Research Announcements

Basic & Translational Research on the Zika Virus RFA

2016 Request for Applications

Deadline:  July 10, 2016
Download the complete NNA RFA 2016 Zika Virus final
Link to program announcement and forms

Program Guidelines

The Nebraska Neuroscience Alliance Endowed Fund (NNA) and the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders Multiple Sclerosis Research Excellence Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation are pleased to announce the first request for proposals for basic and translational research on the Zika Virus (ZIKV) and its complications.

This grant will support a single award up to $85,000 supporting an interdisciplinary research team for studies on the immunologic, virologic or neurodevelopmental consequences of ZIKV exposure during pregnancy, the early postnatal period and/or its linkages to autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The research would focus primarily on the ability of ZIKV infection to alter the developing central nervous system, including relevant cognitive and behavioral outcomes. NNA program staff will also review and consider applications over a broad range of disciplines beyond the listings of the RFA.

Applications need to include a research plan up to six pages with specific aims, background, preliminary data, research plan and intended outcomes including federal grant proposals, along with a detailed budget and biographical sketches of participating faculty members.

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2016 with review and funding decisions made by August 1, 2016.

Areas of priority include:

  • Investigations of the mechanisms by which ZIKV affects the developing nervous system.
  • Studies of virus-cell biology, replication cycle, cytopathicity and modes of entry.
  • Studies of immunity at the cellular and innate levels.
  • Studies to identify risk for sequelae in exposed but uninfected infants.
  • Investigations of the developing nervous system in regards to sites of viral replication and secondary glial-neuronal responses.
  • Studies to assess and characterize the neurodevelopmental consequences of ZIKV infection.
  • Use of unique biomarkers to assess infection and secondary sequelae.
  • Vaccine development and preventative strategies.

Contact Information

Howard E Gendelman, MD, email or 402-559-8920

Call for Posters – Alumni Weekend Student Poster Session

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Student Research Interest Group invite students to submit posters for presentation at the UNMC Alumni Weekend Student Poster Session, which will take place October 7, 2016.

Submissions are due August 29, 2016. Entrants will be informed of decisions by September 19, 2016. Posters will be selected by a review committee of students and faculty.

Eligibility

UNMC students in the Colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Graduate Medical Education, Graduate Studies, the Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, and the Munroe-Meyer Institute are eligible to submit.

Posters on all academic research topics are welcome.

Students must be full-time students at the time of presentation and must be available to present at the poster session on October 7, 2016 in the afternoon.

Posters cannot be drawn from work that has been published; work that has been published at the time of submission is ineligible.

Submission Guidelines

Students must submit a final draft of their poster.  For information on submission guidelines and to submit your poster, visit:  Student Posters

This online form does not allow you to save your application and return at a later date. Before starting your application, please have the following information prepared:

  • Author name(s)
  • Author college and year of enrollment
  • Research mentor name and department
  • Presenting author contact information
  • Poster title
  • File of completed poster for upload

Poster Templates and Questions

Suggested poster templates can be found at this UNMC website under the heading “Scientific Posters.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Catherine Tran at catherine.tran@unmc.edu.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Relative Influences of the Environment and Genotype in Shaping the Oral Microbiome

MICROBIOME RESEARCH PROGRAM Faculty Candidate
May 12, 2016 from Noon to 1:00 PM
MSC room 1005

Presented by Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor of Periodontology at Ohio State University.  Dr. Kumar is a faculty candidate for the Microbiome Research Program.

Dr. Kumar’s research programs have focused on the modifying effects of smoking on oral bacteria.  Her work has demonstrated the associations between novel and unsuspected oral species and periodontal disease.  Current projects seek to explore how inter-bacterial interactions as well as environmental factors such as smoking can increase risk for disease.

Dr. Kumar’s presentation will also be broadcast to the UNMC College of Dentistry, Lincoln, room 1221.