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OUHSC Research News – Monday, September 18, 2023

Published: Friday, September 15, 2023

Notices and Reminders

Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center mentorship program - support to early career scientists new to aging research or are starting an independent research program focused on aging or on geroscience. Please see attached flyer for more complete information (NSC_MENTORSHIP).


 Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library is providing resources for researchers:

HSTalks - The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection - Animated, online, audio-visual lectures, seminar-style talks and case studies
Henry Stewart Talks Ltd (HSTalks) is a leading provider of specially prepared, animated, online, audio-visual lectures, seminar-style talks and case studies for medical schools, business schools, universities, and commercial enterprises in over 60 countries around the world. Unlimited access 24 hours a day every day of the year.
Editors and lecturers are leading world experts and practitioners, including Nobel Laureates, drawn from academia, research institutes, commerce, industry, the professions, and government. The collections are continuously expanded and updated and may be easily embedded in online learning environments such as Moodle and Blackboard.
JoVE Video Library – Videos demonstrating laboratory Protocols
The complete JoVE video library provides the breadth and depth needed to meet the needs of science students and researchers at all levels. With videos illustrating basic and advanced concepts and methods, novel experimental research and more, JoVE videos maximize productivity from the classroom to the advanced research laboratory.
Publication Support Libguide (library guide)
The Publication Support Libguide created by BHS Library faculty outlines publication support that is available through the library. Topics include selecting a journal for publication, authorship, reporting guidelines, financial assistance, and more. This and other guides can be found on the library homepage under Guides & Tutorials.
Northern Light Life Sciences Conference Abstracts
Northern Light’s conference abstracts and posters collection includes content from 1,600 life sciences industry conferences from 2010-present. This is one of several databases the library purchases on behalf of OUHSC students, faculty, and staff that is available through the Ovid platform. Over 150 databases and other collections are accessible from the library’s homepage. On the home page navigate to More Resources using the menu on the left and click on All Databases & Resources A-Z to browse the list.
Nature Masterclasses- Professional Development Training for Researchers
Accessing the OUHSC Library Institutional Subscription
Nature Masterclasses provides professional development training for researchers — via online courses and on-demand workshops. The BHS Library subscribes to an online subscription which is available 24/7, so it is convenient for the researcher’s schedule. Periodically, live webinars are offered free to subscribers.
From designing your experiments to advancing your career, Nature Masterclasses offer on-demand courses that cover the whole research cycle, so there is something for everyone, at whatever stage of your career.
Content includes courses for research design, securing funding, experiment and analyze, write, and publish, share, and disseminate, develop your career, and work with others.
If you would like to access the OUHSC Nature Masterclasses online (NMO) subscription provided by the library, register using the instructions below.
  • Use this link or go to the library's home page and navigate to More Resources - All databases & Resources A-Z, Select the letter N and scroll down to Nature Masterclasses - Click on the link.
  • You will need to register while on the campus network (or VPN) to create a login. Ignore language to request a quote or buy a subscription, and register using the button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Once registered you can use your login from anywhere.
  • NOTE: While on the campus network (or VPN) you will have to login to NMC approximately every 6 months to verify that you are a valid user. You must have valid OUHSC credentials to continue to use NMC. 


Workshops and Seminars

ORA Training: Navigating SoonerTrack Part 1

Date: October 17, 2023; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Description: This session will cover the basics of SoonerTrack including creating and approving Request Forms, as well as some tips and tricks.


ORA Training: Navigating SoonerTrack Part 2

Date: October 18, 2023; 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom
Description: This session will be a detailed review of some of the SoonerTrack functions such as search dashboard and discussions.


Mentorship Skills Matter

Researchers are mentored at all stages of their career, with mentors providing key support and guidance for the successful professional and ethical development of their mentees. Anyone who has experienced a great or not-so-great mentor knows how important a mentor’s guidance can be. If you’re a faculty member at OUHSC and have never had formal mentorship training or if you’d like to improve your mentoring skills no matter your career level, consider signing up for free mentor workshops this fall provided by the OUHSC Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence – see flyer attached (OCME Mentor Flyer 2023-2024).


Oklahoma Conference for Statistical Innovation and Application

American Statistical Association Oklahoma Chapter, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at OUHSC, and Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Research co-organized the second Oklahoma Conference for Statistical Innovation and Application in the Era of Data Science which will be held at Hudson College of Public Health in Oct 23rd and Oct 24th. The conference invites 11 well established guest speakers and it also includes student poster competition session. The conference will be in hybrid format including both in-person and zoom options. The theme of the conference is the novel development in biostatistics, statistics, data science and their applications in biomedical research. Registration is needed at the following website for attending the conference:


NanoString Technologies Presents: Lunch & Learn at OUHSC Institutional Research Core Facility

Description: Please join the Institutional Research Core Facility on September 26 or a Lunch and Learn introducing NanoString’s gene expression and spatial biology platforms.  In addition to information about the technology, OUHSC’s Laura Mortan will present her data on ovarian cancer that she acquired through the core.
Date:  September 26
Time: 11:30am- 2:00pm
Place:  BRC Room 109
Registration: Please see the attached flyer (IRCF Lunch and Learn)


NIH Webinar: Join NIH Policy Experts for a Guided Tour of Subaward Agreements — Sections, Requirements, & Key Policies

Description: Whether you are a principal investigator considering a subaward arrangement with either a domestic or foreign institution, or a research administrator eager to deepen your understanding of the prerequisites and regulations governing compliant subaward agreements, mark your calendar for October 17 and virtually accompany us as we provide invaluable insights during an engaging event.
Date: October 17, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)


Web of Life Conference is April 25-26, 2024 held at OU Health Sciences Center campus. For additional information please refer to the attached flyer (WebofLifeConference).


Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) Research Symposium Call for Abstracts

The deadline for Abstract submission for the HHDC 2023 Research Symposium is Friday, September 22, 2023.  Abstracts must be received by 5 p.m. HHDC 2023 Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023, at the Samis Education Center in Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.  The Symposium will consist of selected oral presentations, and a keynote address by Mark A. Herman, MD, Associate Professor, Chief, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, E.L. Wagner, M.D., Chair of Internal Medicine II, Baylor College of Medicine.  The short oral presentations by junior investigators will be recognized with awards, based on panel judges’ review.  Eligibility for awards will be restricted to presentations where a trainee (MD fellows, resident, student) or junior faculty member (instructor, assistant professor, post-doc) is the first author and presenting their work.  For questions about eligibility, contact  Please contact with any other questions about this event.


OUHSC Funding Opportunities

Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging

Call for Applications for 2024 Pilot Project Awards
Application due: October 15, 2023
Link to the full announcement: See attached flyer for more complete information (Nathan Shock Pilot Advertisement).


Investigator Initiated Trials Funding Committee (IITFC), Clinical Trials Office-Protocol Support Unit

Description: Grant proposals are being accepted for the 2023 Fall cycle from Stephenson Cancer Center Providers for their investigator-initiated clinical trials (IITs) or translational work for the amount of up to $100,000 for clinical trials, and up to $25,000 for translation research. All applications should be submitted to the Protocol Support Unit at and should adhere to the Grant template and Submission Checklist provided with this notice. Investigators should request the budget template from the CTO Budget Manager ( 
Deadline: October 9th, 2023 at 5 pm CST
Link to the full announcement or a flier: Please refer to the attached flyer for additional funding criteria and details.


Office of Technology Commercialization presents the following opportunity for researchers to engage with industry (click here for more information, or email or  

  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation is seeking novel therapeutic approaches of various modality (small molecules, peptides, large molecules and multi-specifics) to inhibit type 2 inflammation in relevant diseases (e.g. atopic dermatitis, asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis).  Oral therapeutics targeting Th2 signaling pathway are of particular interest; other pathways considered if they provide a systemic approach.  Out of scope: inhaled and topical delivery, microbial therapies, drug repurposing and approaches that have no clear differentiation from current approved therapies.  Submission entails a one-page 200-300 word non-confidential brief.  Deadline 10/13.
  • A global fortune 500 company is seeking research and technologies for treatment or prevention of chronic inflammatory skin conditions with extended duration of efficacy.  Of particular interest is validated research ready for further development (i.e. manufacturing or clinical testing).  Any therapeutic approach is of interest as long as minimally invasive and single or minimal number of treatment administrations possible.  Treatment platforms from other disease areas with potential to be applied to pruritis and inflammation are also of interest.  Out of scope:  allergen specific desensitization and new formulations of known small molecules or monoclonal antibodies.  Submission entails a one-page 200-300 word non-confidential brief.  Deadline 10/13.

NOTE: If the project is selected to move forward with a full application, it will need to be routed through SoonerTrack II.


NIH Notices 

NOTE: When only one application is allowed per Institution according to the sponsor instructions, a one-page letter of intent summarizing the proposed project should be submitted to the Vice President for Research at least two months prior to the application deadline (unless otherwise noted).  The letters of intent will be reviewed and a single application will be chosen for submission from the University.


NIH Funding Opportunities


Other Funding Opportunities

Susan G. Komen ASPIRE: A Supplement to Promote Inclusion for Research Excellence 

Description: This new Susan G. Komen grant is intended to enhance the diversity of the breast cancer research workforce by providing established breast cancer scientists with supplemental funding to support research trainees from communities historically minoritized and marginalized in research. By supporting these promising trainees early in their research careers, Komen seeks to ensure that a diverse group of highly trained scientists who reflect the communities we serve will emerge as the next generation of leaders in breast cancer research and end breast cancer forever. 
Eligibility: Lead mentor must have a currently funded breast cancer research project that has undergone a rigorous peer review (see request for application for link of organizations that fall under this category). Trainees supported with this supplement are from groups shown to be historically minoritized and marginalized in biomedical research from National Science Foundation data. This includes individuals who identify as Black or African American, Latino or Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds according to the criteria used by the NIH ( Eligibility for disadvantaged background will be measured using the same characteristics as the NIH, i.e., at least two of the criteria must be met to be included.
Award amount: up to $100,000 per year to cover a trainee’s salary for one year or two years.
Full Application Due: November 1, 2023, by 1 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
Award Notification: On or around April 15, 2024
Additional Information: 


NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application  

Description: LRP awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year LRP award. Visit the LRP website, check out our overview video, and attend one of our upcoming events to learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, and benefits of receiving an LRP award.
Deadline: November 16, 2023.

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