Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

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January Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, January 9 at 5:30 pm. Details below!

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2015 - Abstract Submissions Due January 16
  • Research Administration Fellowship - Applications Now Being Accepted
  • Department of Genetics Faculty Candidate Seminar, January 6
  • Faculty Luncheon, January 9 - The Quest for an HIV Vaccine
  • Postdoc Seminar Series, January 22 - Postdocs Present their Research
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • RCR January Feature: Authorship and Publication Practices
  • New England Science Symposium
  • Healthy Weight Program Grant Funding Opportunity
  • New Regulations Affecting J-1 Short-Term and Research Scholars
  • Penn Career Services - Resume/Cover Letters & Business Etiquette Workshops
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - January 9

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2015 - Abstract Submissions Due January 16

    Abstract submission for the 25th annual CHOP Research Poster Day is now open! Anyone conducting research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is welcome to participate. Abstracts are submitted electronically and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The deadline for abstract submissions is January 16, 2015. For those participants who register by January 2, 2015, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPod Nano. Researchers may submit up to two abstracts, but will only be eligible for one award. Posters that have been displayed in previous CHOP Research Poster Days are ineligible unless there are significant updates to the research. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate presenters who have not pre-registered.

    CHOP Research Poster Day will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the lobby and first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building. New this year, participants will have the option to display a poster and be judged or display a poster only. All participants should set-up their posters by 8:45 am and participants who choose to be judged are required to attend their poster from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm during the judging period. All participants with judged posters will be eligible for cash prizes. A reception and awards ceremony will be held in Colket following the viewing and judging period beginning at 4:00 pm

    To submit your abstract, please go to http://www.research.chop.edu/posterday.

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


    Research Administration Fellowship - Applications Now Being Accepted

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is now seeking applicants for the Research Administration Fellowship. The Research Administration Fellowship is a 6-month program designed to provide future scientists and administrators with critical, CV-building experience in the field of research administration.

    The deadline for application is January 23, 2015, at 12:00 pm, with interviews to be arranged in late January and early February.

    This program gives fellows a unique perspective of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and its leadership. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in leadership meetings and retreats, and individual/group meetings with senior management and leadership. Concepts such as strategic planning, budgeting and interdepartmental dependencies will be introduced to the fellow.

    The fellowship is unpaid and must not interfere with your current roles and responsibilities as a CHOP researcher.

    Eligibility:
    Current CHOP researchers are eligible to apply for the fellowship. A master's degree (or equivalent) is required. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. Applications from other institutions are not being accepted at this time.

    To Apply:
    Information on the application process can be found on the Research Administration Fellowship intranet site (Active Directory Login is required).

    Learn more about the Research Administration Fellowship and how to apply


    Department of Genetics Faculty Candidate Seminar, January 6

    Emily Hatch, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
    The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
    Title: Instability in the Nuclear Envelope and its Consequences for Disease
    Date: January 6, 2015
    Time: 1:30 pm
    Location: CRB Austrian Auditorium

    For more information, please contact Sadie Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Faculty Luncheon, January 9 - The Quest for an HIV Vaccine

    Title: The Quest for an HIV Vaccine
    Presenter: Philip Johnson, MD
    Date: January 9, 2015
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C

    Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am.

    Click here for additional information.


    Postdoc Seminar Series, January 22 - Postdocs Present their Research

    Title: Postdocs Present their Research
    Date: January 22, 2015
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C

    Pizza will be served at 11:45 am

    Learn about the exciting research being conducted by research trainees within the CHOP Research Institute. Three researchers will be featured during this session.

    Noon to 12:20 pm
    Joshua B. Slee, Ph.D.
    Division of Cardiology
    The Role of CD47 in Preventing Biomaterial-induced Inflammation

    12:20 pm to 12:40 pm
    Ting Wang, Ph.D.
    Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine
    ERR-Alpha and ERR-Gamma are Essential Coordinators of Cardiac Metabolism and Function

    12:40 pm to 1:00 pm
    Megan Dennis, Ph.D.
    Division of Cell Pathology
    VAMP7 Trafficking in Melanosome Biogenesis: Tubular Transport Into and Out of Melanosomes

    For more information, 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.


    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 1: Friday, January 30, 2015
    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 January Feature: Authorship and Publication Practices

    If fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism is discovered in a published scientific paper, should all authors be held equally accountable? Tell us what you think by participating in the January Opinion Poll at: http://rcr.research.chop.edu.

    Learn how to navigate the ethical issues involved in responsible authorship – defining criteria, allocating credit, ensuring accountability, and avoiding deceptive publication practices.

    View Authorship and Publication Practices Resources

    The RCR internal 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 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.


    New England Science Symposium

    Submit an Abstract for the 2015 New England Science Symposium – January 15 Deadline

    The New England Science Symposium (NESS) provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.

    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION
    The abstract submission deadline is January 15, 2015. All abstracts will be reviewed and applicants notified of their acceptance by the end of February 2015.

    To submit an abstract click here: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

    REGISTRATION TO ATTEND (For Attendees Not Submitting an Abstract)
    If you are submitting an abstract, DO NOT complete a separate registration form. There is no fee but pre-registration is required. Register early as seating is limited.

    To register as an attendee click here: REGISTRATION

    FOR MORE INFORMATION
    Please contact:
    Rodolfo Ramos
    Program Coordinator – New England Science Symposium
    Harvard Medical School
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Healthy Weight Program Grant Funding Opportunity

    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 with a maximum award of $10,000.

    All pilot grants considered must utilize a community-based participatory approach and propose a research endeavor that builds and maintains respectful,trusting and mutually beneficial relationships between academic and community partners. One of the Co-PIs must be a faculty/attending with research experience and the other co-PI must be a community partner representative. Please note, Fellows must have a faculty mentor, to be considered for funding.

    The Clinical and Translational Research Centers (CTRC) at CHOP and UPENN will collaborate with HWP on this initiative by providing CTRC services FREE of charge to those pilot studies awarded funding (e.g., biostatistical, informatics and other services).

    The process for this initiative, organized jointly by the sponsoring institutions is as follows:

  • Community Driven Research Day (CDRD): This event (January 29, 2015) provides an opportunity for community-based organizations (CBOs) to discuss their research needs/questions with academic researchers and discuss potential collaborations. This year’s theme is Evaluating Your Impact on Healthy Neighborhoods.
  • Following Community Driven Research Day, participating CBOs in partnership with academic researchers (CHOP faculty/attending) are invited to apply for pilot funds through a call for proposals. Please note: The call for proposals will be released the end of January and letters of intent are due soon after.
  • A joint initiative of four sponsoring academic institutions: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Drexel University

    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.


    New Regulations Affecting J-1 Short-Term and Research Scholars

    Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced regulatory changes affecting the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

    The key regulatory changes and their effective dates are outlined below.

  • Mandatory objective measurement of English language proficiency. All J-1 Exchange Visitors starting at CHOP after January 5, 2015 must provide documentation of successful completion of one of the following English language tests: TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP during the last three years prior to commencing their J-1 Program at CHOP. For those J-1 Exchange Visitors that have already been selected and will be starting their J-1 Program after January 5, 2015, the Office of Immigration & Visa Services (OIVS) will require that the PI/Hiring Manager provide a signed statement attesting to the Exchange Visitor’s English language proficiency.
  • Increased health care insurance coverage requirements. All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents, effective May 15, 2015, must meet the minimum health care insurance coverage requirements. OIVS will update all J-1 Exchange Visitors shortly regarding whether CHOP’s health insurance plans meet the coverage amounts below for benefits eligible J-1 Exchange Visitors. OIVS will provide a list of insurance companies that meet the requirements below for Exchange Visitors that will require supplemental health care coverage or J-1 Exchange Visitors that are ineligible for CHOP benefits.
  • Click here for more information

    Any questions can be directed to the Office of Immigration & Visa Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Penn Career Services - Resume/Cover Letters & Business Etiquette Workshops

    Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
    Writing a resume for the first time? Not sure what goes into a cover letter or how to write one? This workshop will give you the tips you need!

    Date: January 14, 2015
    Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Location: Claudia Cohen Hall, Terrace Room

    Business Etiquette Workshop Part 1
    You get one chance to make a great First Impression! Want to learn what it takes? Whether in preparation for interviews or for your first week on the job, enhance your professional style!

    Date: January 27, 2015
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: McNeil Bldg. Rm. 97

    Business Etiquette Workshop Part 2
    Part II focuses on dining (using corect utensils, eating difficult foods, alcohol consumption, conversation/sm​all talk, greetings). Knowledge and expertise you will use for a lifetime!

    Date: January 27, 2015
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Location: McNeil Bldg. Rm. 97


    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

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – January 9

    UPenn Event
    December 5, 2014
    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.