UTMB Announcements for 1/27/2015

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Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Servant Leadership Award Ceremony and Luncheon
Dr. Callender Hosts Town Hall Meeting on January 30
TODAY: 20th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
***** Weight Loss Seminar *****
Safety Watch Program
Got Respect? Positive Relationshps - An Open Forum for Staff
2015 Children's Memorial Service
IHOP Policies Available for Review and Comment
GUEST LECTURE: Dr. Marc Gladman, Professor of Colorectal Surgery, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, Australia

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
UTMB EYE HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OPTICAL HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY PATIENTS1/26/2015
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1/23/2015
LASIK CAN SAVE YOU MONEY1/26/2015
>>> VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY <<<1/26/2015
Neuroscience and Cell Biology Departmental Seminar1/23/2015
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study1/23/2015
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds1/26/2015
Volunteers needed for research study1/26/2015
PORPHYRIAS SHORT COURSE1/26/2015
GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS1/26/2015
PMCH Seminar Series1/26/2015
Neuroscience Grand Rounds1/26/2015
Call for Pilot Project Proposals1/26/2015

Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 1/27/2015

The Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases,
the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Center for Tropical Diseases
welcomes

 Laura C. Harrington, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

 Presenting

 “Mosquito mating biology and behavior: new targets for vector control”

as part of the
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
Date:  Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Basic Science Auditorium, Room 2.212

 All interested persons are encouraged to attend!

Contact:     Email: Angela Culler     For: Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases     Phone: 72464     Fax: 70762
 
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Servant Leadership Award Ceremony and Luncheon
First Published 1/27/2015

The UTMB Diversity Council

cordially invites you to the

 

DR. MARTIN LUTHER K ING, JR.

EXCELLENCE IN SERVANT LEADERSHIP AWARD CEREMONY AND LUNCHEON

 

featuring keynote speaker

Kelton D. Sams, Jr.

Author of "Growing Up in Galveston, Texas" and youth leader in the successful

desegregation of lunch counter in the City of Galveston, Texas.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.

 

William C. Levin Hall Dining Room

11th and Market streets | Galveston, Texas

 

Please respond by January 26 to Robin Baker, Office of University Events,

at events.oua@utmb.edu or (409)747-6735.

 

Parking is available in the Parking Garage on 6th and Market streets.

 

The UTMB Diversity Council proudly presents the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Excellence in Servant Leadership Award Ceremony and Luncheon. The annual recognition ceremony celebrates the legacy of Dr. King by honoring faculty, students and staff who promote diversity, inclusion, civic engagement and service to UTMB and the greater community.

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Contact:     Email: Robin Baker     For: Office of University Events     Phone: 409-747-6735
 
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Dr. Callender Hosts Town Hall Meeting on January 30
First Published 1/27/2015

Please join President David Callender for the next UTMB Town Hall meeting at noon Jan. 30 in Levin Hall Auditorium. As we move forward into a new year, Dr. Callender will note some of UTMB’s remarkable 2014 highlights and discuss plans for ensuring the success of UTMB’s mission in the future.

Please plan to attend Dr. Callender’s Town Hall, either in person, online or via the campus TV network. The meeting will include a Q & A session.

If you’d like to submit a question in advance to be read at the meeting (your name will not be used), see the options below. If time constraints do not allow every question to be asked at the meeting, Dr. Callender will be available after Town Hall to answer questions individually. And we’ll post questions and answers to the Town Hall website.

  • Click on the “Submit a Question” link on the Town Hall website (option on Employee Advisory Council blog to remain anonymous).
  • Or, send a confidential note via interoffice mail addressed to “Talk of the Town,” Route 0149. From off-campus: UTMB Talk of the Town, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0149.

Town Hall viewing options:

 

Contact:     Email: Raymond Brouillard     For: Marketing and Communications     Phone: 22618
 
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TODAY: 20th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
First Published 1/27/2015

The UTMB Sealy Center on Aging presents

The 20th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging

All lectures will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

2.220 Levin Hall South Auditorium

Reception following in Levin Hall Foyer


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

“The National Health and Aging Trends Study:

A Resource for Studying Disability and Independence in Older People”

 Judith Kasper, PhD

Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

 

Lectures are open to everyone 

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Burt at x69675 or stburt@utmb.edu

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Contact:     Email: Stephanie Burt     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-266-9675
 
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***** Weight Loss Seminar *****
First Published 1/27/2015

*** Free Weight Loss Seminar ***

 

UTMB-Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center

2240 Gulf Freeway South

League City, Texas 77573

6:00 pm

 

The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting  a seminar on weight loss options. The seminar is free and will discuss medical and surgical weight loss options available. For more information or to register for the seminar please call 832-505-1500.

 

 

 

Contact:     Email: Kelli Gondesen, RN, BSN, CBN     For: The Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery     Phone: x51500 or (832)505-1500     Fax: (281) 614-0686
 
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Safety Watch Program
First Published 1/27/2015

The UTMB Police Department provides a Safety Watch program for employees, students and visitors.

During the hours of Dusk to Dawn, officers will either walk with the individuals or provide a ride in a UTMB Police Department vehicle to any location on campus or to the individual's vehicle if it is parked in one of the UTMB parking garages or lots.  This escort service is not provided to any location off campus.

Safety Watches may be requested by either telephoning UTMB Police Dispatch at (409) 772-2691 or asking an officer.

Depending upon the emergency and non-emergency services being provided by the UTMB Police Department at the time of the call, a Safety Watch is usually provided within fifteen minutes.

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Department     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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Got Respect? Positive Relationshps - An Open Forum for Staff
First Published 1/27/2015

The UTMB Professionalism Committee is hosting an open discussion regarding RESPECT in the workplace for all staff on February 27th at noon in Rebecca Sealy, Room 1.104-1.106. The event will be facilitated by members of the Professionalism Committee, Barbara Bonificio, Director Patient Care Services and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and Meredith Masel, Program Manager, Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.  Lunch will be provided.  Seating is limited to 100.  RSVP required.  Please register early.   An hour of CNE* (professionalism or ethics) credit is available for nurses who attend the event. 

To register, call 71247 or register on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NN3JXNS

 

* The planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships related to the planning or implementation of this CNE activity.  Nurses who attend this professional development activity will receive 1.0 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours The University of Texas Medical Branch Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  

Contact:     Email: Ruth L Finkelstein     For: Office of Strategic Management     Phone: (409) 747-1247     Fax: (4090 772-9944
 
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2015 Children's Memorial Service
First Published 1/27/2015

The 2015 Children's Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 29 at 3:30 pm in the Hospital Chapel, John Sealy 1.202.   Babies and Children who have died at UTMB or connected to UTMB will be remembered.  Mrs. Judith Briggs, Medical Language Interpreter, Pediatric Center at Bay Colony will be the guest speaker.  

Staff are invited to attend.  

Light refreshments will be provided following the ceremony. 

Contact:     Email: Kathy Ozenberger     For: Pastoral Care     Phone: ext 23979
 
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IHOP Policies Available for Review and Comment
First Published 1/27/2015
As part of the IHOP policy review process, the following new and substantively revised policies have been posted to the Policies and Procedures Open Comment Section for review and comment: 
 
New Policies
 
Revised Policies
 
Comments on these policies will be accepted until 5pm on Tuesday February 10th, 2015. Please submit comments to the Office of Institutional Compliance via email at policies@utmb.edu.  
Contact:     Email: Nicole Aquino     For: Office of Institutional Compliance     Phone: 4097478702
 
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GUEST LECTURE: Dr. Marc Gladman, Professor of Colorectal Surgery, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, Australia
First Published 1/27/2015

PHYSICIAN GUEST LECTURE

Dr. Marc A. Gladman
Professor of Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Gladman will be visiting us from the Sydney Medical School in Sydney, Australia this week. As part of his visit, Dr. Gladman will be presenting two lectures. All those who would like to and can, we invite to attend.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
McCullough Classroom 6.106

Dr. Gladman will present on the following topics:

Outcomes of Major Colorectal Surgery in New South Wales, Australia: A Population-Based Study of 70,000 Patients

Characterisation of the Intrinsic AND Extrinsic Innervation of the Human Rectum: NEUROCHEMICAL CODING OF THE MYENTERIC PLEXUS AND ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF EXTRINSIC AFFERENT NERVES

We look foward to seeing you there.

Contact:     Email: Erica Unice     For: Department of Surgery     Phone: 409-772-1846
 
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UTMB EYE HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OPTICAL HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY PATIENTS
First Published 1/26/2015

UTMB EYE HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OPTICAL HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY PATIENTS

UTMB Eye Health, University Optical is now offering the latest dispensing technology.  The VisiOffice system delivers the most unique, personalized experience which is important to today's tech-savvy patients.  Our new system provides the most accurate and precise measurements for delivering the latest in technologically-advanced eye wear including the new digital progressive lens design.

Our new system has a unique camera and video screen that lets you compare yourself in four frames at once.  You can enjoy trying four different frame styles which are recorded and view them with your current eyeglasses, you never have to worry about not being able to see while looking for new eyewear again. 

This unique dispensing platform offers our patients detailed and consumer friendly education modules to access different prescription lens options and special treatments available to our patients from Crizal AntiReflective treatments, Transition lenses to new digital progressive lens designs that are customized to your prescription.

UTMB Eye Health, University Optical is constantly evolving to provide our patients with superior products to ensure your overall satisfaction with your new eyewear.

Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Praveena Gupta or Dr. Matthew Crookston.

  • 700 University Blvd., near UTMB campus
  • Free, convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions
  • Open 8am - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday

Appointments:  409-747-5800

Questions:  409-747-5823 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 1409-747-5824
 
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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
First Published 1/23/2015

 

“How the proteasome selects its targets:  is there

a second code?”

 

Presented by

 

Andreas Thomas Matouschek, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Molecular Biosciences

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

 

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

January 29, 2015

4:00 p.m.

 

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS WELCOME

HOSTED BY: Maga Rowicka-Kudlicka 

Contact:     Email: Julie Quiroga     For: BMB     Phone: 22742
 
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LASIK CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
First Published 1/26/2015

If you wear eyeglasses or contacts, you can spend $500-$800 a year to see clearly. Many LASIK patients can see well without glasses or contacts, meaning that LASIK will pay for itself in just a few years.                         

Right now UTMB employees and their family members can get special pricing for LASIK. UTMB Health Eye Center, in alliance with Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire, is offering custom wavefront LASIK services at special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and their family members.

Get a free LASIK evaluation by calling 1-866-685-6995.Be sure to tell them you’re with UTMB!

UTMB offers LASIK eye care by experienced LASIK specialist and UTMB ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley. Dr. Merkley has more than 17 years of experience, having performed more than 20,000 laser vision correction procedures.

Click here to friend UTMB Health Eye Center on Facebook to learn more about eye health and Eye Center news.

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Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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>>> VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY <<<
First Published 1/26/2015

Our van has an immediate opening for Clear Lake and League City riders.  Ideal for the Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm, work shift.  Pick up riders at Bay Area Park & Ride and Sportsplex parking lot in League City.  Stops at the circle at 9th St. and Market.

For more information, please contact Luz Cheng at (409) 682-1766 or email lcheng@utmb.edu.


Thanks! 

Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
 
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Neuroscience and Cell Biology Departmental Seminar
First Published 1/23/2015

 

The Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology presents a seminar by

Theodore Price, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Behavior and Brain Sciences,

University of Texas at Dallas

(James E. Beall, II Distinguished Seminar)

“CNS mechanisms underlying the transition to chronic pain”

12:00 pm, Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Basic Science Auditorium

Room 2.212, Basic Science Building

Contact:     Email: Belinda Ebert     For: Neuroscience and Cell Biology     Phone: 72178
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 1/23/2015

Subjects With Asthma Are Needed

 

You could qualify for one of our studies if you have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma AND are between the ages of 18 and 65 and are a non-smoker for at least one year. Eligible Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

William J. Calhoun, M.D.
Principal Investigator
Clinical Trials Office 

Contact:     Email: Afifa Khalil     For: Clinical Trials Office     Phone: 409-747-1887
 
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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
First Published 1/26/2015

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Grand Rounds: Distinguished Lecture Series

 

“Oversight of Human Subjects Research”

 

Aristides Koutrouvelis, MD

Department of Anesthesiology

UTMB

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

7:00 AM

 

Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center

2nd Floor Conference Room

 

Objectives:

1.     Review principles of ethical research.

2.     Describe FDA and OHRP guidance access.

3.     Review the new Velos Grant Management System

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):   Dr. Koutrouvelis has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Ronald Lindsey, Zibi Gugala and Mrs. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 12AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Katie Gwinn     For: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation     Phone: 409-747-5750
 
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Volunteers needed for research study
First Published 1/26/2015

Are you 25-75 years old,male ?

If, YES,you may be eligble to participate in a study investigating the effect of cold exposure on the body's ability to clear fat and sugars from the blood.

You will need to come to the hospital 3 times ( approximately 2 weeks apart ) for one overnight stay each time.

Eligible volunteers will receive:

~ health screenings and lab tests at no charge

~ compensation for time and travel

Contact:     Email: Catherine Iliadou     For: Internal Medicine     Phone: 832-316-09-18
 
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PORPHYRIAS SHORT COURSE
First Published 1/26/2015

PORPHYRIAS SHORT COURSE

January 30, 2015 – February 1, 2015

 

This 2½ day course is offered by the UTMB Porphyria Center and the NIH-sponsored Porphyrias Consortium.  The program includes speakers from the 6 sites of the Porphyrias Consortium (UTMB, Mount Sinai, U of Alabama, U of Utah, UC San Francisco, and Wake Forest) as well as case discussions and patient testimonials.  CME credit is available for physicians.

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If you would like to attend, please contact Dr. Karl Anderson by email: kanderso@utmb.eduas space is limited. 

 

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Contact:     Email: Karl Anderson     For: PMCH     Phone: 772-9092
 
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GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS
First Published 1/26/2015

GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS
January 28, 2015
8:00 a.m.
6.106 Mccullough Building


"Catastrophic Brain Injury and Aggressive Patient Management"
 

Marlon F. Levy, MD, FACS
PGY-4, Department of Surgery
Surgical Director-Transplantation
Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute
 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
1. Identify the complications associated with catastrophic brain injury and brain death.  
2. Recognize the multidisciplinary medical management strategies of the catastrophic brain injured patient that optimize care and preserve the    option of donation for patients and families. 

3. Explain the rationale for evaluative procedures including therapeutic bronchoscopy,  serial echocardiography, CVP monitoring. 
4. Discuss the role that critical care physicians have in increasing the numbe rof organs transplanted per donor. 


Educational Method: Lecture

Target Audience: Faculty/MDs, Residents, Students, and Alumni

Disclosure Statement (Speaker): Dr. Levy has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members): Dr. Kristene Gugliuzza, Ms. Erica Ruiz, and Ms. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

   

Contact:     Email: Erica D. Ruiz     For: Department of Surgery     Phone: (409) 772-1285     Fax: (409) 772-5611
 
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PMCH Seminar Series
First Published 1/26/2015

 AHRQ Mission & Priorities, Funding Opportunities, Application Process, and Tips

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN
Health Scientist & Team Lead
Office of Women's Health & Gender Reserach

Thursday, January 29th 
1.104 Ewing Hall
Noon

Lunch Provided
 

 

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Contact:     Email: Brittany Wallace     For: PMCH     Phone: 409-772-1128
 
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Neuroscience Grand Rounds
First Published 1/26/2015

 

Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Department of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery

 

Presents

Wendy Herbert, PT, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy

UTMB

 

"Can we enhance the brain's control of upper extremity motor function after stroke?"

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

9:00 a.m.

Research Building 6, Room 2.312

 

 

 

Objectives:

1.  Describe the relationship between cortical motor areas and the brainstem for control of upper extremity motor function in the healthy and injured nervous system.

2.  Discuss the potential contributions of alternative motor systems in recovery of motor function, and methods for enhancing adaptive plasticity in multiple systems for recovery of arm function.

3.  Describe a pilot study under development to explore effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation during motor training on upper extremity motor recovery in moderately impaired stroke survivors.

Disclosure Statement:  Dr. Herbert has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement:  Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Dr. Joel Patterson, Michele Sefcik, and Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
 
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Call for Pilot Project Proposals
First Published 1/26/2015

UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

CALL FOR PILOT PROJECT PROPOSALS

DEADLINE: Friday, February 13, 2015

The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit pilot research proposals in the area aging, physical function and recovery from illness in older adults.  Proposals from any domain of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome, including but not limited to basic research, clinical trials, and patient-centered outcomes research. Projects will be funded for one or two years, with total annual direct costs not to exceed $30,000.

The purpose of this pilot funding is to support aging-related research that will realistically lead to external funding. Pilot awardees will have access to clinical research resources, such as a research coordinator, provided by the Pepper Center.

Proposals are encouraged from all investigators interested in initiating studies on aging.

The pilot proposal selection will follow a 2-step process: 

Step 1: Letter of Intent- Interested investigators should write a brief letter of intent describing in one page or less their research idea and how this idea would lead to external funding in the area of aging. Letters can be submitted to Stephanie Burt (Pepper OAIC Administrator) at Route 0177 or via e-mail to stburt@utmb.edu. Deadline for receipt of the letter of intent is February 13, 2015.

*Letters of intentwill be evaluated by the Pepper Executive Committee, and those selected will be asked to submit a full proposal.

Step 2: Full Proposal–*If selected to submit a full proposal, a 5-page proposal in NIH format will be required outlining your research plan.  If requested, a research mentor can be assigned to assist with development of the proposal.* Deadline for receipt of the full proposal is Friday, March 27, 2015.

Full proposals will be evaluated by the Pilot Selection Committee, comprising of members of the ITS Scientific Review Committee, Pepper Center leaders and an independent external reviewer with specific expertise in the area of the pilot application. 

 

Please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues.

 

Questions should be sent to Stephanie Burt, phone: (409) 266-9675 or e-mail:stburt@utmb.edu.

 

Contact:     Email: Stephanie Burt     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-266-9675
 
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