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Advanced Genomic Testing for Heart Disease by Joint UConn/JAX faculty

Watch NBC CT’s segment on how Dr. J. Travis Hinson, cardiovascular physician-scientist at UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, is using the power of advanced genomic testing in his laboratory to empower his heart patients and their families. See how Dr. Hinson has helped Peggy Agar and her entire family gain knowledge of their potential genetic risk for cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease which is the most common cause of heart failure.

InfoEd for UConn Health Now Available

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Research IT Services would like to notify UConn Health researchers and administrators that the scheduled upgrade to the InfoEd portal for UConn Health is complete and the system is available for use as of 7:00 AM on Monday, August 21, 2017. If you are still seeing the InfoEd upgrade in progress page, please perform a hard refresh (Windows: hold down Ctrl and press F5; Mac: hold down ⌘ Cmd and ⇧ Shift key and then press R) or clear your browser’s cache.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during the upgrade. If you are unable to access InfoEd or encounter issues utilizing the system, please contact the OVPR eRA Help Desk at era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.

Sincerely,
Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Research IT Services
Office of the Vice President for Research
University of Connecticut

UConn Health InfoEd System Unavailable: 6 PM 8/16 – 8 AM 8/21

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Research IT Services would like to notify UConn Health researchers and administrators that the InfoEd portal for UConn Health will be offline between 6:00 PM, Wednesday August 16, 2017 and 8:00 AM, Monday August 21, 2017 for a planned upgrade of the system. During the planned maintenance period, access to the UConn Health InfoEd portal will be unavailable. This outage does not affect the submission of proposals to external sponsors, as they are not submitted through InfoEd. Also, InfoEd for Storrs/regional campuses is not affected and will remain operational for those users who utilize both information systems.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we upgrade the system to bring you additional functionality, enable system improvements, and correct defects. Should you have any questions, please contact the eRA Help Desk at era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.

Sincerely,
Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Research IT Services
Office of the Vice President for Research
University of Connecticut

Topaz Elements Upgrade – System Unavailable

May 4, 2017 5:00 PM – May 8, 2017 8:00 AM

Updated: April 26, 2017

System Upgrade Planned:
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Research IT Services will be working with Topaz Technologies to upgrade the Topaz Elements Animal Protocol and Animal Ordering system to version 3.3 beginning Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM and continuing over the weekend. Service is expected to be restored by Monday, May 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM. The planned upgrade is to improve performance, correct bugs encountered in prior versions of the software, and roll out new features and functionality that have become available since the release of our current version.

Effect on Services:
During the planned outage, users will not be able to login to the system to view, edit, submit, or review animal protocols and orders.

User Required Actions:
Users should save all work and log out of the system prior to the above maintenance window. Users will be able to resume normal use of Topaz Elements upon resumption of service once the maintenance period ends.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research eRA Help Desk at era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.

Sincerely,

eRA Help Desk
Office of the Vice President for Research
Research IT Services
University of Connecticut

UConn Health InfoEd System Unavailable: 5/5 – 5/7/17

May 4, 2017 7:00 PM – May 8, 2017 8:00 AM

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Research IT Services would like to notify researchers and administrators that the UConn Health InfoEd portal serving sponsored proposals for the Farmington campus and technology transfer cases will be offline for maintenance between 7:00 PM, Thursday May 4, 2017 and 8:00 AM, Monday May 8, 2017. The database that services the UConn Health system will be moving from the OVPR’s server to be hosted by University IT Services (UITS). The move is necessary to replace database hardware that is approaching its end of life. It is also an interim step for a planned upgrade of the UConn Health InfoEd system later this summer.

During the planned outage period, access to the UConn Health InfoEd portal will be unavailable. Users will not be able to login, create, modify, or view proposals and technology transfer disclosures, cases, protection filings, or agreements. Once service is restored, users will be able to login and interact with the system normally.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we conduct this necessary move. Should you have any questions, please contact the eRA Help Desk at era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.

Research IT System Maintenance on March 5, 2017

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Research IT Services will be performing network maintenance in our data center on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Effect on Services:

During the planned outage, users will not be able to login or interact with the following information systems:

  • InfoEd for UConn Health – All modules including Proposals and Technology Transfer
  • InfoEd for Storrs/Regional Campuses – All modules including Proposals, Human Subjects/IRB, Lab Animal Protocols/IACUC, and Financial Conflict of Interest
  • Effort Reporting and Commitments (ERC) System for UConn Storrs/Regional Campuses
  • Web applications on secure.vprge.uconn.edu including Faculty Travel Funding Request Form, SPS Pre- and Post-Award Dashboards, Current & Pending Support, FFATA and RCR Reporting
  • Internal Funding System
  • eRA Help Desk Self Service Portal and Request Tracker System
  • FileMaker server and associated applications including the UConn-Storrs Environmental Health & Safety Lab Inspection System
  • OVPR Departmental File Share
  • Other OVPR hosted applications

User Required Actions:

Users should save all work and log out of the affected systems listed above prior to the maintenance window.

Users will be able to resume their usage of the system upon resumption of service.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Vice President for Research eRA Help Desk at era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.

Sincerely,

eRA Help Desk
Office of the Vice President for Research
Research IT Services

Annual Individual Financial Disclosure in Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to announce that the 2017 Individual Financial Disclosure in Research reporting period has started today. In order to remain in compliance with university policy and federal regulations, UConn Health employees who are involved in research are required to complete an annual questionnaire in the UConn Health COI-SMART electronic disclosure system.

An automated e-mail inviting applicable employees to complete the questionnaire should be in your inbox. The sender name on the e-mail is UConn Health Financial Disclosure in Research.

If you did not receive an automated e-mail invitation and believe you need to complete the form, or if you have any questions regarding the form or the disclosure requirements, please contact Gus Fernandez-Wolff in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Research Compliance Services at x8125 or gfernandez@uchc.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information, contact: Gus Fernandez-Wolff at x8125 or gfernandez@uchc.edu

Accelerate UConn Accepting Applications

Accelerate UConnAccelerate UConn (AU) is accepting applications for its Spring Cohort. The deadline for applicants is January 15, 2016.

Accelerate UConn, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program, provides faculty-student teams with seed grants of up to $3000 and business training that accelerates the commercialization process for early-stage technologies developed at UConn.

Participating teams gain valuable insight into the best ways to get new technology into the marketplace. The first cohort of ten teams finished in November. If you’d like to learn more about how Accelerate UConn can help you understand the business potential of a discovery please watch Accelerate UConn participant and UConn Health PhD student Matt Hanley’s two-minute description of the program: https://youtu.be/f4H6etD-0E8

A brief application along with program information is available at http://accelerate.uconn.edu Applications will be reviewed and selected by a cross disciplinary panel of entrepreneurs and industry executives. The kick off workshop for selected applicants will be February 12-13, 2016.

Applicants that were not selected in the first round are encouraged to reapply. For input on your application or for help forming a team please contact Accelerate UConn staff at accelerateuconn@uconn.edu.

Accelerate UConn is operated as a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

SPARK Technology Commercialization Fund

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), in collaboration with the School of Medicine, is pleased to announce the new UConn SPARK Technology Commercialization Fund, which is an enhanced version of a previous program administered at UConn Health.

The purpose of the UConn SPARK Technology Commercialization Fund is to support innovative proof-of-concept studies that will facilitate the translation of research discoveries into eventual product commercialization.

All UConn and UConn Health investigators are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support one-year projects. Visit the SPARK page for a detailed program description.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact spark@uchc.edu

UConn Startups Win Social Enterprise Challenge

reSET_Logo_NoTagUConn technology startups recently won top prizes in the Social Enterprise Trust, (reSET) annual Impact Challenge. UConn’s MOVIA Robotics was selected for a $10,000 Gold Level prize and Parrot MD for a $5000 Silver Level prize by a distinguished panel of judges that included investors and successful entrepreneurs.

MOVIA Robotics was founded by Tim Gifford a research specialist at the Departments of Psychology and Engineering who co-developed the technology with Anjana Bhat, an Assistant Professor in NEAG. Gifford licensed the technology from UConn to support the company’s innovative approach to educating children with autism and other disabilities.

Parrot MD is a student startup created by recent UConn Business School Health Care Management graduate Steven Graf and Biomedical and Electrical Engineering student Charles Fayal to commercialize a device that promotes medication compliance among illiterate and visually impaired patients. Parrot MD was also a 2015 winner of UConn’s Innovation Quest and is currently participating in the first cohort of UConn’s NFS I-Corps Site, Accelerate UConn, to further its market planning.

Congrats to these committed and successful UConn entrepreneurs!

For more information, contact: Rita Zangari at (860) 486-3010