Research Announcements

Drug Discovery Targeting Iron Metabolism

You are invited to the system science retreat that we are planning to hold on Mar 18th, 2019 at the DRC I – auditorium of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.  The focus of the retreat will be drug discovery targeting iron metabolism. This retreat is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative in the effort to strengthen the University of Nebraska’s research competitiveness by fully leveraging its multi-campus intellectual capacity and research resources. The goals for the retreat are to bring interdisciplinary expertise within the University of Nebraska and nationwide, to define the direction and identify critical knowledge gaps in developing synergistic strategies targeting Fe metabolism. The program of the retreat will include a full agenda of scientific presentations and a round-table discussion. A detailed schedule of the retreat can be found here.

This retreat is free and open to public. Please fill out the form here for pre-registration.

Questions may be addressed to the event organizers:

Prabagaran Narayanasamy (UNMC) email or phone: 402-559-9120

Limei Zhang (UNL) email or phone: 402-472-2967


SEM Retreat

Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

The Science, Engineering, and Medicine Retreat is part of a multiyear SEM initiative designed to catalyze new interdisciplinary research collaborations to enhance competitiveness for Federal funding.

This half-day SEM Research Retreat targets the following topics:

  • biomedical sensing technologies / new diagnostics and therapeutics
  • human/biological physical interfaces / human factors engineering
  • regenerative medicine / rehabilitation engineering
  • health informatics
  • bioimaging technologies
  • countermeasures to chemical, biological, and/or radiological agents detrimental to health

Registration is Required.

The goal of the retreat is to assist researchers in finding collaborators to solve challenging problems in the aforementioned topics. All participants are asked to prepare a poster (maximum size of 30” x 40”) to describe your research idea or activity that you would like to share with others. You will need to print this poster and bring it with you to the retreat for display on an easel. During the first poster session, UNMC and UNO faculty will display their posters while UNL faculty will visit posters of interest to discuss potential collaborations. During the second poster session, the roles will be reversed with UNL faculty displaying their posters while UNMC and UNO faculty visit these posters. Posters will be organized by topic so everyone will have a chance to find posters that align with their research interests. A draft agenda is can be found here. A networking lunch will be provided that includes updates and information on pilot grant funding opportunities from Directors of several COBREs and the Great Plains IDeA-Clinical and Translational Research center.

Following the retreat, interdisciplinary research teams will be invited to submit project proposals for seed funding of up to $100,000 over two years. A request for applications describing this funding opportunity will be available in the near future.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 1 at:

Note that the registration site also includes a request for information related to your expertise, research questions you want to address, and innovative tools and technologies you have or are seeking. This information will be shared with everyone who registers to attend the retreat.

Attendees will be eligible to compete for the 2019 SEM funding opportunity.  Download the 2019 SEM RFA and the SEM Application here.

The 2019 SEM Research Retreat is jointly sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and the Great Plains IDeA-Clinical and Translational Research (GP IDeA-CTR).

An Insider’s Guide to VA Grant Funding: Research Priorities, Eligibility, and Conduction VA-funded Research

Fredick Hamel, PhD will present this session of the co-sponsored seminar series “Show Me the Money: Funding for Early Career Faculty”.  Dr. Hamel is the ACOS/Research, Research Integrity Officer (RIO) at the Omaha VAMC and Professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience at UNMC.  This seminar series is sponsored by the College of Allied Health Professions and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00 – 12:50 PM
MSC 2014 on the UNMC Main Campus
HSEC 102 on the UNK Campus

Streaming is available for our off-site colleagues at: