Author: Grace Morris

How to get a “K” Development Award? Twitter chat on 12/18/18 at 2PM EST

Interested in a “K” career development award? Then join us on Tuesday, December 18 at 2p ET for a Twitter chat covering everything you ever wanted to know and more about NIH Career Development “K” Awards. We will discuss how to decide whether an NIH K award is right for you, how to prepare one, common reviewer concerns, and advice on mentor teams and training plans. Guests will include current and former K awardees including Molly Waring (UConn), Charles Jonassaint (UPitt), Drs. Dani Arigo (Rowan University), and Matt Whited (East Carolina State University). The host will be Dr. Sherry Pagoto, UConn Professor of Allied Health Sciences and InCHIP investigator. She was recipient of a K23 from 2003-2008 and numerous NIH, CDC, and foundation grants, including an NIH K24 Midcareer Investigator Award. Please join us with your burning questions about K awards! The chat hashtag is #behavioralmedchat.

Co-sponsored by InCHIP and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats, please check out Twitter Chat 101 here

12/3 InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research

InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research

Description:

Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring will lead a workshop on how to plan towards transforming pilot studies funded by internal seed grants into large externally funded research projects. This workshop is intended to inform your thinking as you write your InCHIP Seed Grant applications. It will be recorded and posted to YouTube.

When:

December 3rd, 2018 from 11AM-12PM

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December Science Cafe: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.

Each month CICATS hosts a science cafe with the Kavli Foundation on a different scientific topic. Our science cafe series aims to bring science to members of the community in an engaging and informal way.
CICATS science Cafe LGBTQ+ Health
At this Science Cafe, Drs. Ryan Watson and Rebecca Puhl (Human Development and Family Studies and the Rudd Center) will share the preliminary findings from their 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey — a national study that sampled more than 17,000 young people from every state in the US. The survey included over 150 items that assessed health (such as substance use, eating behaviors, self-esteem, etc), school experiences, disclosure of sexual and gender identity, and more. Drs. Watson and Puhl will be accompanied by an expert panel (Dr. Paul Poteat of Boston College, Dr. Micki McElya of UConn, and Robin McHaelen of True Colors) to discuss the implications of the findings as they pertain to the next steps in scholarship, goals for policy, and practical applications for parents, children, and teachers. The panel will discuss and reflect on the findings from this large national survey with the ultimate goal of contributing to engaged scholarship and providing a foundation for future action.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions and participation, as our Science Cafes are geared towards creating discussion with attendees. This event is FREE and open to everyone interested in the topic.

  • Topic: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.
  • When: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Rd,Storrs, CT 06269
  • RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.
  • For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.

Letter from InCHIP’s Director

As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share some highlights from my first few months as Director of InCHIP. It has certainly b een a busy semester in the Ryan Building. We have hosted four lectures as part of our annual series, kicked off a new Lunch and Learn program, finalized our seed grant offerings for the year, launched a NIH K Award Writing Group, continued building the capacity of our Community-Engaged Health Research Core and Training and Development Core, held our Annual Meeting, and much more.

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CICATS November Science Cafe: Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering and synthetic biology are relatively new fields that are gaining media attention and causing great amounts of debate – both from the scientific and ethical points of view. Attendees at this November cafe will hear background knowledge for rational, evidence-based discussion of the topic. Representatives from UConn iGem will speak about their work and Mark Mimee of the MIT Synthetic Biology Group will speak more about the topic. Cafes are intended to be interactive, so audience questions and participation is greatly encouraged.

The Cafe speakers believe expert driven education is crucial to furthering the field and for cultivating public trust in researchers. They aim to discuss what challenges face synthetic biology, ethical risks posed by developing technologies in the field, and what the expansion of such research could have in store. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, genetically modified crops (GMOs), the possibility of genetic modifications in humans, biosecurity, novel applications of genetic technologies, and the development of newer and cheaper methods.

Topic: Genetic Engineering

When: Friday, November 16th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Hilltop Restaurant, 39 Adamec Rd, Willington, CT 06279

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.

For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.

Get Feedback on your next Grant Proposal!

Grant Proposal Incubator: 11/28/18

As part of InCHIP’s Training and Development Core, the Grant Proposal Incubator (GPI) provides an opportunity for UConn Faculty and Postdocs to get feedback on their grant proposals from researchers with significant experience in acquiring grants. The GPI is co-directed by Mike Copenhaver (Allied Health Sciences) and Rick Gibbons (Psychological Sciences).

During the 2018-19 Academic Calendars the GPI will host two sessions one during each Semester.

The next Grant Proposal Incubator will be held on November 28th from 12-2PM. Please note that we will be hold 4 sessions during the two hour block, so it is first come first served.

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10/30 Workshop on Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

mostafa lunch and learn

October 30th, 2018

Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

Featuring:

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D. Executive Director of Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at UConn

Description:

Dr Analoui will present possible directions for researchers to engage in entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research ideas, apps, and other products. When: October 30th, 2018 at 12:30 PM. Lunch will be served.

Where:

InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP

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NIH Career Development “K” Award Writing Group: Starts 9/24/18 @2PM

Overview

Are you planning on submitting a K-Award? We can help you as you write!

This program will provide peer and expert feedback, support, and accountability as you write your K-award proposal. The group will meet once a month and will provide opportunities for you to get feedback as you need it.

When you are ready to submit drafts, simply submit them via the Group’s Google Drive folder. There will be a folder for each meeting.

When:

We will be kicking the group off during the Fall of 2018 and will be meeting on the following dates and times:

  • September 24,2018 @ 2PM
  • October 29th, 2018 @ 2PM
  • November 26th, 2018 @ 2PM
  • December 17th, 2018 @ 2PM

Where:

InCHIP’s Colloquium Room (Room 14) on the first floor of the Ryan Building. Directions to InCHIP can be found here.

Please note that we will not provide an option to participate remotely as these meetings are very interactive and we have found it incredibly difficult for participants to actively engage when participating remotely. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Leadership

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This writing group is led by Sherry Pagoto, PhD

Dr. Pagoto is a Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. Her research focuses on leveraging technology in the development and delivery of behavioral interventions targeting diet, physical activity, and cancer prevention behaviors.

She has had federal funding for her program of research for 15 consecutive years, totaling over $13 million, and has published 186 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Pagoto has significant experience with K-awards, having been awarded a K23 (Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award) in 2003. She currently has a K24 (Mid-career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research) for mentorship of junior investigators in social media and mhealth research.

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2018 CSCH Encore Conference and Networking 9/24/18

The second UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health Encore Conference will be held at the Hartford Public Library on Monday, September 24, 2018, from 4-6 p.m.

The CSCH Encore conference provides an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that affiliates have presented previously at an external conference. The event will include an poster “encore” session (meaning presenters share work they have already presented in another setting) and active networking. There will be a special opportunity to participate in an on-the-spot seed grant competition. Winners at this stage will be invited to apply for seed grants for up to $8,000. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is open to all people that are CSCH affiliates (faculty, postdocs, students, community partners) by the time of the event.

For more information, contact Helene Marcy.

CIRA Seeks Letters of Intent for its Annual Pilot Projects in HIV Research Program

CIRA currently seeks letters of intent for its annual Pilot Projects in HIV Research Program. Applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018. Full applications will be due on Monday, October 8, 2018.Download a PDF of the submission guidelines.

Overview:
The goal of the program is to provide pilot funding to junior investigators, and/or support community-university research partnerships that will result in additional externally funded research projects. We will consider letters of intent for preliminary, formative, and/or feasibility studies that will inform the development of proposals for NIH or other external funding. Implementation Science (IS) is a central focus at CIRA and we expect to fund at least one IS project in this cycle. IS includes the study of whether activities or tools that have been shown to be effective in scientific studies work in the real world, and/or the factors that inhibit or facilitate the implementation of such programs.

CIRA is most interested in supporting pilot projects that study populations at highest risk of HIV infection and studies focused on reducing disparities in HIV incidence, prevalence and outcomes among marginalized populations, including those with common co-morbidities such as substance use and mental health disorders. Research that focuses exclusively on the basic biology of HIV or research to develop new HIV treatments will not be considered.

CIRA plans to fund up to three projects in this cycle with a maximum award for individual projects of $30,000. Projects must be completed within 12 months of the award.

Letter of Intent:
Applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018. This letter should include a descriptive title of the proposed project, a one paragraph description of the project, and the names and contact information of all key personnel. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Niccolai via email (Linda.Niccolai@yale.edu).

Application Process:
Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent. Our invitation for you to submit a full application will be contingent upon (1) the project’s alignment with CIRA’s mission, (2) the feasibility of the project, and (3) the potential for the project to lead to a larger research study funded by the National Institutes of Health or other granting agency. Full applications will be due on Monday, October 8, 2018. It is strongly recommended that applicants with a specific interest in developing an Implementation Science study consult with IS mentors at CIRA in developing their application. Additionally, pilot project applicants must submit their IBR request in advance, as part of the full application.

Eligibility:
Emerging and new investigators (including Post-Doctoral Students, Research Associates, and Assistant Professors) at Yale University, The Institute for Community Research (ICR), and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at UConn are eligible to apply as PIs. A senior researcher is allowed to participate as a mentor on the project. Investigators from other universities or colleges and community-based organizations are eligible to apply in collaboration with a Principal Investigator based at Yale, ICR, or InCHIP. It is our expectation that awardees will hold an appointment at one of these institutions for at least one year past the award date.