In this issue
Upcoming events
"Discovery Dialogues: 
Discovering Innovative Anti-Poverty Policies and Programs" 
Monday, January 11 from noon - 1 p.m.

CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
January 2016


Welcome back from winter break . I hope it was a relaxing and enjoyable time for you and your families. 

Please note the announcement below from NIH stating that the salary cap has increased, effective January 10. Grantseekers should take into consideration the new rate when planning their upcoming submissions. Administrators within the NIH payroll should also plan to adjust their payroll percentages effective January 10.

Thank you all for your dedication to the CCTR and to making 2016 a good year ahead .
NIH Salary Cap Increases to $185,100, effective 1/10/2016

Effective January 10, 2016, the NIH salary cap has  been  raised to $185,100. This is an increase from the previous salary cap of $183,300. Please see this notice from NIH for full details.

VCU systems will be updated soon to reflect the new cap amount.  Grantseekers should take note and use the new rate when planning their upcoming submissions.

For administrators with NIH payroll, don't forget to adjust your payroll percentages effective 1/10/2016.

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational   Research  (CCTR) is proud to announce that it will fund four undergraduate res earch fellowship awards this year.

In addition to an undergraduate research f
ellowship award focusing on clinical translational research, CCTR is partnering  with the  VCU Division of Community Engagement (DCE) to offer three undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards. 

Each fellowship award includes $1,500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.

For eligibility and application requirements, please click here. Email questions to Herb Hill (

Please note the deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 1.
 Rebecca L. Heise, Ph.D., assistant  professor  in the Department of Biomedical  Engineering for the VCU School of  Engineering, led a CCTR Discovery  Dialogues  presentation   titled, "Discovering  Ways to Regenerate  the Damaged Lung,"  on Monday, Dec. 14 at Main Hospital's  Learning Center.

In her presentation, Heise shared that there is currently no perfect treatment for COPD outside of a lung transplant, for which many patients are not ideal candidates. To address this challenge, she is researching the molding of extracellular matrix (ECM) hydrogel and mesenchamal stem cell (MSC) in the lung. Heise has so far witnessed an increase in cell attachment which may address treatment challenges in the lung and ultimately lead to regeneration.

Click here to read the event recap.

The answer: May 20, 1747! Scottish physician James Lind conducted the first clinical study of the treatment of scurvy on 12 sailors. Lind discovered that of six therapies, oranges and lemons had the greatest positive effect on the sailors' health. [Source: Forte Research]

New Brand Assets on the Way

We are in the process of working with University Marketing on the development of new brand materials to reflect our new name. 

Stay tuned for those graphics and be sure to update your signature and materials when these become available. 

Thank you in advance!
Spring Classes Start Jan. 19

Spring 2016 classes at the MCV Campus begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19. 

Congratulations to M.D./Ph.D. student Justin Sperlazza who has completed his doctorate in the Cancer and Molecular Medicine concentration in Fall 2015

Congratulations are also in order for Michael R. Evans, who is a new M.D./Ph.D. student transitioning into the Cancer and Molecular Medicine Ph.D. concentration.
Upcoming Events

"Discovery Dialogues: Discovering Innovative Anti-Poverty Policies and Programs

CCTR will host its next Discovery Dialogues seminar on Monday, Jan. 11 from noon - 1 p.m. at the Main Hospital's Learning Center. Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor for the VCU School of Social Work, will present on, "Discovering Innovative Anti-Poverty Policies and Programs."  Light refreshments will be served. 

Please contact Pam Dillon ( ) for more information.
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The CCTR is supported by CTSA Award number UL1TR000058 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.