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NIH Reminders

  • eRA Commons Usernames for your trainees:
    NIH now requires eRA Commons Usernames for PIs and postdoctoral researchers supported by NIH awards. Beginning in October 2014, NIH will also require eRA Commons Usernames for graduate and undergraduate students reported on your PHS 2590 Non-Competing Continuation Progress Report and Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). For more information on this change, see Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-097.

    ORS will contact all NIH-funded PIs with instructions about how personnel can obtain an eRA Commons Username. Please let your graduate students and postdocs know that they will be asked to provide demographic information when they complete their eRA Commons Profile. For the items that request information about gender, race and ethnicity, and disability, one of the acceptable responses will be “I Do Not Wish to Provide”.

  • NIH is asking researchers to provide online information by October 13 about whether and how to consider sex as a biological variable in the design and analysis of research involving animals, tissues, and cells. More information here >>

  • If you or your trainees are planning to apply for NIH training or career development awards, an October 30 pre-application webinar for potential applicants, presented by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), may be useful. More information here >>

  • Big Data Opportunities Using NIH/HIMH Data Repositories Satellite Symposium.

    The NIH established the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR) in 2008. Since then, de-identified human subjects research data on 77,000 research participants across hundreds of cognitive, diagnostic and clinical measures are now shared. Secured in the Amazon Cloud, large datasets from over 8,000 exome sequences, 2,000 structural images exists (see NDAR Query) and event based fMRI, EEG, and eye tracking experiments make NDAR one of the largest data repositories in the neurosciences. Recently, the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Clinical Trials (NDCT) initiatives have adopted the same data sharing platform. Together, these platforms provide new and emerging opportunities that previously could not have been considered.

    On Nov. 13 NDAR will host a symposium as a satellite event of SfN to help educate the neuroscience community on the best practices used to drive scientific discovery using these resources. This event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Nov. 13 on the second floor of Carlyle Crescent, located at 1940 Duke St., Alexandria VA. Space is limited.
    More Information here >>