June 30 was my anniversary date; I have now been at UT for one full year. In that time we have seen great progress in the research enterprise at UT, with appointments of several key personnel in the Office of Research & Engagement, funding of new research centers and grants for individual PIs, and marking several milestones in UT’s drive to the Top 25. I am even more excited than ever to help support our wonderful research community to secure external funding and to receive recognition for their terrific research and scholarship.
Jonathan Phipps was hired as the UT Core Facilities Program Director. Jon will oversee organized shared resources that advance UT’s central mission of research and education. These shared resources will greatly enhance the ability of our investigators to conduct research using cutting edge technologies while reducing both cost and time to data acquisition.
This quarter, we have continued our concerted NIH Initiative on campus. The primary effort involved NIH R15 proposals and included matching PIs to ORE editors and conducting a Mock Review Panel in June. Also during this quarter, ORE organized a trip to the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore, MD, for 15 faculty members from six colleges. As well as helping to defray travel expenses, we hosted planning sessions for attendees prior to departure and organized additional networking opportunities during the Seminar.
The first NeuroNET Spring Symposium on Pain and Opiates (April 8-9) was a great success, with ~60 people attending, and generating enthusiastic discussions. The symposium was supported by the Haines-Morris Endowment, Kavli Foundation, NeuroNET Research Center, UT Graduate School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, and the UT Medical Center Brain and Spine Institute.
In this final Quarterly Research Report for FY2015, please join me in celebrating many of these numerous achievements. As always I invite your feedback on anything you would like to discuss involving the Office of Research & Engagement, your research concerns and interests, and aspirations you may have for future research activities at UT.
— Janet E. Nelson
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development