News & Events

NIAMS Update December 2011

NIAMS - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Update - An online resource for the NIAMS Coalition, Council, and Colleague
December 15, 2011
Introduction
The NIAMS Update is a monthly digest published for those interested in the latest scientific news and resources on diseases of the bones, joints, muscles, and skin. We encourage further dissemination of this resource.
Contact Information

Office of Communications and Public Liaison
niamsinfo@mail.nih.gov

Anita Linde, M.P.P.
Acting Director

Melanie M. Martinez, M.P.A.
Public Liaison Officer

Trish Reynolds, R.N., M.S.
Media Liaison

News

NIH Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases Program Announces Next Round of Drug Development Projects
Researchers will begin drug development projects for rare and neglected diseases that include potential treatments for a musculoskeletal disorder, a cognitive dysfunction disorder, a virus that affects the central nervous system of newborns, a parasitic worm infection, a form of muscular dystrophy and a rare lung disease. The six new projects are part of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program.

NIH Undergraduate Design Challenge Focuses on Technology Solutions in Health Care: NIBIB Solicits Innovative Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices and Technology for the Underserved and Disabled
A competition for undergraduate students to foster the design and development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic devices and technologies to aid underserved populations and the disabled is being sponsored by the NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge is part of the NIBIB's efforts to build, strengthen and prepare the future workforce of biomedical engineers.

NIH Answers Call To Streamline Technology Transfer Process: Cutting-Edge Website Reduces Response Time for Unpatented Materials From Six Months to a Few Days
The NIH is launching the electronic Research Materials catalogue (eRMa) to streamline the federal government's technology transfer process. This project addresses one of the important directives in a Presidential memorandum related to the commercialization of federal research and support for high-growth business potential. eRMa was designed and developed by the Office of Technology Transfer at the NIH with support from the NIH's National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research.


Other Federal News

FDA: 35 Innovative New Drugs Approved in Fiscal Year 2011
Over the past 12 months, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 35 new medicines. This is among the highest number of approvals in the past decade, surpassed only by 2009 (37). Many of the drugs are important advances for patients, including two new treatments for hepatitis C; a drug for late-stage prostate cancer; the first new drug for Hodgkin's lymphoma in 30 years; and the first new drug for lupus in 50 years.


Meetings

Save the Date: NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting
The next NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting will be held January 31, 2012, in Building 31, 6th floor, C Wing, Conference Room 6, NIH Campus.

5th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Research at the Crossroads
March 19–20, 2012
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Bethesda, MD 20852
There is no fee to register for this conference.

NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series
The NIH's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series offers weekly lectures every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Building 10, NIH Campus. Renowned scientists from around the globe present research on a variety of topics. The lectures are Continuing Medical Education-certified lectures, open to the public and available live via webcast.

Upcoming lectures:

Special Monday Lecture
January 23, 2012
Dr. Jacques Banchereau
"Will Dendritic Cell Subsets Help Us Address the Challenges of Cancer, Autoimmunity and Chronic Viral Diseases?"

January 25, 2012
Dr. Anthony Atala
"Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends"


Publications

NIH Research Matters
NIH Research Matters is a review of NIH research from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, NIH.

NIH Public Bulletin
Read about the latest public events, activities and health information resources from the NIH in the latest issue of the NIH Public Bulletin.

NIH News in Health
Read practical health information in NIH News in Health, which is reviewed by the NIH’s medical experts and is based on research conducted either by the NIH’s own scientists or by our grantees at universities and medical schools around the country.

Looking at Lupus: An Attack From Within
Lupus is a complex and mysterious disorder. It arises when the cells that are supposed to protect your body from disease mistakenly assault your own healthy cells and tissues. This attack from within can damage your joints, skin and most other parts of your body. NIH-funded scientists are working to uncover the causes of lupus and find better ways to diagnose and treat the disease.


Funding Announcements
NIH Common Fund Initiative Announcements

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
(RFA-RM-11-007)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 30, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 30, 2012

Studies To Evaluate Cellular Heterogeneity Using Transcriptional Profiling of Single Cells (U01)
(RFA-RM-11-013)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 23, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 23, 2012

Exceptionally Innovative Tools and Technologies for Single Cell Analysis (R21)
(RFA-RM-11-014)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 23, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 23, 2012

Accelerating the Integration and Translation of Technologies To Characterize Biological Processes at the Single Cell Level (R01)
(RFA-RM-11-015)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 23, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 23, 2012

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award in Metabolomics (K01)
(RFA-RM-11-017)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Date: January 31, 2012

Development of Courses or Workshops in Metabolomics (R25)
(RFA-RM-11-018)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 31, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 31, 2012

Technology Development To Enable Large-Scale Metabolomics Analyses (R01)
(RFA-RM-11-019)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 31, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 31, 2012

Integrated Microphysiological Systems for Drug Efficacy and Toxicity Testing in Human Health and Disease (UH2/UH3)
(RFA-RM-11-022)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 26, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 26, 2012

Stem/Progenitor Cell-Derived Human Micro-organs and -tissues (U18)
(RFA-RM-12-001)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: December 26, 2011
Application Receipt Date: January 26, 2012

NIAMS Announcements

Rheumatic Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)
(RFA-AR-12-002)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: February 1, 2012
Application Receipt Date: March 1, 2012

Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging (R21)
(PA-12-018)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Multiple dates, see announcement.

Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging (R01)
(PA-12-019)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: Multiple dates, see announcement.

NIAMS Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)
(PAR-12-045)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: Not applicable
Application Receipt Dates: March 20, 2012; July 20, 2012; November 20, 2012; March 20, 2013; July 19, 2013; November 20, 2013; March 20, 2014; July 21, 2014; and November 20, 2014

If you would like to review information about funding opportunities more frequently than our monthly updates allow, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, the primary source for information about NIH funding opportunities. You can also request a weekly Table of Contents from the NIH Guide.