Meet virtually with Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, Director of the UConn Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC), and learn about the state-of-the-art equipment, methods, and training offered by the Center. InCHIP and BIRC are co-sponsoring a $30,000 seed grant opportunity (see here). Learn more about the seed grant and BIRC’s resources and services
at the Virtual Meet ‘n’ Greet.
Recently, InCHIP held a Virtual Meet n’ Greet with the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) focused on opportunities for collaborative research. As a reminder, the InCHIP-CHCACT seed grant application process is open, and letters of intent are due by April 26. CHCACT coordinates the efforts of 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), all of which have multiple sites and together provide services to nearly 400,000 patients across Connecticut. For more information about CHCACT and their member FQHCs, see the CHCACT website.
The InCHIP-CHCACT Virtual Meet n’ Greet was recorded. Here is the link to view the video recording.
If you want to learn more about the InCHIP-CHCACT seed grant, visit the InCHIP Seed Grant website.
Inaugural Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony
March 27th at 12pm
InCHIP, J. Ray Ryan Building
Lunch will be served
RSVP by March 20th to (Melanie Skolnick)
Dr. Jeff Fisher recently retired from UConn where he dedicated his career to the development of health behavior change interventions. At UConn, Dr. Fisher was the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) which he grew from a small group of HIV researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences to a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute of faculty and graduate students focused on a broad array of health and health behavior research.
In honor of Dr. Fisher’s distinguished tenure at UConn, the Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship has been created to both celebrate the career of our friend and colleague and to advance the work of promising graduate students affiliated with InCHIP. At noon on March 27th, we will award the first Fisher Fellowship to an outstanding UConn graduate student working on her/his dissertation in the area of health behavior. Dr. Fisher will be in attendance, and we hope that you can join us for lunch and a brief ceremony at this inaugural event. Please RSVP by March 20th to Melanie Skolnick (email@example.com). For those of you who are unable to attend in person, please let us know if you would like to view the ceremony remotely.
In conjunction with this ceremony, the Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship Fund is being recognized during UConn Gives Day 2019, a 36-hour giving initiative on March 27th-28th. To help grow the fund, please consider making a donation during UConn Gives either at the Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony, online, or via text (links to these options will be available via this website beginning on March 27th). Your recognition of Jeff’s career and your support of InCHIP are greatly appreciated.
During Spring Semester 2019, InCHIP will host a series of panel discussions that center on the general theme of technology and health. This series will culminate with the InCHIP Ideas Lab (April 11th-12th, 2019) which will address the “wicked problem” of how can we better utilize wearable, mobile-based, and other data-rich technology to promote health and well-being and ultimately prevent and manage chronic disease in an ethical and legally sound fashion? Our hope is that these talks will appeal to a diversity of disciplines (from philosophy to social work to engineering and everything in between) and will act as a springboard for a campus wide conversation around the use of technology to improve health.
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
InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research
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.
December 3rd, 2018 from 11AM-12PM
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.
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.
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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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
RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.
For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.
In Recognition of World AIDS Day!
Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH
Thursday, November 29, 2018
12:30 – 1:30pm
Please RSVP to attend
“Innovations in Mobile Technology for Engaging Youth in Treatment and Prevention”
Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman completed her medical school training at the University of Virginia and became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2001 after completing residency training at Stanford University. She completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is an expert on mhealth, social media and utilization and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). She has published >90 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She has developed technology-based interventions to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention technologies, as well as intervening to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for YMSM. She is the PI of iTech, The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology Across the Prevention and Care Continuum. This grant, part of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN), seeks to develop a technology center to address the domestic epidemic of HIV among at risk and HIV-infected youth.
About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit the InCHIP 2018-2019 Lecture Page.