Items of Interest from April 20 Friends of NIEHS Conference Call

The Friends of NIEHS, of which BDRP is a member and to which I am the BDRP liaison, convened a conference call on April 20, 2020. Below are several items from the call which may be of interest to BDRP members. 

Much of the news on the call centered around COVID19 and NIH’s response. More information for these items can be found on NIEHS website.

The NIH and the National Library of Medicine have collaborated on a data integration and collaboration platform, including NIEHS information related to Disaster Research and Response (DR2) especially related to COVID19.  There are information sources on COVID19 Research Tools, Research Funding and Training Materials including survey results that are available for researchers to use (https://dr2.nlm.nih.gov/).

In June 2018, the NIH formed a trans-NIH consortium with the aim to advance pediatric research on a global level.  Unfortunately, I was not able to find any information about recent activities on the NIH website.

NIEHS has no information on the search for a permanent director.  The NIH Director’s Office has the responsibility for filling this position.

Upcoming Events

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  To recognize the anniversary, NIEHS will broadcast a live webcast from 1-2 pm with Sushma Masemore, State Energy Director of North Carolina as the speaker.  For more information see https://www.niehs.nih.gov/.

On April 10, a Notice of Special Interest was published in the NIH guide for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Exposures on COVID19 Disease.  (https://www.niehs.nih.gov/funding/index.cfm). 

Meetings of Interest

NIEHS Advisory Council—June 2-3, 2020

NTP Council Board—August 3-4, 2020

Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods—September 2-3, 2020

Additional Items of Interest

NIEHS EVENTS:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1:00-2:00 P.M., EDT

NIEHS 2020 Earth Day Webcasted Presentation

Speaker:  Ms. Sushma Masemore, State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)

Topic:  “North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Environment”

Flyer:  https://factor.niehs.nih.gov/2020/4/events/file888748_508.pdf (includes Webex meeting link)

Webcast link:  https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/webcasts/

 

June 2-3, 2020--National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC) Meeting

Agenda:  TBA

Link:  https://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/index.cfm

 

August 3-4, 2020

National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) Meeting

Agenda:  TBA

Link:  https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/events/bsc/index.cfm

 

September 2-3, 2020

Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) Meeting

Agenda:  TBA

Link:  https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/events/sacatm/index.cfm

  

NIEHS COVID-19-RELATED DEVELOPMENTS:

Note:  The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is accessible at this link—

https://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide/index.html#/

Research Developments:

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) Published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts:  “NIEHS Support for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Exposures on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”

Notice Number:  NOT-ES-20-020

Released:  April 10, 2020

First Available Due Date:  May 1, 2020

Expiration Date:  May 4, 2021

Link:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-20-020.html

 

COVID-19 Specific Survey Items Now Available on the NIEHS-led NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program Platform

NIEHS and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) co-lead the NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program, the website for which now includes a list of COVID-19 surveys and the domains assessed in the surveys.  A trans-NIH working group co-led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) worked to make existing COVID-19 survey items and investigator contact information available in this DR2 survey item repository.  In addition to the COVID-19 list, DR2 provides a wide array of data collection tools and resources used in other public health emergencies and disasters, providing researchers with a rich repository of survey and other measurement tools that are applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Link:  https://dr2.nlm.nih.gov/

 

Worker Protection and Training Developments:

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) Published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts:  “NIEHS Worker Training Program Coronavirus and Infectious Disease Response Training (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”

Notice Number:  NOT-ES-20-017

Released:  April 10, 2020

First Available Due Date:  April 24, 2020

Expiration Date:  April 25, 2020

Link:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-20-017.html

 

NIEHS Environmental Factor April 2020 edition feature article, “Protecting workers during the COVID-19 outbreak”—

https://factor.niehs.nih.gov/2020/4/feature/1-feature-covid-19/index.htm

 

OTHER NIEHS DEVELOPMENT:

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) Published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts:  “Notice of Special Interest: Hurricane Harvey Administrative Supplements”

Notice Number:  NOT-ES-20-012

Released:  March 24, 2020

First Available Due Date:  May 1, 2020

Expiration Date:  May 2, 2020

Link:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-20-012.html

 

OTHER NIH DEVELOPMENTS WITH RELEVANCE TO NIEHS:

OBSSR Request for Information (RFI):  “Scientific Priorities for Behavioral and Social Science Research at NIH”

Notice Number:  NOT-OD-20-059

Link:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-059.html

 

NIDDK Request for Information (RFI):  “National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Strategic Plan”

Notice Number:  NOT-DK-20-015

Link:  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DK-20-015.html

 

Isolation Protocols, Environmental Challenges, and Autoimmune Diseases

April 21 4:00pm ET

Join The Myositis Association and American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) for an important webinar to discuss environmental risk factors for autoimmune diseases, how the current isolation due to COVID-19 may impact exposure risks, and tips and tricks to reduce exposure. Registration is required.

To register: https://www.myositis.org/myositis-library/webinar/

 

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