Identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social science research by March 29, 2020

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Specifically, OBSSR requests your input on research directions (see RFI): that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (see current strategic plan) and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR.  OBSSR is interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field.

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Request for Proposals | Cross-National Comparison of Psychological Stress: Utilizing Newly Available Data on Psychological Stress from Around the World

The National Institute on Aging-funded Stress Measurement Network, in collaboration with Gateway to Global Aging Data (see g2aging.org), produced by the Program on Global Aging, Health & Policy, University of Southern California, has recently completed the harmonization of psychosocial stress variables across nine longitudinal studies on aging from around the world.

 

These newly harmonized psychosocial stress measures allow researchers to compare and contrast relationships between stress constructs (e.g., exposures, responses, buffers) with health and aging outcomes, within and across different geographic and cultural contexts. The data are free to the public as part of the Health and Retirement Study family of studies and include data from the US, Europe, Korea, Japan, China, Mexico, and Costa Rica. The stress types that have been harmonized across each wave of these studies are stressful life events, traumatic events, chronic stress, childhood adversity, discrimination,  loneliness, social isolation, relationship strain, work stress, and neighborhood safety.

 

To foster the utilization of this rich resource, the Stress Measurement Network will support five exemplar projects that examine cross-national relationships between stress and aging with mentorship from senior faculty, priority access to the harmonized data and the lead data programmer, statistical consulting, and a $2,500 honorarium.

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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS): Ethical Issues in Translational Science Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Center for Advancing  Translation Science has an open funding opportunity for examining Ethical Issues in Translational Science Research. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support collaboration between bioethicists, legal scholars, social scientists, and translational research scientists. The focus is to develop knowledge to inform the ethical development, modification, or application of novel findings, technologies, and approaches to improve human health, including their impact on individuals, families, communities, and society.

 

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PREMIER T32: Postdoctoral Training Program

Seeking Postdoctoral Applicants:

T32 Precision Lifestyle Medicine and Translation Research (PREMIER) Postdoctoral Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The program objective is to provide postdoctoral fellows who aspire to be both independent investigators and team scientists in lifestyle medicine the opportunity to develop skills in prevention and control of cardiovascular and respiratory chronic conditions translational research.

Fellows can focus their research and skill developments in either of these cores of central interest:

  • Mechanistic Explorations of Behavior & Behavior Change
  • Behavioral Sciences for Multi-morbidity Prevention & Control
  • Population Health Equity & Policy

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Ideas to Interventions (I2I)

Ideas to interventions (I2I) is a new community, formed in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The I2I community is a first step toward achieving the goal of building and nurturing a network of researchers who are interested in “early-phase behavioral translation research,” – the translation of novel ideas and approaches from basic behavioral and social sciences research into new strategies to address pressing clinical or public health problems. The primary objective is to broaden, deepen and build new connections among individuals interested and engaged in developing new and potentially more effective approaches to behavioral health problems, including researchers, clinicians, patients and the public.

 

This website (https://i2ihub.org/) will host information for members, and potential members, to learn more about each other’s work.

 

 

 

RFA-DK-18-007, Establishing a Cohort to Clarify Risk and Protective Factors for Neurocognitive Complications of Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)

Funding Opportunity Purpose: This FOA invites applications for planning cooperative agreements (U34) for a national, multisite, observational cohort study to prospectively examine the risk and protective factors for neurocognitive complications of pediatric type 1 diabetes (T1D; onset approximately ages 5-10 years) and a comparison sample. The U34 is designed to: 1) Permit early peer review of the rationale for the proposed cohort study; 2) Permit assessment of the study design; and 3) Provide support for the development of essential elements required for the design and conduct of the cohort study and the management and analysis of the study data. Consultation with NIDDK scientific staff is strongly encouraged prior to the submission of the U34 application.

 

Application Due Date: April 11, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

 

SOBC Spotlight: Interview with Marina Milyavskaya, PhD

In this Spotlight feature we focus on Marina Milyavskaya, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Carleton University. Dr. Milyavskaya’s research focuses on factors that predict successful goal attainment. These factors include trait differences between people as well as situational differences that influence whether individuals succeed or fail to attain goals in particular contexts.

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SOBC Spotlight: Interview with Eric Loucks, PhD

 

    In this Spotlight feature we focus on Eric Loucks, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at Brown University. His SOBC research investigates the effects of mindfulness training on blood pressure reduction by investigating aspects of self-regulation as targeted mechanisms of change. This work has the potential to inform our understanding of mechanisms underlying the successful reduction of hypertension risk.

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