1. The Center for Iron and Heme Disorders (CIHD) will fund four pilot grants of $25,000 each (total costs) for this next fiscal year. Applications are due Friday September 1, 2017. Awards will be made by October 1 and funding will commence shortly thereafter. The enclosed document provides the details of the awards. The grants will be awarded competitively and are designed to support research projects from internal and external CIHD members that utilize our CIHD Cores and advance the mission of our program; non-malignant hematology with an emphasis on iron and heme. Priorities for funding include: 1) supporting junior faculty members or established investigators launching new research directions that meet our mission objectives and 2) supporting CIHD members engaged in collaborative research projects with other CIHD members. Details of our CIHD cores are provided in the Pilot and Feasibility link above.
2. The CIHD was a co-sponsor of the 2017 Hematology and Metals in Biology Symposium held May 5, 2017. Six outside scientists including Caroline Enns, Rick Eisenstein, Daniel Kosman, Roland Lill, Caroline Philpott and Dennis Thiele were in attendance and four T32 trainees Megan Okada, Jared Wallace, Eric Fredrickson and David McClellan presented during the very successful symposium. Thanks to all who participated.