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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 2015 Winners
  • Announcing the 2015 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners
  • Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans
  • Registration is 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 Career Opportunities
  • Faculty Luncheon Featuring Ian Krantz, MD - March 13
  • Conducting Research at CHOP - March 17
  • Postdoc Seminar Series - March 19
  • Save the Date: Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English - April 10 and 17
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Postdoc Monthly Lunch - March 20
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - March 6

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2015 Winners

    Congratulations to our 2015 CHOP Research Poster Day Award Winners

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute celebrated its 25th annual CHOP Research Poster Day on February 25, 2015, with over 170 cutting-edge research posters on display in the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB). This event recognizes the outstanding research conducted at CHOP each year and honors our exceptional trainee participants.

    This year 40 individuals were selected by our faculty judges to receive awards for their outstanding Poster Day presentations in the patient-oriented research and laboratory-based tracks. Winners can be viewed here.

    We also raffled off three prizes to our event attendees. The winners of the prizes include:

  • Amanda Muir – Apple IPad Mini
  • Qianghua Xia – Apple IPad Mini
  • Guoping Deng – Apple IPod Nano

    For more information about CHOP Research Poster Day and to review abstracts submitted for the event, please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/posterday. Additional information and photos from the event will be placed on this site within the next week.


    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 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? As a trainee, how can you learn to be a good mentor and get the mentoring that you need? Visit the RCR internal Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more about the ethical principles, practices, and policies that guide mentoring relationships. Explore the educational resources and identify the institutional experts who can answer your questions.

    The RCR internal Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity as a core value. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program or internal Web site, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Science Now Seminar - March 4

    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's 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. Click here for the call for proposals.

    All pilot grants considered must utilize a community-based participatory approach. Please find attached call for proposals with pertinent details. Click here for the compendium of presenters.

    Letters of intent due March 11, 2015.

    One of the Co-PIs 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 this announcement, community collaboration, and funding, 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 Career 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 the Scientific Program Manager 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 the Principal Scientist opportunity here.


    Faculty Luncheon Featuring Ian Krantz, MD - March 13

    Title: Translating Rare Diagnosis and Genomic Research Into Clinical Practice
    Date: March 13, 2015
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B
    Presenter: Ian D. Krantz, MD

    Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.


    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
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Office of Clinical and Translational Research
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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

    Description:
    What are the key elements of a productive mentoring relationship? How can you learn to be both an effective mentee and mentor? Join us for an informative discussion that will address best practices in research mentoring for the biomedical community. This session will focus on how to get the most out of your relationship with your (busy) mentor as well as lay the foundation for becoming an effective mentor yourself. Dr. Durbin will share strategies for overcoming common challenges and offer practical advice for cultivating successful mentor/mentee relationships.

    Pizza will be served at 11:45 am


    Save the Date: Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English - April 10 and 17

    In collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Responsible Research Training is offering a two-session workshop, "Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English" on April 10 and 17, 2015. The workshop is designed for research trainees, including postdoctoral fellows, training grant fellows and physician fellows. Mary Blitzer Field, M. Phil., Assistant Director, Office of Faculty Development, is the instructor for both sessions.

    Session 1 - Abstracts: Capturing Your Scientific Story
    Date: April 10, 2015
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: ARC 124

    Learn to write abstracts that present your scientific story economically while convincing readers of its novelty and impact. As a bridge to Session 2, identify the major grammar challenges that typically plague non-native English speakers.

    Optional: Send the instructor an abstract before April 15. She will discuss it with you individually following the group work at Session 2.

    Session 2 - Abstracts: Strengthening Sentences
    Date: April 17, 2015
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: ARC 124

    Join us as we review classic sentence-level pitfalls in biomedical writing and master techniques for creating clear, forceful sentences.

    How to Register
    Send your name, department/division, email address and phone number to Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, April 3, 2015.


    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. CHOP Postdocs must be enrolled in the BPP to be eligible for the award. 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)
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions regarding eligibility of CHOP Trainees should be directed to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?

    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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