2019 IMAG Multiscale Modeling Consortium (MSM) Meeting

Register for the 2019 IMAG MSM Meeting – Translation and Dissemination on March 6-7, 2019

Register and submit your abstracts at: 2019 IMAG MSM Meeting Registration.  Each abstract will require a separate registered presenter.  Please remember the email you used to create your registration login, so you can return to your own registration page to update your abstract submission and submit your final posters and presentations.


2018 IMAG’s NEXT TOP MODEL Video Competition

Background & Motivation:


Our multiscale modeling community does amazing, world-changing research, and in order to maximize its impact we are compelled to share it with the lay public and within our own community. In order to facilitate this sharing, IMAG’s Public Dissemination & Education (PDE) Task Force has launched this inaugural NEXT TOP MODEL Video Competition. We invite anyone who is doing research related to computational modeling to produce a short, promotional and educational video that describes your research and its impact for a lay audience (i.e. 5th grade education level).


Submitted videos will be eligible for posting on IMAG’s YouTube channel, and judged according to the rubric below by a panel of judges, including the co-leads of the PDE Task Force (Shayn Peirce-Cottler, Silivia Blemker, David Basanta, and Andrew McCulloch), high school science teachers, and high school students. Prizes (listed below) will be awarded to the top three videos.


Questions? Please contact Shayn Peirce-Cottler (

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2019 MSM Consortium Meeting dates are set!


Wednesday March 6th, 2019- 8:30am to Thursday March 7th, 2019- 5:30pm

Co-chairs: Bruce Lee, MD, MBA and Jeff Holmes, MD, PhD

2018 IMAG Futures Meeting - archived information

Archived Videocast from March 21, 2018

Presentations and Discussions on the IMAG wiki agenda pages

 #MSM2018 Twitter feed


Goals and Objectives

Check-in on 2009 IMAG Futures challenges

Explore convergence of mechanistic, causal and predictive models

Produce 2018 IMAG Futures challenges

Interactive Agenda

Meeting Wikipage

View Attendees and Presentations


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Presenter: Patricia Brennen, RN, PhD

Webinar/Webcast Links: Webinar Link (WebEx)

Investigators are developing new and quite sophisticated models to interrogate large data sets. Characterizing model provenance and performance will enhance the reusability of models, and afford better model validation and determination of the conditions under which the models perform best. Thus, it is timely to consider how to formally characterize models, define relevant metadata and make models directly discoverable.  In this webinar, the Director of National Library of Medicine will lead a discussion to set the foundation of how to create a library of models that will enhance the integrity, discoverability and appropriate re-use of models.

IMAG and the MSM will conduct an online discussion with Dr. Brennen,, director of the National Library of Medicine, as a follow-up to the discussion we had with her during the IMAG 10th Anniversary MSM Consortium meeting (recorded audio here,  Please send any discussion topics, questions you have for her to in preparation for her webinar.

The purpose of the announcement is to invite applications from applicants who have an interest in performing high impact, cutting-edge scientific and computing activities necessary to establish an NIH Data Commons. The goal of the NIH Data Commons is to accelerate new biomedical discoveries by providing a cloud-based platform where investigators can store, share, access, and compute on digital objects (data, software, etc.) generated from biomedical research and perform novel scientific research including hypothesis generation, discovery, and validation. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative approaches to one or more key computational, data, analytical and scientific capabilities of the Data Commons. These key capabilities are described in detail in the announcement.

Awards under Research Opportunity Announcement RM-17-026 will made using Other Transactions (OTs), which are not grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts. It is essential applicants carefully follow the instructions in the announcement as they likely will be different from what they are used to seeing.


Letters of Intent (LOIs) are required, and are due June 30, 2017 (5:00 PM United States Eastern Time).  LOIs will be used to select individuals or groups who will be invited to submit an application by July 12. Only those who are invited may apply. Applications submitted without an invitation from the NIH will be returned and not reviewed. NIH expects to make several OT awards under this announcement. The planned budget for this announcement is $21 million over a 4-year period.


Inquiries about RM-17-026 should be directed to:

FOA Link:

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), in partnership with the National Institute on Aging (NIA), announces an opportunity for NIBIB-supported investigators to request administrative supplements to develop new tools, technologies and approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's-disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD). These supplements will be funded by NIA as part of the NIA strategic plan to support the development of innovative strategies to prevent, diagnose and treat AD/ADRD.

Administrative supplement requests should be submitted to PA-16-287, Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements The requested supplemental budget cannot exceed $100,000 in direct costs for up to 12 months. The project and budget periods of the supplement request must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.

Supplements will be considered for active NIBIB-funded projects that may have important application in AD/ADRD. Administrative supplements may be awarded to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the application was submitted. For the purposes of this Notice, "within scope" may include the addition of an AD/ADRD-relevant component to a project employing or developing a broadly applicable technology. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss the aims of the proposed work with the NIBIB program officer assigned to the parent grant to assess suitability for this funding opportunity.

Requests must be received by July 3, 2017. 

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies to facilitate high-resolution mapping of peripheral neural circuits.


The next quarterly deadline for pre-applications is approaching on August 1, 2017.


Only tool and technology categories listed on the SPARC FOA Priorities page for the current receipt date are responsive to this funding opportunity. Future receipt dates will have different priorities based on program needs. Current priorities include sample preparation, imaging and targeting, modeling and simulation, surgical access tools, neural interfaces, and serving as a consortium-wide service provider for specified activities.

Questions should be addressed to

Potential applicants may view the RM-17-009 Informational Webinar slides (PDF).

The SPARC team will be holding virtual office hours for potential applicants. We strongly encourage using these as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the SPARC team. Visit to sign up.

See the announcement here: RM-17-009 (PDF)

The Joint Program Committee-1 (JPC-1) Office has a job opening for a "Health Science Administrator", to "serve as a senior staff advisor to the Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program Director"

The official announcement is available at:

Closing Date: June 6, 2017

Please refer comments or questions to Dr. Jan Harris, Director, JPC-1, at her Email address:

SPARC Funding Opportunities

The NIH Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program seeks to advance understanding of the neural control of organ function, laying a mechanistic foundation for the next generation of therapeutic closed-loop neuromodulation devices. The SPARC team has released two new funding announcements soliciting: 1) applications to develop a Data and Resource Center to support this mission; and 2) applications to develop New Tools to support this mission.

1) RFA-RM-16-008, Data Coordination, Map Synthesis, and Simulation Cores for the SPARC Program:

Develop the SPARC Data and Resource Center, a central online hub with three core functions: 1) store and facilitate access to all data generated by SPARC; 2) build interactive visualizations of nerve-organ anatomy and function; and 3) host models that predict the effects of nerve stimuli on organ function. Bioinformatics and data science experts are encouraged to apply. Letters of Intent (LOI) are required and are due by April 7, 2017. Following LOI submission, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which is due by June 2, 2017.

Questions should be addressed to

2) RFA-RM-17-009, Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System:

Develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies to facilitate high-resolution mapping of peripheral neural circuits. Pre-applications will be accepted on a regular basis, beginning May 1, 2017. Specific priorities for the current receipt date are posted at; future receipt dates will have different priorities based on program needs.  Current priorities include:

·         Computational models to assess safety limits of stimulation and/or blocking of neural activity (e.g. biophysics and regulatory science for neural interfaces)

·         Computational models of neuromodulation that incorporate variability due to individual subject differences

·         Biophysical models of electrical, infrared, or ultrasonic neuromodulation that predict methods for selectively activating or blocking specific fiber types and locations. These computational models should be predictive of side effects (i.e. other fibers that may be activated or blocked).

Questions should be addressed to


The SPARC team will be holding virtual office hours for potential applicants. We strongly encourage using these as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the SPARC team. Visit to sign up.  We will also hold a webinar at a date to be determined soon.


These  announcements solicit applications under the Other Transactions mechanism. Applications will be considered from higher education institutions, small and large corporations, foreign organizations, non-profits, other federal and state agencies, as well as individuals not affiliated with an organization. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about Other Transactions, which are not grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements: