Hello, blog readers! I apologize, for I have sadly neglected you- and I failed to update this blog with summaries of the many interesting articles that have crossed my desk. I have been taking courses in bioinformatics, and travelling- and one of my travels took me to Duke University where I met with one of my collaborators in person for the first time.
While I was there, I received email notification that the small grant I had applied for in June was not going to be funded. I hadn’t expected it to be- only four of those grants are funded out of however many applications they get, and so it is a very competitive program. My co-PI and I still await the reviewers’ commentary on our application.
However, all is not lost- it’s been decided that my Duke collaborator will help me apply for an NIH R21 grant, which would allow everyone (not just the Canadians) to be paid from the grant. My Duke collaborator and I sat down that afternoon and put our heads together, and came up with a marvellously scribble-filled page of notes for the project we think we should do- and it is bigger, better, and if funded will be an amazing piece of science! I am slowly putting all our thoughts into words- slowly because I am still waiting for feedback on our first grant application, which will inform this one, and also slowly because the deadline for this program is in October, though I believe we can apply earlier than that.
So my trip to Duke was not simply an exercise in networking, it was very fruitful and I’m so glad that I was able to do that! Stay tuned for more updates on the R21. Again, these are competitive grants, and it’s possible our application won’t be funded- but it won’t be for lack of our trying, or doing the best job we possibly can.
I hope to post a few more summaries of interesting research articles in the coming weeks- it’s been hard to find the time, as I am responsible for putting together this R21, other personal writing projects have caught my attention and, as always, I still have a full-time job that I have responsibilities toward. Still, every week new and interesting research on the subject of gut bacteria and how they affect their animal hosts is published, much of it not very accessible to the general public. I’d like to share more of these articles with you in hopes that you find the work as interesting and informative as I do.