grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that are: 
    • Responsive to the Institute's priorities and reviewers' critiques
    • Compelling
    • Scientifically significant and sound
    • Compliant to changing bureaucratic requirements
    "NIH Resubmissions and Renewals" 
    Wednesday, October 29
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Kahn Auditorium, BSRB
    Coffee served
    Registration deadline: Friday, October 17

    During this workshop, participants will learn how to:
    • Better address the NIH review criteria (e.g., impact)
    • Utilize practical and conceptual processes of developing renewal and resubmission NIH grant applications
    • Re-examine how proposals are reviewed at NIH
    • Prepare a grant application that is responsive to the agencies' highest priorities
    Strategies designed to merit a fundable priority score will be emphasized, and presentations regarding the state of research at the U-M Medical School and related resources will also be highlighted.

    Contact us at [email protected]
    GlaxoSmithKline Request
    for Proposals
    Deadline: Friday, October 10

    The Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) team recently announced that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is inviting U-M investigators to submit proposals for funding by the company's Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc)


    Funded DPAc projects will operate as a joint team, with GSK and U-M investigators working toward shared goals and with open sharing of information and data. GSK is looking for projects with a specific and testable drug development hypothesis that, if successful, would deliver therapeutic benefit to patients.


    Proposals can be in any disease area and based on any treatment modality, be it small molecule or biopharmaceutical. GSK will undertake projects starting from early screening to late lead optimization, and the company is open to a wide range of possibilities that have progressed beyond the exploratory and technology platform stages.


    Investigators are invited to submit their one-page,

    non-confidential proposal via UMMS Competition Space

    by Friday, October 10 for competitive consideration by

    the GSK DPAc leadership team.


    More details can be found at the RFP webpage, or questions can be directed to Stephanie Morley of the FFMI Business Development team at [email protected]

    U-M Launching Pilot Research Administration Mentoring Program, Seeking Applications
    Applications Due: Tuesday, September 30

    The university is launching and requesting applications for the pilot of a unique mentoring program for research administrators, referred to as the Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP). 


    The RAMP will match mentors who have at least five years of research administrative experience with mentees who are relative newcomers to the field, with approximately 6-12 months of research administrative experience at the U-M. Successful candidates are welcome from both pre- and post-award concentrations. 


    Program requirements:

    • Mentees are required to be solid performers with no current performance issues, and they should be goal-oriented and self-directed, with a desire to develop professionally
    • The time commitment for this program is a minimum
      of one hour of in-person communication per month for
      a period of nine months, October 2014 through June 2015. Note: Training and orientation for both mentors and mentees will be held on Wednesday, October 22
    • Both mentors and mentees must secure approval
      from their supervisors in order to participate
    • Interested participants are required to submit their resumes and fill out the requisite application below

    The deadline for both mentor and mentee applications is Tuesday, September 30. 

    Please contact us via email with any questions you may have.

    There's Still Time!
    Register for these FREE Events to Celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week

    This year marks the fifth annual celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, which began on Monday, September 15 and runs through Friday, September 19.


    The U-M Medical School supports more than 700 postdoctoral fellows and consists of scholars from all of the basic science and clinical departments.


    Join us as we celebrate the hard work and dedication of U-M postdocs with these FREE events hosted by the Medical School Office of Research and the Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies all this week:


    Why Should I Hire You?

    Tips on How to Sell Yourself for

    a Job in Industry

    Tuesday, September 16
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Research Auditorium, NCRC Building 10

    Panel discussion followed by cocktails & hors d'oeuvres

    RSVP & more details



    Postdoc Appreciation Picnic

    Thursday, September 18
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Shelter B, Island Park

    1450 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Dinner & Games

    RSVP & more details 



    Exploring CRISPR/Cas9 Systems

    with the Biomedical Research Core Facilities

    Friday, September 19
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Room M3330, Med Sci I Building
    Breakfast Session & Hands-On Workshop

    RSVP & more details



    Contact Kierstin Fiscus in the Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies at [email protected] or (734) 647-7005.

    Save the Date! NCRC EXPO 2014
    Wednesday, November 5
    Join the Medical School Office of Research at NCRC's annual EXPO as we showcase some of our units at informative sessions in the Research Auditorium of NCRC Building 10, including...

    9:00 AM -  
    Offering Specialized Care Inside and Out:
    How the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine Can Help Advance Your Biomedical Research

    Discover how to utilize the many research services offered by the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), featuring recent success stories of support for early, translational research from ULAM's In-Vivo Animal Core.

    10:00 AM - 
    Benefits and Rationale for Centralization of a Disease Biorepository: A Chronic Kidney Disease Use Case featuring Matthias Kretzler, M.D.

    11:00 AM - 
    From Sample Submission to Meaningful Results: Exploring Integrated Core Services with DNA Sequencing & Bioinformatics

    Learn how the DNA Sequencing Core & Bioinformatics Core provides research support from start to finish to help you meet your research goals. Featuring speakers Jim Cavalcoli, Ph.D., Bioinformatics Core Director and Bob Lyons, Ph.D., DNA Sequencing Core Director. 

    Facts & Fun at Researchpalooza 2014
    Researchpalooza, hosted by the Medical School Office of Research (OoR) in conjunction with the UMHS Ice Cream Social, was bigger and better than ever this year! Almost 3,000 faculty and staff mixed and mingled with team members from 70 different offices and labs who serve biomedical research across campus.

    Using the now-famous "Passport to Prizes," attendees were able to learn the latest facts and services about the various groups, while having fun and getting the chance to win great prizes. Winners of this year's OoR prize drawings are listed below, along with the winners of prizes from other organizations.


    Awarded By
    Drew BarnesMobile phone chargerU-M Injury Center
    Matthew BenoitThe CubeMCubed
    Mark BollingerMobile phone chargerU-M Injury Center
    Deborah Brewer$100 iTunes gift cardComputer Showcase
    Gillian Cady$100 iTunes gift cardComputer Showcase
    Hiroko Dodge$50 Amazon gift cardUMMS Office of Research
    Deb EastmanThe CubeMCubed
    Sandra EvansMobile phone chargerU-M Injury Center
    Lauren FallsMobile phone chargerU-M Injury Center
    Fatemeh FattahiThe CubeMCubed
    Gift BasketBRCF
    Danielle GoodmanStarbucks Gift BasketULAM
    Glen GreenConnecting the Dots
    Gift Bag
    Biosocial Methods Collaborative
    Judy GrossiiPadUMMS Office of Research
    Namita Hattangady$25 Amazon gift cardPluripotent Stem
    Cell Core
    Sandy HessWizard of Oz Gift BasketFrankel Cardiovascular Center
    Sonia Kamat$100 iTunes gift cardComputer Showcase
    Jiayan Liu$25 VISA gift cardHonest Broker Office
    Tahra Luther$50 Amazon gift cardUMMS Office of Research
    Wesam MehannaRaffleTaubman Health Sciences Library
    Pailin- Freeman
    The CubeMCubed
    Jenn RouseGiant Jar of Jelly BellysCRAO
    Nancy Skurka$100 iTunes gift cardComputer Showcase
    Sara WhisenantMobile phone chargerU-M Injury Center
    Yewei Xing$2,000 professional development travelUMMS Office of Research
    Choya YoonThe CubeMCubed
    Jin ZhouTailgate Gift BasketCentral Biorepository


    In addition to prize drawings, each year the OoR also sponsors a Spirit Award for the participating organizations. A faculty "secret shopper" wandered the event, evaluating the tables and their staff. This year, the Michigan Metabolomics & Obesity Center won the coveted trophy, with the secret shopper noting that staffers were very conscientious about coming from behind their table and interacting with visitors. The secret shopper noted it was a tough decision, with a very close-call Honorable Mention going to the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team.


    "Researchpalooza turned out to be a wonderful event once again!" noted Robin Losee from the Grant Review & Analysis Office. "It was a pleasure to meet people face-to-face, to mingle and network, and to see the excitement and smiles on the faces of those who took part in our 'Try your luck, win a duck' game about Research Administration. I'm looking forward to this incredibly fun event next year!"


    The entire OoR team loves research and all of the talented people who make it possible! Looking forward to 2015, if you know of a lab or organization on campus who you think would benefit from exhibiting at Researchpalooza, have them contact Ann Curtis at [email protected]. 

    Wednesday, November 19 --
    Save the Date!
    FFMI hosts Uday Kumar, M.D., from Stanford University and Third Rock Ventures
    Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 19 as the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team welcomes Dr. Uday Kumar for an event titled "Transforming Medicine Through Innovation and Design Thinking."

    Wednesday, November 19
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center
    FREE box lunch

    "Design thinking" in biomedical innovation is a problem-solving process that puts the patient first. Dr. Kumar will discuss his experience as a clinician who saw problems in practice, and then developed an innovation framework by analyzing the needs of his patients.

    It will be an informal Q&A session where he will also dive deeper into the challenges and rewards of being a clinician-inventor, and how he made the leap to becoming an entrepreneur.  

    RSVP for this FREE event.
    Call for Abstracts and Cover Art!
    Submit Your Work to A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute Seventh Annual Symposium

    The A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute is offering two prizes in conjunction with its Seventh Annual Symposium, which will take place on Friday, October 10 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Kahn Auditorium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.


    In addition to abstracts for a poster presentation, the institute is accepting entries of scientific art images based on the work of

    U-M researchers. Cash prizes are offered in both categories.


    Please see the following terms and deadlines: 



    We are seeking abstracts for poster presentations on original basic science, translational, health services or clinical research.  We encourage abstracts describing current works in progress and completed studies. Prizes will be awarded for the top three poster presentations. Taubman Scholars will serve as judges.


    Criteria will include originality of concept, sophistication of methodology, and clarity of presentation. Award winners must be present at the symposium to receive prizes of $300, $200, or $100.


    Abstract submission requirements:

    • Include title, authors (with degrees and affiliations),
      and contact information for the presenting author
    • Structured abstracts should include:
      Introduction and Objective, Methods, Results
      and Conclusion
    • Abstract length is limited to 300 words
    • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, September 19
    • Abstracts should be submitted electronically
      to Dr. Stacey Jacoby
    • Applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance
      by Wednesday, October 1

    We are also seeking entries of scientific art images. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded for the top three images, and the first place image will be used on the cover of the Taubman Institute symposium brochure.


    Contest rules:

    • Art may be any two-dimensional medium such as photograph, screenshot, original drawing, painting,
      collage, etc.
    • Art must be based on some facet of your own or your laboratory's biomedical research at the U-M
    • A JPEG or TIF file version of the work with an explanatory paragraph of 100 words or less (tell us what the art depicts and who created it) must be submitted electronically to
      Dr. Stacey Jacoby no later than Monday, September 29
    • By submitting your original work of art, you give permission for winning and non-winning submissions to be displayed by the Taubman Institute at its annual symposium
    • Recipients of the first, second, and third place cash prizes will be announced at a poster session preceding
      the symposium on the morning of Friday, October 10
    • Judges' decisions are final
    For more information, visit the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute's Seventh Annual Symposium webpage
    A Continuously Learning System to Enhance Diabetes Care at UMHS

    On Wednesday, September 24 at 4:30 PM there will be a kick-off event to begin creating a vision for how the concept of continuous learning, put into practice, can enhance diabetes care at UMHS.


    Hosted by the Department of Learning Health Sciences, an evolution of the former Department of Medical Education, this discussion will introduce the concept of continuously learning health systems. The concept, simply put, is to harness the power of data and analytics to learn from every patient, and feed the knowledge of what works best back to providers and other

    stakeholders to create cycles of continuous improvement.


    A key outcome of the meeting will be the identification of specific care goals in the diabetes domain that a learning system approach can help us achieve.


    Dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., will provide opening remarks. Charles Friedman, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences and an internationally-recognized expert in learning systems, will be leading the discussion along with members of the diabetes care community. The Brehm Center for Diabetes Research will be an active partner in this initiative by contributing its staff expertise and experience in supporting advances in diabetes care.


    The meeting will take place in Danto Auditorium in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. It will begin at 4:30 PM and conclude at 6:00 PM, followed by a reception with light refreshments.


    Register now.

    Showcase Your Work at Inaugural Michigan IT Symposium
    Applications Due: Wednesday, September 24

    Are you working on an exciting IT project? Did you recently launch a new system, service, or improvement in your unit? Show it off at the inaugural Michigan IT Symposium on Tuesday, November 25 at the North Campus Research Complex.


    The Michigan IT Symposium is an exciting new event that will highlight the expertise, innovation, and personality of the U-M IT community. This one-day event event provides a great opportunity to showcase IT products, services, and collaborations at U-M. Participants are also welcome to share outside interests and hobbies at the symposium.


    For more details, and to access the presenter application, please visit the Michigan IT Symposium website


    Applications for poster and formal presentations will be accepted until Wednesday, September 24.


    If you have questions about the application process or would like to request accessibility accommodations, please email us.

    Looking for Help with Your Research?
    UROP Undergraduate Research Assistants Ready to Work with You NOW

    The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) has admitted 1,500 students, and the largest cohort is interested in assisting you with your biomedical, public health, engineering, and interdisciplinary research projects.


    UROP research assistants can help with your clinical, laboratory, and survey research, plus literature reviews, data analysis and more. 


    Eligible UROP sponsors include:
    • Junior and senior faculty
    • Postdoctoral fellows
    • Research investigators
    • Other senior researchers 

    Benefits of working with UROP students: 

    • You interview and select students 
    • Students participate for course credit and work with you
      6-12 hours a week
    • Students who have work-study are paid by UROP
    • UROP Peer Advisors and Senior Staff offer support
      and guidance
    • Skill-building workshops designed for UROP students include: Endnote, Keeping a Laboratory Notebook, Discipline-Specific Literature Resources, Lab Math, SPSS
    Apply to become a UROP sponsor TODAY:
    • Project applications will be accepted through the month
      of September - the sooner the application is in, the larger
      the application pool
    • Complete the online application 

    Learn more about the UROP program by watching this YouTube video



    Contact Katy Downs, UROP Assistant Director, at (734) 615-9000 or [email protected]

    M-Inform Overdue?
    Don't Miss Out on Federal Dollars Because You Forgot to Disclose!

    Did you know that National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications can't be submitted until all key personnel have completed their annual disclosures? Did you know your renewal funding cannot be released until all key personnel have completed their annual disclosures?


    NIH is just one of the federal and other agencies that do not allow grant submission or release of funds until all key personnel are in compliance with federal regulations that require disclosure of outside interests. Disclosures were due on Thursday, July 31, but many faculty members have still not completed their disclosures. 


    Don't risk missing grant deadlines, losing funds, or attracting the ire of your colleagues. Log-in and complete your disclosure today! Even if you have no outside interests, activities, or relationships, you must still complete the conflict of interest training and attest to having nothing to disclose.

    • Report disclosures at
    • Use the "decision tree" located here to assist with disclosure reporting decisions
    • Employees must disclose job-related outside
      interests as well as those of their family members
      (spouse, domestic partner, dependent children)
    • Remember: Any changes to your outside interests must
      be reported within 30 days, including required travel disclosures

    For general questions pertaining to the annual M-Inform Update, send an email to [email protected].


    For technical assistance (e.g., "where do I click?"), call the ITS Help Desk at (734) 764-4357.

    Honest Broker Office News & Updates
    Broadening Customer Scope

    The Honest Broker Office (HBO), a Medical School Strategic Research Initiative, is charged with enabling research access to patient level data sets in a compliant and secure manner.


    Recently, HBO has broadened its customer scope to include:

    • School of Nursing
    • School of Public Health
    • College of Engineering
    • School of Information

    Researchers in need of patient level data extracts are still expected to obtain IRBMED approval prior to submitting a data request.



    Consultation Available

    To attain sustainability, the HBO has a recharge rate of

    $100/hour; UMHS faculty are subsidized at $50/hour.


    The consulting hours are free of charge and an excellent opportunity to work with the HBO lead Data Analyst and Regulatory Specialist to learn about:

    • Available data
    • Self-serve data access tools
    • Data sharing
    • Maximizing the efficiency of your research resources

    Aggregate counts and data sharing agreement support are also provided free of charge.



    New Tools Available to Assist You 

    Access to institutionally supported

    self-serve tools may be requested here.

    These tools enable you to:

    • Generate aggregate counts to address the question "How many patients with X are in the health system databases?"
    • Convert the 'how many' question to an identified data
      set with ICD-9 diagnosis, age, laboratory data
    • Search medical records using a text search engine
    • View the MiChart Patient Summary
    • Generate demographic statistics

    A new tool in development is now undergoing testing. 

    DataDirect is a user-friendly portal to query data in the enterprise-wide research data warehouse (RDW). RDW data includes diagnoses, encounters, procedures, medications (ordered and administered, inpatient medications through June 2014, all outpatient medications) and laboratory (ordered and results) for all UMHS locations.



    We're Here to Help 

    Need help with defining what data are available and how to define a best request to meet your research needs?


    Individual appointments for HBO consulting may be scheduled as needed. Contact the HBO via email or phone at (734) 615-2100 to make an appointment.

    IRBMED News & Updates
    Informed Consent Version Control

    To assure that study teams are utilizing the most recent IRB approved consent version when making modifications at the time of amendment, IRBMED has standardized practices for version control of informed consent documents.


    The standardized practices include procedures for:

    • Accessing the most recent IRB approved clean version
      of the consent from the eResearch application in
      Section 10-1 (Word version)
    • Uploading only the track changes version as part of
      an amendment modifying the consent
    • Using standard naming conventions for uploading
      consent documents into eResearch

    IRBMED will continue to closely review consent documents to verify that the most recently IRB approved version is being utilized. When finalizing consent documents, IRBMED will add a verification number to each approved consent document.


    This number will be included on the "clean" copy uploaded by IRBMED to Section 10-1 and on the watermarked PDF version. Study teams may not alter this verification number.


    For more information, click here

    Twenty-one Medical School Faculty and Staff Receive 2014 Dean's Awards

    Twenty-one Medical School faculty and staff are being honored in 2014 through the Dean's Awards Program.


    This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, November 6 at the annual Dean's Faculty and Staff Awards Dinner in the Omenn Atrium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building. The honorees are:


    2014 Dean's Awards for Faculty


    Basic Science Research Award

    • Yali Dou, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology
      and biological chemistry
    • Jun Li, Ph.D., associate professor of human genetics,
      and computational medicine and bioinformatics

    Clinical and Health Services Research Award

    • Lewis B. Morgenstern, M.D., professor of neurology, neurosurgery and emergency medicine
    • Moshe Talpaz, M.D., and David C. Smith, M.D., Alexander J. Trotman Professor of Leukemia Research and professor of internal medicine

    Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award
    in Biomedical Research

    • J. Douglas Engel, Ph.D., G. Carl Huber Professor of Developmental Biology, and professor of cell and developmental biology

    Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence
    in Pre-clinical Teaching

    • Seetha U. Monrad, M.D., assistant professor of
      internal medicine

    Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

    • Andrew R. Barnosky, D.O., M.P.H., professor of emergency medicine and anatomical science

    Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education

    • Louis G. D'Alecy, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology
    • Kent J. Sheets, Ph.D., professor of family medicine
      and medical education

    Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Care

    • James C. Stanley, M.D., Marion and David Handleman Research Professor of Vascular Surgery, professor of surgery

    Medical School Community Service Award

    • Senait Fisseha, M.D., J.D. (Global), associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology
    • Linda M. Selwa, M.D. (Local), professor of neurology
    • Marcia A. Valenstein, M.D. (Local), professor of psychiatry

     Outstanding Clinician Award

    • Richard K. J. Brown, M.D., professor of radiology
    • William D. Chey, M.D., professor of internal medicine
    • Gregory P. Kalemkerian, M.D., professor of internal medicine
    • Arden M. Morris, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of

    2014 Dean's Awards for Staff


    Administrator of the Year

    • Martin A. Lawlor, director of finance and administration, Department of Pathology

    Professional Staff of the Year

    • Christine K. Black, assistant director for research development support, Office of Research

    Support Staff of the Year

    • Catherine Meyer, administrative assistant senior, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    Nominations come from faculty and staff across the Medical School. You can learn more about this annual awards program here.


    The following nominees received honorable mention awards:


    Administrator of the Year Honorable Mention

    • Marcy B. Waldinger, chief administrative officer, Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Cassandra K. Wong, director, Biomedical
      Research Core Facilities, Office of Research

    Professional Staff of the Year Honorable Mention

    • Sherry L. Goldfarb, program manager, Great Lakes Node, Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, Department of Emergency Medicine
    • Denise L. Taylor-Moon, clinical project manager, Department of Internal Medicine

    Support Staff of the Year Honorable Mention

    • Vanessa L. Clinton, administrative assistant,
      Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Kristin M. Juckette, research associate,
      Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
    • Patricia Lai, administrative assistant senior,
      Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
    U-M Home to Nation's Most Trusted Sources for Gastro-Intestinal Research

    The University of Michigan is the editorial home for Gastroenterology and American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG), two journals that are increasingly viewed as trusted sources for digestive health research, according to Thomson Reuters.


    The recent release of Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report shows the impact factor for Gastroenterology and AJG have risen. The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period.


    Gastroenterology remains No. 1 among the 74 gastroenterology journals with an impact factor of 13.926. The impact factor for AJG, which covers gastroenterology and hepatology and publishes on behalf of the American College of Gastroenterology, rose to 9.213. AJG is now ranked No. 3 among journals publishing original digestive health clinical research.


    William D. Chey, M.D., professor of internal medicine, is co editor-in-chief of AJGM. Bishr Omary, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the U-M Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, is editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology, and John M. Carethers, M.D., chair of the U-M Department of Internal Medicine and Chung Owyang, M.D., chief of the U-M Division of Gastroenterology, serve as senior associate editors.


    U-M faculty members from across disciplines serve on the journals' editorial teams.

    Write Right -
    Grant Proposal Prose Tips 
    Sharpening Your Focus:
    Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
    By Chris Black, M.L.S., Assistant Director for Research Development Support, 
    U-M Medical School Office of Research


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

    As you know, pristine writing will help communicate your proposal's significance and scientific plan, shorten the length of your narrative, and make the reviewer happy.


    These grammar examples are taken with permission from a presentation by Ellena Kallestinova, Ph.D., Yale Graduate School Writing Center.


      1.  Avoid redundancies, such as:

    • particular interest                
    • already existing                                  
    • summarize briefly                             
    • estimates roughly
      2.  Avoid expletive construction such as "there is" or "it is"
    • There is fellowship training in Clinical Immunology at
      X University
    • Better: X University provides fellowship training in
      Clinical Immunology

      3.  Avoid weak verbs such as be, have, do, make, occur,   

           cause, get, seem (expletive construction)

    • An increase in heart rate occurred
    • Better: Heart rate increased

      4.  Avoid noun clusters

    • Do not add another noun to an existing noun pair,
      for example: filament length variability
    • Better: Variability of filament length
    • Air space phospholipid pool
    • Better: Phospholipid pool in the air space

      5.  Avoid phrases or clauses between the subject and
           the predicate 

    • Estrogen, through engagement of membrane receptors, stimulates rapid endothelial cell signaling
    • Better: Estrogen stimulates rapid endothelial cell
      signaling through engagement of membrane receptors

      6.  Avoid ambiguous pronoun antecedents 

    • Laboratory animals are not susceptible to these
      diseases so research on them is hampered
    • Better: Research on these diseases is hampered
      because laboratory animals are not susceptible to them
    Remember that sloppy writing may convince the reviewer that you will do sloppy science. Be careful and clear. 


    As Jack Kerouac said, "One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple." 

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    Our mission in the Office of Research is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the U-M Medical School community and supports biomedical science from insight to impact.