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CIP Newsletter No 126 - June 2010

CIP No 126

Academic-Industrial Partnerships for Translation of in vivo Imaging Systems for Cancer Investigations (R01) (NCI) (PAR-10-169)
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply.
This FOA issued by the Cancer Imaging and Radiation Research Programs of the NCI encourages applications from research partnerships formed by academic and industrial investigators to accelerate the translation of either animal or human in vivo imaging, image guided, and/or spectroscopic systems and methods designed to solve targeted cancer problems for cancer research, clinical trials, and/or clinical practice. The partners on each application will establish an inter-disciplinary, multi-institutional research team to work in a strategic alliance to implement a coherent strategy to develop and translate the proposed system or methods with potential for significant impact on preclinical, single, or multisite clinical studies. Partnerships must include at least one lead academic and one lead industrial organization large or small among their numbers.

Note that this revised PAR has provided: (a) a revised definition of translational research consistent with the NCI Translational Research Working Group (TRWG) recommendations, (b) a definition of innovation within the context of the TRWG recommendation, (c) examples of translational research for current commercial and next generation of imaging platforms and (d) modified review criteria within the context of the TRWG recommendations. The intent of the revised PAR is to encourage applications with a strong translational research focus. Note that investigators interested in the creation of research resources to assist in validation of imaging technologies are encouraged to explore collaboration with research networks (U01, U54) consistent with the PAR goals.

URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-169.html

DEVELOPMENT OF ASSAYS FOR HIGH-THROUGHPUT SCREENING FOR USE IN PROBE AND PRE-THERAPEUTIC DISCOVERY (R01) (NCI, MULTIPLE ICS) (PA-10-213)
Application due dates: standard dates apply
This FOA issued by the NIDDK, NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIDR, NIGMS and NIMH of the NationalInstitutes of Health, encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose the development of assays for high throughput screening (HTS) relevant to processes and diseases specific to its mission with the intent of using them to screen for small molecule compounds that show desired properties as probes for use in advancing knowledge about the relevant target, identifying new targets, or serving as pre-therapeutic leads. Project periods are limited to 3 years.  The NCI in particular is interested in development of assays to identify or evaluate small molecules for use in elucidating molecular, cellular, or in vivo mechanisms or processes of probable or known importance to cancer biology, and for use in developing strategies for cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment or clinical monitoring of treatment. Assays proposed may be biochemical, cellular or model organism-based, and may be useful for discovering small molecule probes, preventive or therapeutic drug leads, or imaging agent leads. Other ICs interests are given. 
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-213.html

Other Funding Agencies

DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs FY10 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program - Idea Award, Translational New Investigator Award
Pre-application due date: July 14, 2010
Proposals must not address breast, prostate, lung, or ovarian cancer research.  Preliminary data are not required.  Clinical trials will not be supported. 
URL:  https://cdmrp.org/files/2010/prcrp/prcrp_reftable.pdf

General program announcement information URL:  https://cdmrp.org/Program_Announcements_and_Forms/index.cfm

Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).
Deadlines: August 2, 2010
Research Grant
The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine has announced its support of original research in imaging informatics with two $50,000 grants for 2011. The grants are part of a continuing program that has already produced innovative research that promises benefits throughout the medical enterprise.
Small Grant for Imaging Informatics Training
The SIIM Research and Development Committee offers a $20,000 grant targeted at providing training opportunities in the field of imaging informatics for students and imaging informatics professionals.
URL:  http://www.siimweb.org/grants/

Notices

Videos from CSR
CSR has produced a series of videos to give you an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit. 
New and established applicants will find insights and understanding that can empower them to improve the applications and increase their chances for receiving a more positive review.
URL:  http://cms.csr.nih.gov/ResourcesforApplicants/InsidetheNIHGrantReviewProcessVideo.htm

Extramural Nexus Stories - May Edition
Articles re providing input on financial conflict of interest regulations (deadline for comments is July 20, 2010), last call for A2 applications, what constitutes a new application, and podcasts on grant writing and similar topics.   
URL:  http://nexus.od.nih.gov/insider/insider.aspx?Month=05&Year=2010
Extramural Nexus Web Site:  http://odoerdb2.od.nih.gov/oer/insider/index.htm

"Enhancing Peer Review" Information

MY NCBI TOOL TO REPLACE ERA COMMONS FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY MANAGEMENT (NOT-OD-10-103)
Over the course of their scientific careers, program directors and principal investigators (PD/PIs) create and maintain extensive professional bibliographies, which include publications resulting from or in support of their funded research grants. PD/PIs registered in eRA Commons have been able to use the publications page of their personal profiles in Commons as a repository for their publications. NIH is now providing Commons users with a more efficient, accurate and user-friendly way to manage their professional bibliographies, associate publications with their grant awards, and ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/ ).

eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI's personal online tool, "My NCBI,( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/ )" to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal--"My Bibliography"--for users to maintain and manage a list of all of their authored works, such as journal articles, manuscripts accepted for publication, books, and book chapters. As of April 2010, linking a Commons account to a new or existing My NCBI account allows references saved in My Bibliography to automatically appear in users' Commons accounts.  See the notice for benefits and requirements.
URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-103.html

CIP Announcements
CIP DCIDE PROGRAM MORPHS INTO NExT
The Cancer Imaging Program's DCIDE program for providing data to investigators for their IND filings is being absorbed by the NCI Experimental Therapeutics Program (NExT).  Submissions are due quarterly, on the 15th of February, May, August and November. 
URL: http://next.cancer.gov/ 
 
GUEST AUTHOR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NIH MICAD DATABASE
The Molecular Imaging and Contrast Agent Database (MICAD) program has been developed as a key component of the NIH Molecular Imaging Roadmap to provide freely accessible online scientific information on in vivo molecular imaging and contrast agents. To accelerate expansion of the database to include all published agents, the MICAD program has implemented a procedure for members of the imaging community to write and submit entries (chapters) as guest authors to the database. All members of the imaging community are encouraged to consider this guest author opportunities. For further information, please contact the MICAD staff at micad@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Individual guest authors will be provide with detailed instructions, style guidelines, and a chapter template. The name of the contributing author(s) will be acknowledged and included in the MICAD online publication.
URL: http://micad.nih.gov
URL: http://bookshelf.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bookres.fcgi/micad/infoguest.html)

Meetings

Gordon Research Conference: Metals in Medicine
June 27 - July 2, 2010, Proctor Academy, Andover, NH
URL:  http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2010&program=metalsmed

AAPM 52nd Annual Meeting
July 18-22, 2010, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
URL:  http://www.aapm.org/meetings/2010AM/

AAPM Summer School:Teaching Medical Physics: Innovations in Learning
July 22-25, 2010, immediately following the 2010 AAPM Annual Meeting
University of Pennsylvania
URL:  http://www.aapm.org/meetings/2010SS/

240th American Chemical Society National Meeting
Applications of Radionuclides in Imaging and Therapy, sponsored by the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL)
August 22-26, 2010, Boston, MA
URL:  http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=2060&content_id=CNBP_023925&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=db1dacc3-030b-48e9-a205-b22ae38f446c

2010 World Molecular Imaging Congress
September 8-11, 2010, International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan
URL:  http://www.wmicmeeting.org/dev/

ACRIN Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 1, 2010, Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA
URL:  http://www.acrin.org

International Conference on the Ultrasonic Measurement and Imaging of Tissue Elasticity
October 16-19, 2010, Cliff Lodge Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, UT
URL:  http://www.elasticityconference.org/  

2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound
October 17-20, 2010, Westfield Marriott Washington Dulles, Chantilly, VA
URL:  http://www.fusfoundation.org/Symposium-2010/mrgfus-2010

7th Annual Memphis BioImaging Symposium
November 4-5, 2010, Fogelman Executive Conference Center, University of Memphis. Tennessee
URL:  http://www.membis.org/

RSNA 2010
November 28 - December 3, 2010, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
URL:  http://www.rsna.org/

2010 International Chemical Conference of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem)
Biomarkers: PET/SPECT Imaging(#105)
December 15-20, 2010, Honolulu, HI
URL: http://www.pacifichem.org/symposia/c_symp_105.htm

RSNA Clinical Trials Methodology Workshop
January 15-21, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ
URL:  http://www.rsna.org/Research/educational_courses.cfm

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