March 14, 2022
  • Call for PAS presenter information
  • March 15: Agilent Technologies Virtual XF instrument training opportunity 
  • March 15: "The Science of Developing Drugs: How to Shift from an Academic Mindset to Commercialization" seminar
  • March 16 and ongoing: Galter Library & Learning Center classes
  • March 21 and ongoing: Gain Insights into Your Research Question at Four I’s sessions
  • March 28: Research in Progress (RiP) presentation
  • Ongoing through March 31: "Responsible Conduct of Research" courses
  • April 28-29: EQuaTR conference
  • May 11: Research Scholar Day

  • March 18: Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative application deadline
  • March 31: Profile information for the new Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute website
  • April 15: Submit nominations for Innovation Internship 
  • Ongoing: Galter Library events
  • Ongoing: SPR process
Are you Presenting at PAS? Let us Know by COB Today

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Department of Pediatrics and Manne Research Institute Office of Research Development staff are planning to highlight presentations by faculty, fellows, and residents at this year's Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in Denver, April 21–25. If you are presenting at PAS, please return the attached form or forward a copy of your PAS acceptance letter to Kathy Ozmeral by the close of business today, March 14. 
Agilent Technologies Virtual XF Instrument Training Opportunities Continue March 15 
Deadline to register is today, March 14 
Agilent Technologies is hosting another virtual XF instrument training to be delivered in a 3-part series detailed below. As a reminder, Manne Research Institute has an available Seahorse SF instrument that is located on the 10th floor in room 10-308. Those interested in using the instrument will need to first complete the training and then request access to the device and room by contacting Greg Taborn. Please note that users attending the training do not need to be at the bench with the XF equipment.

The training session dates and times are outlined below:

  • Part 1: "Navigating Your Seahorse Assay Journey: How to Use Seahorse XF Assays to Tell a Metabolic Story" will be held March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST.
  • Part 2: "How to Run a Seahorse Assay" will be held March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST.
  • Part 3 is a customized meeting that you will need to schedule with your Applications Engineer to analyze data you collected from your first assay and discuss next assay steps. Please contact Greg Taborn to request access to the device.

Please register no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 14. After you register, you will receive an e-mail with a link to access the training sessions.
Seminar Offers Insights into Drug Development Technologies 

Northwestern University Innovation and New Ventures Office, Chemistry of Life Process Institute, and Lakeside Discovery present “The Science of Developing Drugs: How to Shift from an Academic Mindset to Commercialization” virtual seminar on March 15 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. CST. Martin Burke, MD, PhD, May and Ving Lee Professor of Chemical Innovation with University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign will discuss how he has successfully developed technologies into a variety of commercial enterprises and what he has learned through his lab’s advanced in molecular prosthetics, automated small molecule synthesis, and renal-sparing antifungals. Visit the meeting registration page for more information.
Research in Progress (RiP) Presentation Slated for March 28
Presenter: Saravanan Subramanian, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Intestinal and Liver Inflammation Research with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Department of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University  

Presentation Title: Feeding mode influences dynamic gut microbiota signatures and affects susceptibility to anti-CD3 mAb-induced intestinal injury in neonatal mice

Presentation Description: Feeding modes influence the gut microbiome, immune system, and intestinal barrier homeostasis in neonates. How feeding modes impact susceptibility to neonatal gastrointestinal diseases is still uncertain. This presentation will focus on the impact of dam feeding (DF) and formula feeding (FF) on features of the gut microbiome and physiological inflammation during the first two days of postnatal development, and on the susceptibility to intestinal injury related to the inflammatory state in neonatal mouse pups. In addition, FF but not DF predisposes mouse pups to anti-CD3 mAb-induced necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC-like intestinal injury advances our understanding of FF-associated microbial colonization and intestinal inflammation, which may help inform the development of new therapeutic approaches to prevent NEC in infants.
Time: March 28, 11:00 a.m.–noon
Location: Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams. Please follow the link below. Google Chrome is suggested for best quality. When joining please click "audio off" to prevent an echo.

The 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 month of March:

All times are CST. 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 for more information.
Gain Insights into Your Research Question at Four I’s Sessions 

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 March 21. 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.
"Responsible Conduct of Research" Courses Continuing Through March 31

Registration is open for the next Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course offering. Classes will be held online via Zoom on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. CST, through March 31 (12 classes total). Northwestern University postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who have received NIH training or career development awards are required to complete the RCR series, which provides an overview of the principles and expectations of conducting research ethically and responsibly. View the syllabus (.PDF)
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.
Research Scholar Day Returns to Simpson Querrey on May 11 
Deadline for submissions is April 15 
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 the 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.

The deadline to submit abstracts is April 15. Posters should be printed to be displayed on May 11. Further details about the opportunity can be found here (PDF).
Reminder: Deadline to Submit Profile Information for the New Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Website is March 31
The Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute website will be launched in 2022. It will feature profiles for individual researchers and lab or program pages for affiliated research groups. The Office of Research Development invites you to submit information about yourself for your new profile page using this form.

If you are the head of a lab or research group, please visit the research communications page and select the appropriate form for your research pillar.

Please have submissions completed by March 31. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the contents of your new Manne Research Institute profile in more detail, please contact the Office of Research Development.
Important Workday Transition Highlights
All new Workday features and new and previous changeover deadlines are available at At Hand All Connect. A few key deadlines and changeover dates are highlighted below.


iCIMS Decommissioning: No activity will be allowed in iCIMS starting on March 17. Work can continue manually. Leaders should contact their Recruiter for support on any activity requiring the use of iCIMS. Any employee who is also an applicant can work with their Recruiter for support. 

Workforce Management: The deadline to process activities related to new contractors and termination of contractors was March 10. Please contact for any activity that currently requires processing.   

Payroll/Pay Stub: The final 2022 pay stub for employees paid out of Infor-Lawson will be for the March 31 pay date and it will be available on the mypay site. The first pay stub in Workday will be for the April 14 pay date. 


The following business processes need to be completed by the dates listed:

  • Last day to approve invoices and vendor check requests in ImageNow: Leaders should approve all pending invoices and check requests in ImageNow ahead of last payments to be made on March 24
  • Cutoff date for award updates: There will be no updates to existing Lawson grant funds, including the setup of new funds, after March 18. Grant setups will resume in Workday after the April 4 go-live.  
  • Submit checks for deposit to Finance: All checks to be deposited by Finance must be submitted by March 18 at Box #268. Any checks received after March 18 will be processed post go-live.  
  • Payroll template corrections freeze: All payroll template corrections or labor cost transfers must be submitted for processing by no later than March 18 to allow time for Finance to process ahead of the March 24 freeze date.   
  • Payroll templates freeze: All payroll templates must be updated in Lawson with the correct funding source no later than March 24. The payroll templates funding sources will be used to pre-load payroll cost allocations in the Workday production environment.   


Capital Purchase Order Processing: The Capital forms will be processed into purchase orders by March 18. There will be no more purchase orders processed in Lawson after March 18 for Capital needs.
Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative Seeks Applicants 
Applications due March 18 

Northwestern Memorial Foundation and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute announce the Request for Applications for the 2022 Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative. The Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative is seeking proposals for innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations at Northwestern Medicine that can make an impact in medical science at a national level. The deadline to submit applications is March 18 by 5:00 p.m. CST. For information on the award classifications, funding levels, and application process, visit Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative.
Submit Nominations for Innovation Internship 
Applications due April 15
Nominations are being accepted for an in-depth innovation internship where interns will learn about the innovation process and gain hands-on experience in evaluating technologies for patentability, marketability, and commercialization readiness. Northwestern University’s Innovation and New Ventures (INVO) Office is facilitating the internship.

This unpaid internship will run for eight months starting in October. Lurie Children’s clinical, scientific, and administrative employees are invited to apply. Your supervisor’s explicit support is required, as the time commitment (8–10 hours per week for 8 months) for this career-building opportunity is significant.

Please prepare the following application materials and then contact Victoria Ramos to arrange a 30-minute meeting with Kosh Ghosh, Director, Innovation Program.

  • CV 
  • Personal statement (about 500 words) outlining your interest and how this internship might benefit your career and Lurie Children’s 
  • Your supervisor’s statement of support and acknowledgement of understanding the time commitment 

Please note that an additional form and interview will be required by INVO after nomination by Lurie Children’s Innovate 2 Impact (I2I) program. The deadline to submit nomination materials to I2I is April 15.
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
June 5: Submit by March 27 
June 12: Submit by April 3 
June 16: Submit by April 7 
SPR Deadlines for Grant Submissions
July 5: Submit by April 26
July 12: Submit by May 3
July 16: Submit by May 7
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