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College of Medicine Clinician Scientist K12 Scholars Program: Now Accepting Applications

Applications are due by October 16, 2017 by Noon

The SCTR Institute and MUSC College of Medicine announce opportunities for a cohort of institutionally funded College of Medicine Clinician Scientist K12  Scholars in clinical and translational science. This K12 program supports the career development of scholars holding a research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent. The goal of the program is to foster the discipline of clinical research and by doing so increase the clinical research capacity to expedite clinical and translational research. The K12 program will accomplish this through a mentored program bridging clinical training with research independence.


Degrees: Junior faculty with an MD or DO degree who are committed to a career in clinical research.

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Employment: K12 scholars must devote 40% full-time professional effort.

Support: 2 years, with optional third year dependent upon satisfactory progress; $20,000/year in Research Project and Training funds.

For more information, including the Request for Applications (RFA), please visit our website or contact Diana Lee-Chavarria at


Attention Researchers!

We are looking for you to play the participant role for a study on the communication and dissemination of research findings to research volunteers. We are interested in getting researcher feedback about the perceived importance of getting research findings out to participants, as well as preferred methods of dissemination and challenges to the process.

If you are a researcher who has completed a study between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2016 with a youth/adolescent (15-24.99) or older adult (50+) population, you are eligible to participate (regardless of whether or not you disseminated findings for that study). 

Study participation involves completion of a survey which can be done over the phone with a member of the research team or online via a REDCap survey. Please call 843-792-2926 if you are interested in learning more about how you can participate over the phone.

The following link allows you to complete the survey online:

Thank you, in advance, for your interest!

Dr. Teresa Kelechi and Dr. Kathy Melvin


2017 SCTR Scientific Retreat on Aging Related Research

brought to you by the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) and the MUSC Center on Aging

Friday, October 20, 2017
9:00am to 3:00pm
MUSC Bioengineering Auditorium Room 110


Registration is FREE BUT REQUIRED.
If you plan to attend the retreat (without submitting an abstract), please register by noon on Friday, September 29, 2017.

*If you would like to submit more than one abstract, you could do so by registering again.

Objectives of the Retreat:
Our goal is to advance aging related research in the state by creating an opportunity for researchers to share their current findings, research problems, solutions and opportunities to stimulate new interdisciplinary research collaborations. We specially encourage discussion of specific research questions for which you seek collaborations. Please consider sharing your research in a 15 minute presentation or have your students/trainees deliver a 3 minute Data Blitz talk. Attendees will also have an opportunity to apply for pilot funds to support new collaborations focused on diseases of aging and other aging related topics.

Keynote Speaker

James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Mayo Clinic

Keynote Address:
"Cellular Senescence, Senolytics, Chronic Disease, and Aging"


Core Clinical Research Training (CCRT) Fall Live Session

September 25 to October 6, 2017
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays

The purpose of the Core Clinical Research Training course is to prepare research team members to coordinate cost effective healthcare research while at the same time, promote the rights and safety of human subjects, achieve recruitment and retention outcomes and contribute to the science of health care in compliance with the Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and federal regulations. The training prepares participants to successfully manage many phases of health care research from study initiation to close out.

Cost: $75 for MUSC Students, Faculty, and Staff and $175 for an External Organization

Contact Bridget Micka for more information at 2-8446.


SCTR Special Populations Lunch and Learn

brought to you by SCTR and the Alliance for Hispanic Health

No hablo inglés: Strategies for Greater Inclusion of Hispanic Research Participants

Wednesday, September 20th - 12-1pm - Bioengineering 112

Did you know that South Carolina ranked No. 1 in Hispanic population growth in the 2010 U.S. Census? 

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the SCTR Special Populations Program is bringing the research community together (e.g., researchers, study staff, SCTR, IRB, translators, community partners in the Hispanic community) to share challenges and strategies to improve inclusion of Hispanic and non-English speakers in research.

Join us to learn about strategies and resources to enhance recruitment and share your own experiences.

Resource Guidance Development– Please Contribute! Because our goal is to compile lessons learned and make it available to all interested, please share any tips with our team by contacting



Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Bioengineering 201

"Fli-1 Transcription Factor Modulates Pericytes Dysfunction in Sepsis”

Hongkuan Fan, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

 Education & Training 

Now Available! New ACRP eLearning Course: Implementing a Patient-Centered Informed Consent Process

Already have your free ACRP eLearning account? Follow this link and enter your login information to access. Need an account? Follow this link to submit a request for a username and password.


MUSC Health Center for Telehealth Research Seminar Series and Journal Club

Thursday, September 21, 2017
12:00 PM-­ 1:00 PM
MUSC Center for Telehealth Large Conference Room (H268 Main Hospital)

David S. McSwain, MD
Associate Professor
Pediatrics Critical Care
Medical Director, Inpatient and Emergency Teleconsultation
Medical University of South Carolina

“Clinical outcomes after telemedicine intensive care unit implementation”

“Economic Evaluation of Pediatric Telemedicine Consultations to Rural
Emergency Departments”

Lunch will be provided for the first 15 attendees


Innovative Discoveries Series

September 22, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm
On-line: Watch live at
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet


Community Engagement Lecture Series - Foundations in Community-Engaged Research

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Program in Community Engagement, in partnership with North West AHEC, will host a lecture series entitled: “Foundations in Community-engaged Research.” We invite you to attend this 4-part series, in-person or via webinar, as they address the following topics:

You may register for one or more of these events via the NWAHEC event registration page. For each lecture please click the appropriate link to register to “Participate in person” or “Participate via webinar.” For more information or to register, please visit the Community Engagement website: or register directly from the NWAHEC site:

 Funding Opportunities 

SC Bioengineering Center of Regeneration and Formation of Tissues (SC BioCRAFT) Pilot Project Program

The SC Bioengineering Center of Regeneration and Formation of Tissues (SC BioCRAFT) is pleased to announce that it will fund up to two pilot project grants for up to $50,000 each for one year. The general focus will be on innovative approaches for tissue regeneration. We encourage basic and translational research in the area of cardiovascular, neural, or orthopedic applications; however, any areas of translational research will be considered. Preferably, the PI should be in his or her early career path with no substantial NIH funding, but someone who is at Associate Professor Level and looking to expand their research towards NIH funding will be considered. SC BioCRAFT will provide mentoring support and free access to its Core facilities for the successful applicant. Successful candidates will propose use of SC BioCRAFT Core facilities. SC BioCRAFT members and available Core facilities are listed on the SC BioCRAFT web page ( As an added benefit, selected target PIs will be mentored by senior NIH funded faculty to make PIs competitive for NIH funding (R01 or similar).

To apply: Provide a full proposal (five pages maximum) in NIH format summarizing aims, background, and planned research, along with a project title (title not to exceed 100 characters). Also attach a four-page NIH biographical sketch. The application should include the 1) NIH face page, 2) abstract page, 3) table of contents, 4) detailed budget for initial period (PI salary support is not allowed), and 5) budget justification (using continuation page).

Due Date: October 16, 2017 (Monday)

Submission: Submit application with NIH biographical sketches to Adair Andreasson at
Evaluation: An advisory committee will evaluate the applications and select the most promising candidates, who will be invited to present their research at the SCBioCRAFT group seminar series in November 2017.

Final Applicants Selected: November 15, 2017

Beginning Funding Date: 1 January 2017


Naren Vyavahare, Director SC BioCRAFT
Hunter Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering
Tel: (864) 656-5558
Fax: (864) 656-4466


2018 AAN Research Program


Applications are available for five new awards and 14 other disease-specific and non-disease-specific opportunities:

October 1 Application Deadline:

  • $450,000 Career Development Award
    Funded by the American Academy of Neurology
    Provides $150,000 per year for three years. Eligible applicants will have completed residency between five to 10 years prior to the start date of the Career Development Award.
  • $150,000 Neuroscience Research Training Scholarship
    Funded by the American Academy of Neurology
    Provides $75,000 over two years. The award is designed for basic and translational research proposals in neurology, and eligible applicants will have completed residency or a PhD no more than five years prior to the beginning of the award.
  • NEW! Two $150,000 McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarships in Cognitive Aging and Age Related Memory Loss
    Funded by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation, through the American Brain Foundation, and the American Academy of Neurology
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship (non-disease specific) 
    Funded by the American Academy of Neurology
  • Practice Research Training Scholarship (non-disease specific) 
    Funded by the American Academy of Neurology
  • Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Epilepsy 
    Funded by the American Brain Foundation, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation
  • NEW! Clinician Scientist Development Award in Interventional Neurology 
    Funded by the American Brain Foundation and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Parkinson’s Disease 
    Funded by Lundbeck
  • NEW! Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Headache 
    Funded by the American Brain Foundation and the International Headache Society
  • NEW! Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Neuromuscular Disease 
    Funded by the American Brain Foundation and the Muscle Study Group
  • NEW! Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Dementia with Lewy Bodies 
    Funded by the American Brain Foundation and The Mary E. Groff Charitable Trust


High Innovation-High Reward Pilots

($10K / 12 months)

Purpose: To support new and interdisciplinary pilot projects that propose substantial development of intellectual property and/or commercialization opportunities.

Applications can be submitted on a "rolling" basis and will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks.
When an application is submitted please notify Dayan Ranwala at the email address below.

Once an application is submitted, the applicant SHOULD notify Dayan Ranwala using the email address below.

Contact: Dayan Ranwala, PhD -

 Around MUSC 

MUSC Research Town Hall

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00am to 1pm
Bioengineering Building Room 110

The Research Town Hall is a quarterly event that summarizes important information for the research community at MUSC.  The meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas directly with our research leaders.


Society of Physician Entrepreneurs South Carolina Chapter Meeting


NIH Specific Aims Best Writing Practices

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am 
Location: Basic Science Building Room 202


The importance of a well-constructed and clearly-articulated statement of Specific Aims and organizing hypothesis cannot be over-estimated. The Specific Aims page serves not only as a face-page for a successful research plan, but also as a valuable tool for procuring feedback from peers and NIH Program Officials.

As part of ongoing efforts to provide resources and training opportunities in grantsmanship to the MUSC faculty community, the Office of Research Development is hosting a Specific Aims Best Writing Practices informational session (40 min) reviewing core writing principles associated with an NIH Specific Aims document.

Following the informational session, a Faculty Panel Q&A (20 min) will be held.
Senior faculty members with grant review experience will be available for questions and additional discussion.

This session is open to all interested in reviewing writing techniques associated with a high-quality Specific Aims page. If interested in attending, please fill out the registration form.


Center for ARROWS External Grant Reviews

Working on a grant application? Did you know that the Center for the Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women in Science (ARROWS) offers an external grant review program for scientists? We can send your grant application for a NIH-style review by an external expert in the field at no cost to you, allowing you to receive input and revise your proposal prior to the agency’s submission due date. Please have your application ready for external review at least 6-8 weeks prior to the agency submission due date.  More info & application


MUSC Women Scholars Initiative Award for Advancement of Women Faculty


A call for nominations is underway for the MUSC Women Scholars Initiative Award for Advancement of Women Faculty. The purpose of the award is to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina.

This annual award will be announced November 2017 with a reception in their honor scheduled for December 2017. In addition to a commemorative plaque, the recipient will receive a monetary award from the MUSC Foundation.


• The nominee must be a full-time faculty member
• Male or female nominees are welcomed

Selection Criteria:

This award is given to an MUSC faculty member (male or female) for excellence in enhancing the careers of MUSC women faculty. The following criteria should guide your nomination:

• Demonstrates personal commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC
• Actively mentors women faculty; encourages and supports their advancement
• Serves as a role model for others

Required Application Materials:

1. Completed nomination form (Self-nominations are welcome)
2. A one-page letter of support from the person making the nomination
3. Two additional supporting letters (maximum 2 pages each in length)
4. Nominee’s bio that includes examples of their investment in faculty development efforts (e.g., publications, programs, activities. and/or policies established or actively supported focused on faculty development, mentoring tables)

Submission of Application Materials:

Nomination packets should be submitted as one single PDF file to the Women Scholars Initiative program coordinator at no later than 5:00 PM, September 29, 2017. The recipient will be formally announced no later than November 3, 2017.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Women Scholars Initiative Program Coordinator at



About SCTR

The South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute is the catalyst for changing the culture of biomedical research, facilitating sharing of resources and expertise, and streamlining research-related processes to bring about large-scale, change in the clinical and translational research efforts in South Carolina. Our vision is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the population through discoveries translated into evidence-based practice.

SCTR facilitates cross-disciplinary research by coordinating expertise and resources throughout the state. SCTR also catalyzes the development of teams of researchers with unique and complimentary perspectives who create and implement effective, culturally sensitive primary and secondary prevention and treatment interventions based on fundamental discoveries.

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