Most NIH pediatric research grants given to senior physician-scientists | Eco-friendly packaging company pushes boundaries of sustainability | Scientists: Salmonella likely caused mystery 16th-century epidemic
A study in JAMA Pediatrics showed that senior-level pediatric physician-scientists received 58% of pediatric research project funding from the NIH between 2012 and 2017, 63% of the grants were given to 15 institutions during the same period, and most of the grant recipients were men, full professors and organization leaders. "The paucity of awards for junior scientists raises concern about the ability to motivate and develop young trainees to become pediatric physician-scientists," said senior author James Wynn.
Inspired by a zero-waste policy at her daughters' elementary school, Julie Corbett envisioned an environmentally friendly bottle comprising an outer shell of recycled paper and a thin, recycled plastic liner. A successful pilot test with a local dairy led to a client list including Seventh Generation and Nestle, and a new opportunity -- which Corbett almost missed -- with L'Oreal protege Seed Phytonutrients has taken her company, Ecologic Brands, to a new level of sustainability.
Salmonella genomes have been found in DNA samples taken from the teeth of 10 skeletons buried in Oaxaca, Mexico, providing evidence that the bacteria caused the "cocoliztli" epidemic in the 1500s in what is now Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. Researchers led by Kirsten Bos, leader of the molecular palaeopathology unit at the Max Planck Institute, said Europeans carried the disease with them when they arrived in Mesoamerica.
BioAdvance, an early-stage life sciences fund, has made almost $3.2 million worth of investments in companies including Opsidio, which is developing monoclonal antibodies for fibrotic diseases; Oncoro Medical, whose product will integrate EHR, genetic and imaging data to create personalized radiation treatment plans; and PeriRx, which is developing a saliva-based test to detect lung cancer. "We continue to see an interesting diversity of early-stage opportunities leading to new investments -- with more in the pipeline," said CEO Barbara Schilberg.
Research led by microbiologist Indira Mysorekar found nonpathogenic bacteria in placenta samples as well as amniotic fluid and meconium, but scientists remain divided between the long-held belief that the womb is sterile and the theory that the microbiome begins to form at conception. More studies are underway, and if bacteria are found to be part of a healthy pregnancy, adjusting the microbiome in the womb could prove to be an avenue for preventing pregnancy complications or allergies and asthma in children.
The 2018 federal budget will set funding levels for critical medical research infrastructure, determining whether promising research is supported at levels that produce breakthroughs and maintain US leadership in innovation, writes Claire Pomeroy, president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Current proposals leave the NIH's purchasing power below prior levels and fail to adequately support other institutions on which biomedical innovation depends, including the CDC, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department, Pomeroy writes.
Any interaction can be an opportunity to expand your professional network, writes Carrie Kerpen, who shares a story about connecting with one of her idols in an airport. "[R]ather than expecting things to happen to you, you have to take the initiative and go after them," she writes.
Create a plan for the platforms you will use and how much time you will spend on online networking, write Ivan Misner and Brian Hilliard in this book excerpt. "No matter how many sites you're active on, be very clear with yourself -- and with others -- about your motives and goals," they write.
Women were more likely to apply for academic internships when job descriptions emphasized dedication and hard work, compared with their male peers, who were more likely to apply for positions that focused on intelligence, a study finds. The study's lead author, University of Stanford professor Lin Bian, says more women would apply for internships if hard work were emphasized over brilliance.
WIB is excited to welcome our 2018 president, Rachel Kopper. She has over 10 years' experience in the life science industry and currently serves as Associate Director of Business Operations and Finance at Knopp Biosciences, LLC. Rachel began volunteering for WIB-Pittsburgh in 2012. She served three years as the Communications Chair, and moved her way up to Chapter Chair in 2016. Rachel holds an MBA from Chatham University and a BA in Public Relations. Please join us in welcoming Rachel to her well-deserved role as WIB's 2018 president.
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