November 13, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for taking time to read about what is happening this fall at PAVIR. We are excited to share news about new employees and recent sponsored research awards, as well as programs to improve our work environment. With your engagement and strong work, we’ll continue to be a voice for learning and research, and a site where our basic research and clinical trials make a difference in our country and around the world. 


Latest News
PAVIR Visits Washington D.C.
Core office employees Bonnie Liang and Jenny Dao visited Rep. Anna Eshoo's office while in D.C.
AAALAC Full Accreditation
The Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International recently completed a site visit at the VAPAHCS VMU.

Congratulations, Award Winner!
Mary Thornton received the prestigious Barbara West award at the 26th annual NAVREF conference.
Opioid Research in the News
Research published in Pain Medicine by Dr. Sesh Mudumbai indicates that opioid overdose rates are highest directly after surgery.


PAVIR's 30th Birthday Celebration
It's time to celebrate! The Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education (PAIRE) — PAVIR's predecessor organization — was established in 1988. We will be celebrating PAVIR's 30th. year on Wednesday, November 28, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., in the Edward L. Stallings Conference Room (building 101, first floor, B1-100). Through the decades, PAVIR and its research community have had a significant impact on the VAPAHCS, and made notable contributions to advancing Veteran and public health through innovative research.  
Please join us to celebrate 30 years and launch the next 30 years!
Games - Prizes - Food - Drinks - Treats!
Contracts & Grants Update - Proposal Submission Guidelines
PAVIR  has instituted a new pre-award intake email address and internal deadlines for grant applications. 
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Reminder - Benefits Open Enrollment
The PAVIR benefits open enrollment period is 11/8/2018 – 11/19/2018.
For more information about your benefit options, to see important benefit materials, and to make your elections visit our Open Enrollment website:
HR Update - 401(k) Alert 
The IRS has announced new retirement plan limits for 2019.

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Sign Up for the New Emergency Alert System
VAPAHCS has implemented a new Text Alert System that will ensure all employees, WOCs, volunteers, contractors, and other affiliates receive timely emergency notifications. 
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New Indirect Cost Rate (IDC) 
PAVIR negotiates our IDC rate with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) annually. Effective October 10, 2018, PAVIR's new federally negotiated IDC rate is 39.2%. This rate is applicable to all federal and most other governmental support, but is subject to limitations prescribed by statute or by agency administrative regulations. This rate will also apply to industry sponsored trials.
Greetings to New Faces
PAVIR welcomes the following new employees. 
Saniya Bonde
Brandon Carter
Noujeng Her
Jonathan Hill
Kevin Kloiber
Stephen Lai
Alexander Lieu
Michelle Mao
Rakshitha Mohankumar
Esther Ng
Lina Salam
Aurelien Sarde
Sherwin Shabdar
CR Research Coordinator I
FACS Core Director
Contract & Grant Post-Award Analyst II
LS Animal Technician II
CR Economic Researcher
CR Research Assistant I
LS Lab Assistant II
LS Lab Assistant II
CR Research Assistant II
Contract & Grant Assistant
CR Research Assistant I
LS Research Associate I
CR Research Assistant I
Recent Awards
PI Project Title    Sponsor  Amount 
Constance Chu, M.D. Novel Strategies to Combat Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis (PTOA): Gait Retraining to Reduce Joint Loading, Inflammation, and PTOA Risk    DoD  $10,000,000
Daniel Ennis, Ph.D. A New Framework for Understanding the Mechanisms of Diastolic Dysfunction    NIH / NHLBI  $1,589,378
Andrea Finlay, Ph.D. Improving Access To Pharmacotherapy For Opioid Use Disorder Among Justice-Involved Veterans    NIH / NIDA  $70,875
Ngan Huang, Ph.D. Tissue Engineered Muscle in Microgravity as a Novel Platform to Study Sarcopenia    NSF  $300,000
Natalie Torok, M.D. Targeting Shc to Reduce Inflammation and Fibrosis in the Aging Liver    NIH / NIA  $2,289,556
Upcoming Holidays
PAVIR will be closed on the following dates: 
  • Friday, November 23, 2018 - Thanksgiving additional day
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018 - Christmas Day
  • Monday, December 31, 2018 - New Year’s Eve
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