ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition 20-26 April 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Mock Grant Review (no CME credit)
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Joseph J. H. Ackerman, Ph.D., Guoying Liu, Ph.D., & Lee Rosen, Ph.D.
Monday, 22 April 2013
For many junior scientists, the grant review process is shrouded in mystery and rumor. To provide clarity and insight into the workings of a typical grant review board, this educational session will convene a mock United States National Institutes of Health “Study Section”. Three MR-related grant applications (types R01, R21, and K99) that were previously submitted to the agency will be reviewed and scored by a panel of senior MR scientists with experience on NIH Study Sections. While of obvious relevance to ISMRM meeting participants from the USA, many of the salient issues characterizing the grant review process are similar across national cultures. Thus, the session will be of interest to all junior scientists.

Following an introduction outlining the Study Section review process, audience participants will be given the Abstract and Specific Aims page from each grant and the mock session will then begin. Reviewers will introduce themselves and will receive instructions from the Study Section Scientific Review Officer (SRO) regarding confidentiality, the scoring/voting system, and the actual process by which the review will be carried out. The agenda will then be turned over to the Chair of the Study Section who will commence the review and scoring.

Following conclusion of the mock Study Section, audience participants will have a chance to ask questions, voice opinions, and comment on the review process. The actual outcome of the real Study Session review process concerning the grant applications involved in the mock Study Section review will be revealed. The program will conclude with a presentation regarding NIH programmatic considerations and sources for additional information.
Mock Study Section Panel Members:
Study Section Chair
Gary Glover, Ph.D.
Dept. of Radiology
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, USA
Ileana Hancu, Ph.D.
GE Global Research
Imaging Technology, MRI Lab
Niskayuna, NY, USA
Dennis Parker, Ph.D.
Radiology & Med Infor.
University Of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Gregory Chang, M.D.
Center Biomed. Imaging
NYU Langone Med Center
New York, NY, USA
Emily McWalter, Ph.D.
Dept. of Radiology
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, USA
Nicole Seiberlich, Ph.D.
Biomed Engineering
Case Western Reserve
Cleveland, OH, USA
Grant Applications and Assignments:
Application #1: R01: “MRI for Early Detection of Osteoarthritis”
Reviewers: Gregory Chang, M.D. & Emily McWalter, Ph.D.
Discussants: Ileana Hancu, Ph.D. & Dennis Parker, Ph.D.
Application #2: R21: “MR Image Example-based Contrast Synthesis for Consistent Image Analysis”
Reviewers: Ileana Hancu, Ph.D. & Dennis Parker, Ph.D.
Discussants: Gary Glover, Ph.D. & Nicole Seiberlich, Ph.D.
Application #3: K99/R00: “Novel Fast Imaging and Reconstruction Strategies for Dynamic MRI”
Reviewers: Gary Glover, Ph.D. & Nicole Seiberlich, Ph.D.
Discussants: Gregory Chang, M.D. & Emily McWalter, Ph.D.


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Moderators: Joseph J. H. Ackerman, Ph.D. & Lee Rosen, Ph.D.

14:15     Introduction - Study Section Review Process, Scoring, Confidentiality
(Distribution of Grant Application Abstracts & Specific Aims Pages)
14:30     Scientific Review Officer (SRO) Begins Mock Study Section:
Introduction of Study Section Members; Empowerment of Study Section Chair
14:35     Study Section Chair Initiates the Review Process  
15:35     End of Mock Study Section Review Process
Audience Participation, Re: Questions, Opinions & Comments
15:55     Programmatic Considerations & Sources for Additional Information re: the Grant Review Process Guoying Liu, Ph.D.
16:15     Adjournment