TSC Biosample Repository Update – August 2017

Our TSC Biosample Repository now has 329 biosamples, including 203 blood, buccal, or tissue samples from participants enrolled in the Natural History Database project. The Biosample Repository also includes blood samples from children and many of their parents collected by the TSC Clinical Research Consortium through the Developmental Synaptopathies Consortium and the PREVeNT trial. High-quality biospecimens and their associated clinical data will enable researchers to discover biomarkers, establish human cell lines or tissue arrays for drug testing, and search for clues to understand why TSC is so different from person to person. Read More

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowships

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The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) issued a request for applications for their Basic Research Fellowship Program. The call is open to postdoctoral fellows anywhere in the world pursuing careers in brain tumor research. More information about the program is available on the ABTA website. Letters of intent are due Wednesday, September 27 at noon Central. Read More

Updates from NINDS

TS Alliance Chief Scientific Officer Steve Roberds, PhD, serves on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. During the open session of the Advisory Council meeting on September 7, 2017, NINDS staff discussed several upcoming funding opportunities: As part of an NIH-wide initiative to enhance diversity in the research workforce, NINDS soon plans to reissue a RFA for NIH Blueprint D-SPAN (F99/K00) award with a due date in December (see the previous RFA for reference). The purpose of the D-SPAN program is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who... Read More

Call for Applications: Autism Science Foundation Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

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The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) issued a call for applications for their Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards. The call is open to emerging researchers anywhere in the world interested in pursuing careers in basic or clinical research on autism spectrum disorder. According to the call, “ASF is also very interested in studies that utilize a genetically defined subtype of autism,” which makes this a good opportunity for early-career TSC researchers. More information about the program is available on the ASF website. There will be an informational conference call at 12 pm Eastern... Read More

Call for Proposals: SFARI Bridge to Independence Award

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) issued a call for proposals for their Bridge to Independence Award. The call is open to US-based postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions in the 2017-18 academic year and wish to continue doing work relevant to autism. More information about the program is available on this website. First-stage proposals are due August 7. Read More

Call for Proposals: Harrington Rare Disease Scholar Award Program

The Harrington Discovery Institute issued a call for proposals for the 2018 Harrington Rare Disease Scholar Award (sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals). The call is open to US-based PhD or MD researchers whose work shows promise for translation into new rare disease treatments. More information about the program is available on this website. Letters of intent are due July 19. Read More

TSC Biosample Repository Update – June 2017

Our TSC Biosample Repository now has 258 biosamples, including 143 blood or buccal samples from participants enrolled in the Natural History Database project. The Biosample Repository also includes blood samples from children and many of their parents collected by the TSC Clinical Research Consortium through the Developmental Synaptopathies Consortium and the PREVeNT trial. High-quality biospecimens and their associated clinical data will enable researchers to discover biomarkers, establish human cell lines or tissue arrays for drug testing, and search for clues to understand why TSC is so different from person to person. Read More

Recap: Early-Stage TSC Researcher Meeting

A group of early-career researchers held the Second Early-Stage Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Researcher Meeting on June 21, 2017, the day before the International Research Conference on TSC and LAM: Innovating Through Partnerships. The meeting provided a forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to meet each other, present their research, and hear career advice from established investigators. Hope Northrup, MD and David Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD gave keynote addresses, and Carmen Priolo, MD, PhD; Jamie Capal, MD; and William Stanford, PhD sat on the career development panel. The organizers of the meeting were Angela Peron, MD; Brian Siroky, PhD; Nicola... Read More

Recap: 2017 International Research Conference on TSC and LAM

The 2017 International Research Conference on TSC and LAM: Innovating Through Partnerships was an astounding success! More than 230 researchers, clinicians, nurses and advocacy group leaders attended, coming from 27 different countries. The meeting took place in Washington, DC from June 22-24. The program book, with abstracts for all talks and posters, is available on our Research Conferences page. A full conference summary will be available soon. The conference included several distinguished speakers and honorees: Julian Sampson, DM, FRCP, FMedSci (Cardiff University) and Chris Kingswood, MBBS, FRCP (Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust) received the TS Alliance’s Manuel R. Gomez Award... Read More

TSCRP Funding Opportunities Available

The Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 grant cycle. Letters of intent are due July 11, 2017. Three award mechanisms are available this year: Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award (up to $150,000 in direct costs over two years) Idea Development Award (up to $450,000 in direct costs over three years) Clinical Translational Research Award (up to $600,000 in direct costs over three years) Read More