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February 2015

February 17, 2015

STEM CELL CONFERENCE – July 27-30, 2015

The University of Vermont College of Medicine is pleased to present our biannual international workshop "Stem Cells, Cellular Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Lung Diseases," to be held at the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont. The goal of the conference is to provide a comprehensive overview with focus towards how advances in stem cell, cell therapy, and lung bioengineering research can be applied to lung biology and diseases.

TRAVEL AWARDS:  12 Travel Awards will be presented based on a blinded review by the awards committee. Each travel award will include payment or reimbursement of the registration fee, lodging for the duration of the conference and travel. The travel awards will include Oral Awards, a Minority/Disability Award and Poster Awards.

Link to: Conference website

January 2015

January 29, 2015

Sense About Science USA workshop

Sense About Science USA ( will be running a free science media workshop on Friday, February 13 in San Jose. The workshop is aimed at early career researchers in all sciences, engineering or medicine.



Are you under pressure to engage with the media? Short on time or feel you're not an expert? This workshop will address those concerns, equip you to address scientific misconceptions, and help you communicate good science and evidence to a wider audience.


San Jose: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015 (ZERO1 Gallery: 439 S 1st St, San Jose, CA)


Calling all early career researchers in the Bay Area working in science, engineering and medicine. This free, half day workshop will close with an Ask for Evidence launch event and drinks reception from 5:30 p.m. with speakers and guests from the AAAS Annual Meeting. Space is limited and are awarded on a first come first serve basis, so apply soon.


A chance to hear from a panel of experts including a scientist, journalist, and a media relations officer, who will share insights and ask questions about communicating science to the public and respond to concerns about participating in public debates about science.


The workshop is also an opportunity to get involved in Ask for Evidence, a public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies. Even in the campaign’s modest form, organizations have changed advertising, product claims have been withdrawn, politicians have apologized and vulnerable patients have been helped.


For more information and to sign up, please go to:


January 22, 2015 

Single Cell Transcriptomics Workshop

Could single cell transcriptomics advance your research?

Learn advanced techniques for single cell isolation, RNA amplification and gene expression profiling by RNA-seq from leaders in the field at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Program in Single Cell Biology.

Techniques include:

  • Single cell isolation – patch pipette, Isoraft, Fluidigm C1
  • RNA amplification – linear amplification (aRNA), Smart-seq
  • Image-based methods
  • RNA-seq library preparation
  • Basic informatics

Participants may bring their own samples, on consultation with the course instructors.

Dates: Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8, 2015

Location: The University of Pennsylvania

Workshop fee: $300

Dormitory housing: $300

Course instructors: Dr. James Eberwine, Dr. Junhyong Kim, Dr. Catherine Moorwood and others.

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Places are limited. To apply, go to Faculty, trainees and graduate students based at US institutions are eligible. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, March 9, 2015. Payment is required to secure your place.

A limited number of travel grants are available for scientists who are female and/or from an under-represented minority.

Contact: Catherine Moorwood, D.Phil., Assistant Director of Programs, Penn Program in Single Cell Biology ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and the Penn Program in Single Cell Biology.

January 14, 2015

Webinar: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals: A Patient Safety Emergency

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pacific; 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. GMT)

Free registration at:

Antibiotic resistance is a problem of global and increasing importance. The antibiotic pipeline is nearly empty and although there is research currently underway along with regulatory, clinical and political efforts to regenerate antibacterial drug discovery and development, it will be many years before these efforts yield results. Conservation of effective antimicrobial agents is essential, and a range of global and regional authorities such as the World Health Organization have identified antimicrobial stewardship as one of the key interventions in combating antimicrobial resistance. Healthcare professionals trained in antimicrobial stewardship policies and practices, largely working within multi-professional teams to implement and measure the impact of interventions, are relatively scarce as are the existing infrastructure and resources to support them. Therefore, it is essential that these professionals develop the stewardship skills necessary to produce change and implement antimicrobial stewardship practices across a range of healthcare settings, systems, geographies and cultures. In this webinar, Dr. Dilip Nathwani (Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK), a global leader in the field, will outline some of the key issues involved in antimicrobial stewardship.

Dr. Nathwani will answer questions from webinar attendees so be sure to attend and get answers from an expert!

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The need for stewardship and its goals [hospital perspective only]
  • The evidence based to support stewardship interventions [the tool kit]
  • The structures for implementing stewardship
  • Implementing stewardship and optimizing antibiotic use by improving the effectiveness of interventions through a range of implementation strategies that employ techniques such as guidelines, audit and feedback, social and behavioral science, improvement science, and change management etc. supported by education
  • Measuring and auditing the quantity and quality of antibiotic use, use of indicators for improvement and scrutiny, the important role of feedback

Who Should Attend:

  • The potential role on biomarkers and rapid diagnostics in supporting stewardship
  • Healthcare professionals (doctors, pharmacists, nurses)
  • Decision makers with regard to antimicrobial prescribing
  • Patient safety and risk management staff
  • Those working within infection prevention and control


SAVE THE DATE: Tues, Jan. 20, 2015 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern) – Register for the Current Protocols FREE WEBINAR on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals. In this exclusive webinar, Dr. Dilip Nathwani (Ninewells Hospital; Dundee, UK) will discuss the importance of antimicrobial stewardship policies and practices, and the issues associated with effective implementation. Find out more here -

Dr. Nathwani will answer questions from webinar attendees so be sure to attend and get answers from an expert!

TWITTER: Tues, Jan. 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern. Current Protocols WEBINAR on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

FREE registration:


2015 Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) Forum

The 2015 Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) Forum is right around the corner and we want you to be there! Each year PAN invites postdoctoral researchers to submit abstracts for consideration for the highly anticipated Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session at the PAN Forum.

PAN is offering up to 18 postdoctoral fellows the chance to present their posters in a reception session designed for invited guests and Forum attendees. Invited guests will include members of the Parkinson's disease community such as patient advocates, doctors, therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and health professionals.

For the 18 selected individuals, PAN will pay the registration fee, transportation (airfare, train ticket, or bus fare) to the Forum, and hotel costs at the Washington Plaza Hotel during their stay in Washington. Fellows who present their research at the Poster Session are asked to participate in the Forum, including meetings on Capitol Hill.

Poster Requirements:  Researchers interested in this opportunity should submit an abstract of their work by 5 PM ET on January 23, 2015Apply Now.

  • Abstracts must be based on research performed in U.S.-based labs.
  • The postdoctoral fellow who attends the Forum and presents the poster must be an author of the work.
  • Posters must present findings with direct implications for Parkinson's disease or Parkinsonisms.
  • The abstract must include results.
  • Posters cannot promote a particular commercial product or service.
  • In addition to your original abstract submission, you will be asked to provide a lay-language summary of your work to ensure all attendees are able to understand the importance of your work for the Parkinson's community.

All applicants who wish to be considered for this opportunity must apply no later than January 23, 2015 by 5 PM ETApply Now. Please forward this opportunity to individuals you think may be interested and help us make this event a success yet again! Contact Cheyenne Williams at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 202-638-4101 x111 if you have any questions.


December 2014


December 17, 2014

Future Faculty Workshop at the University of Michigan

NextProf Science Diversifying Academia

Future Faculty workshop at the University of Michigan

May 26 - 29, 2015

Develop Your Career

The NextProf Science 2015 Workshop will help you— a talented scientist with a demonstrated commitment to diversity—explore what is involved in pursuing exciting and rewarding careers in academia. Your expenses for travel, lodging, and meals will be covered.

Listen. Learn. Network.

At NextProf Science, you will learn:

  • how the faculty search process works
  • how to build successful research programs
  • how to form a teaching and mentoring philosophy
  • why a network is important

Expand your network at NextProf. Join colleagues, faculty, career experts, and academic leaders from across the country. Learn how diverse faculty meet the challenges of research and teaching. Share conversations with successful faculty members about their goals and views of academia.


Interested in attending the NextProf Science 2015 Workshop? Nominate yourself or ask your faculty advisor to nominate you. Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Apply online at

Deadline to receive all application material: February 28, 2015.

December 2, 2014

New England Science Symposium


Saturday, April 11, 2015


The New England Science Symposium (NESS), established in 2002,  provides a forum for  postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college  students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to  share  their biomedical and health-related research  activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions  related to  career development  in the sciences,  to  exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.


The abstract submission deadline is January 15, 2015.
All abstracts will be reviewed and applicants notified of their acceptance by the end of February 2015.

To submit an abstract please click below. If you are submitting an abstract, DO NOT complete a separate registration form.

To submit an abstract click here: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION


If you are submitting an abstract, DO NOT complete a separate registration form.

To register to attend the symposium, please click below. There is no fee but pre-registration is required. Register early as seating is limited.

To register as an attendee click here: REGISTRATION


Awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations in various disciplines and categories are: Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Postdoctoral Awards, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Awards, The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Neonatology Award, The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Nephrology Award and Parcell Laboratories Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Award.


 November 2014

November 13, 2014

Upcoming no-cost webinar on lipidomics and mass spectrometry

Q Exactive HF and LipidSearch – The High Performance Solution for Complex Lipidomics
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST (08:00-09:00 PST; 16:00-17:00 GMT; 17:00-18:00 CET)

Free registration at:

Application of lipidomics profiling to disease phenotype analysis is a rapidly growing area in translational medical research. Identification of unique biomarkers to distinguish healthy individuals compared to those at risk for disease can profoundly impact the early detection of disease and enables the development of personalized medicine. Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) is widely used for lipidomics analyses. However, there are two primary challenges with LC/MS in this context. First, standard HPLC cannot separate all lipid species in biological samples. Second, molecular weight alone is not sufficient for identifying each lipid isomer.

In this webinar, Dr. Reiko Kiyonami (Thermo) will describe how new MS technologies provide significantly increased speed and ultra-high resolution. These include full MS, selected-ion monitoring (SIM), and parallel-reaction monitoring (PRM), for highly sensitive and selective quantification of individual lipid species of interest. Dr. David Peake (Thermo) will then describe LipidSearch Software for automatic identification of lipids and accurate lipid profiling from HPLC MS/MS runs.

The presenters will answer questions from webinar attendees so be sure to attend and get answers from the experts!

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about an improved analytical strategy and the Q Exactive HF for LC/MS-MS lipidomics.
  • Update on LipidSearch software for identification of lipids from complex biological samples.
  • How to apply LipidSearch to automated identification and relative quantification of lipids.

Who Should Attend:

  • Researchers in academic, government or industrial labs who:
  • are interested in applying lipidomics to problems in agriculture, human disease, medicine or systems biology research
  • are currently performing MS-based targeted or untargeted lipid analysis
  • are currently doing proteomics and want to learn more about lipidomics


ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camp

Bring your qualitative data to the beach and prepare for 3.5 days of hard work, learning, and networking.

Dates: Monday, February 2 – Thursday, February 5, 2015
Location: Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC

*Early registration pricing available through December 5, 2014.
--Postdocs are eligible for student pricing.

The Qualitative Data Analysis Camp offers qualitative researchers an opportunity to make progress on their analysis, with guidance from experienced researchers and mentors.

Event Highlights:

  • 4 Qualitative Mentors with over 50 years combined experience in qualitative analysis
    The ResearchTalk Team
    • Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D.
    • Alison Hamilton, Ph.D.
    • Paul Mihas, MA
    • Kevin Swartout, Ph.D.
  • Ideal setting for research teams and individual researchers
  • Gain expertise in ResearchTalk’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift method
  • Fluid interaction and flow in and out of large and small group work sessions
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Reasonable rates at Resort Hotel


Topics include:



  • Overview of the life of a qualitative analysis process
  • The interaction of memoing and coding
  • The role of visual diagramming
  • The importance of episode profiles
  • Project problem solving and decision making
  • Integration with qualitative software
  • Tips for rapid turn-around results and mixed methods research too


For more information, visit the event page at , or contact ResearchTalk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-631-218-8875.

 October 2014

October 31, 2014

How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia? #vitaehangout

FREE virtual Q&A, 27 November, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. UK time

For research staff (postdoctoral researchers, fixed-term contract researchers)

Vitae will be hosting a Google Hangout for postdoctoral researchers dedicated to self-promotion, pitching your ideas, networking and developing your independent profile inside or outside academia.

Their moderator will be joined by career experts, successful academics, employers and researchers who have mastered the art of self-promotion to discuss how to succeed and take advantage of profile-raising opportunities, specifically as a postdoctoral researcher.

This event is for all researchers and there is no limit on the number of participants, so please spread the word, and offer your own advice on #vitaehangout on Twitter.

To attend - respond ‘yes’ to the event page: and post your question on the Q&A application on the video.

October 6, 2014

6th EURAM Early Career Colloquium - How to PRomote your research?

You are cordinaly invited to the 6th EURAM Early Career Colloquium “How to PRomote your research?” on February 11 - 13, 2015. This event is hosted by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Following the successful European Academy of Management Early Career Colloquia held in Nuremberg, Innsbruck, Dublin, Liechtenstein and Almeria it is a pleasure to announce that the 6th EURAM Early Career Colloquium (EECC) will be hosted by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Faculty of Management and Social Communication in February 2015.

The aim of the EECC is to offer a platform for early career academics (broadly defined e.g. assistant professors, postdoctoral researchers, recently appointed lecturers/associate professors, advanced PhD students) to come together to discuss key challenges, learn from experts and share career related insights. The EECC provides a forum for networking, knowledge exchange and development of research collaborations.
The theme of the Krakow EECC is “How to PRomote your research?” Key sessions will build on this theme covering the domains of research promotion.

Also, this year young researchers will have a unique opportunity to work on their work-in-progress papers with mentors and will receive a chance to present their final papers during EURAM 2015 conference in Warszawa!

Registration: Send your CV and abstract of the paper you would like to develop during EECC before December 15, 2014.

Participation fee (160EUR) covers cost of catering, social excursions and workshop materials. Participants are kindly requested to cover transportation and accommodation cost. We will be happy to help you find convenient and affordable accommodation in Kraków.
Ryanair, EasyJet and other airlines offer regular, direct cheap flights to Kraków.

Please visit  and


Fulbright Postdoctoral Grant Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is eager to engage postdoctoral and early career academics, offering opportunities in a range of countries and fields.

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Grant lengths range from one semester to 20 months, depending on the host country.

Postdoctoral/early career grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations.

For more information, including a list of countries offering Fulbright Scholar postdoctoral opportunities, visit:

Pubget is a life science literature search tool similar to PubMed. Unlike PubMed, with Pubget, the search results are complete papers-not abstracts. Each paper in a search is displayed as a PDF, thus allowing users to quickly and efficiently save and print papers from journals such as Nature, Science and Cell (in fact, our database is comprised of everything in PubMed). Pubget is free to use (although a user's institution needs a subscription to use Pubget) and currently has more than 800,000 unique users from more than 500+ institutions accessing the site each month.

 core_final_816Ethics CORE will develop, gather, preserve and provide comprehensive access to resources related to professional and research ethics for many audiences. It will provide information and expertise for instructors who teach ethics, students with questions about research integrity, researchers and engineers who encounter ethical challenges in practice, administrators in universities and businesses who oversee ethics and compliance policies, scholars who conduct research on professional and research ethics, and others with questions or interests in these areas using a variety of tools including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. These resources come from contributors in our scientific community, and are used by visitors from all over the world.

Ethics CORE investigators hail from diverse backgrounds, including business, law, civil engineering, education, electrical and computer engineering and library sciences. Other partners bring strengths across the range of disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation and beyond.

Become a Character in an Interactive Movie Simulating Responsible Conduct of Research Topics

In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. In the movie you assume the role of four characters confronted with the pressures of working in a research laboratory. For complete details about this interactive movie visit

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Younger Chemists Committee

The Younger Chemists Committee advocates for and provides resources to early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields. The YCC addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within the ACS and serves as a voice to the Society on behalf of younger chemists.

Addgene is a nonprofit plasmid repository that helps scientists share their published plasmids. Addgene helps depositing scientists by archiving their DNA samples and handling plasmid requests. Addgene is also a great resource for scientists that need plasmids because we provide a searchable database of sequence-verified samples. Addgene currently has over 10,000 plasmids stored, and has shipped close to 100,000 samples to scientists around the world.

LabLife provides free lab management software to biology research labs. LabLife helps scientists organize materials and data, organize lab ordering, analyze sequences, and more. It's perfect for post-docs who want to help their current labs get organized or who are looking for free IT infrastructure as they start their own labs.

The New York City postdoctoral community has established an Internet platform which promotes cross-institutional collaboration for improving the lives and training of more than three thousand postdocs living in the NYC area. Follow this link:

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