Research Announcements

ACS CAN 2021 Nebraska Cancer Research Forum

Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for their 2021 Nebraska Cancer Research Forum on Oct. 27 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend: https://www.fightcancer.org/events/2021-acs-can-nebraska-cancer-research-forum

The ACS CAN Nebraska Cancer Research Forum is a premiere event that brings together leaders from the business, education, medical, government and research communities to advance the work of ACS CAN. The event not only unites those in Nebraska who are fighting to end cancer, it serves to support ACS CAN and its work.

The goal of the forum is to discuss the promise and potential of clinical trials in helping to impact the fight against disease particularly people living with cancer. Clinical trials are the key step in advancing potential new treatments for cancer patients from the research lab to the clinic, and patient participation in trials is crucial to their success. Successfully overcoming barriers to patient enrollment, including addressing health equity concerns requires not only understanding the issues, but developing specific steps to overcome these barriers.

The following individuals are currently scheduled to speak at the event:

  • Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D., Global Center for Health Security Distinguished Chair, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, UNMC, Vice President for Research, Nebraska Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, UNeHealth
  • Matthew Lunning, DO, FACP, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine Division of Oncology & Hematology, UNMC, Associate Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center (CRC)
  • Mark Fleury, PHD, Principal, Policy Development – Emerging Science, ACS CAN
  • Heidi Mesik, Alliance Director, PhRMA
  • Michele Ulmer, Breast Cancer Survivor and Registered Nurse at York Medical Clinic
  • Dee Humm, Healthcare Director at Genentech and ACS CAN Nebraska Volunteer

Event Moderator: Carmen Chinchilla Gutiérrez, Nebraska Oncology Society

For more information, please contact Matt Prokop, ACS CAN Nebraska Grassroots Manager at matt.prokop@cancer.org or 402-826-7494

NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program: novel funding opportunities & webinars

Four types of NIH awards announced, with webinars available for more information.

The High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supports exceptionally creative scientists pursuing highly innovative research with the potential for broad impact in biomedical, behavioral, or social sciences within the NIH mission. None of these programs requires preliminary data or a detailed experimental plan. What is required is a great idea and compelling logic of how it might be achieved. The program’s four constituent NIH Director’s awards provide a diverse set of funding opportunities. See the individual award websites for more information and application help.

The NIH Common Fund will hold pre-application interactive Q&A webinars for these funding opportunities. NIH staff will discuss the funding opportunities and answer questions from prospective applicants. Preregistration for the webinar is required.

Webinar information:

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (RFA-RM-21-018) – Monday, June 28, 2021 at 11:30 AM EDT
To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Thursday, June 24, 2021 to EarlyIndependence@od.nih.gov.

NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (RFA-RM-21-015) – Monday, June 28, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT
To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Thursday, June 24, 2021 to PioneerAwards@mail.nih.gov.

NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (RFA-RM-21-017) – Tuesday, June 29, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT
To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Friday, June 25, 2021 to Transformative_Awards@mail.nih.gov.

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (RFA-RM-21-016) – Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT
To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Friday, June 25, 2021 to NewInnovatorAwards@mail.nih.gov.

Advance your technology with the DOD Seminar

Reminder, please join us June 24th (12-1PM) as we hear from Barry Datlof, the Chief of Business Development and Commercialization at U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC), will discuss how you can advance your research and technology with the Department of Defense (DoD). Mr. Datlof serves as an advocate for developing researchers’ technologies and provides researchers with guidance on identifying and navigating potential funding opportunities in the DoD. Presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and UNeMed. Login information for this Teams meeting can be found here.