Month: April 2014

IMPORTANT: Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP) APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 28, 2014

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut has extended the application deadline to Monday, April 28, 2014. This extension will apply even if you have not started your official online application.

Contact YIIP administrator, Lana Angelo, with any questions.


Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP) announced

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) has announced a call for applications for the Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP). The aim of YIIP is to provide academic training at the University of Connecticut (UConn) to individuals dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science in order to develop the next generation of innovative basic biomedical scientists.

The “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” – Pursuing the Frontiers of Brain Science

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut  is excited to report on the beginnings of the “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” program and extends our thanks to the Kavli Foundation for their generous gift in the amount of $10,000.

This program aims to serve as an incubator to UConn Health, affiliated institutions and investigators in the preparation of proposals to the national BRAIN Initiative.

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative funding opportunities for research, study, applied science and technology are channeled through the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

As a national initiative with an initial federal commitment of $100 million in FY 2014, it is clear that the Obama administration believes in the future of this research. A further demonstration of commitment comes from a recent press release concerning FY 2015 funding:

“The President’s 2015 Budget proposes to double the Federal investment in The BRAIN Initiative from about $100 million in FY 2014 to approximately $200 million in FY 2015.

Given the audacious goals of the initiative, the President has called for this to be an “all hands on deck” effort involving not only the Federal Government but also companies, health systems, patient advocacy organizations, philanthropists, state governments, research universities, private research institutes, and scientific societies.”

Supporting our effort to identify and secure funding available through the BRAIN initiative is our own Investigator Advocate and Assistant Professor, Dr. Tao Jiang. Dr. Jiang  held the first official “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” program on Friday, April 4th at UConn Health. He was joined by four senior investigators, Drs. David Steffens, Richard Mains, Louise McCullough and Douglas Oliver. The group discussed strengths and possible opportunities of UConn’s neuroscience-related research and outlined a focus for response to future funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative.

The next step is to have a follow-up “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” in May with the inclusion of more investigators from both UConn Health and UConn Storrs for deeper discussions on the BRAIN Initiative.

The time is yet to be determined and the meeting location is tentatively in downtown Hartford area.

Please inform your colleagues who may be interested in joining the “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” and contact Dr. Jiang at or 860-679-7161 with any inquiries.

CICATS’ Child Mental Health Core Interest Group and Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Core Interest Group

Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Guest Lecture Event

Sponsors: CICATS’ Child Mental Health Core Interest Group and Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Core Interest Group

Speaker:  Stacy Drury, M.D., Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Title:                             Tracking the Biological Impact of Early Life Adversity Across Development

Date:                            Tuesday, April 8

Time:                            9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Location:                      Low Learning Center

RSVP:                          Lana Angelo (860) 679-7661 or

Learning Objectives:

Increase knowledge of newer hypothesis related to risk and resilience.

Understand how genetics and neuroscience can assist in defining the underlying biological mechanisms through which early life stress is biologically embedded.

Develop an enhanced understanding for the biological importance of early intervention.

CICATS Announces Recipients of M1 Mentoring Awards

As a new and innovative program, the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn has launched the M1 Mentoring Award. The M1 Award is aimed at increasing and sustaining successful research funded faculty to serve as mentors in increasing underrepresented minority students among the pool of academic scientists. Through the M1 Award program, CICATS at UConn will develop a cadre of accomplished investigators who will participate in developing an academic environment that will elevate and reward mentorship at the University and in the region.

CICATS at UConn is excited to announce it has concluded the competition and selected 3 recipients to be awarded a three year M1 Award. The M1 Award recipients are:

Anne M. Delany, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Center for Molecular Medicine, Department of Medicine at UConn Health

Elaine Choung-Hee Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology at UConn Storrs

Syam Nukavarapu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health

Each M1 Award recipient will receive $50,000 each, inclusive of 25% protected time for mentoring activities which include mentorship of individual students, participation in the development and execution of various CICATS led mentorship initiatives, and participating in training in the art and science of mentoring minority students. An additional $10,000 will provide for student related activities towards enhancing academic growth such as research training and travel to scientific meetings.

CICATS congratulates the 2014 M1 Mentoring Awardees. We look forward to seeing the outstanding results of their endeavors.