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March Lunch and Learn Programming

SCTR Lunch and Learn: Hollings Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee - New Policy Overview

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Bioengineering 112

Presented by:
Tricia Bentz
Administrative Director
Hollings Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office


SCTR Lunch and Learn: SCTR TL1 Predoctoral Program - RFA Q&A

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Bioengineering 112

Presented by:
Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Education Program Manager
South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute

Bridget Micka, MS
Program Coordinator
South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute


Register or Submit An Abstract Today: SCTR Scientific Retreat on Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research

Friday, April 20, 2018
Bioengineering Building Auditorium 110

Register/Submit An Abstract

Objectives of the Retreat:
Our goal is to advance diabetes and metabolic diseases 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 (10 minutes talk with 5 minutes Q&A). Attendees will have an opportunity to apply for the SCTR Pilot Project Program funds to support new collaborations focused on retreat theme related topics.

Keynote Speaker:
Desmond A. Schatz, MD.
Professor and Associate Chair of Pediatrics
Medical Director of the Diabetes Center
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida
Past President, American Diabetes Association

Keynote Address:
Heterogeneity of Type 1 diabetes: No Longer Can it be Ignored

Dr. Schatz has been involved in Type 1 Diabetes research since the mid-1980's and has published over 330 manuscripts related to the prediction, natural history, genetics, immunopathogenesis and prevention of the disease as well as the management of children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.


Save the Date: 6th Annual MUSC SCTR Mentorship Training Symposium

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
Drug Discovery Auditorium & Lobby

Registration to come!


B&BS/SOCRATES Upcoming Session

All sessions take place from 4pm to 5pm in Bioengineering 201.

February 21: Carsten Krieg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine

March 7: Evan Graboyes, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, College of Medicine


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 -

 Education & Training 

Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Effective Strategies for Health Centers

Free Webinar on Wednesday, February 14 - 2:00pm ET


Health centers and supportive housing providers are confronting the opioid crisis head on and seeing positive results.  Join CSH for a free webinar to learn from health center leaders and national experts as they discuss practical approaches and funding opportunities to expand services for individuals impacted by opioid use.

Panelists will include representatives from CSH, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Family Health Center in Louisville, Kentucky.


Apple Tree Presents: Educational Research Special Interest Group Series

Come join the discussion!

Whether you are new to educational research or have published on it previously, come take part in this special interest group on educational research. We will meet for four roundtable discussions on topics to take your research ideas to journal submission. There will be no formal presentations during these sessions, but rather time to be part of a discussion on what you and others across the university are interested in doing to examine education and the learning process. You are encouraged to bring your laptop to actively search, bookmark, and tryout ideas and suggestions from the discussion.

Dates and Topics:

February 16 - Identify and clarify a problem

March 2 - Research design

March 23 - Collect and analyze data

April 6 - Report, discuss, and disseminate findings

Locations and Times for all Sessions:

Education Center/Library RM 405



MUSC Foundation for Research Development Lunch and Learn: Ximbio


Delaware-CTR ACCEL Innovative Discoveries Series

Friday, February 16, 2018 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Watch Live

Improving Perinatal Outcomes Through Research

Dr. Matthew Hoffman
Marie E. Pinizotto Endowed Chair

Christiana Care Health System


Register Today: The Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Friday, February 23, 2018
How to Effectively Deal with the Imposter Syndrome
Workshop presented by the Association of Women in Science

Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Travis, Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs, and Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Cynthia Simpson, Chief Business Development Officer, Association for Women in Science


Did you ever come away with feeling that your accomplishments were due to good luck when they were actually due to your hard work and skills? You are not alone - overcoming the impostor syndrome is something both women and men face. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to increase their confidence through interactive discussions and scenario-based presentations.  Tips and techniques will also be provided to help participants move forward with confidence.


University of Florida: Youth Tobacco Prevention Policy Online Town Hall


Join a National Conversation on Youth Tobacco Use and Prevention Policy on February 28, 2018:

HealthStreet, a community engagement program at the University of Florida's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (NIH NCATS-funded), is hosting its 16th National Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) town hall event on February 28, 2018 to discuss the latest research on youth tobacco use trends, the Tobacco 21 initiative, and how prevention policy can make an impact in our communities. If you want to know more about this local and national issue, this town hall event is perfect for you. It will allow you to ask questions and share your ideas directly with researchers and experts.

Here’s how it works:

The OCOH town hall series is a conversation between researchers and community members across the country. Each event is attended by an in-person audience and viewers tuning in via live-stream nationwide. Community members are invited to discuss the studies and future research with the presenters, encouraging a mutual understanding of health research and its impact. Twitter and text messaging are used to facilitate questions and comments from both in-person attendees and the live-stream audience.

This important and interactive town hall will:

-Increase public awareness of youth tobacco use trends

-Share research being done by various institutions

-Provide time for questions about youth tobacco use trends, prevention policy and the impact of the Tobacco 21 initiative

 Funding Opportunities 

HCC K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical & Translational Oncology Training Program


Interested in Submitting an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) proposal?

Please contact the MUSC Office of Research Development (ORD) by Monday, March 12, 2018

S10 Shared Instrumentation (SIG), High End Instrumentation (HEI), and Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant awards support the purchase of expensive instruments that serve multiple NIH-funded investigators.

The ORD is organizing proposals to coordinate campus-wide research interests and avoid duplication of requests to the NIH. Direct communications to Dr. Alexis Nagel (, and include the specific name of the instrument and award program (SIG, HEI, or SIFAR). 

Click here for further details and S10 RFA links


BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) Call for Applications

due March 15, 2018


Application Link


South Carolina Telehealth Alliance - Telehealth Implementation and Evaluation Grants

Applications are due February 26, 2018

The SCTA has allocated funds for five $20,000 awards for telehealth-based pilot projects that aim to accelerate the adoption, utilization, and investigation of telehealth interventions across South Carolina. This funding is intended to provide assistance to South Carolina clinicians and researchers in their efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate telehealth solutions. Applications are due February 26, 2018.


Delaware-CTR ACCEL Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Grants Program

Proposals due March 5, 2018

The Clinical and Translational Pilot Grants Program solicits applications. Pilot Grants provide funds for a one-year period that will allow a research team to develop a more substantial basis for independent
external support from the NIH. Meritorious projects may be renewed for a second year. The technical scope of the research plan should be related to clinical and translational research (see Rubio
et al., 2010).

Proposals should be submitted at using PHS 398 forms. Instructions can be found here.

Areas of high importance to the DE-CTR ACCEL program include:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Big Data
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Women’s Health
  • Infant Mortality
  • Stroke
  • Community engaged research

Other areas of clinical and translational research will be considered. Use of one or more of the researchcores at the ACCEL institutions is encouraged, but not mandatory. Information about these cores can be
found on the ACCEL website (


Hollings Cancer Center Equipment & Technology Award

Applications due Friday, March 2nd

The purpose of the Hollings Cancer Center’s (HCC) Equipment and Technology Award (ETA) is to provide a mechanism for replacing aging, obsolete or damaged research instrumentation, or to acquire new research equipment that represents the latest advances in the field. Support for development of new technologies, beyond equipment purchases, will also be considered for funding by this mechanism. The overall aim of the program is to provide the availability of state-of-the-art multi-user instrumentation and/or technologies necessary to support the research goals of cancer center investigators.


User-Cost Vouchers: Helios Mass Cytometry

The Cancer Immunology Program at Hollings Cancer Center and Department of Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine, MUSC is pleased to announce that funding through a voucher program is available to support usage of the Immune Monitoring & Diagnosis (IMD) Core Mass Cytometer (CyTOF). Mass cytometry is a single-cell detection technology based on inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Antibodies or other reagents tagged with rare metal isotopes can be used to probe the proteome and potentially over 100 available parameters can be simultaneously measure on a single cell without the issue of spectral overlap typical for classical, fluorochrome-based flow cytometry or tissue or cell autofluorescecne. The in-house instrument, CyTOF2.1 (Helios), is capable of measuring 135 different mass channels (75-209amu) at a throughput of 1000 cells/sec. Further information about the core facility and its capabilities may be found on our IMD Webpage:
You may also contact Carsten Krieg, Ph.D. (

The goal of this voucher program is to provide funds to investigators to develop high-quality, innovative basic tumor immunology and translational immunotherapy cancer research preliminary data for external grant applications that would use the core facility.
·         Vouchers in amounts of $5,000 will be granted for Exploratory Pilots. A total of 20 individual vouchers will be awarded.
·         Vouchers in amounts of $10,000 will be granted for Discovery Pilots. A total of 5 individual vouchers will be awarded.
  • Pilots must be cancer related. Current Cancer Immunology Program Members have priority status.
  • Limited to two (2) awards per laboratory.
  • Experiments must be carried out before June 30, 2018.
Proposal Requirements:
Submit a one-page description of your project in the format of an NIH R-type specific aims page accompanied by an NIH­style Bio Sketch of the Principal Investigator as a single PDF file to Julia Singleton ( Preliminary data is not required; however, the project description must have sufficient detail for reviewers to understand and judge the scientific merit of the proposal. In addition, you should state how your intended use of the voucher program would either enhance an ongoing project or improve the likelihood of acquiring external funding. The executive committee of the core facility will evaluate the proposals and awardees will be notified via email when decisions have been made.
Proposal Deadline:
February 15th , 2018, 5:00 P.M. Earliest award of voucher March 1st, 2018.
Contact Julia Singleton, 843-792-5342 or James Fant, 843-792-8509 at
 Around MUSC 

MUSC Science Cafe

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm
Charleston Beer Works

"Taking A Bite Out of Disease Through Oral Health"

The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, which stands to reason why poorly managed oral health can compromise other parts of the body and overall well-being. Come hear what Dr. Amy B. Martin has to say about this important area of research.

This event is free and open to the public- all are encouraged to attend! Registration is not required. As always, food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Please contact Tara Abbott at 843-792-2926 or with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg Presidential Scholars Program

MUSC and Charleston School of Law students interested in exploring complex social, political, and human issues of broad interest to healthcare professionals and biomedical researchers are invited to apply to become a Presidential scholar.

The Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg Presidential Scholars Program is a yearlong interprofessional experience in a format that maximizes student participation and interaction with selected faculty scholars from each college.

• Completed applications due Friday, February 23, 2018 by 4:59 PM

• All colleges will be represented based on eligibility

• Further information and applications can be found at:


10th Anniversary Symposium on Vascular Anomalies

RESEARCH FORUM on March 16, 2018
CLINICAL FORUM on March 17, 2018
3500 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Director: Marcelo Hochman, MD
Research Forum Co-Directors: Joyce Bischo PhD, Lara Wine-Lee MD, PhD

Distinguished Guest: Christine Leaute-Labreze MD "Propranolol and Infantile Hemangiomas: 10 years later"

Confirmed Faculty: Denise Adams, Jack Arbiser, Francine Blei, Laurence Boon, Elisa Boscolo, Sara Cathey, Gulraiz Chaudry, Edward Cheeseman, Belinda Dickey, Chris Discolo, Dov Goldenberg,T huy Phung, Anna Pinto, Cameron Trenor, Miikka Vikkula, Milton Waner, June Wu

Earn CME/CEU credits

Early Registration Time-Limited Offer: $150 for both days/$80 each separate day (Students-Residents $75/$40)
Register at: (search Vascular Anomalies/Charleston)
Sponsored by The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation (


ORSP Research Administration Updates

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has scheduled the next Research Administration Updates information session for Wednesday, February 21st, from 11:00 to 12:00in the Institute of Psychiatry’s first floor auditorium.

During the session ORSP staff and other guest speakers will share information and updates on pertinent items in research administration.  A reminder and final agenda will be sent out via this list serve prior to the session.


Register Today: Science Development Forum - March 9, 2018


The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Communications and Marketing have joined forces to host an enterprise-wide Science Communication Forum on March 9, 2018. This full-day forum will empower researchers and physician-scientists to advocate for their science with a variety of audiences - sponsors, policymakers, journalists, the public and other scientists.

Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., will provide the keynote address for this Forum.  Dr. Duhé serves as director and professor in the School of Mass Communication at Loyola University New Orleans. Her research emphasis is applied broadcast research and science journalism, including risk and crisis communications.

Sponsored by the Office of Research Development, and Public Affairs & Media Relations


MUSC Center on Aging Senior Expo - Registration Now Open

Contact Kelly Franklin to register.

The 2018 MUSC Center on Aging Senior Expo has been rescheduled for May 24th. While the event is open to outside exhibitors, it is our primary goal to highlight the tremendous services provided by MUSC, so please share this with your colleagues and other departments that may be interested in participating.  Registration is now open. We are looking forward to another fantastic opportunity to serve our community!



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.

Media Contact

Ford Simmons, MLIS -

Do you have exciting research news or findings that you would like to see shared with the community?

Email with some basic information about what you would like shared, and you will be contacted by a communications expert!


News Archives


MUSC oncology surgeon, Clemson students join forces for inspiring innovation


SCTR Featured in NIH NCATS Director's Blog

Researchers Meet Rural Community At Point of Need, Study Better Care for Diabetics


NEW NIH Requirements for Scientific Rigor and Transparency


SCTR/FRD Technology Development Grant Awards Two Investigators


MUSC Receives Prestigious $23.7 Million Grant from NIH


Duke Endowment Awards $15.3M to HSSC to Advance S.C./N.C. Health Collaborative


Overheard at MUSC


SCTR Institute Holds Lunch-N-Learn about PEARLS Initiative


Landmark Paradigm-HF Trial


MUSC, UNC Testing Diabetes Outreach with iPads


Research Management System Expanded Across Campus


SCTR's Brooke Yeager wins Best Practitioner, 2013 National Respiratory Achievement Awards


Venous leg ulcer study being conducted at SCTR Research Nexus featured on Channel 2 News "2 Your Health"


Research in your Backyard: Report Unveils Health, Economic Impact of Clinical Trials in South Carolina


SCTR Institute introduces Research Nexus for MUSC Investigators


SCresearch EXPO: Find the study that's right for you


First U.S. Patient Treated With Lung Volume Reduction Coils In Severe Emphysema Study


Conquering Tri-County's obesity epidemic


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