Week of August 29, 2018
Postdoc appreciation event planned - The HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education will host the annual Postdoc Appreciation Celebration Sept. 18 at noon in the hallway behind the Pylons lobby. Read more.
WVHEPC Division of Health Sciences is seeking Advisory Committee Nominations - The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Health Sciences is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to participate on its Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee provide guidance to the Division on ongoing and proposed Division initiatives. Members of the committee can expect to discuss and review both ongoing and proposed division initiatives; expanding the knowledge base of the division, especially in the areas of access to health care and the needs of underserved West Virginia communities; and serve as “ambassadors” for the work of the Division of Health Sciences. The Division prefers that Advisory Committee membership reflect constituency groups including community members, the higher education system, the healthcare system, and community-focused agencies. A full description of the position requirements and responsibilities, as well as instructions for nominations and applications, may be found at www.wvhepc.edu/inside-the-commission/offices-and-affiliates/health-sciences/.
Faculty Research Opportunities
Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions among People Living with HIV (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for research designed to optimize smoking cessation treatment among people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States (U.S.). Responsive applications must propose research that will be conducted with PLWH and will inform efforts to reduce the incidence of tobacco-related disease and death among PLWH. Research may address the behavioral and sociocultural factors and conditions that are associated with cigarette smoking among PLWH, and may also address smoking-related health disparities among PLWH, considering the heterogeneity across the various subgroups of PLWH. This FOA aims to support research to systematically test existing evidence-based smoking cessation interventions (e.g., combination of behavioral and pharmacological) and/or to develop and test adaptations of evidence-based smoking cessation interventions among PLWH. The principal focus of this initiative is on cigarette smoking cessation; however studies that address dual/poly tobacco product use as part of a cigarette smoking cessation intervention are acceptable. Proposed projects must include prospective, comparative evaluation(s) of the intervention(s) in terms of the rates of cigarette smoking cessation, including sustained abstinence, among current cigarette smokers. Companion Funding Opportunity is RFA-CA-18-028, R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant. Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date. Application Deadline Date: January 8, 2019. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-18-027.html
Pilot Services Research Grants Not Involving Interventions (R34 Clinical Trial Optional) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage pilot research consistent with NIMH priorities for services research studies that are not immediate precursors to the development and testing of services interventions. While NIMH has moved to supporting all interventions research under FOAs that require use of an experimental therapeutics model, there is recognition that some important areas of mental health services research fall outside of that domain and have the potential to make significant contributions to advancing NIMH priorities and objectives. These areas include: 1) studies to identify mutable factors that impact access, utilization, quality, financing, outcomes including disparities in outcomes, or scalability of mental health services, which may serve as targets in future intervention development; 2) development and testing of new research tools, measures, or methods; or 3) testing the feasibility of integrating existing data sets to understand factors affecting access, quality or outcomes of care. Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to application due date. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-267.html
Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource: Data Repository, Analysis and Science Center (U2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - The NIEHS and partnering Institutes and Centers are establishing an infrastructure, the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) as a continuation of the Children's Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR). The goal of this consortium is to provide the research community access to laboratory and statistical analyses to add or expand the inclusion of environmental exposures in their research and to make that data publicly available as a means to improve our knowledge of the comprehensive effects of environmental exposures on human health throughout the life course. This FOA solicits the Data Center. The Data Center will provide intellectual and logistical support for the maintenance, integration, analysis, interpretation, curation, and reuse of data generated by HHEAR in support of extramural research projects. The Data Center will build and manage an exposure data repository and associated data science resources, including a public access Data Portal, a Data Submission and Review Portal, and an ontology and associated standardized data structure. In addition, the Data Center will provide statistical, analytical, and informatic support for HHEAR components and studies using the HHEAR infrastructure. The ultimate goal is maximizing potential use and impact of exposure data in human health studies. Companion Funding Opportunities are RFA-ES-18-010, U24 Resource-Related Research Projects – Cooperative Agreements; RFA-ES-18-011, U2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers Cooperative Agreements; RFA-ES-18-012, U2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers Cooperative Agreements; and RFA-ES-18-013, U2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers Cooperative Agreements. Application Deadline Date(s): October 29, 2018. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-18-014.html
Maintain and Enrich Resource Infrastructure for Existing Environmental Epidemiology Cohorts (R24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit grant applications that propose to: (1) support the maintenance of existing Environmental Epidemiology Cohorts (EECs) and to (2) enrich research infrastructure to improve scientific activities and resource sharing with the broader scientific communities. The ultimate goal is to maintain and maximize NIEHS cohort investments within the environmental epidemiology community by supporting the infrastructure needed to prepare for future research opportunities and to promote broader scientific collaborations. Application Deadline Date(s): November 6, 2018; October 10, 2019; October 9, 2020. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-18-009.html
New Computational Methods for Understanding the Functional Role of DNA Variants that are Associated with Mental Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development of advanced computational, bioinformatic and statistical tools to determine the functional relevance of genetic variants associated with mental disorders of complex etiologies identified through genome-wide association or sequencing studies. The overarching goal of this initiative is to support the development of innovative computational methods that facilitate the elucidation of the functionality of genetic variants associated with mental illness, taking into account the added complexities and nuances of brain diseases, and to ultimately inform novel treatment development based on human biology. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-908.html