Thursday, October 26, 2017

Informal Discussion About Funding, Fall 2017

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C-FAHR encourages its members to apply for extramural funding to support research projects.  During our meeting today, we discussed some of the resources and strategies that are useful to scholars looking to fund their research.  


Sci-Val is an invaluable, comprehensive database to search for open funding opportunities. You can access it through the Marriott Library webpage or through this link.

If you are interested in learning more about corporate or foundation funding opportunities, we recommend you contact someone in the "Corporate and Foundation Relations" office at the U.  Set up an appointment and tell them your research ideas, so they can help you identify possible foundations, nationally or locally.

            Chris E. Ostrander (
            Director of Foundation Relations (National)
            Dhiraj Chand (
            Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (Local)
            Lynn Wong (
             Director of Foundation Relations (Health Sciences)
This link provides potentially relevant and currently available funding opportunity announcements from NIH and NSF, sorted by keyword.  The list was pulled in October 2017. 

Here are the instructions to get on the listserv to receive a weekly message from NIH.
You may want to check out this article if you have unfunded proposals laying around.  It describes a matchmaking service for NIH rejects.... 😕

For those interested in training and career development mechanisms, this link describes some of the ones available from NIH and NSF.  Students may also want to check out the fellowships available from the University of Utah Graduate School.

Please let us know how else we may support you as you search for and apply to relevant funding opportunities.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Research Mixer & Mentoring Roundtables, Fall 2017

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 C-FAHR Research Mixer and Mentoring Roundtable event.  Attendance was strong, and we all learned a lot about the research that is happening on our campus.

Schedule of Events
4:30 pm - 
Welcome and Review of C-FAHR Activities

5:00 pm - 
Research Mixer - short presentations and informal discussion highlighting current and future research efforts done by members.  Slides from presenters are archived here.
  1. Communication & Health - Kim Kaphingst, Ascher Munion, Pascal Deboeck, Rumei Yang, Sarah Ferguson, Tae Lee, Yelena Wu - Room 3250
  2. Social Networks, Social Support, Social Relationships & Health - Bruce Ellis, Bert Uchino, Dan Carlson, Lauren Clark, Lee Raby, Zubi Ahmad - Room 2610
  3. Environment & Health - Ken Smith, Christopher Martin, Daniel Adkins, Deanna Kepka, Dennis Wei, Joseph Stanford, Karen Schliep, Liz Conradt, Megan Reynolds - Room 2610
  4. Families as Focus of Intervention, Familial Effect of Illness - Cindy Berg, Alex Terrill, Debbie Scammon, Katarina Friberg Felsted, Marissa Diener, Mike Newman, Rebecca Utz - Room 2660
6:00 pm Member Mingling & Reception 

6:30 pm - 
Mentoring Roundtables
  1. How to build and maintain an effective interdisciplinary team - Bruce Ellis
  2. How to find grant research funding - Ken Smith
  3. Resources at the U for doing family based research - Joseph Stanford
  4. Preparing for your first academic position - Rebecca Utz
  5. Navigating multiple advisors in graduate school - Bert Uchino
  6. Balancing collaborative manuscripts vs establishing an identity - Mike Caserta
  7. How to collaborate effectively with medical research teams - Kim Kaphingst
  8. Publishing papers as an assistant professor - Alex Terrill 



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017-2018 Events

In a survey sent to members last spring, we learned that C-FAHR members wanted sessions that were interactive and would give them opportunities to meet other scholars and learn about other research that is happening around campus.  To that end, we have developed journal club discussions, mixers, and plenty of opportunities to mingle and meet with other "families and health" researchers on campus.

Click on the image below to see this flyer full size.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Symposium & Poster Session, 2017

The spring symposium was a success, and we thank all of you who attended. On March 27, 2017, we had nearly 75 attendees, more than 20 poster presentations, and a productive discussion about challenges often faced when recruiting research subjects by Katherine Baucom (Psychology) & Paul LaStayo (Physical Therapy).

Throughout the event, we were especially impressed by the connections that continue to be made among faculty and students from across campus. Events like this remind us what an important role C-FAHR plays in supporting and fostering interdisciplinary research among scholars interested in families and health.

C-FAHR Fellows

C-FAHR is committed to thinking about ways we can support the interdisciplinary training of graduate students at the University of Utah.  To this end, we have developed the C-FAHR Fellow program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fellows will participate in a C-FAHR sponsored mentoring program in the fall, provide feedback to the C-FAHR executive committee about what types of interdisciplinary training would benefit them, and participate in a project-based course during Spring 2018 where they will collaborate in small teams to produce manuscripts using innovative statistical techniques to model family-based processes and health outcomes.  

Up to 10 fellows will be selected for the 2017-2018 school year.  Fellows will be awarded a $1000 stipend.  Applications are due by May 15, 2017.

More information can be found on the flier below:
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2017 Pilot Grant Awardees

The following four interdisciplinary teams have been recently selected to receive funding from the C-FAHR Research Fund.  Their collaborations and pilot projects are sure to move C-FAHR in exciting and new directions.

C-FAHR Pilot Grant Award Winners, 2017

Project Title
Anne Kirby
Marissa Deiner
Cheryl Wright
Occupational Therapy Family Consumer Studies
The role of parents in preparing youth with Autism for Adulthood
Brian Baucom
Lee Ellington
Maia Reblin
P. Georgiou
Moffit Center

Mapping the complexity of communication in caregiver systems for advanced cancer patients
Bruce Ellis
Daniel Adkins, 
Daniel Carlson
Elisabeth Conradt
Sheila Crowell
Lisa Diamond

Family Consumer Studies Gender Studies

Recruitment of at-risk youth for a series of interdisciplinary studies
Debra Scammon
Michael Magill
Christy North
Family & Prev Medicine
Creating Quality Inc

Integrating family caregivers into primary care teams:  Best Practices

C-FAHR members, 
the next RFP to the C-FAHR Research Fund 
will likely to be announced in Fall 2017.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Presentations by C-FAHR members

The annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America occurred the week before Thanksgiving in New Orleans.  There were a number of C-FAHR members in attendance and presenting.  

Here are a few of the presentations that were captured:

Kara Dassel (Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program) is presenting work done by pilot grant awardee team of Neng Wan (Geography), Linda Edelman (Nursing), Gail Towsley (Nursing), and Alex Terril (OT).  They are doing fascinating work using GPS technology to track the "life-space" of couples coping with chronic illness.  

Becky Utz (Sociology), Mike Caserta (Nursing/Gerontology), and Kathie Supiano (Nursing/Gerontology) presented their work on bereavement and end of life.
We look forward to seeing these posters and learning more about this work at the C-FAHR poster symposium in the spring of 2017.

If any of you are traveling and presenting your work and would like to be highlighted on our blog, please contact becky (