Posts Tagged ‘NIH’

NIH seeks input on biomedical digital repositories

The era of “Big Data” in biomedical research presents both opportunities and challenges. Increasing access to digital data allows for expanded accountability and accelerated discovery. But to take advantage of these opportunities, data must be managed and shared appropriately. The data repository is a common mechanism for managing and storing content, and the number, scale, and complexities of these repositories continue to grow. In the context of increased demand, it’s vital to understand and measure the value these … Read More

Peer review scoring: Why some grant applications are more likely to be funded than others

Anyone who’s worked hard on an NIH grant application that didn’t get funded wonders what they could have done differently to improve their chances of success. A recent analysis on peer review scoring by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides insight into how to improve overall impact scores and the likelihood of getting funded. In a July 22 Open Mike blog post, OER Director Mike Lauer, describes NIH’s quest to better understand the “stories behind [NIH] … Read More

Coming soon: MIRA funding for early-stage investigators

We first reported on the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for New and Early-Stage Investigators (R35) mechanism when it was introduced by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences about a year ago. The pilot program represented a new funding strategy focused on supporting PIs rather than specific projects. The rationale behind this novel funding strategy was to improve funding distribution and invest in scientists, thereby providing them with funding stability to explore new, creative directions in … Read More

NIGMS wants your input on modernizing biomedical graduate education

Last week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about NIGMS’ push to modernize how graduate students in biomedical research are educated and trained in December of last year. At the time, Director Jon Lorsch had just announced a number of activities NIGMS was incorporating into its training modules as part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the … Read More

The data on the competition for NIH funding

We all know the NIH budget is not keeping pace with demand and that success rates are at historically low levels but what are the actual numbers that reflect the funding climate? NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Mike Lauer addresses this question in detail in his May 31 Open Mike blog post, “How Many Researchers?” Using published findings from a workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Kimble et al.) as a starting point, Lauer explores the … Read More

What to do with the new NIH review criteria

As you are likely well aware, new review criteria and application instructions concerning rigor and reproducibility for many NIH and AHRQ grants go into effect May 25th. As the deadline nears for the June R01 cycle, we are getting a lot of questions about how to manage these changes. While this is still very much unsettled territory, NIH has released some clarifications and resources (as well as a graphical representation). The following represents our best … Read More

Mock Study Section offers a front row seat at Research Week, May 3

You are invited to watch seasoned reviewers discuss NIH proposals as if you were there! The Mock NIH Study Section, led by Charles Rafferty, Ph.D., will review NIH K career development and R01 applications with a panel of OHSU faculty acting as reviewers. This event will demonstrate how grants are evaluated and discussed through the NIH peer review process, and provide insight into improving your own grantsmanship. In addition, you get to participate! The audience … Read More

Eric Gouaux’s serotonin transporter research featured by NIH

Recent findings by Vollum Institute senior scientist, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., and team that reveal the molecular structure of the human serotonin transporter, are getting a lot of attention from the biomedical community and the media. Gouaux’s study was featured in NIH Research Matters, the online publication that highlights groundbreaking NIH-funded discoveries. The article, “Serotonin transporter structure revealed,” discusses the innovative technique developed by the team that allowed them to use X-ray crystallography to capture a 3-D image of the … Read More

OHSU forum: Data science and biomedical research, Apr. 20

The OHSU community is invited to attend a forum with Philip Bourne, Ph.D., associate director for data science at the National Institutes of Health, presenting on data science and biomedical research. Forum and Q&A Wednesday, Apr. 20 12 p.m. Mackenzie Hall 1162 The associate director and his office provide input to the overall NIH vision and actions undertaken by each of the 27 Institutes and Centers in support of biomedical research as a digital enterprise. They are … Read More

Intel’s Eric Dishman named Director of Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

NIH has announced the selection of Eric Dishman to head up the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. He will oversee the PMI landmark research study of roughly one million volunteers, designed to provide new insights into human disease and identify how precision medicine can improve health outcomes. One of Oregon’s top executives, Dishman most recently served as VP and Intel Fellow of Intel Corporation’s Health & Life Sciences Group based here in Portland. For … Read More

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