April 25, 2022
  • April 2529: Health Equity Week events, hosted by McGraw Medical Center
  • Mondays: Research in Progress presentation opportunities
  • April 27 and Ongoing: Galter Library events
  • April 28–29: EQuaTR Conference
  • April 28: Medtech Innovation: Considerations on the Path to Commercialization
  • May 4: Northwestern University Neuroscience of Disease Lecture
  • May 11: Research Scholar Day
  • May 18: Four I's Session, hosted by SCHORE

  • Today: Application deadline for the Mental Health Springboard Awards 
  • Today: Internal competition deadline for 2022 Falk Catalyst Award
  • April 26: Nomination deadline for Research Professional Exemplar Awards 
  • April 29: Submit nominations for the Mary J.C. Hendrix Outstanding Graduate Student Award 
  • May 2: Application deadline for the I-Corps@NCATS Regional Course 
  • May 4: Apply for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research Pilot Awards
  • May 6: Applications due for NUCATS Co-Director for Equity Opportunity
  • May 9: Apply for the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1)
  • June 30: Deadline for Pfizer Research Grant Request for Proposal 
  • Ongoing: SPR process
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Health Equity Week Kicks Off Today

Join thought leaders and scholars as they share insights into the roots of healthcare disparities and facilitate discussions that inform and inspire innovative solutions during the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University 2nd Annual Health Equity Week, April 25–29. For event details, speaker information, and registration link, visit the McGraw website.
Sign Up to Present at a Future Research in Progress Conference 

The Research in Progress (RiP) Conference is open to researchers across scientific disciplines and experience levels. We encourage early career and senior investigators from all Manne Research Institute pillars and their trainees to attend whenever possible, including when presented topics differ from their own areas of expertise. Presentations should last anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes and include the project background, rationale, and expected outcomes, and may feature projects at any stage in the research process.

Virtual Research-in-Progress presentation slots are available every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Sign up for a RiP presentation opportunity here. (Sharepoint site)
Galter Library & Learning Center: Open Registration for Classes 

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center is offering the following classes during the remainder of April and in May:

All times are CDT. Click on the class links for descriptions and to register. Classes fill up quickly and registration is recommended. Classes meet for approximately one hour and are free to affiliates of the Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center. Many of the classes are available by request to Feinberg School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and residents. For a complete list of available classes, click here.
Email galter-ed@northwestern.edu for more information.
Medtech Innovation: Considerations on the Path to Commercialization
April 28, 10:00 a.m.

Join the Innovation and New Ventures Office and NUCATS Institute's Center for Translational Innovation for an informative hour to start you and your team on the path to medtech commercialization. Becoming and being an entrepreneur is a remarkable experience and can be amazingly satisfying, particularly in the life sciences, healthcare, and medical technology spaces.

In this hourlong presentation, executive advisor and consultant Martha Sewall will provide a high-level case study of the journey of one medtech startup company and expand on the unique requirements for FDA-regulated devices and software. There will be a Q&A following her talk. Registration is required.

Presenter: Martha Sewall, executive in residence at the Discovery Launch Pad at the University of Minnesota
Date: Thursday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m.
EQuaTR Conference Scheduled for April 28 and 29 

Registration is open for the 6th Annual Enhancing Quality in the Translational Research (EQuaTR) Workforce Conference, which will be held virtually on April 28 and 29. The conference, which is presented by NUCATS Institute, Institute for Translational Medicine, and University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science, offers the opportunity for clinical research staff to learn from leaders in the field and gain practical knowledge on current trends and issues in clinical research. Visit the EQuaTR website for more information about the conference and how to register.
Northwestern University Neuroscience of Disease Lecture Slated for May 4
Presenter: Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil
Presentation Title: Dystonia Following Neonatal Brain InjuryModeling and Assessment 
Course Director: Divakar Mithal, MD, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Describe recent advances in basic and translational neuroscience 
  • Summarize relevant neuroscience research methods 
  • Apply basic and translational neuroscience advances to patient care 

Time: May 4, noon–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom
Questions: Contact Sadie Rose, MPH
Research Scholar Day Returns to Simpson Querrey on May 11
Research Scholar Day is an opportunity to share and celebrate scholarly work being done at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. Hosted by Lurie Children’s, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Manne Research Institute, this year’s event will be held in the Simpson Querrey Institute building on May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Matthew Davis, Dr. Patrick Seed, and Dr. Jennifer Trainor. The poster sessions will be structured to allow presenters to have an opportunity to view the research of their peers. A faculty reviewer will be assigned to each presenter to review the research and speak with presenters briefly during their assigned session. Presenters may also invite mentors, program directors, and other colleagues to attend. For more information about the event, click here.
Gain Insights into Your Research Question at Four I’s Sessions 
Next session is May 18

Initiate, Inquire, Innovate, Inspire—the Four I’s sessions provide an opportunity to workshop your ideas related to health services, social/behavioral, outcomes, and clinical research. Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation Center invites researchers, research professionals, and trainees to join the next session on May 18. Sessions are co-hosted by the divisions of Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, and Hospital Based Medicine.

Sessions occur during the third week* of the month and rotate every three months.

  • March, June*, September, December: Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m.  
  • April, July, October, January: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.–noon  
  • May, August, November, February: Wednesdays, 4:00–5:00 p.m.  

*Session will be held the fourth week of June to observe the Juneteenth Holiday.  

Sign up to workshop your ideas using this shared spreadsheet. No need to prep slides or have a polished presentation. Come prepared for excellent feedback and lively discussions about how to develop your research question, strengthen your specific aims, address challenges with project completion, and improve your analytic approach or presentation of results. The sessions are hosted on Zoom. Find the Zoom meeting details and information for upcoming presentations on the shared spreadsheet. Please direct questions to Roman Gomez.
Applications Sought for the Mental Health Springboard Awards 
Submit applications by today, April 25

Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute is pleased to announce the Manne Research Institute Mental Health Springboard Awards.

Mental health is an important part of children’s overall health and well-being. Many investigators in the Manne Research Institute have the expertise necessary to understand children’s mental health and mental health disorders and mental health challenges including impact of adverse childhood events, access to treatment, and chronic health conditions. The Mental Health Springboard Awards will provide resources to allow research institute investigators to initiate new research efforts towards understanding aspects of childhood and adolescent mental health across the translational research spectrum (i.e., basic, clinical, and health services research) while working to obtain extramural funding to sustain these new research collaborations.

Please review the Request for Proposals (RFP) and visit our internal award opportunities webpage for more information. Contact the Office of Research Development with questions.  Applications are due today, April 25.
Internal Competition Deadline for 2022 Falk Catalyst Award is Today, April 25 

The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust program provides support for breakthrough research designed to overcome roadblocks in scientific progress through the Catalyst Research Award, which provides seed funding over 1–2 years, to help investigators lay the foundation for the associated Transformational Award.

Catalyst Awards provide an opportunity to conduct preliminary work on high-risk, high-reward research addressing a wide variety of clinical disease areas. The target of the Falk Catalyst’s funding are projects at the intersection of technology and clinical science, intended to move from basic science insights towards solutions, techniques, and tools that can be transferred to clinical practice in the near term. Catalyst research projects must describe specific milestones and benchmarks that, if successfully met, enable recipients to apply for additional funding through the two-year Transformational Awards program.

Reviewers include professionals with translational expertise such as academic researchers, venture capital investors, and biotech executives. Translational research, as described by NIH, covers a lot of ground from basic science to health services research. For investigators who have previous experience with NIH awards, this is most similar to the small business innovation research award program, rather than an R01 mechanism.

Research Focus: This program is designed to support projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. If successful, these projects will open new avenues for treating and curing disease. The program has three principal areas of focus:

  • Identification of biological markers of disease activity and progression 
  • Identification of targets for therapeutic interventions 
  • Development of therapeutic agents that will disrupt, arrest, or prevent the disease process 

Collaborations: The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust encourages investigative teams that involve synergistic collaborations between industry, government, academic, and disease-advocacy organizations. Collaborations are encouraged to integrate teams horizontally across different disciplines, to involve both PhD and MD researchers, and to integrate teams vertically in terms of investigator seniority. Collaborations should combine complementary expertise capable of addressing roadblocks and accelerating achievement of critical research objectives. Proposals may extend or apply to such ongoing collaborations or establish new ones.

Limit on Number of Proposals Per Organization: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is invited to submit up to two applications.

Key Dates:
  • Internal Competition Deadline: Today, April 25 (by 8:00 p.m. CDT) 
  • Sponsor Proposal Due: June 16 (by 1:00 p.m. CDT)     

Submission of the Internal Proposal: 

Prepare your proposal as a single PDF file named “LastName-FirstInitial-Falk-2022,” replacing “LastName” with your last name and “FirstInitial” with your first initial.

Submit your internal proposal file to OSP@luriechildrens.org.

Contact for Additional Information: Robin S. Lewis, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, 312-503-7063 or rolewis@luriechildrens.org.
Nomination Sought for Research Professional Exemplar Awards 
Deadline to submit nominations is April 26 

Do you know a Research Professional (RP) who goes above and beyond? Nominate an Exemplary RP today to recognize their contribution to research at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

Who is considered a Research Professional (RP)?
A Research Professional is defined as any individual directly involved in the design, conduct, management, or oversight of research at Manne Research Institute or has a role in supporting/carrying out research as directed by an Investigator. Individuals must be an employee of Lurie Children’s Hospital including, but not limited to behavioral and clinical research professionals, research nurses, data managers, research administrators, statisticians, lab technicians, or those in a role where FTE 0.5 is dedicated to research activities. Must not have a faculty appointment.

Who is eligible? 
  • Must be a current RP at Manne Research Institute at the time of the award ceremony. 
  • Must be willing to accept the award. 
  • Must not be in an active disciplinary action plan. 
  • Must not have received a RP Exemplar Award in the past 2 years. 
  • Must not be eligible for another hospital Exemplar Award. 

What are the Award Categories
  • RP Researcher 
  • Early Career RP 
  • RP Patient and Family Advocate 
  • RP Leadership 

What is the award? 
The award is a plaque and recognition by your peers for your contributions to the Manne Research Institute research enterprise.

Nomination and review process 
Complete the nomination form* and email to RPExemplar@luriechildrens.org by April 26 at 5:00 p.m. Nominations are reviewed by the RP Exemplar Award Committee, made up of the winners from the previous year. *You must be logged into the Lurie Children's network in order to access the nomination form.

 For more information, visit ResearchPedia or email RPExemplar@luriechildrens.org with any questions.
Submit Nominations for the Mary J.C. Hendrix Outstanding Graduate Student Award 
Nomination deadline is April 29

Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute is pleased to announce the 2022 Mary J.C. Hendrix Outstanding Graduate Student Award to recognize a graduate student of exceptional distinction. We are seeking nominations from the mentors of the graduate students in training at Manne Research Institute.

Each mentor is allowed only one nomination and students may not receive the award two years in a row.

The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize to be used at the student’s discretion to further his/her research project, including lab reagents, computers, and attendance at conferences.

Please review the Request for Applications (RFA) and visit our trainee award opportunities webpage for more information. Contact the Office of Research Development with questions. Nomination forms are due April 29.
Apply to the I-Corps@NCATS Regional Course 
Application deadline is May 2 

Teams from the Northwestern community with biomedical innovations (at any stage from idea to prototype) are encouraged to apply for the I-Corps Regional Course, an accelerated 6-week program from May 6 to June 10 that utilizes Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship methodology. Participating teams will define and test the value proposition of their technology or service in the marketplace by conducting interviews of potential customers, partners, and competitors. The curriculum will focus on customer development guided by the business model canvas template and will help each team better understand whether their innovation effectively addresses unmet needs. Learn more and apply by May 2.
Apply for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research Pilot Awards 
Applications due May 4 

The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is accepting applications for the Pilot Awards, which are intended for preliminary studies in HIV-related basic, clinical, social, or behavioral research that will lead to new NIH grant submissions. For details, visit the CFAR Pilot Awards website. Please reach out to your OSP contact as soon as possible, if interested in pursuing this opportunity.
NUCATS Seeks Co-Director for Equity 
Apply by May 6

NUCATS is accepting applications from clinical or translational researchers with experience in the design and conduct of research to improve health equity to serve as Co-Director of Equity of the Institute’s Research Ethics & Equity Consultation Program. Working alongside Co-Director Seema Shah, JD, Founders' Board Professor of Medical Ethics, the new Co-Director will help develop a consultation service line as part of the NUCATS Center for Clinical Research, with the goal of offering expert guidance and training resources to the Feinberg research community on questions related to ethics and equity for proposed and funded clinical and translational research studies.

Candidates should complete the application form by May 6. Please direct questions to Seema Shah or Keith Herzog.
Apply for the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1)

Predoctoral fellows at McCormick and postdoctoral fellows at Feinberg and McCormick are invited to apply for the NUCATS-funded Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1). The program trains clinician scientists and engineers to conduct translational science that will improve the care of children and adolescents. For more information, determination of eligibility, or assistance in identifying mentors, contact Adam White. The deadline to submit applications is May 9.
Pfizer Announces Research Grant Request for Proposal 

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community’s independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement, or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer’s medical and/or scientific strategies.

Pfizer’s GMG competitive grant program involves a publicly posted Request for Proposal (RFP) that provides detail regarding a specific area of interest, sets timelines for review and approval, and uses an expert review panel. Institutions are invited to submit an application as outlined in the specific RFP.

For all Investigator Sponsored Research, general research grants, and fellowship grants, the grant requester (and ultimately the grantee) is responsible for the design, implementation, sponsorship, and conduct of the independent initiative supported by the grant, including compliance with any regulatory requirements. Pfizer must not be involved in any aspect of study protocol or project development, nor the conduct or monitoring of the individual program.

The following information details the RFP: Growth Hormone Research—United States. 
  • Date RFP Issued: April 6  
  • Geographic Scope: United States  
  • Clinical Area: Short stature/growth failure  
  • Link to full RFP (.pdf): Growth Hormone Research—United States  
  • Application Due Date: June 30  
  • Specific Area of Interest: Research projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will advance the medical knowledge of short stature.  

Research Projects submitted may include:  
  • Diagnostics, early treatment, new treatment paradigms  
  • Clinical outcomes, quality of life, and patient reported outcomes  
  • Medication adherence research including innovative methods to evaluate levels of adherence of growth hormone treatment  
  • Translational or clinical research
Deadlines for Scientific Peer Review

Attaining the goal of advancing our national and international reputation as a premier children’s hospital will require a robust and mixed portfolio of individual and multi-investigator federal grants. As one step to meet this goal, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute have implemented a mandatory Scientific Peer Review (SPR) process for all prime Federal grant submissions. Click the button below to learn more.
SPR Deadlines for Grant Submissions
July 5: Submit by April 26
July 12: Submit by May 3
August 10: Submit by June 1
SPR Deadlines for Grant Submissions
August 12: Submit by June 3
September 25: Submit by July 17
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