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ResearchWaves: October 2013

ResearchWaves is published every other month, and is the internal publication of the Office of Research.  Content features research-related news of interest for and about Medical Center faculty, staff, and students.

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Researchers honored at annual Excellence ceremony

Sixteen researchers were honored for their research contributions to UMMC at the annual Excellence in Research Awards Ceremony held October 11, 2013.

Honored faculty include, seated from left, Dr. Michael Lehman, bronze; Dr. Robert McGuire, bronze; Dr. Andrew Smith, bronze; Dr. Azeddine Atfi, silver; and Dr. Merry Lindsey, silver; standing from left, Dr. Luis Martinez, silver; Dr. Radhika Pochampally, silver; Dr. Kounosuke Watabe, silver; Dr. Jian-Xiong Chen, gold; Dr. Michael Garrett, gold; Dr. Alan Jones, gold; Dr. Babbette LaMarca, gold; and Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo, gold.
Faculty not available for the photo include Dr. Christopher Anderson, bronze; Dr. Ching-Jygh Chen, bronze; and the late Dr. Xiao-Ming Ou, silver.

Office of Research launches new internal site

The Office of Research recently launched its improved intranet site, premiering new user-friendly features, streamlined content and a more accessible format for investigators.  Features include a streamlined Forms and Templates page where PIs can download budget and contract templates, policy and transmittal forms plus more with ease, a Funding Opportunities page that lists upcoming deadlines and external and internal funding opportunities and new pages that includes resources for Clinical Research and Grants & Contracts.  

The most anticipated feature is the new initiative, FundU, which provides UMMC faculty members with examples of funded basic, clinical, population and translations proposals along with mentors, peer review boards and other grantwriting assistance. "Extramural funding has become increasingly difficult to obtain and just as difficult to maintain, said Chair Dr. Babbette LaMarca. "We wanted to provide an avenue to facilitate funding applications at all career levels."

The website will be a work in progress with new features including interactive training opportunities and information about research enhancement programs coming in the next few months.

The OoR is asking for visitors to provide feedback on its design, features and contents so it can fine-tune the new website to ensure that it’s serving all of UMMC's faculty and staff at the highest level.  All feedback and questions can be sent to

Upcoming Trainings and Certifications

Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) Prep Course and Exam - January 9-10, 2014

The Office of Research will host the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) CCRP prep course on Thursday, January 9 from 8am - 5pm and the CCRP exam on Friday, January 10 at 8am in Student Union Rooms A and B. The Certification Program evaluates a CRP's knowledge, understanding and application of the conduct of clinical investigations involving humans in accordance with several established international and national guidelines. All UMMC faculty and staff are eligible to take the prep course, but specific criteria must be met to sit for the exam. The deadline to register for the exam ( is November 29. The prep course fee is $295 and includes the study guide and lunch. The exam fee is $195. A $75 membership to SoCRA is also required before registering for the prep course and/or exam. For more information, please email Janet Keniston at

 "Write Winning Grants" - March 6, 2014

The Office of Research, in partnership with FundU, will host "Write Winning Grants" presented by the Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC.  The full-day seminar, led by Dr. Peg AtKisson, will focus on writing for NIH applications.  The seminar will provide in-depth information on idea development, fundamentals of good proposal writing, changes in the NIH review system and effectively presenting your case.

"Write Winning Grants" will be held from 8:30am - 5:00pm on March 6, 2014 in Student Union Rooms A-D.  Registration for UMMC employees is $75 and covers the seminar, handouts, workbook, lunch and refreshments.  An interdepartmental invoice can be used to pay for the seminar.

To register, please send the completed registration form to Cari Fowler at

Recently Awarded

Please help us congratulate the following faculty, staff and students on their newly funded proposals.

NIH Private Sponsors
Omar Adbul-Rahman
 Andrew Freeman
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Adolfo Correa
 Suvankar Majumdar
Lir-Wan Fan
 Tina Martin
School of Nursing
John E. Hall
Physiology & Biophysics
 Michael Puskarich
Emergency Medicine
Peter Hosick
Physiology & Biophysics
 Juanyce Taylor
School of Health-Related Professions
Michael Lehman
Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences
 Michelle Tucci
Orthopedic Surgery
Merry Lindsey
Physiology & Biophysics
 Junie Warrington
Physiology & Biophysics
Ruisheng Liu
Physiology & Biophysics
 State Sponsored
Craig Stockmeier
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
 Claude Brunson
Office of the Vice Chancellor
Other Federal Sponsors Karen Crews
School of Dentistry
Courtney Bagge
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
 Naznin Dixit
Victor Chinchar
 Makram Ebeid
Fazlay Faruque
School of Nursing
 Fazlay Faruque
School of Nursing
Kristi Henderson
Office of the Vice Chancellor
 Alan Jones
Emergency Medicine
Deborah Konkle-Parker
 Gail Megason
Anait Levenson
Cancer Institute
 Richard O'Callaghan
Jung Ryu
 David Robinson
Richard Summers
Office of the Vice Chancellor
Emergency Medicine
 James Shwayder
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Erin Taylor
School of Graduate Studies
Fei Xing
Cancer Institute

Industry Sponsored
Jermaine Gray
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jason Griggs
School of Dentistry
Robert Herndon
Vikas Majithia
Joseph Majure


Upcoming Deadlines and Funding Opportunities

Please see the upcoming deadlines and funding opportunities.  Visit Funding Opportunities for more information.funding opportunities

Sponsor Updates

NOT-OD-14-007 - Revised NIH Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations 

Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation

Assurance Updates

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 

Fall 2013 Institutional Animal Care and Use Semiannual Inspection is underway! Semiannual inspections are required by federal regulations governing the use of animals. The IACUC is appreciative of everyone’s time given during the laboratory inspection process to host our visit and answer questions related to investigator laboratory activities and protocol(s).

Maintenance of “clean health” status and movement of rodents within the Laboratory Animal Facilities (LAF): The health status of rodent colonies can have a profound effect on research results and every effort is made by the Laboratory Animal Facilities staff to maintain specific rodent housing areas as “clean”, pathogen free rooms for this reason. Movement of animals from room-to-room can be a source of cross contamination of rodent pathogens. Any movement of animals from one room to another should always be arranged/confirmed with management of the Laboratory Animal Facilities to reduce the possibility of cross-contamination. Increased rodent populations require the LAF to coordinate any movements, as “empty” spaces are often arranged to accommodate the receipt of new animals in the next delivery cycle. The LAF is carefully planning where rodents are placed for housing, if a “blank” space is observed on a cage rack in a rodent room that space should not be considered an open invitation for placement of rodent cages in the space. Investigators are requested to share this information with all personnel in their laboratory.

Housekeeping items:

“old forms”
Investigators should ensure use of the current animal activity protocol form(s) by visiting the IACUC website and downloading the blank form(s) prior to drafting a submission for IACUC consideration. The current version of the protocol form references use of the “2013 Edition of the AVMA Guidelines” (item #20 - Euthanasia) as required by OLAW for PHS-Assured Institutions effective September 1, 2013.

“signature(s)” - Can be a time saver in the final phase of the IACUC approval process
Placement of signature(s) is/are requested at the time of submission for IACUC approval. An electronic signature or a “cut and paste” signature is acceptable. Alternatively, an original signature may be affixed and the document scanned and converted to a pdf file for submission. 

Institutional Biosafety Committee

IBC Annual Updates and Laboratory Inspections will begin November 1st. Are you prepared for laboratory inspection? Has your Biological Safety Cabinet been inspected within the last year? Have you had any personnel changes? For additional information, please contact us. 

Institutional Review Board 

How to Cut IRB Review Time and Top 10 IRB Tips
The Human Research Office staff is available to assist you with questions regarding your IRB application before submission and throughout the review process. Please find attached helpful Top 10 IRB Submission Tips and How to Cut IRB Review Time

Office of Integrity and Compliance

Federal funding must be acknowledged!
From the HHS Grants Policy Statement: “As required by HHS appropriations acts, all HHS recipients must acknowledge Federal funding when issuing statements, press releases, requests for proposals, bid invitations, and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal funds. Recipients are required to state (1) the percentage and dollar amounts of the total program or project costs financed with Federal funds and (2) the percentage and dollar amount of the total costs financed by nongovernmental sources.”