Focusing on Research – January 2019

February 8, 2019 • Focusing on Research

·       UNTHSC Experts portal.  A new portal showcasing Faculty expertise is set to officially launch on February 1st. The portal can be viewed at .

·       Updated Resource document. The updated resource document is located here.

Awardees of the second cycle of the Basic Research Seed Grant Program from the Office of Research Development are

·       Dr. John Licciardone and his Co-Is Dr. Robert Gatchel and Dr. Subhash Aryal for the project “Using health-related quality of life measures to optimize chronic pain management through patient engagement: a preliminary registry-based trial”. The award amount is $30,000.

·       Dr. Rebecca Cunningham for her project “Prenatal Programming: In utero stress and testosterone sensitize male progeny to social impairments”. The award amount is $30,000.

·       Dr. Styliani Goulopoulou and her Co-Is Dr. Sangram Raut and Dr. Johnny He for the project “Periuterine adipose tissue-derived extracellular vesicles: novel mediators of uterine blood flow and fetal growth during pregnancy”. The award amount is $30,000.

·       Dr. Michael Salvatore for his project “Mechanisms of preventing locomotor impairment in a rat Parkinson’s model with an FDA-approved antibiotic”. The award amount is $30,000.

Awardees of the second cycle of the Digital Health Prototype Program from the Office of Research Development are

·       Dr. Jin Liu and her Co-I Dr. Annesha White for the project “Triage through the patient’s eyes: An app to develop a healthcare team around the patient”. The award amount is $20,000.

Research Administration – Office of Research Compliance

Annual Integrity Training

This is a gentle reminder that you have 1 or more trainings to complete as part of your assigned Annual Integrity Training. The deadline for completing all components of this program is February 28th, 2019.  Please review your Learn HSC dashboard to complete your requirements.

Change in Federal Common Rule for Human Subject Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have issued final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Revised Common Rule” or “Final Rule”) that went into effect January 21, 2019.  For those investigators seeking in-depth information on the various features of this new Common Rule, we have contracted a specific training course at CITI to assist in your understanding of the subtleties and nuances of these changes. For access to this training course, go to the CITI home page. Login as usual, then go to the “North Texas Regional IRB” affiliation (not UNTHSC), click on “View Courses”, then scroll down to “Revised Common Rule”.

Research Administration – Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

New Financial Reporting Tool rolling out: Grants WorkCenter in EIS

STARs members have been trained on the new financial reporting tool for Sponsored Projects: Grants Workcenter. This new tool in EIS allows real-time reporting of budget, encumbrances, and expenditures on sponsored projects. Department Administrators who attend STARs have been given access to this new tool as Phase I of the rollout. We are taking their feedback and using it to improve on the tool before it is rolled out campus wide. This new tool will replace Bud_Overview in EIS, and access to Bud_Overview will be phased out in the new year.

December Monthly Report Now in PowerBI

The Monthly Report data for December is now available in Power BI. We are excited to announce some improvements made to our Monthly Research Dashboard on the Insite reporting page.

·       The first thing you will notice is the prominent toggle switch at the top.  Clicking on this will reveal a new view of the data, showing the entire two prior fiscal year’s totals as well as the current year to date totals.  In addition, the bottom pie charts reflect the entire prior fiscal year by School.

·       The second tab of the report is brand new.  This tab reflects Awards by Institute, and shows the amount awarded to each institute over time.  The pie chart on the right reflects the Total Awarded by Institute for all of FY2017, FY2018 and FY2019 to date.

·       Finally, beginning with the “All Monthly Report Data” tab through to the last tab, “Clinical Trial Proposals” the Project End Date field has been added to the table.

If you have any questions, or suggestions for improvement to this report, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at

If you would like to dig into your data in Power BI, but don’t know where to start, we have updated our handy instruction guide.

Celebrating Research

Research achievements and collaborations information gathered via the last VPR newsletter, Daily News & email requests and Scopus are all compiled here.  If you have anything research to celebrate, please email Current sections include Notable Collaborations, Recent Publications and Notable Honors.

Meet the Division

In an effort to help you get to know us a little better, we are (re)introducing our staff members in each newsletter. The Sponsored Programs Accounting team is comprised of two Senior Grant Financial Analysts and two Grant Accountants work to requesting reimbursements back to the institution for externally funded sponsored research projects. To learn more about  Su Cole, Jarrett Cocharo, Victoria Gregg, Thanh Truc (T.T.) Truong, and Huibi Wang follow this link.

NIH Nexus

Are you interested in staying connected with NIH?

Dr. Michael Lauer, the NIH Director for Extramural research, sends out a newsletter with the latest.  You can subscribe at  or continue reading here.

New Funding Opportunities for Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Mike Lauer and William T. Riley

Over the past year, since we published an essay in Nature Human Behaviour on “NIH policies on experimental studies with humans,” NIH has engaged in a discussion with the basic science community to find ways to meet our shared obligations to study participants and taxpayers, while respecting the unique goals and outcomes of basic science.  While we are still in the midst of that conversation, we are pleased to announce real progress in the form of new funding opportunity announcements for Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans. To continue reading click here.

Legislative Mandates for Fiscal Year 2019

NIH issued a notice detailing statutory provisions that limit or condition the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2019. For additional details, see NOT-OD-19-030.


Brian Gladue, PhD

Acting Vice President, Research & Innovation