Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced, on November 4th, the appointment of Suzanne M. Rivera as
Case Western Reserve´s new vice president for research, effective this month.
Rivera, the university´s associate vice president for research since January 2011,
emerged as the top choice after an extensive process involving campuswide nominations
of internal university candidates. Since coming to CWRU, Rivera has distinguished herself
through a commitment to collaboration and a focus on systems and processes.
Read more about her.
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December 9, 2014
Readability Toolkit Available for Researchers
The Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) has made a free plain language handbook for researchers illustrating why health literacy is important and how to improve the readability of consent forms and other participant materials.
The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).
The Ohio Clinical Trial Collaborative OCTC is developing partnerships with the drug industry to include Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries to perform clinical drug trials phase I-4. The OCTC is a network of Ohio based hospitals led by working groups in areas such as neuro oncology, pediatrics, infectious disease, and neuroscience. The OCTC was launched at the BIO2014 which was attended by 15,000 biotech and pharmaceutical executives in San Diego resulting in numerous leads for potential drug trials.
The OCTC has plans to attend additional biotech and pharmaceuticals shows. The OCTC is looking for additional working groups interested in developing a sell sheet that can then be searched on the World Wide Web and will begin sales and marketing activities to identify opportunities with industry. If there are companies that individuals would like OCTC to target, the group welcomes that feedback.
Contact Joe Peter at 216-702-5314 for more information.
New Policy from NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal Studies
NIH announced last week a new policy requiring "a balance of male and female cells and animals in preclinical studies in all future applications." In this week's Nature, Janine Clayton and Francis Collins write, "The over-reliance on male animals and cells in preclinical research obscures key sex differences that could guide clinical studies. And it might be harmful: women experience higher rates of adverse drug reactions than men do. Furthermore, inadequate inclusion of female cells and animals in experiments and inadequate analysis of data by sex may well contribute to the troubling rise of irreproducibility in preclinical biomedical research."
The National Academies has announced their 2015 Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) competition. The Jefferson Science Fellows program, now in its 12th year, was established by the U.S. Secretary of State to engage the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities I the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.
Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washinton, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens.
The application deadline is January 12, 2015, and awardees will be notified in March. Up to fifteen Fellows are expected to be selected for the 2015 program year.
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