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Young Investigator Research Grant

Goals:

  • To foster research within the SPP by providing funds to young investigators in the field of pediatric pathology.
  • To fund a pilot project which will lead to long-term research support from other granting agencies.

Use of Funds:

The funds are to be used to facilitate basic or applied research by a young investigator in the field of pediatric pathology. Research into any aspect of pediatric disease will be considered, including morphological, biochemical, behavioral, physiological, genetic, and epidemiological studies. Appropriate expenditures include capital equipment, reagents and supplies, research-related travel, salary supplementation, service costs (e.g., electron microscopy, histology), and animal care costs. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • hold the degree of MD, PhD, DDS, DVM, or DO;
  • be a resident or fellow, full-time, in an accredited pathology training program, OR be a post-doctoral fellow working in the laboratory of a faculty/staff person in pediatric pathology, OR be a faculty/staff person in pediatric pathology practicing in his or her first academic appointment at the level of instructor or assistant professor for 7 years or less;
  • be a member of the SPP OR be sponsored by a member of the SPP.

Amount of Award:

A single annual award of $15,000 will be made.

Selection Process:

Complete applications must be received by the Research Committee Chair no later than Friday, February 1, 2019. The SPP Research Committee will review all applications and announce the award at the Spring SPP Meeting in Arlington, VA in March. Consideration will be given to scientific merit and the background and career goals of the applicant. The award will be funded July 1, 2019.

Application Instructions:

All portions of the application must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Although Institutional Review Board (for human studies) or Animal Care Committee (for animal studies) approval will be required before the award is funded, such approval can be deferred until after an initial funding decision has been made.

A complete application includes ALL of the following:

  • Cover Sheet (Please click to download: MS Word | PDF )
  • Research Proposal (limited to 5 pages, excluding references), to include:
    • Specific aims
    • Background and significance
    • Preliminary data, if available (not required)
    • Research design and methods
  • Itemized budget (limited to 1 page)
  • Applicant's biosketch (NIH format)
  • Personal Statement (limited to 1 page) - The applicant should indicate how the proposed research project fits with his/her personal career goals
  • Sponsor's letter of support (if applicant is not an SPP member)
  • Letter of support from Chairperson or appropriate institutional representative which should indicate that adequate resources are available at the applicant's institution to support the proposed project and the salary support that will be provided for the applicant.

Please submit all components of the application electronically as a single PDF file to gino.somers@sickkids.ca. No hard copy submission is necessary.

Please submit all components of the application electronically as a single PDF file to gino.somers@sickkids.ca . No hard copy submission is necessary.

Gino R. Somers MBBS, PhD, FRCPA
Head, Division of Pathology
Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8

Additional inquires can be directed to:

Gino R. Somers
gino.somers@sickkids.ca

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

Young Investigator Grant Winners

YEAR

#

NAME

INSTITUTION

PROPOSAL

1997

NA

(Not awarded)

1998

NA

Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD

Baylor

Specific cytokine-directed immunotherapy in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease

1999

10

Hector Melin-Aldana

NA

Molecular control of the regenerative response of the developing liver

2000

NA

Monique DePaepe

NA

Fas/Fas ligand in the pathogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

2001

4

Michael Fritsch

University of Wisconsin

The role of histone acetylation in regulating embryonic stem cell differentiation

2002

NA

(Not awarded)

2003

7

Roberto Gianini

NA

Transgenic expression of surviving in NOD mouse islets

2004

NA

Rene L. Galindo, MD, PhD

UT Southwestern

Molecular Pathogenesis of Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma

2005

NA

Maureen O’Sullivan, MD

BC Children’s Hospital

Role of MLL4 in Sarcomagenesis

2006

NA

Jason Jarzembowski, MD, PhD

University of Michigan

Genomic and proteomic heterogeneity of neuroballistic tumor component cell types

2007

7

Scott Boyd

Stanford

Prognostic significance and biological roles of microRNAs in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia

2008

6

Christopher Pearson

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Identification of Myotubularin Interacting Proteins Provides Insight Into the Pathogenesis of X-linked Myotubular Myopathy

2009

8

Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, PhD

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Role of DICER1 in the Pathogenesis of

Pleuropulmonary Blastoma

2010

7

Kyle Kurek, MD, PhD

Children's Hospital of Boston

Metachondromatosis

2011

NA

Dinesh Rakheja, MD, PhD

Children’s Hospital of Dallas

PTPE and Wilms tumorigenesis

2012

NA

Angshumoy Roy, MD, PhD

Baylor

Defining the role of MDM4 gene amplification and overexpression in hepatoblastoma

2013

6

Gabrielle Rizzuto, MD, PhD

UCSF

Immune response to infection at the maternal-fetal interface

2014

6

Nikolina Dioufa, MD, MSc

Harvard

An anchorage independent growth system as a model to study the molecular pathways that lead to drug resistance and metastasis in Ewing Sarcoma

2015

9

Jeff Terry MD PhD

BC Children’s

Identification of bacteria by in situ molecular visualization in pediatric
Crohn's disease

2016

6

Elena Repnikova PhD

Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

Characterization of copy number variations in genomic regions containing long non-coding RNA using DNA microarray.

2017

10

Shengmei Zhou MD

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Integrated Genomic Analysis of High Risk Hepatoblastoma

2018

9

Gabrielle Rizzuto MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Profiling the maternal T cell response to placental antigen

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