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November 2014

UW-Madison Awarded $8.3M for New Urological Research Center

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded an $8.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a research center focused on urological health.

The George O'Brien Center at UW-Madison is a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Boston to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of male urinary symptoms associated with hormones, aging, obesity, and benign prostate enlargement.

The center – led by William A. Ricke, director of research and associate professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Department of Urology, and Dale E. Bjorling, associate dean for research and professor at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) – is one of only three nationwide to focus on benign urological disease research. Read more.

NIH Invests Millions to Increase Utility of Biomedical Research Data

With the advent of transformative technologies for biomedical research, such as DNA sequencing and imaging, biomedical data generation is exceeding researchers' ability to capitalize on the data. Wide-ranging National Institutes of Health grants recently announced will develop new strategies to analyze and leverage the explosion of increasingly complex biomedical data sets, often referred to as Big Data. These NIH multi-institute awards constitute an initial investment of nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014 by NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020, pending available funds.

The BD2K awards will support the development of new approaches, software, tools, and training programs to improve access to these data and the ability to make new discoveries using them. Investigators hope to explore novel analytics to mine large amounts of data, while protecting privacy, for eventual application to improving human health. The funding will establish 12 centers that will each tackle specific data science challenges. The awards will also provide support for a consortium to cultivate a scientific community-based approach on the development of a data discovery index, and for data science training and workforce development.

For more information about the recipients of the new grants, please visit bd2k.nih.gov/FY14.html.

NIH Common Fund Announces 2014 High-Risk, High-Reward Research Awardees

Eighty-five grants have been awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, under the High Risk-High Reward program supported by the National Institutes of Health's Common Fund. Awardees from previous years have made scientific leaps, established new scientific paradigms, and, in some cases, revolutionized entire fields.

NIH Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence awards encourage creative thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas in biomedical and behavioral research.

In 2014, NIH has awarded 10 Pioneer awards, 50 New Innovator awards, eight Transformative Research awards, and 17 Early Independence awards. The total funding, which represents contributions from the NIH Common Fund and multiple NIH institutes, centers and offices is approximately $141 million. More information on current awardees and the NIH High Risk-High Reward Research Program can be found at: commonfund.nih.gov/highrisk.

Rock Talk: Retention Rates for First-Time R01 Awardees

Dr. Sally Rockey is the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, serving as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program. Each week she publishes a blog on various research topics and development and recently focused on retention rates for first-time R01 awardees. Read more.


October 2014

NIDDK Director's Update for Fall 2014 Now Available

Learn about new research discoveries, grant opportunities, events and more in the Fall 2014 issue of the NIDDK Director's Update! Highlights include:

For quick links to funding, job opportunities and more on activities around NIDDK, head directly to the Fall 2014 edition.


September 2014

Latest CSR/NIH Peer Review News

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) publishes Peer Review Notes to inform our reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application review policies, procedures and plans. Peruse the Latest Issue of Peer Review Notes with highlights including:

Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards – 2014 Awardee

Thirteen applications were received in June for the 2014 Astellas Rising Star in Urology Research Program; awards provide up to five years of funding for urologist-scientists that have received extramural career development awards. The awardee was announced in August to be Hing Hung Henry Lai, MD of Washington University in the South Central Section. Read More

2014 Summer Research Conference

The 2014 AUA Summer Research Conference, "Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction," was held on September 13 – 14 at the AUAHQ. The meeting brought together 55 scientists from a diverse array of disciplines advancing research in patient phenotyping and bringing new knowledge to benefit urology. Read More


August 2014

CDC Releases National Plan on Infertility

In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility. Former AUA President Dr. Lawrence Ross participated in this initiative, and shares his thoughts in an AUA Policy Blog Q&A.

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