Research News
February 2015

Leadership Skills

for Working Effectively in Research Collaborations

Three-workshop series:

Friday, February 6, 

Friday, March 13 &

Thursday, April 30

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

BSRB Seminar Rooms



30th Annual

U-M Center for Gastrointestinal Research Retreat

Saturday, February 7

8:00 AM

Kahn Auditorium &

BSRB First Floor Atrium



Six Smart Ways to Stay Current in Your Clinical Research Career

Monday, February 9

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Garden Level

Floor Auditorium,

Rachel Upjohn Bldg 


Research Update
Informational Sessions

Tuesday, February 17

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM or

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Danto Auditorium, CVC


Tuesday, February 24

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Research Auditorium,

NCRC Bldg 10



Overview of the
New NIH Biosketch

Friday, February 27

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Learning Center,

2802 Med Sci II Bldg


Please contact Merle Rosenzweig if you are interested in having this overview workshop presented at your next departmental faculty meeting.



2015 CBSSM Research Colloquium and Bishop Lecture in Bioethics

Tuesday, March 17

Founders Room,

Alumni Center


Abstract submissions due by Friday, February 6. Please contact Kerry Ryan with any questions. Additional details available here.



Alpena to Zilwaukee:

A Symposium on the Affordable Care Act's Coverage Expansions

in Michigan

Thursday, March 26

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Michigan League Ballroom


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.




Summit for Women: Leading the Future

of Academic Medicine

& Healthcare

Monday, March 30

7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest


Scholarships are available for this event. Click here for details, including submission instructions. Applications must be received by Friday, February 6

at 5:00 PM.



U-M Nursing
2015 Dean's
Research Day

Monday, March 30

12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Dining Hall,

NCRC Bldg 18


Reception to follow.



2015 Conference on Adolescent Health

Thursday, April 23 - Friday, April 24

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest


Register by Friday,

March 20 to receive

an early bird discount.



Write Winning Grant Proposals from the Reviewer's Perspective

Monday, May 4

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

BSRB Seminar Rooms



Wednesday, June 10

Two sessions:

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM or

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

BSRB Seminar Rooms





Boot Camp

Monday, March 16

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM



4th Annual BRCF Technology & Services Showcase

Thursday, June 11

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Great Lakes Room

& Forum Hall,

Palmer Commons



Health System Headlines Research Seminars & Events 


Internal Submissions


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


George O'Brien Michigan Kidney Translational Core Center Pilot Program


Monday, February 16


MTRAC Kickstart Award


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



Other Opportunities 

UMHS - Peking University Health Science Center

Joint Institute for Translational & Clinical Research Awards


Thursday, February 5


MICHR Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program


Monday, March 2


U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program


Monday, March 2 



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 


  • Training & Professional Development
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  • FundingSurvey
    Finding Research Funding
    Can Be Challenging
    Tell Us How to Make it Easier!

    To better understand and meet the

    needs of the U-M biomedical research community, the U-M Medical School Office of Research is currently assessing the actions individuals take when seeking out research funding opportunities.




    The time you spend completing this brief survey will help us bring you the information you need to find future funding success.


    Plus, every person who submits a completed survey will be entered automatically in a prize drawing to win a $50 gift card!


    We appreciate your taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback.

    Upcoming Lecture to Focus on Better Communication in Medical Science 
    Join Alan Alda for lecture on Friday, February 6
    You may know him as Hawkeye Pierce from the TV show M*A*S*H, or as the host of Scientific American specials on PBS. But since 2009, Alan Alda (pictured here) has played a new role: founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York.

    That role will bring him to Ann Arbor this week as part of an effort to help U-M Medical School students develop effective communication skills.

    "The Patient Will See You Now:
    Better Communication in Medical Science"
    with Alan Alda

    Friday, February 6
    5:00 PM
    Ford Auditorium, University Hospital

    The session, which is about communicating complex information to various audiences, is open to Medical School faculty, students, residents and fellows, and other members of the UMHS and U-M community.

    Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open at 4:30 PM and a U-M ID is required.
    UMMS Office of Research Announces Two Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
    Internal application deadline: Friday, February 13
    The U-M Medical School (UMMS) Office of Research is pleased to announce competitions for two limited submission funding opportunities:

    V Foundation 2015 Translational Research Grant Program
    Internal Deadline:
    Friday, February 13 at 11:59 PM
    Research Emphasis Area:
    All areas of cancer research are encouraged. For the 2015 Translational Program, The V Foundation has a special interest in supporting cancer research investigating cancers that are more prevalent or aggressive in specific ethnic populations (e.g., African Americans, Hispanic).
    Funding Available:
    The total amount of the grant is $600,000 awarded in three annual installments of $200,000 each.
    Faculty Eligibility:
    Details here
    Foundation Nominations Allowed:
    Sponsor Deadline:
    Friday, May 1 at 5:00 PM

    V Foundation 2015 V Scholar Grant Program
    Internal Deadline:
    Friday, February 13 at 11:59 PM
    Research Area Emphasis:
    As in previous years, any cancer research area is permitted. However, research on cancers that are more prevalent or aggressive in specific ethnic populations (e.g., African Americans, Hispanic) is encouraged, but not required.
    Funding Available:
    The total amount of the grant is $200,000 awarded in two annual installments of $100,000 each.
    Faculty Eligibility:
    Details here
    Foundation Nominations Allowed:
    Up to two
    Sponsor Deadline:
    Wednesday, April 1 at 5:00 PM

    To apply for internal competition
    For consideration as an institutional nominee, please visit UMMS Competition Space for guidelines and application requirements. 

    Both The V Foundation 2015 Translational Research Grant Program and The V Foundation 2015 V Scholar Grant Program are listed under Limited Submissions.

    If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Hill via email or phone at (734) 615-6575.
    New Funding Opportunities Available Through MICHR Pilot Grant Program
    Application deadline: Friday, March 13 at 5:00 PM

    The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) Pilot Grant Program aims to facilitate and support innovative research across the translational spectrum, encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations that promote the development of transformative solutions for improving patient outcomes.


    MICHR is now accepting applications with the potential for co-funding from departments, schools, centers, institutes and other University of Michigan entities.


    Funding can be requested for up to two years on T1 and T2 mechanisms only. See RFAs for details.


    The following mechanisms are offered as part of our most recent request for proposals:

    • T1 Bench to Bedside Translation
    • T1 Endowment for Basic Sciences Partnership
      Accelerating Translation
    • T2 Translational Science
    • T3 Research Into Practice ($50,000 maximum)
    • T3 Community University Research (CURES) Partnership ($30,000 maximum)
    • T3 Implementing Research-Based Practices to Improve Quality of Care ($20,000 maximum)

    All faculty (12-month and 9-month appointments) with lecturer or instructor appointments or higher from all schools and colleges at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators, including all basic, clinical, and social scientists.


    Applications are due on Friday, March 13 by 5:00 PM. 


    Learn more here.



    Contact Lisa Ahrens, MICHR Pilot Grant Program Coordinator,
    via email or phone at (734) 998-7308.

    Funding Available for Pilot Projects Utilizing Metabolomics Technology 
    Applications due: Monday, March 16
    BRCF Metabolomics Core Icon The University of Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Core (MRC)2 is seeking applications for its Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program.

    The Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program is intended to provide opportunities for investigators to advance basic, clinical, and translational biomedical science by incorporating metabolomic technologies into their research programs, with the goal of enabling investigators to generate a sufficient body of preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other national granting agencies.

    Faculty or equivalent who are eligible to apply for NIH funding.
    We especially encourage applications from junior faculty (assistant professor or below) and those who have not previously utilized metabolomics in their research. 

    Investigators who have extensive use of metabolomic technology in their research program are generally ineligible for funding.

    Additional proposal submission requirements can be viewed here.

    Proposals are due Monday, March 16 and should be submitted through UMMS Competition Space.

    Please contact Alla Karnovsky, Ph.D., Director of the (MRC)
    Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program, via email or phone at
    (734) 615-9314.
    MICHR Offers Leadership Skills for Research Collaboration Seminar Series

    A recent Institute of Medicine report emphasized the importance of collaborations to accelerate translational research. 


    The key to facilitating such collaborations is helping people work together effectively. A body of literature on group process and interdisciplinary collaboration can inform our top-notch health scientists as they get together to move ideas forward.


    The "Leadership Skills for Working Effectively in Research Collaborations" seminar series is designed exclusively for investigators working in collaborations who want to brush up their group process and leadership skills.


    The three-part series begins on Friday, February 6 and is presented in conjunction with the Medical School's Office of Faculty Development.


    Participants are not required to attend all three sessions.


    • Session 1 - Forming the Team: First Things First Friday, February 6
    • Session 2 - Maximizing Team Effectiveness by Establishing Common Language and Values
      Friday, March 13
    • Session 3 - High Performance Teams
      Thursday, April 30


    Click here for additional details and registration information.


    Please note that participants must register separately for
    each session.

    Learn How to Design and Produce Genetic Modifications in ES Cells
    Enroll in Upcoming Mouse ES Cell Training Course
    Transgenic Animal Model Core Mouse Embryonic stem (ES) cells are pluripotent cells used to create mouse models of human disease and to study gene function. Genetic modifications made in ES cells can be transmitted to the offspring of ES cell-mouse chimeras to produce new mouse strains.

    Learn how to design genetic modifications and produce them in ES cells and mice with the Transgenic Animal Model Core

    Mouse ES Cell Training Course
    with the Transgenic Animal Model Core

    Monday, February 16 - Friday, February 27
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mouse ES Cell Laboratory,
    Room 2578, MSRB II

    What's included in the course?
    The training course includes a laboratory component in which trainees will learn to perform every method that the Transgenic Animal Model Core uses to manipulate genes in ES cells for the production of gene-targeted mice from course instructors Thom Saunders, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Hughes.

    The training also includes seminar-style presentation and discussion of key research papers that explore the scientific principles of mouse genome modification. Suggestions for special topics in the afternoon seminars are encouraged.

    After completion of the course, attendees will be able to design modifications and produce them in ES cells and mice. Attendees will learn to perform every method that the Transgenic Core uses to generate knockout mice.

    If you want to reserve a place in this two-week class, please contact course instructor Elizabeth Hughes. Places are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a $1,400 fee to defray costs.

    For more information, download the sample syllabus. 
    Expand Your Research Network
    with Michigan Experts
    Michigan Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across disciplines, offering a rich representation of the research knowledge and talent of over 3,000 faculty members across the University of Michigan.

    Use the database to find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, explore co-author networks, and connect with colleagues across the preeminent U-M research enterprise to expand your research network. Not sure what to look for? Search the database by concept, individual name, or "free text" excerpt (such as an abstract or RFA).

    Michigan Experts currently includes faculty from several schools, centers and institutes, including:
    • Medical School
    • Schools of: Kinesiology, Dentistry, Engineering,
      Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health 
    • Cancer Center
    • Kresge Hearing Research Institute
    • Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center
    • U-M Dearborn
    • Life Sciences Institute and many more!
    Each faculty member has an individualized profile page that enables them to showcase their distinctive expertise to the global research community by providing a rich representation of their:
    • Publications (updated on a weekly basis through
      the Scopus database)
    • Grants, e.g. externally-funded sponsored projects
      obtained while at U-M
    • Patents (obtained through the U-M Office of Technology Transfer while at U-M)
    Coming Soon!
    Michigan Experts will undergo a platform upgrade, which will increase the capabilities of the site and add functionality, such as the ability to upload publications from other select databases. Stay tuned for more information, including future training opportunities to review the new platform. 

    The database, powered by Elsevier, is managed by the Medical School's Office of Research and Medical School Information Services. 

    Email us at [email protected].
    MSIS Now Offering Walk-In Support Services for Researchers at NCRC
    "Help Me [email protected]" located in Building 18
    Concerned that your sensitive data may have been compromised and need immediate assistance? Need help enrolling your mobile device
    in AirWatch
    so that you can keep accessing your UMHS email services securely on your phone?

    Great news! Medical School Information Services (MSIS) now offers walk-in support services at NCRC.

    The MSIS "Help Me [email protected]" is located in Room G018 of Building 18 and is open for business Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    Visit Help Me [email protected] for help with:
    • Configuring devices, like tablets, phones, and laptops
    • Fixing problems on your devices
    • Consulting on purchases
    • Connecting you with other services or MSIS teams
    • Checking out items like conference room phones, projectors, adapters/dongles, Polycom videoconferencing units, and more
    Please drop in! You can also request MSIS support or services
    by sending them an email or calling (734) 763-7770.
    Getting Guidance for
    Patient-Centered Research
    Sharpening Your Focus:
    Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
    By Jill Jividen, Ph.D., Senior Manager 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.) 


    There is much buzz about "patient-centered outcomes" in healthcare research. In the U.S., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in 2010; the nonprofit organization grants hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding annually.


    Internationally, conferences and journals are including patients as speakers, delegates, reviewers or board members in an effort to integrate their important perspectives in research processes; when certain criteria are met, entities can adopt the Patients Included logo (pictured below), an endorsement from advocates.


    PCORI explains their engagement expectations online; they encourage stakeholder involvement even in the nascent phases of a project, suggesting Principal Investigators (PIs) get patient input on research questions and design.


    These ideas were further delineated in
    The Journal of the American Medical Association, explaining that PCORI makes funding decisions based on "the belief that incorporating the patient perspective into healthcare research is inherently valuable and that including the end user of research in the research process enhances usefulness and speeds the uptake of research into practice. Patient-centered outcomes research is poised to substantially change how clinical questions are asked, how answers are pursued, and how those answers are used."


    Want to enhance the patient-centeredness of your research?


    Some internal resources help bring patients and science together:

    Office of Research
    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.