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September Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, September 4 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Register Today for National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Events, September 14 - 18
  • Faculty Luncheon, September 4 - Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD, Presents, "The Current State of the Research Institute and Research Strategy"
  • Conducting Research at CHOP, September 10 - "Facilitating Innovation: The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC)"
  • RCR September Feature: Research Misconduct
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2015-2016 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • Valley Youth House Backpack Challenge - Donate School Supplies by September 4
  • Save the Date: 4th Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 1, 2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at UPenn
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – September 4
  • Monthly Postdoc Lunch – September 18

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 14-18

    On the week of September 14, 2015, the CHOP Research Institute and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of our postdoc community to the success of Children's Hospital.

    VIEW THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS TO REGISTER

    National Postdoc Appreciation Week was created and sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the postdoc experience for fellows nationwide.

    As a CHOP postdoc, you can join the NPA as an affiliate member and take advantage of the membership's many benefits!

    Join the NPA as an Affiliate Member
    Learn more about the NPA and how you can get involved


    Faculty Luncheon, September 4 - Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD, Presents, "The Current State of the Research Institute and Research Strategy"

    Date: September 4, 2015
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: ARC 123ABC

    Featured Speaker:
    Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD
    Chief Scientific Officer
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

    Join us for our first CHOP Research Faculty Luncheon of the academic year, scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2015 at noon in the Abramson Research Center (ARC) conference room 123ABC. Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD, our newly appointed Chief Scientific Officer, will be presenting "The Current State of the Research Institute and Research Strategy." Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the CHOP community.

    The CHOP Research Institute Faculty Luncheons are held four times per academic year and feature scientific presentations from CHOP Research Faculty members. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2015 - 2016 series!

    Session 2
    Title: "Nanoparticle-based Experimental Strategies for Targeted Therapy of Arterial Restenosis and Pediatric Cancer"
    Guest Lecturer: Michael Chorny, PhD
    Event Date: Friday, December 4, 2015
    Location: Abramson Research Building (ARC), Room 123ABC
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Session 3
    Title: "GWAS Only Finds Signals: Using 3D Genomics to Find the Actual Underlying Genes"
    Guest Lecturer: Struan Grant, PhD
    Event Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), Room 1100B
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Session 4
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Robery Levy, MD
    Event Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), Room 1100B
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


    Conducting Research at CHOP, September 10 - "Facilitating Innovation: The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC)"

    Date: September 10, 2015
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Speakers:
    Matthew R. Maltese, PhD

    Executive Director & Principal Investigator, PPDC
    Research Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Director of Biomechanics Research Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Robert J. Levy, MD
    Co-Principal Investigator & Chair, Clinical and Scientific Advisory Committee, PPDC
    Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    William J. Rashkind Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology,The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Description: How does The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) assist pediatric medical device innovators along the pathway from concept to commercialization? This session will provide a broad overview that discusses the unique development challenges, funding opportunities and application process, and presents examples of current and past projects. All are welcome to attend.

    Register Here: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crac/

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


    RCR September Feature: Research Misconduct

    What factors significantly influence the rate of research misconduct? This month, participate in the September opinion poll and explore an interactive simulation, "The Lab" or "The Research Clinic," where you make the decisions on how to avoid unethical research practices. Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more about the impact of research misconduct and national efforts to increase the transparency and accountability in science.

    The RCR 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 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.


    Registration is Now Open for the 2015-2016 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

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

    RCR 1: Friday, October 16, 2015
    RCR 2: Thursday, December 3, 2015
    RCR 1: Thursday, January 28, 2016
    RCR 2: Friday, March 11, 2016

    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


    Valley Youth House Backpack Challenge - Donate School Supplies by September 4

    CHOP has partnered with the Valley Youth House to collect essential back to school items to support members of the Achieving Independence Center (AIC).

    The AIC is a collaborative project funded by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and managed by Valley Youth House. The aim of the Backpack Challenge is to provide the support needed for current and former foster youth, ages 16-21 who are attending college or high school in the fall, to make a successful transition to independence. This year, Valley Youth House has a goal to collect 4,000 backpacks and raise $25,000 for the youth.

    You can bring your school supply donations to a collection bin located in the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), 2nd floor, at the main passenger elevators. Donations must be made by Friday, September 4. Other collection bin locations and suggested donation items can be found here: http://intranet.chop.edu/news/home/20150730-backpack-challenge.html?subsite=&sitetitle=.

    To learn more about the Backpack Challenge, visit http://www.vyhphila.org/backpackchallenge/.


    Save the Date: 4th Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 1, 2015

    Date: October 1, 2015
    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    To honor the memory of CHOP's first director of Research Compliance, Ellen Hyman-Browne, JD, Children's Hospital will hold the fourth Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 4pm in the Colket Translational Research Building (1st Floor, Conference Room 1200B), followed by a reception in the Colket Lobby. The goal of this event is to promote discussion and awareness of ethical and compliance-related issues.

    Presentation Title:
    "Ethics Research on Informed Consent in Childhood Cancer"

    Presenter:
    Eric Kodish, MD

    Director, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care
    FJ O’Neill Professor and Chairman
    Department of Bioethics, Cleveland Clinic
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland Clinic, Professor of Pediatrics, Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

    All are welcome to attend this event. Please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/ehblecture for additional information about the session and to register.

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


    Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at UPenn

    Principal Investigator: Matthew J. Lazzara, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
    University of Pennsylvania

    The Lazzara Lab seeks applications to fill one open postdoctoral research associate position on a new project to study cell signaling regulatory responses to targeted therapeutics in brain cancer. The project will integrate experimental and computational approaches. Prior experience with basic cell and molecular biology techniques is required. Prior computational modeling experience is helpful, but not required. Competitive salary is available and will be determined based on experience. Qualified applicants who will soon complete, or completed within the last 2-3 years, doctoral training in biochemistry, cell biology, cancer biology, bioengineering, or chemical engineering should send a current C.V. to Dr. Lazzara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Start date: July 1, 2015 or later.


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – September 4

    UPenn Event
    September 4, 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 5:30-7:30pm. 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 – September 18

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    September 18, 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.


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