Research News
March 2015

According to Alice:

Is That Patent Eligible?

Wednesday, March 4

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free webinar



Depression on College Campuses Conference

Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12

Rackham Graduate School


For more information, please contact Trish Meyer via email or phone at (734) 763-7495.



Adapting to Change: Strategies for Technology Success

Tuesday, March 17

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 5515, BSRB



2015 CBSSM Research Colloquium and Bishop Lecture in Bioethics

Tuesday, March 17

Founders Room,

Alumni Center


Additional details available here.



Life Sciences

Suppliers Show

Thursday, March 19

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Ground Floor Atrium,

NCRC Bldg 18



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.



Immuno-Hematology Symposium

Friday, March 27

9:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Kahn Auditorium, BSRB




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



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.




MRC2 Seminar Series

Thursday, April 2 & Thursday, May 14



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



NCBI Discovery Workshops

Tuesday, May 5 - Wednesday, May 6

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Taubman Library
Learning Center,

2802 Med Sci II Bldg



Navigating the Research Project Route Map for Faculty

Tuesday, May 12

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSRB Seminar Rooms


Please note that this workshop is for faculty only.



Wednesday, June 10

Two sessions:

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM or

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

BSRB Seminar Rooms



4th Annual

BRCF Technology

& Services Showcase

Thursday, June 11

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Great Lakes Room

& Forum Hall,

Palmer Commons



MRC2 Summer Workshop

Monday, June 15 - Thursday, June 18

Kellogg Auditorium, Kellogg Eye Center


For more information, please contact Terri Ridenour via email or phone at (734) 647-7449.



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.

Limited Submissions

Friday, March 6

Pilot Programs

Thursday, March 5

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 13

Monday, March 16

Monday, March 30

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

Other Opportunities

Monday, March 16

Friday, April 17


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  • MiChart
    UMMS Office of Research Seeks a Faculty Research Director for MiChart
    Application materials due by Friday, March 27
    null In 2012, the U-M Health System implemented MiChart to meet new federal standards. In an effort to maximize the potential of the electronic health record for research, the Medical School Office of Research is seeking a faculty Director to lead the research enterprise's MiChart efforts.

    The Director for MiChart Research will be responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of initiatives to leverage the Health System's electronic health record for the benefit of the research mission. The Director for MiChart Research will report directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Research and will be the primary advocate for the research enterprise to MiChart leadership. 

    This leadership role requires a commitment of up to 30% effort.

    To Apply
    Applicants must hold a Medical School faculty appointment, be an active physician scientist or clinical investigator who uses MiChart, and has demonstrated leadership skills.

    Applicants should send a one-page letter of interest addressed to Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research, that describes their interest in and qualifications for the position and a current curriculum vitae.

    Please submit your materials as a single electronic file (PDF) to [email protected] by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27.

    Read the full posting here.
    Changes to Reporting Guidelines for Internal Adverse Events Coming Soon
    New changes to take effect Friday, April 3

    IRBMED is revising its Standard Adverse Event (AE) Reporting Guidelines for reporting AEs occurring at the U-M (Internal AEs), effective Friday, April 3, 2015.


    Study teams should continue to follow the current Standard Adverse Event Reporting Guidelines until Friday, April 3, 2015.


    Obligations for reporting internal AEs to sponsors and regulatory agencies are NOT changing; this updated guidance will ONLY modify reporting obligations for internal AEs to IRBMED. 


    Reporting procedures for external AEs (AEs occurring at sites other than the U-M) are NOT changing. The new guidance is not applicable to Study-Specific AE reporting plans.


    The new IRBMED AE Reporting Guidance will reduce study team burden by limiting which types of internal adverse events must be submitted to the IRBMED.


    Examples of what will no longer require reporting are bulleted below:


    • Unrelated and Unexpected AEs
    • Unrelated and Expected AEs, unless the events appear to be occurring at a greater severity or frequency than known or expected
    • Non-serious AEs of mild or moderate severity, unless the events appear to be occurring
      at a greater frequency than known or expected 


    Click here to preview the revised guidance.


    Please contact IRBMED at (734) 763-4768 if you have any questions.

    Introducing ULAM's Refinement
    and Enrichment Advancements Laboratory (REAL)
    Goal of REAL to optimize biomedical research through improved animal well-being
    Drs. Jennifer Lofgren and Jean Nemzek, REAL co-founders,
    are actively engaged in research
    to alleviate post-operative pain
    in guinea pigs.

    The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) proudly introduces the Refinements and Enrichment Advancements Laboratory, or REAL.


    REAL was developed by Drs. Jennifer Lofgren and Jean Nemzek, faculty veterinarians

    with ULAM. REAL is comprised

    of laboratory animal veterinarians and scientists dedicated to providing expertise and collaboration to colleagues interested in refining their animal model(s) and/or animal care. 


    REAL's mission is to optimize biomedical research efforts through improved animal well-being by understanding the relationship between the animal's lived experience and the scientific results.  Utilizing the scientific method, REAL evaluates both animal welfare and scientific outcomes.


    Past and present studies have validated advancements in enrichment and refinements to produce scientifically sound recommendations for improved animal care. REAL is a collaborative lab interested in fostering ideas and providing expertise to those interested in refining their models and improving animal welfare. 


    To learn more, visit the REAL website.

    NCBI to Host Series of Hands-On Training Sessions at U-M
    Upcoming Discovery Workshops to take place 
    Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6

    On Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, the Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics are hosting the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) for a series of training sessions. The sessions will be conducted on-site by Peter Cooper, Ph.D., Staff Scientist at NCBI. 


    Sessions include: 



    Each session provides hands-on instruction and uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

    Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions. The U-M community may register through the U-M registration portal.


    If your department or unit is interested in hosting a live web-stream of these sessions in your building, please email us



    Contact Senior Associate Librarian Merle Rosenzweig in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at [email protected].

    Now Seeking Faculty Nominations
    for 2015 Dean's Awards Program
    Nominations due Friday, May 1

    The Medical School Dean's Office is currently accepting nominations for its annual Dean's Awards Program, which includes several awards to honor and recognize faculty who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments throughout the research community, including research innovation and commercialization. 


    Nominations are currently being sought for the following research-specific awards:

    • Basic Science Research Award
      This award recognizes a scientist or group of scientists with outstanding contributions to the basic biomedical research of the Medical School.
    • Clinical and Health Services Research Award
      Nominations will be accepted for faculty in any rank on any track who are making outstanding contributions in the areas of clinical and translational research and health services research.
    • Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award
      in Biomedical Research

      Ideal candidates demonstrate extraordinary national and international contributions as a research leader with pivotal discoveries that have wide-ranging impact for the advancement of scientific knowledge.
    • (NEW) Innovation and Commercialization Award
      This award recognizes a faculty member or group of faculty members who have developed a new research method, technology, or innovative service that will radically improve or transform patient health.

    Please refer to the Dean's Awards Program website for selection criteria, a list of previous winners, and details on additional Awards Program categories including education, clinical care, and community service. 


    All nominations should be made through UMMS Competition Space.


    The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 1. The 2015 winners will be honored in the fall during the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Dinner. 

    Funding Available to Help Improve Health in Women and Children
    No matching funds required for this MCubed Diamond Program Project
    The MCubed Diamond Program invites faculty to check out a diamond project that is currently open for comments. It is completely funded by U-M alumnus and donor Ranvir Trehan (Trehan Foundation) and requires no unit or Principal Investigator contribution.

    The goal of this project is to improve health, education or economic outcomes for women and children in developing regions where poverty is recognized as significant. There is a strong interest in on-the-ground applications, interventions, and/or technology. Preference is for, but not restricted to, projects in India.

    Click here to see the
    Action to End Poverty, Hunger, and Disease 1
    open project

    The system will prompt you to enter your Kerberos (Level 1) password. Or, you can log in to MCubed with your Kerberos password and click "Find Projects" at the top of the page.

    Action to End Poverty, Hunger, and Disease 1, the first card that appears on the page, is the open project. To express your interest, simply post your specific approach underneath the project on the MCubed website. You don't need to have identified your other two collaborators at this point. 

    The MCubed Diamond Program allows faculty to form cubes around topics that have been suggested and funded by donors.  Funders set the parameters for each project, and work with MCubed to identify faculty experts to lead their project. All cubes must include three faculty from at least two units, and once cubing occurs, $60,000 is immediately made available to start the project.

    Want to know more?
    Visit the MCubed Diamond Program website or contact [email protected].
    New U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Named
    Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., appointed Cancer Center Director
    Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.

    Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer CenterLawrence succeeds Max S. Wicha, M.D., who founded the Cancer Center 27 years ago.


    "This is a tremendous program with talented and dedicated faculty and staff, a terrific research infrastructure and superb core facilities," says Lawrence, who will assume the title of Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Oncology. He is also chair of radiation oncology.


    The center's "comprehensive" status is designated by the National Cancer Institute and reflects participation in cancer basic, clinical and population sciences research, with strong interactions among those areas. A center must also provide public information, education, and outreach programs. U-M is one of two comprehensive cancer centers in Michigan and one of 41 across the country.


    "Michigan has been the epicenter of many global advances in cancer research and care. As patients, families, and the scientific community look to us for the next breakthroughs, we are fortunate to have the expertise of an established leader of Dr. Lawrence's caliber to guide the Cancer Center into a very promising future," says James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School and Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine.


    In addition to continuing to advance the Cancer Center's research excellence, Lawrence plans to grow the center's state-wide presence as part of an effort to bring cancer care closer to home.


    Click here to learn more about Lawrence's research interests and to read the full announcement about his new appointment, or view a special welcome message from him here.

    Deadline Approaching for
    MICHR Pilot Grant Program
    Applications due Friday, March 13 by 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 currently accepting applications with the potential for co-funding from departments, schools, centers, institutes, and other University of Michigan entities.


    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 U-M are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators, including all basic, clinical, and social scientists.


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


    Submission Instructions

    All submissions must be received by Friday, March 13 at 5:00 PM, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Proposals should be submitted electronically through UMMS Competition Space.



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

    Register Now for 2015 CBSSM Research Colloquium & Bishop Lecture in Bioethics
    Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., LL.D (Hon.)

    Registration is now open for the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) Research Colloquium & Bishop Lecture in Bioethics, which takes place on Tuesday, March 17 from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.


    The CBSSM Research Colloquium features presentations focusing on bioethics and social sciences in medicine across multiple disciplines. The keynote address is the Bishop Lecture in Bioethics, an endowed lectureship made possible by a gift from the estate of Ronald C. and Nancy V. Bishop.


    Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., LL.D (Hon.) will present this year's Bishop Lecture with a talk entitled: "Law, Ethics, and Public Health in the Vaccination Debates: Politics of the Measles Outbreak." 


    Individuals interested in attending this year's event are strongly encouraged to RSVP by Friday, March 6This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Founders Room of the Alumni Center located on U-M's central campus in Ann Arbor.


    For additional details, including the complete Colloquium schedule and presentation abstracts, click here.

    Learn How to Create Interactive Books at this Hands-On Workshop

    Are you interested in creating textbooks, handouts, journals, coursepacks, training material, and much more?


    iBooks Author is a free tool for the Mac that anyone can use to create and position shapes, charts, tables, text, and widgets anywhere on the page with a single click. In this hands-on session, you'll receive sample content (or bring your own!) and trainers will show you how to create engaging interactive books using iBooks Author on a Mac computer.


    At the end of the session, you'll leave with a sample iBook containing your own content. Attendees will also learn about options for publishing their work through the iBooks Store or via other publishing and editorial services available to you through Learning Design & Publishing.


    Please register for just one of the following two sessions:


    AM session:
    ORPM session:
    Thursday, April 2
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


    Both sessions will be held on the 8th floor of University Hospital South (please use Elevator #9).


    UMHS and Medical School faculty, students, and staff interested in self-publishing are encouraged to attend this FREE event. Light refreshments will also be served.


    This event is sponsored by:

    • Medical School Information Services,
      Learning Design & Publishing
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
      Center for Education
    • Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)
    • Michigan Publishing/MLibrary
    U-M Center for the Discovery of New Medicines Names New Director
    Vincent Groppi, Ph.D., to head CDNM
    Vincent Groppi, Ph.D.

    Vincent Groppi, Ph.D., a leader in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, has been named the new director of U-M's Center for the Discovery of New Medicines (CDNM).


    The CDNM is a virtual center that supports early-stage, innovative drug discovery research projects across the university, and is administratively housed at the Life Sciences Institute.


    "Vince brings to the CDNM a deep background in drug discovery, with formidable industry knowledge as well as academic experience," said Alan Saltiel, the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute. "He understands that labs in universities, rather than drug companies, are discovering more and more of the truly innovative new medicines that will transform human health."


    Established in 2012 by several university unit partners, the CDNM has successfully funded three rounds of projects, for a total of 20. It also hosts a series of drug discovery lectures and connects university research to industry mentors. 


    "I'm eager to help academic researchers bridge the gap between their labs and the commercial world in order to bring new drugs to market -- and to patients who need them," Groppi said. "We'll be working hard to connect the bench and the bedside."


    Twice a year, the CDNM offers up to $50,000 in pilot funding to

    U-M faculty for drug discovery projects. The next call for proposals will be in spring 2015.

    Making Information Accessible through Data Visualization
    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.) 


    Whether for proposals or publications, posters or PowerPoint presentations, researchers will need to convert data into consumable information. Because human brains process visual objects more efficiently than text and numbers, graphics prove a vital tool for communicating sizable or complex data to readers. Used effectively, they draw attention to key messages or patterns that are not easily discerned from stats alone.


    When thinking about visuals to accompany text, determine what you want to convey. Different models serve different purposes: bar charts are effective for comparison, but scatterplots might better illustrate distribution, and line charts can trace trends. Your graphic should tell a story and have a point.


    Abundant software and design programs (such as Tableau, available at U-M) have made it increasingly easy to mock up visual representations of your work... and just as easy to make a misstep.


    The following tips will help you maximize impact:

    • Use color, but use it purposefully; color should be integral to the message, not just beautification. Consider using colorblind-friendly palettes.
    • Keep it simple (but not simplistic); carefully consider how much information to include.
    • Know your audience! Your reader should be able to grasp your graphic's import in 5-10 seconds.
    • Avoid pie charts, 3-D figures, and hard-to-read fonts.
    • Don't omit data -- it will weaken readers' trust. If you remove outliers for a more effective scale, for instance, then explain that decision.
    • Avoid telling the wrong story -- some graphics inadvertently mislead readers. Have a colleague review the figure to ensure it conveys what you intended.
    Interested in learning more? Check out these resources:
    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.