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2016 Workshop on Building Skills for Academic Leadership

sponsored by the SC INBRE Research Mentoring Network

(June 16-17th at the USC School of Medicine, Columbia, SC)

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This day and a half workshop offers valuable opportunities for faculty, postdocs and students to network with peers from across the INBRE network while introducing them to skills that are essential for building a successful career in science. The half day workshop for faculty/postdocs on Thursday will provide insight into NIH funding, including panel discussions with faculty who review for NIH. The Friday workshop is designed for faculty/postdocs/students and will focus on developing career skills. A copy of the workshop schedule and detailed topics can be found here . This event is free and you can register at


11th Annual Basic Confocal Microscopy Workshop

(June 13-17, 2016)

The South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA Program, CCCR COBRE, and the USC School of Medicine Instrumentation Resource Facility are pleased to announce the 10th annual workshop on Basic Confocal Microscopy. The hands-on workshop will target beginning and intermediate users of confocal microscopes and will provide lectures from experts in the field of confocal microscopy and the use of Adobe Photoshop and 3-D software for processing confocal images. Lecture material will provide information on the basics of fluorescence and fluorescent probes, biological specimen preparation (fixation, staining, optical properties and mounting materials), strategies and protocols for selection of antibody labeling, the basic components of a confocal microscope (lasers, dichroic mirrors, microscope objectives, photomultiplier tubes, etc.) and an overview of some applications of confocal microscopy. During the laboratory portion of the workshop specimens will be processed for double and triple labeling and proper selection of user adjustable parameters to optimize image collection will be addressed and demonstrated. Participants are welcome to process their own samples or to use samples that will be provided. Several point scanning and spinning disk confocal systems from various manufacturers will be available for use so participants will have ample time for hands on use of the instruments during the workshop. 

Registration fee: $350;  (SC INBRE covers registration/tuition for participants from the SC INBRE Netowrk institutions).

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and specimen processing supplies for the workshop.

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New M.S. Opportunity: Applied Biotechnology Concentration in the M.S. in Biomedical Science Program, University of South Carolina at Columbia

The biotechnology industry is rapidly growing nationwide and in South Carolina. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts nationwide growth in biotechnology positions of 14% between 2010 and 2020, including growth in fields requiring advanced training in wet laboratories that require biochemists and biophysicists, microbiologists, and medical scientists. The goal of the Applied Biotechnology Concentration is to provide “hands-on training” on a range of techniques and instrumentation currently used in basic research in pharmaceutical laboratories, biotech companies, and biomedical research laboratories. The program consists of 39 credits taken over a 16 month period of study and includes 4 “hands-on” courses in which students learn to prepare samples and operate a wide range of equipment for the analysis of RNA and DNA, confocal and electron microscopes, cell sorters, and small animal imagers. An important component of the program is an internship in a biomedical research laboratory or biotech company where students will be able to participate in programs studying inflammation, cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and drug development. Students in the M.S. in Biomedical Science Applied Biotechnology Concentration will be required to successfully complete either a research or library based thesis.

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Birgbauer on his new AREA grant! See for details


The SC INBRE community mourns the passing of Dr. W. Scott Argraves, Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC. Scott, who joined MUSC in 1995, established and directed a vigorous research program, continually funded by NIH over almost two decades, centered on extracellular matrix and receptor biology with a strong focus on cardivascular development and disease.  He also established and directed the MUSC Proteogenomics Core Facility, the first of its kind in the state. Scott was an active participant in the SC INBRE network in many capacities over the years. He directed the Bioinformatics Core in SC INBRE I, and served as a mentor and collaborator to target faculty and students in the network. He initiated the Bioinformatics Pilot Project program that is a main feature of the Bioinformatics Core to this day. He was a friend to many of us, and we will miss him dearly.  Please visit for information, and to leave a message for Scott's family.

AREA Grants 

The purpose of the R15 AREA grant program ( is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution.  

SC INBRE will provide support to faculty who plan to submit AREA grant proposals, or any other extramural proposals, by organizing a pre-review of the proposal by experienced mentors. Please contact the SC INBRE office for details. Drafts of proposals should be made available for pre-review at least one month prior to the submission deadline.

Scientific Seminars
Participating institutions in SC INBRE regularly offer scientific seminars.  For upcoming seminars, please visit the events page of the SC INBRE Facebook page.  They are open to everyone, and if you're interested in having one broadcast by videoconference, please contact the SC INBRE office in advance.