May 9, 2022
IN THIS UPDATE
EVENTS

  • May 10 & Ongoing: Galter Library Events
  • May 11: Research Scholar Day
  • May 12: Upcoming Manne Research Institute REAL Trainings
  • May 12: NUCATS to Hold Session on Improving Mentoring Skills  
  • May 16: Seminar Series for K Award Recipients Continues 
  • May 18: Four I's Session, Hosted by SCHORE
OPPORTUNITIES

  • May 9: Apply for the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1)
  • May 16: Manne Research Institute Mental Health Springboard Awards
  • May 20 & Additional: Cures Within Reach Presents Requests for Proposals
  • May 23: Research in Progress (RiP)—Transcription Factor 21 in Kidney Development  
  • June 30: Deadline for Pfizer Research Grant Request for Proposal 
  • Ongoing: SPR process
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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 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.
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, Manne Research Institute, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 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. Download the Research Scholar Day 2022 booklet (.pdf) for more information about Research Scholar Day.
Upcoming Manne Research Institute REAL Trainings

The Office of Research Development hosts monthly research education at Lurie Children’s (REAL) Training lectures on a variety of domains and topics including, but not limited to, study management and conduct, financial considerations in research, research data, research regulatory requirements, available resources, and more. Sessions occur twice a month, virtually through Microsoft Teams, and welcome all investigators and staff. Previous REAL trainings and recordings can be found on ResearchPedia, within the Previous Research Professional Events page. Please email researchdevelopment@luriechildrens.org with any questions or to request the calendar invite for an upcoming lecture.

Upcoming REAL trainings:
  • May 12, 2:003:00 p.m.: Study Start-Up - Study Feasibility. There are several important factors when determining whether research can be successfully conducted. From determining whether the site has access to the study population, to sufficient time for study completion, there are many areas to consider when contemplating feasibility. The Research Educators will discuss what those specific considerations are and how to best determine as a team whether a study can be implemented. Tools and resources such as the Study Feasibility Checklist will be reviewed. The training will conclude with an interactive session on determining study feasibility in mock scenarios.

  • May 26, 1:002:00 p.m.: Study Start-Up - What to Do After IRB Approval. Research Educators will review what considerations, steps, and approvals may be needed before enrolling participants into a research study. In addition, this training will also review how to activate and engage research support services at Lurie Children’s throughout the study’s lifecycle. The training will conclude with an interactive session on determining different study start-up needs via mock scenarios.
NUCATS Holds Session on Improving Mentoring Skills  
Register for event slated for May 12 

 The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute is hosting a session, “Maintaining Effective Communication/Difficult Conversations,” 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 next session (held via Zoom) is scheduled for May 12 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Attendance is limited to 50 participants. To learn more and register, visit the Series site.
Seminar Series for K Award Recipients Continues 
Next opportunity is Monday, May 16

The Succeeding with Your K Award professional development seminar series allows early career faculty members and post-doctoral fellows to look at their own work and that of others in a critical but supportive manner. The free interactive and supportive peer-mentoring sessions offered through NUCATS cover a variety of topics, including elevator pitches, the K-to-R transition, and diversifying your funding portfolio.

The next session, “Grant Budget Development,” will be held via Zoom on May 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. NUCATS sends invitations to early career faculty members or post-doctoral fellows supported on a National Institutes of Health K Award. If you have not received an invitation and feel you should be included, please email Morgan Barrowman to be added to the invitation list.
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.
FUNDING, RECOGNITION, AND
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Manne Research Institute is pleased to assist our community with sharing internal research career opportunities. Click here to promote an open position in a future Events & Opportunities update or on Manne Research Institute's LinkedIn page. Please note, positions must be actively posted to the Lurie Children's careers site in order to be featured.
Apply for the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1)
Deadline is Today, May 9

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 today, May 9.
Manne Research Institute Mental Health Springboard Awards  
Application deadline extended to May 16  

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, mental health disorders, and mental health challenges such as 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 toward 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.

Applications are due May 16. Please review the Request for Proposals (.pdf) and visit our internal award opportunities page for more information. Contact researchdevelopment@luriechildrens.org with questions.
Cures Within Reach Presents Requests for Proposals  

Cures Within Reach, a Chicago-based philanthropic leader in drug, device, and nutraceutical repurposing research, announces several funding opportunities/requests for proposals (RFPs). 

  • Drug Repurposing Clinical Trials to Impact Blood Cancers: Accepting budgets of up to $75,000 for clinical repurposing trials testing repurposed drugs in any blood cancer from anywhere in the world; proposal submission deadline is May 20.  
  • Repurposing Research to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Greater Chicago Area: Accepting budgets of up to $100,000 for clinical repurposing trials from Chicagoland research institutions testing any repurposed therapy and that support the U.S.–based Cures Within Reach DEI efforts for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority patients and researchers; proposal submission deadline is June 6.  
  • U.S. Based Clinical Repurposing Trials to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Accepting budgets of up to $70,000 for clinical repurposing trials in any disease from U.S. research institutions testing any repurposed therapy and that support the U.S.–based Cures Within Reach DEI efforts for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority patients and researchers; proposal submission deadline is June 6.  
  • CureAccelerator Live! for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Rare Diseases: Accepting budgets of up to $70,000 for clinical repurposing trials in any rare disease from U.S. research institutions testing any repurposed therapy and that support the U.S.–based Cures Within Reach DEI efforts for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority patients and researchers; proposal submission deadline is June 6
  • ReGRoW: Repurposing Grants for the Rest of the World—Funding for Underserved Researchers in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMICs): Accepting budgets of up to $50,000 for clinical repurposing trials in any disease led by an underserved researcher in any LMIC, as defined by the World Bank; proposal submission deadline is June 20.  

For more information, visit the Cures Within Reach funding opportunities/RFPs site or contact Clare Thibodeaux, Vice President of Scientific Affairs with Cures Within Reach.
Research in Progress (RiP) Presentation Slated for May 23  
Presenter: Gal Finer, Md, PhD
Attending Physician, Nephrology (Kidney Diseases), with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology) with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine  

Presentation Title: Transcription Factor 21 in Kidney Development

Presentation Description: The transcription factor Tcf21 emerges as a key regulator of kidney development. In the presentation, Dr. Finer will review her recent work on the role of Tcf21 in the formation of the renal stroma and will touch on future directions in investigating the role of Tcf21 in kidney angiogenesis.

Time: May 23, 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)
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 details 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, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 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
August 10: Submit by June 1
August 12: Submit by June 3
September 25: Submit by July 17
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