Open Season: NIH Loan Repayment Program

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NIH wants to pay your medical or grad school debt.  1,500 awards are active each year, and each awardee receives up to $70,000 in debt repayment.  Awards are available in several broad …

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Nifty Things from Open Mike

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NIH’s Rock Talk is now Open Mike, a blog by Dr. Michael Lauer, the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.  He and his team have been posting some cool stuff …

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Heart to Heart: Anna Hemnes

Rebecca Helton, MA

Every day, Anna Hemnes, MD, treats patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.  Every day, she works to find a cure. Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare disease that narrows and stiffens …

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Rock and a Hard Place

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Yesterday Vanderbilt played host to NIH Director Francis Collins who spoke about “Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research”.  Collins told a full house and an overflow room that big initiatives like …

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Finding Signals in the Noise: Todd Edwards

Rebecca Helton, MA

Discovering meaning in a massive amount of random-seeming data is nothing new to Todd Edwards, PhD, a genetic epidemiologist.  His career has made meaning out of many disparate parts, beginning …

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The Five Stages of Grief: Saying Goodbye to the Old Biosketch

Rebecca Helton, MA

Confused about the NIH’s new biosketch format?  Wondering how to present your work in the best light? Download slides from a presentation by Dr. Katherine Hartmann, Associate Dean for …

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Rock Talk: Recent Data on R21 and R01-Equivalent Grants

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While many think that R21’s are easier to get than R01’s, since fewer researchers compete for them and they require no preliminary data, in fact R21’s are …

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Marathon Running, Marathon Research: Dawn Newcomb

Rebecca Helton, MA

For Dawn Newcomb, PhD, writing a grant is like running a marathon.  As a veteran of six marathons since she moved to Nashville in 2007, she should know.  “You have to …

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The Dirty Truth: Passion Isn't the Only Ingredient for Success

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Although passion is often thought to be a necessary ingredient for success, we all know it’s not the only one.  If you’re passionate about handwritten letters, but everyone …

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NIH News: New Webinars Connect Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts

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Do you want to learn how to make NIH peer review work for you? Sign up for one of the four Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars brought …

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