Medical Professional Publications

Awards and Announcements

(From the June 2015 issue of Research Now)

New NIH Biosketch Format and ASSIST

NIH Biosketch Format

  • As many of you may already know, the NIH has been using a new bioksketch format since the beginning of this year. This biosketch form allows researchers to describe how their background and expertise relates to their proposed project. As of May 25th, 2015 this new format will be required when submitting your biosketch to the NIH.
  • Also, please note that the NIH site has a link where you can find the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), which was launched last year. To briefly recap, SciENcv is a system that allows you to enter your biographical data once and convert it into biosketches that can be used with both NIH or NSF grant applications and annual progress reports.

NIH ASSIST

You may have heard that NIH has a new option for submitting R01 applications through their web-based application called ASSIST. Please note that eTrac is still our preferred method of grant submission, as our system allows us to copy over grant and budget information automatically. NIH has been using ASSIST for their complex multi-project grants for a little while now (cooperative agreement “U” series and program project, “P” series grants), and we will continue to submit those applications using ASSIST until eTrac is able to support them.

If you have any questions regarding your Biosketch or ASSIST please contact your SPO.

The link to the new biosketch and SciENcv is found here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm.

 

Role Update for Research Education and Development

In February of 2015, Krystina Viramontes joined the Research Education and Development (RED) team as the Research Education and Development Assistant. Her major roles are listed below:

  • Facilitation of the onboarding process for all students, trainees, volunteers and interns conducting research
  • Coordinator for the Clinical and Translational Seminar Series
  • Publishing of the weekly seminar/presentation/academic events calendar

Sara Marchionda acts as the Research Education Coordinator for the RED team and supports the following functions:

  • Research Institute orientation
  • Research Institute Trainee Association (RITA) and National Postdoc Association (NPA) activities
  • Office of Trainee Affairs support
  • Liaison for all graduate student matters such as attendance, courses, MOU’s, contracts, stipends, funding and tuition payments

The mission of RED is to enrich the research community through education and training to encourage intellectual growth, creativity and innovation dedicated to enhancing the health of children. 

 

Anastasia N. Fischer, MD, Appointed to Board of Trustees for American College of Sports Medicine

Anastasia N. Fischer, MDAnastasia N. Fischer, MD, FACSM, is a member of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and was recently appointed to the board of trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Fischer is also a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and is fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine, in addition to being a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. The ACSM mission is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

 

Andrea E. Bonny, MD, Awarded Track 1 Pilot Grant from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at The Ohio State University

Andrea E. Bonny, MDAndrea Bonny, MD, principal investigator in the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, recently received a Track-1 Pilot Award for her research, “Assessment of Healthcare Access for Homeless Youth in Central Ohio.” Dr. Bonny is also a physician and the director of research for the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s, as well as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University.

 

 

 

James P. MacDonald, MD, MPH, Receives Traveling Fellowship from American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

 James P. MacDonald, MD, MPHThe American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) has selected Jim MacDonald, MD, MPH as one of the 2015 Junior Traveling Fellows for AMSSM's International Traveling Fellowship program tour to South Africa. Dr. MacDonald is a physician for the Division of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Emerging Media Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

The Traveling Fellowship program is an academic exchange and clinical immersion initative for sports medicine physicians to teach and learn sports medicine on a global level. The purpose of the program is to encourage academic interchange, share research and explore common clinical interests amongst international sports medicine leaders. The Traveling Fellowship will culminate with participation in the South African Sports Medicine Association Annual Meeting in October and a chance to present at that meeting.

 

Jonathan L. Finlay, MB, ChB, FRCP, First Recipient of the Elizabeth and Richard Germain Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer

Jonathan FinlayDuring the Wyss Family Symposium in May, Jonathan L. Finlay, MB, ChB, FRCP, Director of Neuro-Oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was announced as the first recipient of The Elizabeth and Richard Germain Endowed Chair. Dr. Finlay is also a professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric brain tumors and has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in leading medical journals and more than 80 review articles and book chapters.

More information on Dr. Finlay and The Elizabeth and Richard Germain Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer is available in the News Room.
 

Sara Koenig Awarded Year 2 Support from Mentored Research Training Program (TL1)

Sara KoenigSara Koenig, a student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at The Ohio State University and a staff member in the Garg Lab in The Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, recently received a Year 2 Award as part of the TL1 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program for The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).

 

 

 

Stephen Lessnick, MD, PhD, New Director for the Center for Childhood Cancer

Stephen Lessnick, MD, PhDStephen Lessnick, MD, PhD, will be joining Nationwide Children's Hospital as the new director for the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disease in The Research Institute. Previously, Dr. Lessnick was an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the director of the Center for Children's Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, as well as a professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences and the Department of Bioengineering.

Dr. Lessnick earned his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, followed by his MD and PhD degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He then conducted his internship and residency at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital. His fellowship/post-doctoral research was performed in the Pediatric Oncology Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 

Victoria Best, PhD, New Research Scientist for Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Victoria Best, PhD, was recently appointed to the position of research scientist for the Flow Cytometry Core Facility in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. In this position, Dr. Best will provide scientific guidance for the use of the core and work with Susan Gailey in research administration to oversee the core budget. She completed her PhD training at Nationwide Children's under the guidance of Chris Walker, PhD, and then pursued her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University under the direction of Arash Grakoui, PhD, at the Emory Vaccine Center.

Dr. Best will be available to consult with and advise core users on experimental design, including selection of reagents and fluorophores, validation of staining conditions, data interpretation, and planning future experimentation. As appropriate she will also help prepare scientific papers and presentations or seek external sources of funding through collaboration. She brings significant expertise with numerous flow-based applications, including multi-parameter phenotyping of rare cell populations, MHC tetramer staining, genomic profiling of sorted cells, intracellular cytokine staining and transcription factor analysis, in vivo cytotoxicity and cell tracking, CD107/degranulation, calcium flux, antigen-uptake, proliferation, cell-cycle regulation, and apoptosis.  She is also expert in the isolation, preservation and characterization of functionally competent, tissue-resident cells.

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