NIAMS Update April 2013

NIAMS - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Update - An online resource for the NIAMS Coalition, Council, and Colleague
April 18, 2013
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 Science Policy, Planning and Communications
Communications and Public Liaison Branch

Anita Linde, M.P.P.

Nancy Garrick, Ph.D.
Deputy Director—CPLB

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

In This Issue
   Funding Announcements

Letter From Dr. Stephen I. Katz: Making the Case for NIH

Photo: Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, is the driving force behind many of the health advances we benefit from every day. Yet, in a recent Research!America survey, only 9 percent of respondents correctly identified the NIH as the agency that funds most of the medical research paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Many are also unaware that most of the NIH budget, greater than 80 percent, goes outside the agency to universities and scientific institutions throughout the country.

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NIAMS Seeks Tenure-Track Investigators
The NIAMS Intramural Research Program is recruiting outstanding tenure-track scientists (M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D.) active in research areas relevant to musculoskeletal biology or diseases of bone, cartilage or muscle at the basic, translational or clinical level.

Doctor helping woman

Common Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis Reduces Risk of Death
Taking methotrexate—a commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medication—may reduce the risk of death among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to recently published research in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.

NIAMS director Dr. Stephen I. Katz and deputy director Dr. Robert H. Carter welcome new members to the Institutes council. Pictured above are (from l) Dr. Katz, Dr. Edward A. Rankin, Dr. Martha M. Murray, Dr. Sherine E. Gabriel, Dr. Carter, and Dr. Elizabeth J. Shane. NIAMS Director Dr. Stephen I. Katz (front left) and Deputy Director Dr. Robert H. Carter (rear right) welcome new members to the Institute’s council.

NIAMS Welcomes Four New Advisory Council Members
The NIAMS has appointed four new members to its advisory council. The council comprises scientific and lay members who have expertise in the mission areas of the institute. Council members provide advice to the institute on broad policy issues and make recommendations on research proposals.

Brian Foster Dr. Brian Foster

NIAMS Postdoctoral Fellow Honored With International Dental Research Award
Brian Foster, Ph.D., a researcher in the NIAMS Intramural Research Program, has won the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research. The award is given annually to early-career dental researchers who are making significant contributions to the field of dental research.

NIH Names Dr. Jon Lorsch Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced the selection of Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., as Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Lorsch is expected to join the NIH this summer.

Dr. Collins introducing the President at the BRAIN Initiative event in the East Room of the White House Dr. Collins introducing the President at the BRAIN Initiative event in the East Room of the White House (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

NIH Director’s Blog

Welcoming the BRAIN Initiative
What an exciting day for science and innovation in the United States! Dr. Collins was thrilled to be present at the White House on April 2, as President Barack Obama announced a pioneering project to explore the complex workings of the human brain: the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. And Dr. Collins is proud to report that NIH-supported scientists will be among those at the forefront of this ambitious endeavor.

Alex Barton, with NIAMS investigator Dr. Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky Alex Barton, with NIAMS investigator Dr. Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky

Meet Alex, Before and After NIH Clinical Trial
When Alex was born, he looked like he’d been dipped in boiling water: his skin was bright red and blistered. He spent most of his time sleeping. When awake, he screamed in agony from headaches, joint pain and rashes. After a torturous 14 months, a rheumatologist told his mother that Alex suffered from Neonatal-Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease (NOMID).

NIH grantees receiving the Breakthrough Prize in the Life Sciences NIH grantees receiving the Breakthrough Prize in the Life Sciences

New Prize Celebrates Biology Breakthroughs
The brand new $3 million Breakthrough Prize in the Life Sciences delivered a very nice reward and well-deserved recognition to 11 exceptionally creative scientists who have devoted their careers to biology and medicine. And, with five awards to be given each year, Dr. Collins hopes this inspires other life scientists to embark on innovative and high-risk endeavors.


Save the Date: NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting
The next NIAMS Advisory Council Meeting will be held June 4, 2013, in Building 31, 6th floor, C Wing, Conference Room 6, NIH Campus.

NIAMS Advisory Council

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, open to the public and available live via webcast.

Upcoming lecture:

May 15, 2013
Erika Matunis, Johns Hopkins University
“Finding Your Niche: Tales of Tissue Stem Cell Biology From the Drosophila Testis”

NIH Science Lectures and Events Available Online
The NIH hosts a number of science seminars and events that are available online through real-time streaming video. An event can be watched at your convenience as an on-demand video or a downloadable podcast. Most events are available to all; a few are broadcast only for the NIH or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are marked as such. See additional details on events.

The Genomics Landscape a Decade After the Human Genome Project
When: April 25, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
Where: Natcher Auditorium, Building 45, NIH Campus


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.

Bottle of salt poured out

Shaking Out Clues to Autoimmune Disease
Researchers gained new insight into how an immune cell involved in several autoimmune disorders is regulated. Among their findings was a potential link with salt consumption.

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 its grantees at universities and medical schools around the country.

Funding Announcements

NIAMS Announcement

Notice of NIAMS’ Participation in PAR-13-137 “Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG) (R01)”

NIH Common Fund Initiative Announcements

NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7)
Application Receipt Date: May 10, 2013

Planning Grants for the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative (P20)
Application Receipt Date: May 10, 2013

Planning Grants for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (P20)
Application Receipt Date: May 10, 2013

Notice of Participation of the NIH Common Fund in PA-12-149 “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)”

Notice of Participation of the NIH Common Fund in PA-12-150 “Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry Into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)”

Notice Announcing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Applicant Information Webinar for RFA-RM-13-004 “Clinical Sites for an Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) (U01)”

Other Research Announcements

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: May 24, 2013
Application Receipt Date: June 24, 2013

Limited Competition: Revision Applications for Basic Social and Behavioral Research on the Social, Cultural, Biological and Psychological Mechanisms of Stigma (R01)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: July 2, 2013
Application Receipt Date: August 2, 2013

Notice of Information on the Reissuance of Funding Opportunity Announcement “NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)”

Request for Information (RFI): FY 2013–2018 Strategic Plan for the Office of Disease Prevention, National Institutes of Health

Notice of Deferment of the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Hub Program Competition

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.