Progress on Theme 4: Awareness of ORIP Resources and Programs

Programs and Activities Highlights

  • Quarterly T32 Director’s Consortium Meeting
    ORIP offers T32 and T35 Institutional Research Training Grants to encourage veterinarians and veterinary students, respectively, to consider careers in biomedical research. ORIP-supported T32 programs are available at 20 institutions, 17 of which are veterinary schools. Directors of the T32 training grants formed a consortium and meet quarterly. Meeting topics have included reviewing new funding opportunity announcements and updates to NIH policy in relation to Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award training grants. Training Directors have been discussing the possible formation of a combined T32/T35 Training Director’s Consortium.

  • U42 Annual Research Performance Progress Report Webinar
    ORIP held webinars on February 9 and 17, 2022, to instruct key personnel of ORIP-supported Specific-Pathogen-Free Macaque Breeding Colonies on how to complete their annual Specific-Pathogen-Free Report using a new internet platform. These colonies are maintained free of four or more defined pathogens, and they are well characterized in terms of medical histories and genes that influence infectious disease outcomes. Owing to these attributes, specific-pathogen-free macaques are models for research on HIV vaccines, preventive approaches, and next-generation treatments, for which the specific-pathogen-free breeding colonies are prioritized. ORIP’s new platform facilitates the reporting of colony demographics, animal allocation statistics, and grants supported, thereby enhancing ORIP’s optimal stewardship of this resource for the advancement of AIDS research.

  • Aquatic Models of Human Diseases Special Webinar: Emerging Aquatic Models and Husbandry
    Aquatic animal species, such as zebrafish (Danio rerio), are powerful models for studying human development, behavior, genetics, and disease. Studies indicate that the length, weight, sexual maturation, fecundity, and mortality of zebrafish can vary significantly with different diets, which varies between different facilities and laboratories. The needs and challenges of developing defined diets and optimized feed management strategies for relevant aquatic species used in research were assessed and discussed in the 2018 workshop, “Defined Reference Diets for Zebrafish and Other Aquatic Biomedical Research Models: Needs and Challenges,” convened by ORIP. Because of the workshop, Administrative Supplements for pilot projects of a multiplatform candidate reference diet test for biomedical fish models were awarded to three research resources programs. A summary of the results of those pilots were discussed during the February 2022 webinar, “Aquatic Models of Human Diseases Special Webinar: Emerging Aquatic Models and Husbandry.”

  • Thirteenth Comparative Medicine Resource Directors Meeting: Innovating, Adapting, and Sustaining Resources for a Dynamic Biomedical Landscape
    This virtual meeting held in August 2021 provided a forum for exchange of new information, advances, and ideas and facilitated the development of synergistic working groups, interactions, and collaborations among resources. Session topics included services and research activities, dissemination of specialized knowledge, standard operating procedures, and best practices and support for community outreach.
  • Pre-Application Webinar for the Research Resource Equipment Program
    ORIP held a pre-application webinar for the funding opportunity announcement to support Modern Equipment for Shared-Use Biomedical Research Facilities (PAR-21-326). ORIP staff members assisted potential applicants by explaining the objectives, criteria, and requirements of this funding opportunity announcement. Pre-webinar and live questions from attendees were addressed and answered by program staff.

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Collaborations with Other NIH Institutes/Centers/Offices

  • Trans-NIH Nonhuman Primate Resource Planning Working Group Provides Recommendations to Address Domestic Sourcing
    The Trans-NIH Nonhuman Primate Resource Planning Working Group, co-chaired by an ORIP member, met in November 2021 to discuss challenges and provide recommendations for the domestic sole sourcing of nonhuman primates necessary for basic and translational research.
  • Meeting of NIH Staff and the Indian Council of Medical Research
    ORIP and other NIH officials met with representatives of the Indian Council of Medical Research in December 2021 to discuss a potential future collaboration that could include a visiting scientist program and the sharing of nonhuman primate models.

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Last updated: 06-09-2022