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April Announcements

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

  • Registration Open: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium - May 8
  • Research Administration Fellowship – Applications Now Being Accepted
  • Internal RCR Web Site April Feature: Safe Laboratory Practices
  • BPP Event: K and F32 Award Workshop - May 5
  • Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series, Poster Day Winners Present Their Research - May 15
  • Faculty Luncheon - May 16, Stewart Anderson, MD, Presents "Cell Based Therapy with Stem Cell Derived Inhibitory Interneurons, the Hype and the Hope"
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Save the Date: Conducting Research at CHOP, "Research on Rare Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities" - May 27
  • Mid-Atlantic Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics (MAGES) Conference, May 30
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – April 4

  • Registration Open: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium - May 8

    2014 Scientific Symposium


    The 2014 CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium, a celebration of the groundbreaking research conducted at Children’s Hospital will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 8:00am to 6:00pm. All events are scheduled to take place on the first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB).

    For 2014, the symposium has returned to a single-day format based upon the feedback of our 2013 event attendees. This year’s event will feature faculty discussing their research programs alongside CHOP’s best and brightest research trainees, including graduate students, medical fellows, and postdoctoral researchers. The program will highlight successful mentor/trainee interrelationships, providing examples of good mentorship and collaborations that work. The day is scheduled to begin with a State of the Research Institute address given by Philip Johnson, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and will end with a keynote address by Joseph St. Geme, III, M.D., Chair, Department of Pediatrics. In addition, Eric Green M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will be our external keynote presenter.

    The entire CHOP Research Community is welcome to attend! Please visit the symposium Web site for additional details and to register to attend.


    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 extended to April 18, 2014.

    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.

    The deadline for application has been extended to April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm, with interviews to be arranged in late April and early May.

    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


    Internal RCR Web Site April Feature: Safe Laboratory Practices

    The safe use of biological, chemical, radioactive, and other hazardous materials is an important concern for everyone working in research laboratories. How can you reduce the risks associated with certain equipment or other potentially harmful substances? What training programs do you need to complete? Visit the RCR internal Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/to learn more about the responsible practices, institutional guidelines, and policies that are fundamental for ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

    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.


    BPP Event: K and F32 Award Workshop - May 5

    May 5, 2014
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location: TBD
    Presenters: Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D. and Robert J. Milner, Ph.D.

    This workshop will provide guidance on applications for NIH Career Development (K) and training (F32) awards.

    Presenters:
    Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.

    University of Pittsburgh
    Schools of the Health Sciences

    Robert J. Molner, Ph.D.
    University of Massachusetts
    Medical School

    9:00AM - 11:00AM: General Workshop
    -Navigating NIH: An overview of the grant review process
    -Mock Study Section
    -15 Steps to the Payline: A step-by-step guide to pregaring a successful application

    1:00PM - 2:00PM: Know Your NRSA
    -A guide to applying for an individual postdoctoral training grant (F32 Award)

    2:00PM - 3:00PM: Know Your K
    -A guide to applying for a Career Development (K) Award

    3:00PM - 4:00PM: Know Your Kangaroo
    -A guide to applying for the Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) Award (including a panel of recent K99/R00 recipients)

    Registration coming soon!

    Questions? Please contact the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs Office at 215.573.4332 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series, Poster Day Winners Present Their Research - May 15

    This installment of the Postdoc Seminar Series will feature our 2014 CHOP Research Poster Day winners and Distinguished Research Trainee Award winners presenting their award winning research to an audience of their peers.

    Stay tuned for more information!

    The Postdoc Seminar Series is an hour-long session, offered on a bi-monthly basis during the academic year to CHOP postdoctoral fellows. The series includes a combination of peer scientific presentations and professional development topics included identifying funding opportunities, grant writing, scientific writing, communications skills, networking skills, career progression from postdoc to faculty, and alternate careers in science.


    Faculty Luncheon - May 16, Stewart Anderson, MD, Presents "Cell Based Therapy with Stem Cell Derived Inhibitory Interneurons, the Hype and the Hope"

    Lecturer: Stewart Anderson, MD
    Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
    Location: CTRB 1200B
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    Our CHOP Research Faculty Luncheon 2013-2014 series will conclude on Friday, May 16, 2014 at noon in the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), 1st floor conference room 1200B. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.

    The CHOP Research Institute Faculty Luncheons are held four times per academic year and feature scientific presentations from CHOP Research Faculty members. Please join us for the last session of the 2013-2014 series!


    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?


    Save the Date: Conducting Research at CHOP, "Research on Rare Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities" - May 27

    "Research on Rare Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities"
    May 27, 2014
    10:00AM - 11:30AM
    CTRB 1200B (First floor)

    Featured Speaker:
    H. Lee Sweeney, Ph.D.

    William Maul Measey Professor of Physiology
    Director, Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Description:
    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases affecting close to 30 million Americans. Two-thirds of those affected by rare diseases are children, and the diseases tend to be serious and lifelong. What progress has been made in scientific research for rare diseases? Why is this research so important? Dr. Sweeney will address these questions and describe efforts at CHOP and Penn currently underway to facilitate and expedite the development of novel therapies for orphan disorders/diseases.

    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. For more information on all sessions, visit Conducting Research at CHOP.

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


    Mid-Atlantic Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics (MAGES) Conference, May 30

    The Center for Genetics and Complex Traits (CGACT) of the Perelman School at the University of Pennsylvania will hold the second Mid-Atlantic Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics (MAGES) Conference on May 30, 2014 (http://www.med.upenn.edu/magesconference).

    Registration is now open at: http://www.med.upenn.edu/magesconference/registration.shtml. Registration is free, but mandatory.

    The topic of the 2014 MAGES conference is: Integrated systems biology analytical methods for epidemiological studies of complex traits.

    Advances in genomic technology and significant decrease in the associated costs are driving progress in genetic studies for disease gene identification. Studies of whole exome and genome sequences of complex traits in large samples will become increasingly common. Other sources of high-dimensional information, including expression, epigenetic, metabolomic and microbiomic data, are also becoming available in disease and control samples. To fully understand the complex bases of human disease, all of these factors should be properly considered in a unified analytical framework, together with epidemiological data on environmental exposures and other risk factors. The 2014 MAGES Conference will focus on analytical methods and approaches to address this challenge.

    Speakers:

  • Joel Bader (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Dana Crawford (Vanderbilt University)
  • Sandrine Dudoit (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Hongzhe Li (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Dan Nicolae (University of Chicago)
  • Marylyn Ritchie (Pennsylvania State University)
  • John Storey (Princeton University)
  • Jun Zhu (Mount Sinai Medical School)
  • The 2014 MAGES conference will take place in the Colket Translational Research Building of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia located at 3501 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

    For further information and to be included in future mailings about the 2014 MAGES Conference contact Katherine Toder: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.898.8511.


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – April 4

    UPenn Event
    April 4, 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 5:30-7:30pm. 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.