March 28, 2022
  • Today: Research in Progress (RiP)
  • April 7 & May 12: NUCATS' Developing and Enhancing Mentoring Relationships Series 
  • April 19: Four I's Session, hosted by SCHORE
  • April 25-29: Health Equity Week events, hosted by McGraw Medical Center
  • April 28-29: EQuaTR Conference
  • May 11: Research Scholar Day
  • Ongoing: Galter Library events

  • March 31: Submit profile information for the new Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute website
  • April 15: Submit nominations for Innovation Internship 
  • May 4: Apply for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research Pilot Awards
  • Ongoing: Workday transition deadlines
  • Ongoing: SPR process
Join Today's Research in Progress (RiP) Presentation at 11:00 a.m.
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: Today, 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)
RSVP for "Responsible Conduct of Research" on March 31

Registration is open for the next Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course offering. This class will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, March 31, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. CDT. 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)
NUCATS Holds Sessions on Improving Mentoring Skills 
Register for events slated for April 7 and May 12

The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute is hosting two sessions as part of its Developing and Enhancing Mentoring Relationships Series. The sessions are exclusively for faculty and will feature an open-discussion format, breakout groups, and hypothetical case scenarios to help participants identify strategies to strengthen their mentoring skills. The sessions (held via Zoom) are scheduled for April 7 and May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Attendance is limited to 50 participants. To learn more and register, visit the Series 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 April:

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 for more information.
Gain Insights into Your Research Question at Four I’s Sessions 
Next session is April 19

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 April 19. 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.
Health Equity Week Kicks Off April 25 

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.
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.


Payroll will not process any off cycle/demand payroll checks between March 31 and April 14. The March 31 payroll check will be the last check in the current system before the transition to Workday. Please review your time and attendance for accuracy and submit payroll corrections by 5:00 p.m. on March 28. No payroll corrections will be processed after that date. If you have questions, email


Important changes are happening in UKG Dimensions. If you have questions about the details listed below or need more information, refer to the UKG Dimensions site on AllConnect for more information or email

  • Transfers at the timeclocks freeze: As part of the transition to Workday for all Payroll functions, downtime procedures are required for all transfers at the timeclocks. The downtime period began on March 27 and will run through March 30. A notification will be sent to leaders indicating when the downtime period is over. 
  • Leaders should keep a record of all employee transfers to be manually entered into UKG Dimensions upon the completion of the downtime. 
  • All future dated transfers that are already scheduled to occur after March 30 will need to be manually updated upon the completion of the downtime. 
  • Any time punches from employees at the clocks that should not have been assigned to their home location should be manually updated upon the completion of the downtime. 
  • Hyperfind rebuilds: Due to the changing business structure (cost centers) associated with the Workday go-live, Hyperfinds based on location data and “Reports to” data, will need to be rebuilt. Hyperfinds not based on location data or “Reports to” data will not be changing. More information can be found in the Timecard Keeper Hyperfinds (.pdf). 
  • Symbolic Approver: We are now using Symbolic Approver. This means leaders will see requests you are supposed to have access to without needing to go through delegation. You should be able to see these in your control center. Symbolic Approver applies only in the cases of time off requests, open shifts, and shift swaps.  


  • Make note of all transfers scheduled to occur after March 30 with your leader. 
  • Time clocks should only be used when entering time on your home location from March 27 to March 30.  
  • During the week of April 4, leaders should validate that they can see their employees in UKG Dimensions. 
  • All employees should make note of their location-based and “Reports to”-based Hyperfinds and be prepared to rebuild those after the completion of downtime once the new business structure is in place in UKG Dimensions. 
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.
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.
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 12: Submit by April 3 
June 16: Submit by April 7 
July 5: Submit by April 26
SPR Deadlines for Grant Submissions
July 5: Submit by April 26
July 12: Submit by May 3
August 10: Submit by June 1
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