Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

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May Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, May 6 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Conducting Research at CHOP - Leveraging Your Discoveries: Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, May 10
  • K & F Award Workshops: May 11 and May 18
  • Postdoc Seminar Series: Research Poster Day Winners Present - May 19
  • RCR May Feature: Conflicts of Interest
  • Start Talking Science - Call for Presenters
  • Research Trainee Orientation Sessions in June and July
  • Registration Opens for the 2016 Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES), June 3
  • Save the Date: Conducting Research at CHOP - Advancing Science through Bioinformatics: Practical Application and Resources, June 7
  • Annual Postdoc Info Session - Survivor: Maintaining Purpose, Perspective, and Persistence in Scientific Career Paths, June 16
  • Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, June 17 - Robert Levy, MD, Presents "Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic"
  • American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – May 6 (Location Change)
  • Monthly Postdoc Lunch – May 20

  • Conducting Research at CHOP: Leveraging Your Discoveries: Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, May 10

    Date: May 10, 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Speaker:
    Patrick FitzGerald

    Vice President
    Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Description:
    How does the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (OEI) facilitate the entrepreneurial process while maintaining scientific integrity and validity? This session will discuss a broad range of resources and services available to move innovative concepts and research forward to the next level of progress – whether scribbled on a post-it note or already in clinical trials. Explore your inner entrepreneurial spirit and join us for a lively discussion on how to best tap into the ever-changing and growing healthcare innovation market.

    The Conducting Research at CHOP Seminar Series, sponsored by the Office of Responsible Research Training, 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..

    Register Here: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crac/leveraging_your_discoveries.php. All are welcome to attend.


    K & F Award Workshops: May 11 and May 18

    STRATEGIES AND TACTICS FOR PREPARING NIH K- AND F- FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS: A SUITE OF HANDS-ON EVENTS FROM BETH SCHACHTER CONSULTING

    Who should attend?

  • Junior faculty (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, DVM) who want to apply for NIH Career Development (K-type) Awards
  • Postdoctoral fellows (late stage) who want to apply for Pathway-to-Independence (K-99/R00) Awards
  • Postdoctoral fellows (early stage) who want to apply for NIH Fellowships (F32)
  • Part 2 for K applicants: May 11, 2016, 2:00-4:00PM, CRB Austrian Auditorium

  • Developing your Research Plan
  • Your Sponsor/Mentor, and the Team and Training Plan – building them around your Research Plan
  • Writing your Biographical Sketch
  • Drafting recommendation letters for team members
  • How to handle resubmissions
  • Visit from past awardees
  • Register for Part 2 for K Applicants Here

    Part 2 for F applicants: May 18, 2016, 2:00-4:30PM, CRB Austrian Auditorium

  • Developing your Research Plan
  • Your Sponsor/Mentor, and the Team and Training Plan – building them around your Research Plan
  • Writing your Biographical Sketch
  • Drafting recommendation letters for team members
  • How to handle resubmissions
  • Visit from past awardees
  • Register for Part 2 for F Applicants Here

    **Events are open to all, registration required**
    The takeaway: As a workshop participant, you will gain a solid understanding of the creative (scientific) and the organizational/administrative aspects of preparing a competitive fellowship application. To help you develop this understanding, along with discussing key elements of the proposal, you will draft a preliminary outline of these sections. Based on the outline, you will then draft an action plan for completing the application.

    The preparation: Before the first workshop session, you will need to watch the NIH video "Meet the Experts in Peer Review for Fellowship Grant Applications." This video covers the essential information about the NIH that will help you understand how to target your application to the appropriate Institute, Program Officer and Study Section. You will also learn about the review process and the criteria for proposal evaluation. After watching the video, you should try to identify best-fit target Institute(s), Program Officer and, if relevant, the best-fit Study Section(s).

    One-on-one sessions: Along with the on-site presentations, I will offer sixteen 45-minute sessions to individual workshop participants. These can include a one-on-one discussion of the plan and/or my reading and giving editorial feedback on, for example, a draft Specific Aims page.


    Postdoc Seminar Series: Research Poster Day Winners Present, May 19

    Date: May 19, 2016
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (pizza at 11:45 a.m.)
    Location: ARC 123-C

    This session will feature presentations delivered by eight of our 2016 Research Poster Day Winners. View their abstracts at: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/posterday/.

    12:00 to 12:15 p.m.
    Andrea T. Flynn, M.D., Pediatrics / Oncology
    ODC1 Amplification and Polyamine Dependence in Neuroblastoma: Forming a Responder Hypothesis

    12:15 to 12:30 p.m.
    Suraiya Haroon, Ph.D., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine / Laboratory Medicine
    Identification of Potential Therapeutic Targets for Mitochondrial DNA Disease Using a Novel C. Elegans Model

    12:30 to 12:45 p.m.
    Christopher J. Polster, B.S., Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine / Critical Care Medicine
    Pediatric Brain Injury Assessment in Real World Crashes

    12:45 to 1:00 p.m.
    Edward J. Romasko, Ph.D., Pediatrics / Human Genetics and Molecular Biology
    Utility and Limitations of Exome Sequencing in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Platelet Disease

    1:00 to 1:15 p.m.
    Jacqueline A. Alexander, B.A., Pediatrics / Endocrinology
    From Sweet to Seq: Mechanisms by Which Gestational Diabetes Programs Fetal Development

    1:15 to 1:30 p.m.
    Sheena Sharma, M.D., Pediatrics / Nephrology
    The Effect of Creatinine Versus Cystatin C-based eGFR on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

    1:30 to 1:45 p.m.
    Namrata Choudhari, M.S., Surgery / Neurosurgery
    Improved Efficiency and Efficacy of CAR T-Cells Using Modified and Purified mRNAs

    1:45 to 2:00 p.m.
    Nicholas L. Friedman, D.O., Pediatrics / Pulmonary Medicine
    Bronchodilator Responsiveness Assessed by the Forced Oscillometry (FO) and Multiple Breath Washout (MBW) Techniques in Preschool Children with Asthma

    For more information, visit the CHOP Research Trainee Portal or contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

    Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.


    RCR May Feature: Conflicts of Interest

    How much do “conflicts of interest” (financial, commitment, personal or intellectual) increase the risk of unintentional bias in research? Tell us what you think by participating in the May Opinion Poll at the RCR Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu. This month, learn about the federal regulations, CHOP experts and resources that are available to help you identify, disclose, and manage or eliminate potential conflicts of interest.

    The RCR Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program or 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.


    Start Talking Science - Call for Presenters

    The Start Talking Science Program Board would like to invite you to present your research at Start Talking Science 2016. This is a free, public event where STEM researchers present non-technical posters to local students and the community.

    When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6-8pm
    Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

  • Communicate your research to an uncommonly diverse audience!
  • Network with other STEM professionals in both academia and industry!
  • Look at your research in a new light--stimulate fresh and novel approaches!
  • Learn about other exciting research projects in the Philadelphia area!
  • Submission Deadline: May 20, 2016
    View the STS flyer for more info!

    Start Talking Science (STS) is a free public event where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) researchers present non-technical posters to the community. We aim to increase the public awareness of -- and interest in -- cutting-edge, local research in order to make STEM more accessible. We hope to foster insightful conversations and connections while strengthening the communication skills of researchers. Visit http://starttalkingscience.com/ for more info!


    Research Trainee Orientation Sessions in June and July

    The Office of Responsible Research Training, in conjunction with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Department of Pediatrics, will be offering two orientation sessions for training grant, postdoctoral, or physician fellows who will be moving into a "research trainee" status and receiving stipends for Fiscal Year 2017, beginning on July 1, 2016.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Abramson Research Center, 123-C
    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Or

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C
    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    The orientation sessions will provide information on the health and benefits package, financial and tax implications, and training requirements and will offer other valuable resources for new trainees.

    For more information, please contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Registration Opens for the 2016 Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES), June 3

    The Center for Genetics and Complex Traits (CGACT) of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will hold the annual Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology and Statistics (SAGES) on Friday, June 3, 2016.

    Register Online Now!

    Speakers at SAGES 2016 include:
    Andrew Allen, Duke University
    Chris Amos, Dartmouth College
    Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Case Western University
    Alexis Battle, Johns Hopkins University
    Christopher Brown, University of Pennsylvania
    Christoph Lange, Harvard University
    Itsik Pe'er, Columbia University
    Kimberly Siegmund, University of Southern California

    SAGES 2016 will take place in the Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium in the Perelman School of Medicine, Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR), located at 3400 Civic Center Blvd. , Philadelphia, PA 19104.

    Participants to SAGES 2016 are invited to submit an abstract for poster presentation at the time of registration. Poster awards will be available for trainees in pre-doc as well as post-doc categories. All trainees who submit an abstract for poster presentation are also eligible for travel support.

    Visit our website at: http://www.med.upenn.edu/sages.

    For further information and to be included in future mailings about SAGES 2016 contact Jennifer Forbes-Nicotera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.573.9729.

    SAGES 2016 is supported by the Research Institute of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Funding for this conference was also made possible in part by grant R13 HG007809 from the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


    Save the Date: Conducting Research at CHOP - Advancing Science through Bioinformatics: Practical Application and Resources, June 7

    Date: June 7, 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Featured Speaker:
    Deanne M. Taylor, Ph.D.

    Director of Bioinformatics, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI)
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

    Description:
    How can bioinformatics technologies advance scientific understanding across a broad spectrum of pediatric disciplines? In addition to the fundamentals, this session will share examples of current projects, discuss future initiatives and explore the latest tools and resources that are available to all members of the CHOP research community.

    The Conducting Research at CHOP Seminar Series, sponsored by the Office of Responsible Research Training, 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. Registration coming soon!


    Annual Postdoc Info Session - Survivor: Maintaining Purpose, Perspective, and Persistence in Scientific Career Paths, June 16

    Annual Postdoc Info Session
    Survivor: Maintaining Purpose, Perspective, and Persistence in Scientific Career Paths

    Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM (Pizza served at 11:30AM) Location: ARC 123C

    Featured Speaker:
    Richard Weibl
    Retired, Chief Learning Officer, Association for Women in Science
    Owner, Urban Gardens Company
    Champaign, IL

    Achieving success in science often feels like a game, with survival only going to the best and brightest. Knowing the rules of the game can be as important as how we play and the moves we make. Each phase of your career will present challenges and opportunities that require critical thinking and problem solving skills. Here we discuss three critical phases of your career development – your individual growth as a science professional, your development as a team member and leader, and your development as a member of the larger scientific community. By successfully navigating this process, you can find career success (and happiness) in a variety of professions, from academia to industry and beyond.

    In this workshop, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to plan for your professional development and career goal attainment
  • Learn to identify and acquire the specialized skills and knowledge required to succeed in any scientific career
  • Identify key growth areas and the resources to support your development as a scientist, team researcher and member of the scientific community
  • Be sure to arrive at 11:30 AM to get lunch and hear about upcoming OPA programming. For more information, visit the CHOP Research Trainee Portal. All are welcome to attend.

    Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.


    Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, June 17 - Robert J. Levy, MD, Presents "Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic"

    Title: Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic
    Date: June 17, 2016
    Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Location: CTRB 1200B
    Presenter: Robert J. Levy, MD

    Please join us for the last Faculty Luncheon of the 2015-2016 academic year. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.


    American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists

    The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has professional development and fellowship opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists coming up in 2016.

    ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
    August 12—14, 2016
    Application deadline: June 30, 2016

    ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute
    August 12—14, 2016
    Application deadline: June 30, 2016

    ASM Turning Your Science into a Company
    October 6 – 8, 2016
    Application deadline: August 20, 2016

    View the printable schedule here

    Information about all the programs can be found at http://www.asmgap.org


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – May 6 (Location Change)

    UPenn Event
    May 6, 2016
    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 Harvest Bar and Grill (200 South 40th 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 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 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.


    Monthly Postdoc Lunch – May 20

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    May 20, 2016
    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.


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