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January 14, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Older Americans Independence Center, in collaboration with the Michigan Alzheimer Disease Core Center, will be hosting its annual research retreat on the topic of “Aging and Disease: The Biogerontology Interface,” in Ann Arbor on May 30-31.

The goal of the research retreat is to assist talented junior faculty members to learn more about current problems and progress in this area, and to provide these scientists with candid feedback about their own research ideas.

Based on the needs and interests of the junior faculty participants, external reviewers and speakers will be invited to complement local U-M experts.

The retreat will feature research seminars presented by two keynote speakers, as well as presentations by U-M senior faculty on topics related to research career development.

Much of the workshop will be devoted to “mock” study sections at which junior faculty members will have the opportunity to have their own grant proposals reviewed by their colleagues and by experienced senior faculty scholars. By reviewing projects of their peers, and hearing the critiques of experienced reviewers, participants gain valuable insights into the peer review process that may improve their own grant-writing skills.

This is also an outstanding opportunity to network with both leading senior and “up-and-coming” junior researchers.

Relevant proposals could address (but are not limited to) important topics such as aging and oxidative stress, T-cell immunology, mitochondrial function, atherogenesis and fatty acid metabolism. Disease mechanism research related to dementias is also welcome, as is preclinical-translational work using dementia disease models. Both invertebrate and vertebrate models are relevant, as is research using clinical materials and bioinformatics approaches.

Each junior faculty member selected for this workshop will be expected to provide a copy of a grant proposal by mid-April on which he or she wishes to receive advice. Participants usually submit an application that is currently under review or in the late stages of preparation.

The form of the application is flexible (e.g. NIH, NSF, VA, foundation), but must contain at least five pages of scientific narrative describing the background, preliminary data and research goals of the scientific program proposed. An abstract and explanation of the type of proposal submitted are also required.

Each junior faculty participant will also receive applications submitted by his or her colleagues, and will be asked to prepare a short written critique that is intended to help the applicant, pointing out strengths and possible weaknesses of the research plan and its presentation. These critiques will then form the basis for the mock study sections at the retreat itself.

Funds are available to those outside of U-M to defray costs of participation in this retreat.

Those who are interested should describe how participation would benefit their research, indicate the type of grant to be submitted, and submit a copy of their CV to nalexand@umich.edu.

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