Research News
May 2018

Harnessing Immune Metabolism to Treat Cancer & Other Diseases
Friday, May 4
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
BSRB, Kahn Auditorium

May 7 - May 11
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
School of Public Health,
Room  1690

Challenges of Incorporating the Patient Perspective into Quality Measurement
Tuesday, May 8
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NCRC Building 10,
Research Auditorium

C3RG Seminar
Tuesday, May 8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Danto Auditorium, CVC

Wednesday, May 9
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
BSRB, Seminar Rooms
Networking mixer to follow

Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research Symposium
Thursday, May 10
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NCRC Building 18,
Dining Hall

Searching for Patents: What Database Should I Use & Why?
Tuesday, May 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NCRC Building 16,
Room B001E

Tuesday, May 15
2:00 PM -  4:30 PM
Danto Auditorium, CVC

Research Staff Recognition Awards Program & Reception
Tuesday, May 15
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Michigan League,
Hussey Room

Pew Scholars Program Information Session
Monday, May 21
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
THSL, Room 5000

IRBMED: Research with Children
Tuesday, May 22
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
University Hospital,
Room 2C224

IRBMED: Research with Pregnant Women, Fetuses, & Neonates
Tuesday, May 22
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
University Hospital,
Room 2C224

Searle Scholars Program Information Session
Thursday, June 28
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Taubman Health Sciences Library, Room 5000

June 28 - July 19
Danto Auditorium, CVC

LGBTQ Inclusion As Researchers & In Research
Thursday, September 6
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Rackham Building, Floor 4

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Featured Foundation Grants
Visit the Michigan Medicine Corporate and Foundation Relations funding portal for more foundation funding opportunities.

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U-M Library's Research Funding & Grants Guide.
2019 Pew Scholars Program Application Now Open
Internal Application Deadline: June 4, 2018
The Medical School Office of Research is pleased to announce a competition for the following limited submission funding opportunity:

Internal Deadline
Monday, June 4, 2018
Research Emphasis
The Pew Scholars Program supports young investigators who demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors to science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate creative and innovative approaches. Risk-taking is encouraged.
Funding Available
($75,000/year for four years)
Faculty Eligibility
  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field
  • Must hold full-time appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor as of October 15, 2018
  • Must have held appointment for less than three years as of June 29, 2018 (not appointed before June 29, 2015), whether or not such an appointment was tenure-track
  • Can only be nominated two times total
Institutional Nominations Allowed
Sponsor Nomination Deadline
Friday, June 29, 2018
(full application due October 15, 2018)

U-M Foundation Relations will be holding an information session about this funding opportunity on May 21. Researchers interested in submitting an application for this competition are strongly encouraged to attend the session.

Questions? Contact  Paula Van Velden.
2019 Searle Scholars Program Information Session
Internal Application Coming Soon!
Information regarding the U-M Internal competition for the Searle Scholars Program will be announced in June. Candidates may apply for both the Pew Scholars Program and the Searle Scholars Program if they meet the foundation's eligibility criteria. Applications for both competitions may be different and should focus on the unique goals of each program.

U-M Foundation Relations will conduct an Information Session for the Searle Scholars Program in June.

Searle Scholars Program 2019 Information Session
Thursday, June 28
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Taubman Health Sciences Library, Room 5000

Questions? Contact Paula Van Velden.
New IRBMED Statement of Practice:
Agenda Management Timeline
Effective May 16, 2018
Beginning in May 2018, IRBMED committees will implement an Agenda Management Timeline that includes deadlines for submissions that require review at a convened Full Board meeting. The primary goals for implementating the Timeline are to improve submission turnaround time, live contingency capture for both Regulatory Teams and Board Members, and to create transparency of the submission review process as a whole.

To be considered for an upcoming convened board meeting, research applications that have been reviewed by the IRB office for regulatory changes must be returned to the IRBMED Regulatory Team, with ALL identified issues adequately addressed, prior to the beginning of business on Monday, the week prior to the scheduled convened meeting (+10 days in advance of the convened meeting). This is not a guarantee that an application will be assigned to the next convened board meeting.

Note: As the C1 (oncology) Board meets weekly, the timeline does not apply to submissions to the C1 Board.

The Statement of Practice is available on the IRBMED website.
You're Invited!
Communicating Science & Data Management Workshop
The Medical School Office of Research is offering one of the R01 Boot Camp workshops to ANYONE interested in communicating science and data management. You're invited to attend one or both of the sessions.

Session 1: Communicating the Value & Impact of Science to Broad Audiences 
Communications experts will discuss why you should be communicating about your research, how to write for broad audiences, and how to get started using public relations, social media platforms, and the website   The Conversation.

Session 2: Data Management: Policies, Plans & Resources
Marisa Conte,  Asst. Director for Research & Informatics, will cover Data Management 101, including data sharing policies, DMP templates for proposals, and the range of data management services and resources available to researchers through the U-M Library.

Tuesday, May 15
Communicating the Value & Impact of Science
to Broad Audiences
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Data Management: Policies, Plans & Resources
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Danto Auditorium, CVC

Seating is limited! RSVP today!

Questions? Contact Jill Jividen.
Biomedical Innovation Cup on May 16
Shark Tank-style competition highlights MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub-funded research
Join Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) as a select group of MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub teams pitch their innovations to the "sharks" of the investment world at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium.

Hosted by Sandra Cochrane, M.B.A., Assistant Dean, Director of the WMed Innovation Center, the Biomedical Innovation Cup helps prepare the teams for launch to market.

Wednesday, May 16
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Marriott Eagle Crest, Auditorium 2
1275 South Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI

New this year, the Biomedical Innovation Cup will feature a poster showcase highlighting early-stage work by students and researchers from throughout Michigan.

  • OnTrack: Software tool for precise IVF treatment management - Michael Lanham, M.D.
  • Alight Sciences, LLC: Technology for early detection of treatment-resistant cancer mutations -
    Alexander Johnson-Buck, Ph.D.
  • FerroForm: 3D-printed ear splint for congenital ear deformity - David Zopf, M.D.
  • Trove Analytics, LLC: Predictive analytic for detecting hemodynamic instability and providing early actionable insight on unexpected patient deterioration
  • Novel Breast Cancer Therapeutic: Dual c-Src/p38 inhibitor for triple negative breast cancer -
    Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D.
For more information, visit the event webpage.
Connect with Experts in Biomedical Research
Join BRCF at the Cores Technology & Services Showcase
Join the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) and dozens of their partners as they highlight the latest advancements and equipment offerings in biomedical research.

This year, the keynote speaking session is with Core Expert User Award Winner, Sundeep Kalantry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Genetics. The keynote will take place from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Forum Hall in Palmer Commons.

Thursday, June 7
Exhibit Hall Open: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Keynote: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Palmer Commons, 4th Floor

The Showcase includes:
  • FREE lunch from Pizza House
  • Giveaways and prizes, including a free tote bag at check-in for the first 250 attendees
  • Dozens of tables featuring BRCF Cores and their partners! 
For more information, visit the event webpage.
Questions? Contact Nicole Bonomini.
New Resource for Investigators

Self Assessment Tools

The Office of Research Compliance Review has created self-assessment tools to help you evaluate the conduct of your IRB-approved studies.

ORCR encourages U-M investigators and research staff to utilize these fillable PDF checklists and/or customize the Word documents with your specific human subjects study information. Use of these tools helps organize your study documentation and facilitates safe, ethical, efficient, and high-quality research. Some topics include:
Questions? Contact
Save the Date for Researchpalooza!

Wednesday, August 8

Coinciding with the annual Michigan Medicine Ice Cream Social, Researchpalooza will take place on Wednesday, August 8. 

Last year, more than 70 offices and labs staffed tables and took advantage of the opportunity to meet with 3,000+ of their customers among the Medical School's research community. The UMMS Office of Research will once again gather around the "big tent" at the bottom of Circle Drive, where we will be popping popcorn and offering attendees the chance to scan their badges and enter to win an iPad, gift cards, or money for professional development travel.

Has YOUR office signed up for a table yet?  Register here!

For more information,  visit the event webpage or contact

M-Ship Service Now Available

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The University of Michigan is excited to offer M-Ship, a comprehensive packaging and shipping service for dangerous goods, hazardous materials, and dry ice packages. This service will enhance safety, ensure compliance, and save resources.

M-Ship's cost model is hassle-free; you only pay the courier shipping fee. The following items are provided at no additional cost:
  • Time and labor preparing package
  • Documentation preparation
  • Dry ice, standard packaging materials and labels
Additionally, departments using this service who provide accurate content information, will not be responsible for subsequent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fines of up to $75,000 per violation resulting from a non-compliant shipment.

M-Ship is available now. Information on this program can be found on the M-Ship website and in the M-Ship brochure. In addition, shipping service ambassadors are available to attend departmental meetings for presentations as well as provide one-on-one appointments.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to use this central service to ship hazardous material samples domestically or internationally.  Your support of this new program is greatly appreciated.

Please send requests or questions to
Campus-Wide Computing Cluster
Great Lakes cluster to replace Flux
Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS) is starting the process of creating a new, campus-wide computing cluster, "Great Lakes," that will serve the broad needs of researchers across the University. Over time, Great Lakes will replace Flux, the shared research computing cluster that currently serves over 300 research projects and 2,500 active users.

The Great Lakes cluster will be available to all researchers on campus for simulation, modeling, machine learning, data science, genomics, and more. The platform will provide a balanced combination of computing power, I/O performance, storage capability, and accelerators.

ARC-TS is in the process of procuring the cluster. Only minimal interruption to ongoing research is expected. A "Beta" cluster will be available to help researchers learn the new system before Great Lakes is deployed in the first half of 2019.

For more information, read the full announcement.
M ore Than 400,000 Biospecimens Available Through the Central Biorepository
With 16 primary research cohorts and more than 400,000 stored samples, the Central Biorepository is a robust enterprise-wide resource, serving all researchers of the University of Michigan community. Samples collected from Michigan Medicine patients are available annotated with disease-specific information and the entire clinical record for IRB-approved research. 

Currently, the Central Biorepository houses cerebrospinal fluid, DNA, FFPE, fibroblasts, frozen tissue, plasma, serum, stool, urine and urine derivatives, and whole blood in PaxGene tubes for DNA and RNA isolation. Samples are from donors with a wide range of disorders and include those specifically collected from patients with the following:
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Head and Neck, Skin and other cancers
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Critical Illness
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Additionally, the Central Biorepository maintains the Michigan Genomics Initiative disease-agnostic, population-based DNA and genotype data repository. More than 50,000 participants have been genotyped. Samples, genomic and clinical data are all available to approved researchers. 

Interested in accessing Central Biorepository resources? Get more info and check out our full inventory online.
Future Featured Foundation Grants
for Biomedical Research
In addition to the quickly-approaching deadlines listed above, the following 
opportunities are also available.

The Michigan Medicine Corporate and Foundation Relations team can assist in the funding process, including providing direct communication with the funding entity to obtain guidance on project appeal/applicability to the funder, providing examples of previously funded U-M proposals, and answering general faculty questions. For a wide range of Foundation and Corporate funding opportunities, please visit our website.

Please note: A faculty member's research administrator will serve as the liaison on all aspects of the internal application process. If you are unsure of whom to talk to, your department contact can be found here. If you pursue any grant opportunity featured in this edition of Research News, please contact your research administrator first to formulate a submission plan and timeline.

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Questions about these award opportunities should be directed to Joe Piffaretti in Michigan Medicine Corporate and Foundation Relations via email or phone at 734-763-1318.

If you are interested in receiving weekly funding announcements that include opportunities such as those listed above, please contact Joe Piffaretti to be added to the faculty/staff email circulation list.
Teaming with Possibility        

Sharpening the Focus:

Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation

By Jill Jividen, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Research Development, U-M Medical School Office of Research
(One in a series of tips published in UMMS Research News about writing proposals.)
As modern research methods become increasingly specialized, collaboration becomes critical for addressing complex questions. Research teams can leverage the strengths and expertise of members trained in different fields. Innovations and advances can emerge from cross-disciplinary and collaborative teams that may not have developed in a single independent lab. Over the last decade, research funding opportunities also have reflected a necessary shift to team science to solve big problems.

Think of team science as a spectrum:

Level of Interaction and Integration
- Work largely independently with lab members
- Team members bring specific expertise

- Work on separate parts of research problem, integrate later

- Data sharing and/or brainstorming among lead investigators varies from limited to frequent
- Team members bring specific expertise

- Team meets regularly to discuss goals, individuals' objectives & next steps

- Team shares leadership responsibility, decision-making authority, data & credit

Current trends suggest that most researchers will be asked to participate on or lead a research team at some point in their careers. Whether contributing or steering, it's helpful to assess your readiness for tackling team science:
  • Can you thrive as a member of a highly collaborative team? To what extent?
  • What would you gain? Do you have anything to lose?
  • Are you willing to share data and/or credit with team members?
  • Are you willing to accept/provide constructive feedback from team members?
  • Can you openly discuss issues and concerns with your collaborators?
And if you're interested in leading a team, consider the following:
  • Are you able to clearly and decisively communicate?
  • Can you clearly articulate your vision?
  • Are you prepared to model a collaborative process and inspire team members toward a shared goal?
  • Are you willing to support team members and delegate roles and responsibilities?
  • Are you willing to manage expectations?
  • Can you choose team members who will thrive in the team's culture?
Adapted from Bennett, L. Michelle, et al, "Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide," NIH, August 2010.

Our mission in the Office of Research is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the U-M Medical School community and supports biomedical science from insight to impact.