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2016 Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

Collaborative Seed and Junior Faculty Seed Grants

Application Due:  May 16

 Purpose and Program Scope:

The purpose of these intramural grant programs is to support new research projects by faculty researchers at the UNT Health Science Center. Research proposals submitted to this program must belong to areas of research interest to the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease (ICMD). Two seed grant programs will be supported.

  1. Collaborative seed grants: The goal is to enable faculty to perform pilot studies that could lead to multi-PI or PPG funding. Proposals will be evaluated according to the program priorities: collaborative, translational and potential for extramural funding. We anticipate funding 2 such seed grants at $30,000 per award.
  2. Junior faculty seed grants: ICMD will provide project support for junior (non-tenured) faculty to support pilot studies not supported by their current funding. This will enable collection of pilot data for NIH applications and will ensure that their current funding will not be used for non-related studies. We anticipate funding 3-4 such pilot grants at $10,000 per award.

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals submitted to this program will be reviewed by the ICMD Executive Committee.  Executive Committee members involved in any of the submitted proposals, or with any real or perceived conflict-of-interest will recuse themselves from discussion of that proposal.  The review will utilize criteria that address the program priorities detailed above.

Award Amounts and Grant Payments:

All awarded funds will be available for a period of 12 months.  No grant funds will be distributed to investigators until all UNT Health Science Center regulatory requirements have been fulfilled (IRB approval, IACUC approved protocols, RCOI Training and Annual Disclosure documents, biosafety review, safety training, etc.).

 Grant Budgets:

Expenditures will be restricted by state regulations.  Funds may be utilized for direct expenditures beneficial to the research in the following categories under this program:

  1. Personnel Support: Funds can be used for Post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate student assistantships, as well as for technical staff.
  2. Fringe Benefits as they pertain to the type of appointment listed in personnel support.
  3. Expendable scientific items, services, equipment and equipment maintenance needed for the execution of the proposed research project.
  4. Equipment: modest amounts may be considered

Funds may not be budgeted or used for the following:

  1. Faculty salaries
  2. Building construction, alteration, renovation, rent, or utilities
  3. Student tuition or fees
  4. Student Scholarships or Fellowships
  5. Membership dues
  6. Overhead
  7. Non-UNTHSC personnel.
  8. Travel

Grantee Requirements:

The PI on the proposal will be responsible for monitoring the research progress and providing a final research report. The ICMD should be acknowledged on any publications resulting from this support. The final report requires a statement of the research objective, a brief report on the research progress made under the grant, a list of publications resulting from the grant, and a list of potential sponsors to whom grant requests were submitted (PIs, amount, duration, etc.).  The final report is due to the ICMD Research Administrator (to be named) within 60 days after the termination of the grant.

 Submission Deadline:

Only electronically submitted proposals in Adobe PDF format will be accepted.  The Principal Investigator must email the proposal to Ms. Lisa Marquez (

Proposals must be received by 5 PM on May 16 for a June 1 start date and will run through May 31, 2017.  An email confirming receipt of the proposal will be sent to the submitting PI only.

 Copyrights and Patent Rights:

All intellectual property developed during the course of a funded project will be governed by the policies of UNTHSC.

 Grant Application:

The application must be clear, legible and use Arial, Times New Roman, or Calibri 12 pt. fonts.   Margins should be set at narrow (0.5” top, bottom, left and right).   Applications text should be single spaced.

The application must contain the following components:

  1. Cover page including: Title of project; Collaborative vs. junior faculty seed grant; Identify the PI and related personnel;
  1. Description of the project, not to exceed 2 pages, including figures, tables, etc. The project description must address the potential for future extramural funding.
  2. A brief paragraph, not to exceed 250 words, summarizing how the expertise gained or the results generated by your proposed project could potentially lead to translation to humans.
  3. Bibliography (not to exceed two additional pages)
  4. NIH format biographical sketch for each investigator.
  5. Budget page including budget justification
  6. Assurances for the use of human subjects and/or animals (approved or to be submitted)

 Questions should be directed to Steve Mifflin (




Congratulations to Dr. Keisa Mathis:

The APS Trainee Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that Keisa W. Mathis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award. The Committee was extremely impressed with the remarkable level of service through her mentoring/teaching activities with students at the graduate/professional, undergraduate and K-12 levels, as well as with members of her community. She has been nominated for or won awards for both her mentoring and research throughout her career to date.

2016 SEBM’s Young Investigator Awardees.  Please note that two of our own, Sarika Chaudhari and Gilbert Moralez where among the winners.  Congratulations!!!!!


Congratulations to Shehzad Batliwata, who won 1st place Entry at the 2016 TOMA’s 60th Midwinter Conference in Dallas, TX. : “Structural Impact of Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation of Right vs. Left Ventricular Myocardium”.  Shehzad did his honors research under Dr. Yurvati and Dr. Mallet’s mentorship.  poster competition


Dr. James Caffrey and Dr. H. Fred Downey have been selected as Councilors for SEBM (Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine)


H. Fred Downey, PhD, Professor in the Integrative Physiology and Anatomy Department and Eugenia Manukhina, PhD, Adjunct Professor, presented a joint seminar September 12-13 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Topic of discussion was “Protective Effects of Intermittent Hypoxia in the Heart and Brain: The Role of Nitric Oxide”.


H. Fred Downey, PhD, was recently named an Emeritus Regents Professor in the Integrative Physiology and Anatomy Department at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).  The rank of professor emeritus is awarded to faculty members who continue to make contributions to the Health Science Center after retirement.


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Robert Mallet, PhD, has been designated a Regents Professor by the UNTHSC Board of Regents.  The purpose of the Regents Professor award is to provide recognition for individuals at the rank of professor who have performed outstanding teaching, research, and service to the profession, and who have achieved a high level of national and international recognition.

Dr. Mallet has also been elected Treasurer of the SEBM (Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine).


Recently, some of our faculty and staff from the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease participated in the FitWorth Challenge, a Fort Worth community health event that provided incentives for teams of two to 10 individuals to track and increase their minutes of activity.  Activities included anything from walking to kickboxing—even housework counted!  We had 8 members on our “Fit for Physiology” team.  The members were:  Dr. Robert Mallet, Dr. Andras Lacko, Dr. Caroline Rickards, Nirupama Sabnis, Lisa Marquez, Melissa Henson, Susan Rogers and Deborah Osikoya.  The group came in 9th place out of 25 teams here at the UNT Health Science Center.  We had a great time learning new activities and new ways to snack.  We even won Challenge #5, which was to demonstrate how we could balance various duties.  Thanks to the idea of Dr. Rickards, we all stood on one leg balancing while each doing a specific duty relevant to our job!  We hope to do it again next year, and have even more teams!  Hats off to all of the team!!!

These were some of the challenges we entered:

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Baby Announcement!!

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Congratulations Dr. Keisa Mathis on your new little baby girl!!!



Awards at the GSBS Awards Banquet Spring 2016:

Anh Nguyen won the Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Academics.  Anh will be in the competition for the President’s Award.

Brent Shell was awarded the Edward Elko Award for Distinguished Service to the Graduate Student Association.

Justin Sprick was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Association Member Award and received a Graduate Student Association Scholarship.  Justin was recognized for passing 6310 with distinction.

Parul Chaudhary was recognized for passing 6310 with distinction and the QE with distinction.

Noah Jouett received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease.

Dr. Patricia Gwirtz was nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award.

Susan Rogers was nominated for the Outstanding Staff Member Award.


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