Spring/Summer 2010 Newsletter

University of Michigan, Center for Organogenesis

Directors Corner

As Summer 2010 moves into high gear so does the Center for Organogenesis. As you will see in the following sections of this Newsletter, the Center has been quite busy with our well-established programs and new initiatives to support our faculty and trainees across campus.

While the NCRC committee strategically included only 4 programs in their first round selections for NCRC occupancy (and the CFO along with many other excellent interdisciplinary programs was not selected), the Center remains well poised to be an integral part of the translational campus in the near future. 

Organizationally, I have selected both an Associate and an Assistant Director to optimize the allocation of our resources and implementation of our bold agenda for the future. I am confident that with the continued robust involvement of our faculty – the Center will flourish and provide a rich environment for training and collaborative research across campus.

Notably, we are offering 7 fellowship slots this year. Pre- and post-doctoral; traditional NIH funded and non-traditional; basic and translational projects are available. We are thrilled to be able to offer this wide range of support.  Read on for details.

Lastly, be on the lookout later this summer for the RFA regarding the Organogenesis Research Teams and share the word with your colleagues about our new faculty recruiting effort – the Organogenesis Scholars Program (OSP) to be announced in August.

For specifics on these and other exciting developments – I’ll let you read the body of the Newsletter.

Have a great Summer,
Gary

CFO Associate  and Assistant Directors Named

Linda  Samuelson Linda Samuelson, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Embryonic Stem Cell Director in the Transgenic Animal Model Core has filled the role of Associate Director.  Linda will lead the new initiative to support the development of Organogenesis Research Teams as well as to advance the CFO’s educational activities, including assisting with the Training Program in Organogenesis and developing educational initiatives that would serve to inform trainees in the study of translational research.  Linda will also serve as chair on the seminar committee. 
 
Deneen Wellik Deneen Wellik, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (MMG) and Cell and Developmental Biology, has filled the role of Assistant Director. Deneen’s role will include chairing many CFO committees (symposium, journal club, faculty membership), along with the planning and development of the seminar series, assisting with the Training Program, internally and externally sponsored research projects, and recruitment of instructional track faculty.

We welcome them both as the Center’s focus moves forward.

Organogenesis Research Teams – New Funding

A new Center initiative will provide pilot funds for collaborative research groups of 3 or more investigators.  The goal is to strengthen interactions among investigators, allowing them to obtain preliminary data necessary for a strong external multi-investigator grant proposal such as an NIH P01.  Awards of up to $450,000 over a three-year period will be made through a competitive application process.  Research Teams that include a translational component will be preferred, although basic science groups are also encouraged.  Look for more information about the application process over the summer.  Letters of intent for the first round of applications will be due September 15 with full proposals due November 15.

Please contact one of the Organogenesis Research Team Committee members with questions:

  • Linda Samuelson (chair)
  • Gary Hammer
  • Deneen Wellik
  • Charlotte Mistretta
  • Andrzej Dlugosz
  • Ivan Maillard
  • Jan Stegemann

Organogenesis Scholars Program (OSP)

The Center will soon announce recruitment for the Organogenesis Scholars Program (OSP) for tenure track assistant and associate level professors. Individuals will be sought to enhance investigational strengths in the areas of basic and translational aspects of organogenesis and tissue engineering. The Program is seeking individuals with PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degrees with evidence of successful scientific accomplishment and scholarly promise.  Successful candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program, and to become leaders in departmental and program activities, including teaching at the medical, graduate, and/or undergraduate levels.  Primary college and department affiliation will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and by relevance of the applicant’s research program to departmental initiatives and focus.

International Symposium on Organogenesis – A Few Changes

The date for our next International Symposium changed shortly after our first announcement was made.  The new and final date is May 13 and 14, 2011 - Correct your calendars!  The program will be held in BSRB on both days.

  • The major topic of the venue will be “Tissue Engineering”.
  • Anthony J. Atala, M.D. from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will provide the keynote lecture on Friday evening, May 13. 
  • Other confirmed speakers who will present lectures on Saturday, May 14 are: 
  • Irina Conboy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of CA @ Berkeley;
  • David Mooney, Ph.D., Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences;
  • Doris Taylor, Ph.D., Medtronic-Bakken Chair in Cardiac Repair and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Repair, University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute. 
  • Two additional speakers are currently being invited and we anticipate their replies soon.  As always, updates can be found on the Organogenesis website.

Organogenesis Training Program – Fellowship Opportunities

A competition for fellowship awards is currently being held.  Deadline to submit all applications is July 16, 2010.  See below for more information.  Applications and other details are available on our website: http://www.med.umich.edu/medschool/organo/fellowships.html

NIH/NRSA Predoctoral Fellowships

Awards have been established through NIH support provided by the Center for Organogenesis Training Grant (T32).  The goal of this NRSA Fellowship award is to provide two years of support to predoctoral fellows (candidates only) who wish to undertake a research project in the field of Organogenesis.  The research project must fit the goals of the Center for Organogenesis as outlined in the Organogenesis Mission Statement.  Individuals who are submitting applications for this fellowship must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents.  Primary faculty mentors must have an active research program with sufficient funds to provide continuous support for a trainee (NIH or NSF grant or equivalent).  Potential faculty mentors who are not already listed as Organogenesis training grant mentors may apply for mentorship simultaneously with the NIH fellowship submission.  Mentor applications are available on website.

NIH/NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship

An NIH/NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship award is available through the Center for Organogenesis Training Grant (T32). The goal of this NRSA fellowship award is to provide two years of support to a postdoctoral fellow (Ph.D. or MD Degree) who wishes to undertake a research project in the field of Organogenesis. The research project must fit the goals of the Center for Organogenesis as outlined in the Organogenesis Mission Statement. Individuals who are submitting applications for this fellowship must be US Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents.  Primary faculty mentors must have an active research program with sufficient funds to provide continuous support for a trainee (NIH or NSF grant or equivalent). Potential faculty mentors who are not already listed as Organogenesis training grant mentors may apply for mentorship simultaneously with the NIH fellowship submission.  Mentor applications are available on website.

Non-Traditional Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

Awards are available and will provide funding  for one year of support ($30,000) to a postdoc fellow (non-US applicants only) who wishes to undertake a research project in the field of Organogenesis. The research project must fit the goals of the Center for Organogenesis as outlined in the Organogenesis Mission Statement.  Award funding can be used to support stipend or research activities.  Awardees will be expected to participate in all regular trainee activities (course work, seminar series, symposium, monthly trainee meetings, journal club meetings).

Organogenesis/PTSP Fellowship Announcement

The Center for Organogenesis and MICHR (Michigan Institute of Clinical & Health Research) have partnered to award a dedicated postdoctoral award to a qualified individual pursuing a research project in translational organogenesis.  This fellowship will be awarded through the Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) – a multidisciplinary career development program supported by MICHR, designed to prepare individuals with a Ph.D. degree for independent careers in translational research.

Individuals with Ph.D. degrees who are interested in obtaining additional training in translational organogenesis are encouraged to apply for this unique funding opportunity.  The fellowship will provide trainees with a $100,000 career development award to be utilized over 2 years ($50k/year).

This training program will be tailored based on the individual’s unique needs, but will include the opportunity to pursue a variety of educational offerings such as a clinical immersion experience, didactic course work in regulation sciences and research ethics, biostatistics and/or specialty electives relating to their field of interest.  Individuals will be required to complete a translational research practicum in Organogenesis.  All individuals will have a cross-disciplinary mentoring team designed to assist them with their career development and translational project.  Award funding can be used to support stipend, course work, and/or research activities.  Scholars will be expected to commit 50 to 70% of full time effort to the program. 

The Organogenesis PTSP Program is designed to accelerate career progression in translational research for basic scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to translational research.  The successful applicant for the Organogenesis PTSP will demonstrate evidence of one or more of the following attributes:

  1. Engagement in the Center for Organogenesis;
  2. Participation in an interdisciplinary working group of two or more labs focused on organ specific research;
  3. Interaction with one of the UMHS Destination Programs or similar clinical programs aligned along an organ system theme.
Eligibility

The program will be open to individuals who have completed a Ph.D. in any of the basic sciences who aspire to develop a career in translational research.  Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents

Additional information and application materials can be found on the PTSP website:  http://www.michr.umich.edu/ptsp/

When applying, please indicate you are applying for an "Organogenesis Fellowship”, July 15, 2010 deadline (website lists May 17, 2010 for MICHR applicants). 

CDB 680 – Organogenesis of Complex Tissues – Fall 2010

For Fall 2010, the course will be structured as a single 3-credit course.  The first module will focus on stem cells and coordinated by Deb Gumucio and the 2nd module will focus on Teeth and will be coordinated by Petros Papagerakis.  Students, please register early -  registration is limited to the first 30 students.  As always, lectures are open to everyone and are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 8:30am sharp!  Specific dates, locations, and lecture topics will be available soon.

Organogenesis Seminar Series Moves to Tuesdays next Fall

The Organogenesis seminar series will move to Tuesdays at 4pm beginning in September.  All (or most) lectures will be held in the BSRB seminar rooms.  Future speakers/lecture titles will be available soon.  Check website for updates. 

bioartography time and date

Bio-Artography

It’s Art Fair time again!!!  Dates for this year’s fair is July 21-24, 2010.  We’re in the process of collecting many new beautiful images – if you have one or two and would like to submit them, please send soon!  We hope many of you will be able to volunteer a few hours of your time again this year to help make this another successful year.  Volunteers are needed at the booth or in BSRB at the matting and framing station.  We’re already working on the schedule listed below, so if there is a date/time you want to reserve, email Bec at rpintar@umich.edu.

Bioartography Booth Volunteer Time Slots
Wed, July 21 Thur, July 22 Fri, July 23 Sat, July 24
9:30am-1:30pm 9:30am-1:30pm 9:30am-1:30pm 9:30am-1:30pm
1:30pm-5:30pm 1:30pm-5:30pm 1:30pm-5:30pm 1:30pm-5:30pm*
5:30pm-9:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm *includes booth teardown

Along with matted and framed images and notecard sets, the Bioartography committee is currently working on a coffee table book which will contain many of our most beautiful images.  We’re excited about the book and are hopeful this will be a popular item at this years booth and on the website.

Bio-Artography Travel Grants

The next deadline to submit an application for a $500 travel grant is  August 1, 2010.  Applications and requirements are available on the Organogenesis website.

Center for Organogenesis Moving to 1528 BSRB

The Center office will be relocating to the first level of BSRB.  A suite is being designed and renovation will take place this summer.  We will hopefully move into our new space by mid August.  We will make the announcement as soon as the move has been completed.

Center for Organogenesis
2031A BSRB
109 Zina Pitcher Place
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2200
Tel:  (734) 936-2499
Fax: (734) 647-9559
www.med.umich.edu/medschool/organo

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