Research Announcements

Precision Medicine Workshop

The 2020 Precision Medicine Workshop, presented by the BERD KCA of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR, brings in two world-recognized experts to present their research with the aim to translate precision medicine into improvements in health care across the clinical and translational spectrum. This workshop is broken into two parts, an AM and a PM session, focusing on different aspects of precision medicine and emerging technology.

Workshop will be held April 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  The workshop has been postponed until Fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is no charge to attend although registration is required, register here. Please contact Jerrod Anzalone (email) with questions.   Download the flyer for speaker bios.

First Annual Rural Drug Addiction Research & Translation Symposium

The RDAR Center at the University of Nebraska invites you to our first annual Rural Drug Addiction Research and Translation Symposium.

The mission of the Symposium is to bring together researchers and practitioners from across the United States to address drug addiction and rural drug use. We seek to advance discussions about how research and translation can contribute to understanding addiction in rural and midwestern communities.

Click here to learn about our acclaimed keynote speakers, as well as the Rural Health and Policy panelists. Opportunities for informal conversations and a Midwest-focused plenary panel will address current prevention and treatment approaches for rural communities. Registration includes a conference dinner on day one (Nov 1) with breakfast and lunch on day two (Nov 2). Click here to view our conference agenda.

Please join us for our discussions on the causes and impacts of rural drug addiction. We have eighty spaces available!

NPOD Project Leader RFA 2019

Deadline:  September 15, 2019
Link to RFA

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD) seeks to identify a new cohort of project leaders, effective June 1, 2020. The NPOD is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence Phase II grant (award number P20GM104320) from the NIH, and builds research infrastructure in obesity research and nutrient signaling at UNL and UNMC.

Both pre-tenure (junior investigators) and established investigators are invited to apply. Established investigators are expected to have a track record of competitive external funding.

Project leader funding is the highest level of support provided by NPOD. Pre-tenure project leaders will be paired with mentors to guide them to success, defined as securing independent external funding. Established investigators will be matched with mentors if so desired.


  • UNL or UNMC faculty at all ranks are eligible to apply
  • The proposed research must focus on obesity-related metabolic diseases, or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds
  • Project leaders will devote six person-months for junior investigators and three person-months for established investigators to their NPOD project
  • Previous project leaders are not eligible to apply

Time line:

  • Letters of intent must be received by NPOD no later than September 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CDST (see Instructions, below)
  • Select applicants will be invited in late September to submit a full proposal
  • Full proposals (NIH R01 style) will be due no later than November 15 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • NPOD reviewers will review applications throughout November using NIH review criteria and make recommendations for funding to the center’s external advisory committee (EAC)
  • NPOD’s EAC will review and approve/disapprove proposals (December of 2019)
  • NIH will review for compliance and approve/disapprove proposals for funding in January or February of 2020
  • Funding will start June 1, 2020


  • Letters of intent must be received by NPOD no later than September 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CDST
  • Letters must provide the following information:

~        Cover letter with contact information (no more than one page)

~        Brief outline of the proposed (one page, Arial 11, 0.5” margins): at a minimum state the central hypothesis, specific aims, a short description of methods, and plans for future funding. Note that NPOD will provide funding of up to $150,000 per year for up to three years (no F&A, no equipment); the proposed research must be appropriate for the level of funding.

~        NIH-style biosketch (no more than five pages)

  • Submit letters of intent to Dr. Janos Zempleni and/or Ms. Sarah Gibson (see below for contact information)

Next steps:

  • NPOD will contact select applicants with additional information

Additional information:

  • NPOD project leaders will become members of the center (see for benefits)
  • Project leaders are expected to participate in monthly NPOD meeting, spring retreats, fall research symposia, and provide written progress reports in preparation for annual renewals with NIH (typically in February/March), and oral reports to the EAC (typically in September)

Contact information: