Weekly News August 29, 2022

Please join us this Wednesday, August 31st, from 12pm-1pm, for our very first Brown Bag Colloquium of the semester, with Noli Brazil, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Brazil will present his research entitled, “A Demographic Bridge to Diversity? Segregation and Diversity of Millennial Young Adult Neighborhoods in the U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” We are delighted to host Noli in person, so do come to the new Seminar Room (310) in the Demography Department, Social Sciences Building, if you are able. See event details.  

Wishing you all a warm welcome back to the new academic year. 

All the best,



All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

August 30 | 12:10-1 pm | Brown Bag Research Seminar Series | UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Virtual event with Jylana Sheats, PhD, MPH, who will present, “Our Voice NOLA: A Digital Citizen Science Approach to Understanding the Intersection of the Built Environment, Food Access, and Lived Experiences. Register in advance: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/99555139850

August 31 | 12pm-1 pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | In person and virtual event with Noli Brazil. Dr. Brazil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. The title of his talk is, “A Demographic Bridget to Diversity? Segregation and Diversity of Millennial Young Adult Neighborhoods in the U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” Location: Room 310, Social Sciences Building. Zoom Meeting ID: 934 6654 8260 Password: DEMOG_BB

September 8 |  10am – 11:30am, followed by a light lunch | UC Berkeley’s Nordic Center | Berkeley Faculty Club, O’Neill Room |  “The Secret Data Gold Mine:  How to do Research with Nordic Data Registries.” Denmark has been called an “epidemiologist’s dream” for its robust health data registries that enable rapid longitudinal analysis with no selection bias as the whole country is automatically included.  But the data goes far beyond health registries, where Denmark and its Nordic neighbors have been quietly collecting data covering a wide range of issues – from labor to education to economic to health data and beyond – and able to combine the datasets for fascinating research opportunities. A handful of UC Berkeley researchers are tapped into the goldmine of data in the Nordics. But the potential far outstrips what has been realized. 

In this workshop, we will introduce the Denmark data registries and the researchers from Denmark and UC Berkeley collaborating to research them. We intend to spark interest and offer practical means through which any UC Berkeley based researcher can learn how to take the necessary next steps to engage in research on this data – including meeting Denmark-based researchers necessary to gain access. This event is sponsored by the newly established Nordic Center at UC Berkeley, through which additional research support will be made available.

Tentative agenda:

  • Welcome – Robert Strand, UC Berkeley
  • What are in the Danish data registries? – Aksel Karl Georg Jensen, University of Copenhagen
  • A success story: Berkeley junior researcher
  • So how do I get access: Theis Lange, University of Copenhagen
  • How the Nordic Center at UC Berkeley can support you! – Robert Strand

All are welcome, including PhD students and postdocs. To attend please email  Maygol Kabiri <may_kabiri@berkeley.edu> and cc Robert Strand <MrNordic@berkeley.edu>.


Assessing COVID Economic Relief: What Worked, What’s Next?

We are pleased to invite you to a virtual congressional briefing, “Assessing COVID Economic Relief: What Worked, What’s Next?” on Friday, September 23, 12 to 1pm ET. The pandemic had substantial effects on the economy and caused widespread instability both across markets and for individuals and families. Population scientists are squarely engaged in the discussion, studying the short-and long-term implications of economic instability on the health, development, and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. The Population Association of America is pleased to sponsor this virtual briefing, “Assessing COVID Economic Relief: What Worked, What’s Next?,” featuring a panel of experts who will present findings illuminating how certain policies and programs, such as cash transfers and child tax credits, have affected the post-pandemic economy and the labor force. The briefing will also address what questions still remain as the nation recovers. Register Here.

2022-2023 NIH Climate and Health Scholars Program. Overview: The National Institutes of Health Climate Change and Health Initiative is seeking to bring Climate and Health scientists from outside the U.S. federal government to work with NIH staff to share knowledge and help build our capacity in the scientific domains outlined in the NIH  Climate Change and Health Initiative’s Strategic Framework. Details: Climate and Health (CH) Scholars will be hosted by an NIH home Institute, Center, or Office (ICO). During their time at NIH, the Scholar will be invited to collaborate with NIH staff on one or more of a diverse array of research, training, and policy activities that share their scientific knowledge with NIH laboratories, program offices, and the wider NIH community. There will be opportunities for individual or group research collaborations to develop between the Scholar and NIH scientists. Deadline: September 15, 2022. Read the full call and apply.


CDC: Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury (R01)

Announcement expected to be released in October for a January 2023 deadline. Estimated award date of September 30, 2023. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance understanding of approaches to prevent community violence and eliminate racial and ethnic inequities in risk for community violence. This initiative is intended to support effectiveness research to evaluate innovative programs, practices, or policies among groups experiencing a high burden of community violence. Innovative approaches are those that have not been rigorously evaluated for effectiveness in reducing community violence. Funds are available to conduct studies focused on preventing all forms of community violence involving youth or young adults (ages 10-34 years), including assaults, homicides, violence between groups, and threats/use of weapons. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343143

Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

S4A studies a variety of novel approaches for aligning systems, using rigorous scientific methods to determine their impact on health and health equity. This 2022 call for proposals (CFP) will provide funding for a new cohort of research studies to produce new, actionable evidence about how to help medical, social, and public health systems collaborate to address structural barriers to health and health equity, including racism and the social conditions that impact health. Both developmental studies and impact studies will be funded. Deadline: October 5, 2022.  Read the full call.

Advancing Climate Mitigation Policy Solutions with Health Co-Benefits in G7 Countries. This Wellcome award will fund collaborations between researchers and policy actors who have a clear opportunity to influence climate mitigation policies with substantial health effects. Successful applicants will generate evidence that will support policymakers in G7 countries to advance transformative health-centered changes in the food systems, transport, energy or housing sectors. Due October 31, 2022. Read the full call.

NIH and NIA Announcements.

Centers of Excellence in Maternal Health Research

The goal of this funding opportunity is to create a network of Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence that “will conduct research to mitigate preventable maternal mortality (MM), decrease severe maternal morbidity (SMM), and promote health equity.” The projects within the center “must include a focus on one or more populations that experience maternal health disparities” and “applicants must incorporate diversity in their team development plan.” These centers will represent one part of the multipronged approach at the NIH to mitigate the rising rates of maternal mortality in the United States. This FOA will support trans-disciplinary research teams conducting multi-layered novel research projects that can address maternal health in the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, or postpartum period.  The research must directly address severe maternal morbidity and/or maternal mortality and equitable healthcare.  Applicants must also submit a Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives that demonstrates “how diverse perspectives will be obtained throughout the course of the project and will be assessed as part of the scientific and technical peer review evaluation, as well as considered among programmatic matters with respect to funding decisions.” https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-23-035.html

Notice of Correction to the Application Types Allowed Information for PAS-22-197, Advancing Research on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (ADRD) (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institute on Aging

Notice of Correction to RFA-OD-22-014 Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
Office of Research on Women’s Health

NICHD Research Education Programs (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)


Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on (a) Courses for Skills Development; (b) Research Experiences. Learn more.

NOT-OD-22-166: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Health of Bisexual and Bisexual+ People. This NOSI solicits research, research training, and research career development on the health and well-being of people who identify as bisexual or bisexual+. Researchers interested in resources to help recruit participants for clinical trials are encouraged to explore NIA’s Recruiting Older Adults into Research’s ROAR Toolkit to download customizable flyers and Power Point presentations. First available due date, Sept 25. Learn more.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory is happy to announce a Request for Applications for two separate funding opportunities: Pilot Grant Program, deadline Jan 20, 2023 and Demonstration Projects Program deadline Dec 21, 2022. These opportunities support research and training to increase the nation’s capacity to conduct pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) of non-pharmacological interventions within healthcare systems to improve care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias(AD/ADRD) and their care partners. Learn more.



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