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March Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, March 6 at 5:30 pm and lunch with fellow Postdocs, March 20 at 12:00 pm. Details below!

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2014 Winners
  • Announcing the 2015 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners
  • Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • RCR March Feature: Mentorship
  • Science Now Seminar - March 4
  • Deadline Extended: Healthy Weight Program Grant Funding Opportunity - March 11
  • Science Center Opportunities
  • Save the Date: Conducting Research at CHOP - March 17
  • Save the date: Postdoc Seminar Series - March 19
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Postdoc Monthly Lunch - March 20
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - March 6

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2014 Winners

    Congratulations to Adva Buzi, who is the winner of an iPod Nano for early abstract submission.

    CHOP Research Poster Day celebrates the groundbreaking research throughout Children's Hospital. This event, taking place Wednesday, February 25, includes poster presentations from more than 170 researchers-in-training who will share their exciting discoveries with the CHOP community.

    Posters will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building, followed by an awards ceremony and reception at 4 p.m. in the Colket Lobby. Posters will be set up in CTRB conference rooms (1100A, 1100B and 1200A) alphabetically by presenting author.

    The event also includes an expo of the CHOP Research Institute’s Centers of Emphasis, core facilities, and administrative units. Attendees are eligible to collect expo raffle tickets for valuable prizes! The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also be held on first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building.

    The entire CHOP community is invited to attend.

    Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Announcing the 2015 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners

    The CHOP Research Institute has announced the winners of the 2015 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards, which provide institution-wide recognition for exceptional CHOP Research trainees, and create an avenue for mentors to show appreciation for their researchers-in-training.

    Graduate Student - William Comrie
    Postdoctoral Fellows - Daniela Eletto, PhD and Dong Li, PhD
    Physician Fellow - Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sought nominations for the award from faculty mentors in three trainee categories: CHOP-based Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Physician Fellow. The three winners were selected after review and voting by members of the Research Trainee Advisory Committee, chaired by Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE.

    Congratulations to our 2015 award winners!


    Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans

    CHOP postdoctoral fellows are NOT required to complete Individual Development Plans at this time.

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) recently announced that all UPenn postdoctoral fellows are required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) at the point of reappointment. Please note that IDP completion is NOT currently required for CHOP postdocs. The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is assessing an institutional requirement for IDPs and will have more information to share in mid-2015.

    Please direct any and all questions to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

    Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

    RCR 2: Friday, March 27, 2015

    The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

    Review your RCR Training requirements

    Register for in-person RCR training


    RCR March Feature: Mentorship

    Mentoring is a significant part of scientific training and successful career progression. What are the characteristics of an effective mentor-trainee relationship? Check out these selected resources to learn more about the ethical principles, practices, and policies that guide mentoring relationships.

    Research Mentoring Web Site at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides curricula, assessment tools and resources for mentors and mentees.

    Mentoring Resources Web Site by the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University of Pittsburgh provides resources for mentees and mentors at every career stage – whether just getting started or an experienced research investigator. Topics include: Expectations, Mentoring Models, Communication, Ethics in Mentoring, Diversity in Mentoring, Problem Solving, and Additional Resources.

    myIDP from the American Association for the Advancement of Science is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.

    CHOP National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) mentoring resources include policies, articles, handbooks, and manuals.

    Content Collection: Mentoring in Science Careers is a collection of their best articles about the importance and rewards of mentoring.

    Nature’s Guide for Mentors is a compilation of the characteristics that constitute good mentoring.

    Science Mentoring Research is the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) list of resources (publications/Web sites) for individuals interested in science mentoring.

    Clickhere for more information on the CHOP Responsible Conduct of Research Program and Training Requirement.


    Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP)

    WHAT: Science Now Seminar Series
    WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at noon
    WHERE: BRB 253

    Postdocs:
    You are invited to attend the March Science Now Seminar "Identification of host factors associated with nascent viral DNA by iPOND-MS" presented by Emigdio Reyes PhD, Matt Weitzman Lab (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) and sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council.

    LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

    The seminar will be followed by the monthly Diversity Committee meeting.


    Deadline Extended: Healthy Weight Program Grant Funding Opportunity - March 11

    The Healthy Weight Program (HWP) is pleased to announce pilot grant funding for community based projects related to childhood obesity. The HWP anticipates funding one pilot project for one year (July 2015- June 2016) with a maximum award of $10,000.

    All pilot grants considered must utilize a community-based participatory approach. Please find attached call for proposals with pertinent details.

    Letters of intent due March 11, 2015

    One of the Co-PI must be a faculty/attending/fellow with research experience and the other co-PI must be a community partner representative that presented at Community Driven Research Day (CDRD). Please note, Fellows must have a faculty mentor, to be considered for funding.

    For any questions related to pilot projects (e.g., scope of proposals, due dates, letters of intent etc.), or for CDRD, contact Gurpreet Kalra, MS, CCRP,Research Program Manager, Healthy Weight Program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-9297.


    Science Center Opportunities

    Two opportunities with a newly‐formed company that is participating in the Science Center’s Phase 1 Ventures program. Operating as an accelerator for the launch and growth of new companies, Phase 1 Ventures brings together the resources – expertise, facilities, networks, and funding – to lower the barriers of commercializing intellectual property through small businesses.

    During the initial planning stage, you may be involved in strategy development for the business and in providing input during the preparation of funding proposals, including one or more SBIR or STTR proposals on which you may be listed as a potential participant. This initial engagement is expected to last approximately one‐to‐six months, during which time your contributions are estimated to be 20 hours or less.

    SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR A NEW START‐UP COMPANY IN THE NEURODEGENERATIVE THERAPY SPACE
    Role:Scientific Program Manager - Neurodegenrative Disease

    The company’s development program is in pharmaceutical therapy for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. The intellectual property comprises a class of novel small molecules that are selective agonists to subsets of neurotransmitter receptors that have been implicated in motor and cognitive dysfunctions. Data relating to mechanism of action and in vivo (rodent model) efficacy have been established. Immediate future work, and the basis for current fundraising efforts through SBIR and other mechanisms, includes the establishment of pharmacokinetics following oral administration, efficacy in a non‐human primate model, and safety profile.

    Next Steps
    Please send an email outlining your interest, a resume or biosketch, and any preliminary questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Include in the subject line the following reference number: P1V‐15101
    This information will be reviewed by the company. Our goal is to respond to any suitable indications of interest within one month of the date of this notice.

    For more information on this opportunity here

    SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR A NEW START‐UP COMPANY IN THE ANTIBIOTIC SPACE
    Role:Principal Scientist - Antibacterial

    The company’s development program relates to a biologic therapy for antibiotic‐resistant, hospital‐associated bacterial infections. The underlying molecular mechanisms and in vitro efficacy of the agent have been well‐characterized, and there is a great body of evidence to suggest that safety in humans is likely. Immediate future work, and the basis of current fundraising efforts through SBIR/STTR and other mechanisms, includes genetic manipulation to refine the bacterial specificity of the agent and the demonstration of its effectiveness in a rodent model of infection. CMC and formal safety profiling are to follow.

    Next Steps
    Please send an email outlining your interest, a resume or biosketch, and any preliminary questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Include in the subject line the following reference number: P1V‐15102
    This information will be reviewed by the company. Our goal is to respond to any suitable indications of interest within one month of the date of this notice.

    For more information on this opportunity here


    Conducting Research at CHOP - March 17

    Speaker:
    Jennifer Goldfarb, BSN, RN, CCRP
    Associate Director, Clinical Research Support Office
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

    Date: March 17, 2015
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Description:
    The Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO) is a new office in the Research Institute whose mission is to efficiently and effectively support investigators in the conduct of clinical research projects. Discover how the CRSO can help with negotiating clinical trial agreements, staffing research projects, assisting with FDA regulatory submissions, creating marketing and recruitment strategies to facilitate participant enrollment, and navigating researchers to get answers and solutions they need.

    The "Conducting Research at CHOP" seminar series is designed to educate the CHOP workforce on key topics related to the implementation and management of sponsored research.

    Please visit the Conducting Research at CHOP intranet site for the complete 2014-2015 series schedule. The Office of Responsible Research Training's Conducting Research at CHOP seminar series is designed to educate the CHOP workforce on key topics related to the implementation and management of sponsored research.

    Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to attend!


    Postdoc Seminar Series - March 19

    Building Effective Mentoring Relationships

    Speaker:
    Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE
    Director, Office of Clinical and Translational Research
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

    Date: March 19, 2015
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: ARC 123C

    Pizza will be served at 11:45 am


    BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program

    The University of Pennsylvania Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) announces the establishment of the BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program.

    This award program is funded by contributions from UPenn's Aetna health insurance cost savings and the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs. All postdocs currently registered with the BPP are eligible to apply for one travel award per calendar year. The maximum amount of each award will be $500.

    Complete applications should be submitted to the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at least one month prior to the anticipated travel event.

    The eligibility criteria and terms of the BPP Travel Award Program are as follows:

  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment in one of the four participating schools or be currently registered with the BPP through an affiliate group/institution
  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at the time of the application for travel funds, during the travel period and upon return from the traveled destination
  • Participant must be a presenting attendee in order to be eligible for this award (poster presenter and/or platform presenter)
  • Applicants are expected to have some level of funding support from their PIs/mentors or Department/Divisions to be eligible
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions about this program should be directed to Ms. Mary Anne Timmins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application


    Postdoc Monthly Lunch - March 20

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    March 20, 2015
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Have lunch with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy lunch event at ARC cafeteria. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join.

    Bring your lunch and join other postdocs for a casual lunch networking opportunity.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – March 6

    UPenn Event
    March 6, 2015
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street) in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.

    Enjoy drink specials from 5:30-7:30 pm. When you arrive, tell the hostess you are with the postdoc happy hour and get a wristband to get the specials.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.


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