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Doris Duke Program to Enhance the Retention of Clinicians (PERK)

MUSC/MUHA is the recipient of an award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) through a new Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program aimed at improving the retention and advancement of junior-level physician scientists who face special challenges of balancing their professional work with caregiving responsibilities. The objective of our program – called PERK (Program to Enhance the Retention of Clinicians) – is to provide supplemental funds to support ongoing clinical research efforts of eligible faculty.

This announcement is a request for applications from eligible faculty. Applications are due June 1, 2018 by 5pm EST.

Questions related to this opportunity may be addressed to Diana Lee-Chavarria at or 843-792-8205.


Upcoming SCTR Lunch and Learn Programming

SCTR Lunch and Learn: Requirements & Results Reporting

Wednesday, June 27 from 1pm to 2pm

Presented by:
Whitney Lesch, MBA
MUSC SUCCESS Center Research Navigator

Toni Mauney, CCRP
MUSC SUCCESS Center Regulatory Coordinator

SCTR Lunch and Learn: Human Subject Research Audit Findings and Preventative Measures

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Bioengineering 112

Presented by:

Erica Ellington, CRA, CHRC
Research Compliance Manager
University Compliance

SCTR Lunch and Learn: Communicating Your Science to the Public

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Bioengineering 112

Presented by:

Heather Woolwine
Media Relations Director


2018 Annual SCTR Mentorship Training Symposium

SCTR and the Mentor Leadership Council invite all MUSC faculty, trainees, and students to the 2018 Annual SCTR Mentorship Training Symposium: “Practical Approaches to Mentoring Challenges.” The event will feature keynote speaker Rick McGee, Jr, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development and Professor of Medical Education at Northwestern University.  Dr. McGee's presentation is entitled "Mentoring 2.0: Mentors, Coaches and Shared Responsibility".

Other parts of the program will include practical tips on mentoring from three previous Peggy Schachte Mentoring Award winners, a panel discussion by successful mentor-mentee pairs in various academic tracks (research, clinical and education), and discussion of mentoring case studies. The symposium will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, 8:30am-1pm in the Bioengineering Auditorium. Registration is free, but required. Please register at

 Education & Training 

Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics

For all research personnel and students, we announce the availability of the Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics Program for 2018-2019. The Program is offered entirely online and can be completed in 1 or 2 years, resulting in a certificate of completion of the Fellowship, indicating competence in clinical and translational research ethics. 

The certificate is valuable, not only for the knowledge and training it imparts, but because it may count toward promotion and tenure, as it does in MUSC’s College of Medicine and others, and especially because it increases the impact of grant applications, particularly those being sent to the NIH, since granting agencies have increasingly placed great value on research ethics performance, education, and credentials.

For more information, view this brief video and visit, or contact Dr. Andrea Boan (boan@musc.edu843-876-1064), or Collette Mayes (mayesc@musc.edu843-876-4845). 


Phlebotomy Skills Course for Healthcare Professionals at MUSC


Need to learn phlebotomy skills or a refresher?

Lowcountry AHEC is offering a phlebotomy skills course for Healthcare professionals at MUSC! 

This course is designed to introduce or update health professionals who are (or will be) required to draw blood from individuals in hospitals, clinics or other healthcare settings. 

The course will be offered May 17th in room HE628H of the Clinical Science building. See attached document for more details.

There are only 15 spots! Sign up before it's full!






Upcoming Apple Tree!




Prototyping providers: What does “design thinking” mean for healthcare education?


Calling all non-designers! This session offers a crash course in design thinking, which has been hailed as “a new and effective method for transforming great ideas into amazing outcomes.” From a blend of lecture and interaction, attendees will come away with answers to three central questions: What is design thinking? How has design thinking impacted healthcare education in the United States? And how might we further apply design thinking here at MUSC? 


Michael Madson, PhD
Assistant Professor

Center for Academic Excellence


May 3, 2018


12:00 to 12:50 PM


Education Center/Library, Room 405




Library Workshop: Searching 101

Are you unsure how to get started with your search?

Librarians will help you select the appropriate database and develop your search strategy!

We will review PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, and PsycINFO. 


Emily Brennan and Rena Lubker

MUSC Library


May 8, 2018




Library Room 438 (Note Room Location)

 Funding Opportunities 

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity No.  RFA-RM-18-010

Application Receipt Date(s): Pre-applications are due June 6, 2018. Letters of Intent are due to the NIH by August 27, 2018. Full applications are due September 27, 2018. 

Description: The NIH Director's DP5 Early Independence Award provides R01-level funding to exceptional graduate students and clinical fellows who are functioning at an advanced level, allowing them to skip the traditional postdoctoral training period and move directly into an independent faculty-level position following completion of their terminal doctoral degree or clinical training. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of research productivity, demonstrated accomplishments in leadership and innovation, as well as strong rationale for early independence.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the applicant’s terminal degree receipt date must fall between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019. The applicant may not be functionally independent at the time of application submission.

Limited-Submission: MUSC may submit two applications for this award. If you would like to apply, or have a graduate student that you would like to nominate, please submit the following DP5 pre-application materials to the Office of Research Development (ORD) no later than Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

  1. The student/fellow’s NIH-formatted Biographical Sketch
  2. The DP5 project Specific Aims (*NOTE* these diverge from R01 aims - please see link for details) 
  3. Names and affiliations of 3-5 faculty providing letters of reference; please indicate which is the primary mentor
  4. A signed letter of support from the on-boarding Department. It is important that interested students/fellows work with their primary mentor to prepare and obtain this document.

Please direct all materials, communications, and questions regarding this opportunity to Dr. Alexis Nagel ( Candidates will be notified no later than June 20, 2018 with a final decision.

The ORD is able to offer support to the chosen candidate for proposal development, and will schedule a follow up meeting with the student/fellow and primary mentor following the final decision(s).


MUSC’s Center on Aging  
RFA for Pilot Project Grants and Submission Guidelines 
2017-2018 Funding Cycle  

Key Dates 

RFA Release Date: April 23, 2018  
Application due Date: May 21 2018, 5:00pm EST 
Anticipated Award Date: July 1, 2018 


The Center on Aging at the Medical University of South Carolina is pleased to announce that it will fund 3-4 pilot grants for up to $30,000 (direct costs) for a 12-month period.  These awards are designed to provide short-term funding to help researchers gather preliminary data for future extramural funding in research related to improving the health and well-being of older people. Pilot Projects must focus on research related to healthy aging or aging related diseases and conditions.   


The principal goal of the Pilot Project Program is to provide funding for scientifically meritorious, new and innovative projects through a competitive program with open solicitation and peer review. The program is open to junior, mid-level or senior faculty and post-doctoral fellows. Preference will be given to projects that include inter-professional teams and/or inter-disciplinary projects. 


Principal Investigator should have a full-time faculty or post-doctorial appointment and a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, etc) in science, research, or health related fields. The proposed studies must not overlap with or supplement currently funded projects. Note: PI salary support is not permitted.

Contact:  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. DeAnna Adkins (


NIH NIDA K12 Mentored Clinical Scientists Program in Drug Abuse and Addiction
Call for Applications

Key Dates:

Letters of Intent Due: May 1, 2018                                       
Application Due: May 31, 2018                                                                               

Anticipated Notification of Acceptance: June/July 2018                                       
Appointment State Date: July/August 2018                                                            

A call for applications for the NIDA K12 Mentored Clinical Scientists Program in Drug Abuse and Addiction has been issued. Interested junior faculty members should submit their application no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, May 31st. The application should include the submission of a 13-page proposal including: candidate’s background, career goals and objectives; proposed career development / training activities during the award period; research plan; human subjects section; and detailed budget for the initial 12-month budget period (Specific Aims 1 page, career development/research plan combined should be 12). Applicants will be expected to have identified at least one potential mentor at the time of application. A letter of commitment from the primary mentor, the mentor’s NIH biosketch, and NIH other support page will also be required.

Interested candidates who plan on applying should provide a Letter of Intent no later than Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 

Please direct this and any questions regarding this career development award or the application process to Amanda Wagner, LPC, at



Clinical and Translational Research OrBiTS Program 2018

To overcome barriers that investigators face in successful translation of their work across the research continuum, we will fund proposals from researcher/investigator teams for Overcoming Barriers to Translational Success (OrBiTS) awards. These two-year grants will enable a team of at last three investigators to hire technical staff, procure specialized equipment, purchase data sets, or hire a specialized consultant so that they could generate strong clinical and translational research programs. The OrBiTS awards are not for specific research projects, but for infrastructure that will aid clinical and translational research. We anticipate that this type of support will provide considerable help in bringing basic scientists into the clinical and translational arena or facilitate translational researchers doing clinical trials, ultimately leading to procurement of large center-type grants.

Applicants are encouraged to engage with our Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Core as part of the pre-submission process. Those who do not will be required to engage with the CEO prior to award commencement. Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Core Experts from the CEO Core will review and provide feedback on Section B, which includes a statement of the relevance of the proposed research to public health. This statement is a critical component of NIH and DE-CTR ACCEL sponsored research. The statement of relevance should use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience. The CEO core can be contacted at for assistance with framing the relevance and potential impact of projects and for connection to community partners where appropriate.

For questions about the Pilot Grant program and review process contact:
Thomas S. Buchanan, PhD, ACCEL Pilot Project leader
Heather Bittner Fagan, MD, MPH, ACCEL Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Core leader

 Around MUSC 

MUSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Information Session

The April information session has been canceled.

The next information session is scheduled for May 16th, 2018, from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Institute of Psychiatry’s auditorium.

A reminder message will be sent in early May.


Southeastern Medical Device Association Emerging Technology Poster Event

The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is holding their annual conference in Greenville, SC on May 2 -4 (  The conference attracts more than 350 attendees representing industry and academia in the med device arena across the southeast and beyond, so it provides an excellent opportunity to connect with potential partners for academic researchers.  We are very excited to have the conference in South Carolina this year for the first time ever, and want to be sure our state is well represented.  The poster session for emerging technologies will be on May 3rd at 1:30 in the exhibit hall.



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.

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!


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