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Vol. 3, No. 4                                                                                                          Feb. 19, 2020

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Stephanie Byrum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
UAMS College of Medicine
Director of UAMS Bioinformatics Core
Dr. Byrum’s research is two-fold: 1. Understanding the epigenetic mechanisms of triple negative breast cancer and 2. Developing bioinformatics tools for multi-omics data. Read more>
Guests view a poster at the 2019 Seeds of Science reception and poster presentation.
Researchers Invited to Submit Posters
For March 5 Reception
The Cancer Institute will host a reception honoring recipients of the 2020 Seeds of Science grant awards at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5,  in the 10th floor atrium. The Envoys and Hot Springs Village Walk fundraising groups that provide the funding for these awards will also be recognized. 

During the event, a poster showcase will highlight research efforts at the Cancer Institute. This is a great opportunity to share what you do and network with a community interested in raising money to support cancer research. We hope to present a broad spectrum of research from basic science to clinical and population research. All Cancer Institute members are encouraged to submit posters for consideration. Posters previously presented at meetings are encouraged and welcomed. 

To submit a poster, please email the following information to Sonet Weed at no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, February 27

•    Title
•    Authors and affiliations
•    Abstract
•    Brief (3-4 sentence) lay summary
•    Whether this work has been shared at other local or national meetings
Research at UAMS Shows Potential to Reduce Chemo-related Heart Damage
A team led by UAMS cancer researcher Valentina Todorova, Ph.D., has demonstrated the potential to prevent chemotherapy-induced heart damage without reducing the treatment’s effectiveness.

The study titled “Dantrolene Attenuates Cardiotoxicity of Doxorubicin Without Reducing its Antitumor Efficacy in a Breast Cancer Model” was published in the February 2020 issue of the scientific journal Translational Oncology.
Todorova’s team combined the muscle relaxant dantrolene with the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin to determine if it could help prevent heart damage — also called cardiotoxicity — without reducing the drug’s cancer-fighting ability. Read more>

Proteomics Symposium Draws
Leaders from Across the Country

The fourth annual Proteomics Facility Staff Symposium on Jan. 29-30 at UAMS brought together 30 proteomics core directors and staff members to learn how best to operate and maintain these facilities at their institutions.

All of the participants came from IDeA (Institutional Development Award) states and Puerto Rico, all of which have been identified by the National Institutes of Health as historically receiving less grant funding for biomedical research than other states. Read more>

Cancer-related Research Funding Opportunities
Extramural Opportunities

NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplement for Continuity of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Among First-Time Recipients of NIH Research Project Grant Awards

Mechanisms of Disparities in Etiology and Outcomes of Lung Cancer in the U.S.: The Role of Risk and Protective Factors - (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

CDC Public Health and Health Systems Partnerships to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Clinical Settings

Radiobiology of High Linear Energy Transfer (High LET) Exposure in Cancer Treatment - (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Centers for Disease Control Public Health and Health Systems Partnerships to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Clinical Settings

Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Innovator Award

Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery - (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

Foundation and Intramural Opportunities

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network 2020 Young Investigator Award 

Research and Innovation Easy Win-Early Victory (EWEV) Grant

American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management

LIVESTRONG Solution Grants

American Association for Cancer Research-PLGA Fund at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Research Grant to Optimize Drug Dosing Strategies for Pediatric LGA/LGG Patients

American Association for Cancer Research-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grants

Translational Biomedical Informatics Research Benefiting Rural Health Pilot Grant Opportunity

Translational Research Institute Data Scholars Program
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