Alaska INBRE Announcements

Alaska INBRE will host genomics workshops at UAF in Summer 2015

Alaska INBRE is sponsoring two one-week workshops on Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) and sequence analysis.  The first workshop will focus on hands-on wet-lab skills needed to produce a variety of DNA libraries for NGS.  The second workshop will teach hands-on computation skills needed to analyze NGS data.  We will focus on basic skills that will be broadly useful to all NGS projects: Genomic data generation, sequence assembly, and SNP calling.  Participation in one workshop is not dependent on the other.

Workshop registration will open in February.  Please check back for the registration form.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Janet Johnston ( or Kevin Winker (  

Bioinformatics Call for Service Requests

The Alaska INBRE Biomedical Informatics Core is pleased to announce our first Bioinformatics Call for Service Requests.  All UA full-time faculty are eligible to apply for these awards of up to $10,000 in services.  Applications are due January 9, 2015.  Awards will be announced on January 30, 2015.  For more information please visit the funding opportunities page.

Wanda Bowen joins the Alaska INBRE team

We are extremely pleased to announce that Wanda Bowen is the new Fiscal Officer for Alaska INBRE.  Wanda brings over 14 years of research administration experience to this role.  Her grant and fiscal management skills will no doubt be invaluable assets to this program.  If you have a chance, please stop by 205 Arctic Health to say hello and welcome Wanda!

Travel Applications for Faculty, Postdocs, and students are now available

UA faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students may now apply for travel funds to present their research, engage with mentors, and/or obtain technical training in science related to the specific aims of the Alaska INBRE Program.  Travel may be to conferences, workshops, trainings, or other academic settings.  Please note that applications must be received at least 8 weeks prior to the travel AND by the 15th of the month

To learn more about the travel awards please visit the Faculty/Postdoc Funding Opportunities page or the Student Funding Opportunities page.

CTR-IN Funding Update regarding IDeA funded faculty

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will apply the IDeA program policy that any investigator currently supported by INBRE or COBRE funds is not eligible for a CTR-IN award. Therefore, any faculty currently receiving funds from either the Alaska INBRE or CANHR programs will not be eligible to apply for any of the CTR-IN mini-grants.  However, these faculty are still encouraged to access CTR-IN resources.  Please contact the Mountain West CTR-IN with any questions or visit their website for more information.

In the News

NIH announces new biosketch format

NIH has announced a new biosketch format for application due dates on/after January 25, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-024). The SF424 (R&R) forms page now includes both the old and new biosketch. In addition to the standard biosketch format, NIH also has a Fellowship-specific format that must be used for individual predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, dissertation research grants (R36), and Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supplement).  After January 25, 2015 the old formats and samples will be removed. Until then, choose the format appropriate for your due date. Although we will be flexible in accepting either format before January 25, the new format is required on/after January 25 .  For more information visit the Biosketch FAQ page.

Alaska INBRE Grant Renewed

UAF Photo by Todd Paris

The University of Alaska Fairbanks received an $18.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health to fund statewide biomedical research and student training focused on the interface of health, disease and the environment in people and animals.

The five-year award will continue support for an NIH Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence linking university-based researchers and students from UA’s campuses in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau to meet both the research and workforce needs of Alaska’s cities and rural communities.  Click here to read the full story.

NIGMS Encourages IDP

Individual Development Plans

Action: Strongly encourage the use of individual development plans (IDPs) on all NIGMS-sponsored training and research awards.

At its best, research training is an intentional and purposeful activity that is the product of a thoughtful analysis of the background, interests and needs of each student and postdoctoral trainee. This includes developing a mentoring plan that assesses the needs and goals of each student and postdoc, describes short- and long-term career objectives, and identifies professional development activities needed to reach them. The individual development plan (IDP) is a tool to help in this planning process and also to facilitate communication between mentees and mentors. An IDP should be viewed as a dynamic document that is periodically reviewed and updated throughout an individual’s training. IDPs are of proven value at any stage, from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral level.

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