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ACTSI Weekly eRoundup

September 15, 2017

In this edition:


Funding Opportunities
Education
Research Resources
Innovation & Translation
Community
Events
News
 
 

Funding Opportunities

 
 
 

NCATS Seeking Applications to Develop Prototypes to Mine Disparate Data-Concept Letter Due September 22

NCATS is accepting applications to develop reasoning tool prototypes for its Biomedical Data Translator (Translator) program. Through its Translator program, NCATS aims to develop a computational platform that brings together disconnected biomedical data types. The goal is to reveal complex relationships that help scientists better understand disease behavior and biology, and develop treatment options.
 
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Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) Multi-topic Solicitation-Due September 29

This Request for Project Proposals aims to solicit prospective and current MTEC members for a broad range of medical technological solutions related to seven technology focus areas: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Infectious Diseases; Care of Combat Casualties; Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine; Military Operational Medicine; Medical Simulation and Information Sciences; Advanced Medical Technologies; and Advanced Medical Regulatory and Manufacturing Technologies.
 
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PCORI: Strategies to Prevent Unsafe Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care among Patients with Acute or Chronic Noncancer Pain-LOI Due October 2

PCORI seeks to fund studies that compare two or more alternatives to prevent unsafe prescribing in primary care among patients with acute or chronic non-cancer pain, while ensuring adequate or improved pain management. Proposed studies must address clinical and healthcare delivery choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, or delivery systems.
 
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PCORI: Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings-LOI Due October 2

This opportunity promotes the targeted implementation and systematic uptake of shared decision making (SDM) in healthcare settings, in line with PCORI's goal of supporting patients in making informed decisions about their care. This initiative will support projects that propose active, multi-component approaches to implementing effective SDM strategies that address existing barriers and obstacles to uptake and maintenance, so that these interventions are effectively and sustainably integrated into practice.
 
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Centers Without Walls for Collaborative Research in the Epilepsies: Functional Evaluation of Human Genetic Variants (U54)-Due November 15

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage cooperative agreement (U54) applications from multidisciplinary groups of investigators to accelerate the rate of progress in determining the functional, pharmacological, neuronal network and whole animal consequences of genetic variants discovered in patients with various types of epilepsy and to develop strategies for establishing diagnostic criteria and identifying potential targets for intervention.
 
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Catalyst Award in Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolic Diseases (DEMD) (DP1)-Due February 2

This FOA is one of several FOAs aimed at supporting transformative discoveries that will lead to breakthroughs in understanding human brain function. Guided by the long-term scientific plan, BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision, this FOA specifically seeks to support efforts addressing core ethical issues associated with research focused on the human brain and resulting from emerging technologies and advancements supported by the BRAIN Initiative.
 
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Education

 
 
 

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) & Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Learning Health Systems Mentored Career Development Program (K12)-Due October 6

AHRQ, in partnership with PCORI, invites applications for funding to support institutional career development awards designed to train clinician and research scientists to conduct PCOR research within learning health systems focused on generation, adoption, and application of evidence in order to improve the quality and safety of care.
 
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NIDDK Partnerships with Professional Societies to Enhance Scientific Workforce Diversity & Promote Scientific Leadership (R25)-Due December 5

The over-arching goal of this program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. This R25 program encourages Professional Societies to design and implement educational programs with the goal of recruiting of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences workforce.
 
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Digital Health & Cardiology Research Opportunity for Undergrads at Emory University

 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACTSI Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Misconduct: He Took His Notebook
 
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Finding & Recruiting Research Partners

Engaging patients and others in the healthcare community to design and conduct research studies is at the core of our work. In a new blog post, PCORI awardees discuss the timing, source and type of partnerships they've formed with patients and clinicians. They will also share practical advice on forming these partnerships.
 
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Innovation & Translation

 
 
 

A Diverse Career in Medical Devices: Industry, Academia, & Entrepreneurial Ventures-Wednesday

Learning Industry From Experts (L.I.F.E.) Seminar Series featuring Larry Boyd, PhD, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Spinal Elements, Inc. at Georgia Tech, Krone Building, Room 1005 at Noon.
 
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Careers in Life Sciences Series: Careers in Data Science/Big Data-October 17

The Georgia Bio Emerging Leaders Network and the Atlanta BEST Program have organized a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This event will provide an overview of career paths in big data.
 
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Community

 
 
 

11th Annual Southern Obesity Summit-October 1-3

Join the largest regional obesity prevention event in the U.S., drawing hundreds of participants from 16 southern states to Atlanta, GA. Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.
 
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2nd Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Heath-October 9-10

Held at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, KY
 
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Events

 
 
 

Swim Upstream: Maximize Your Influence in the Fight for Health Equity-Tuesday

David Satcher, MD, PhD, Health Equity Research Seminar Series featuring keynote speaker Sharon Ricks, MA, director, Office of Special Populations, regional health administrator, Region IV, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 12:30 p.m. in Morehouse School of Medicine¿s NCPC Boardroom.
 
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Recruitment & Retention Services at CTSA Institutions: Where we are, where we need to go, & how we can get there-Thursday

This webinar will provide an overview of findings from an online survey conducted to learn more about the recruitment and retention (R&R) services offered through the Clinical & Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) Consortium. Along with reviewing key survey findings on current recruitment resources and services at other CTSAs, this webinar aims to generate discussion about the next steps and ideas for follow-up projects expanding this work to share effective practices and develop the support institutions need to enhance clinical trials recruitment and retention.
 
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8th Annual Southern Translational Education & Research (STaR) Meeting-September 21-22

To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. Such discoveries typically begin at "the bench" with basic research, in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level and then progress to the clinical level, or the patient's bedside. The conference will include state-of-the-art topics in clinical and translational science as well as opportunities for attendees to showcase their research ...

 
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University of Georgia Parsing the Microbiome Symposium-September 25

Microbiome research frequently involves complex datasets, with a wide variety of organisms interacting at different spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales. The 2017 UGA Institute of Bioinformatics bi-annual symposium will feature several prominent experts who are developing or applying bioinformatics tools to understand these data and condense them into interpretable results. This one-day symposium will be useful to students, postdocs, and faculty interested in microbiome research and the current leading methods in this field.
 
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Center for Childhood Infections & Vaccines Symposium-October 4

Keynote addresses on Structure Based Design to Tackle RSV Vaccine Challenges by Hans Langedijk, PhD, scientific director, Subunit Vaccine Design, Janssen Vaccines & Prevention and Immunological Memory: How Long Can It Last? by Mark Slifka, PhD, professor, Oregon Health & Science University. The event will be held in Emory's Health Sciences Research Building Auditorium and Café from 1:00-6:00 p.m. and also includes a student/trainee poster session and networking reception.
 
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Why Don't You See Things My Way? The Challenge of Dual Realities-October 5

34th Annual Heinz S. Weens Lecture hosted by Emory's Department of Radiology and presented by Stuart Zola, PhD. Dr. Zola's highly entertaining sleight-of-hand magic, backed by his ground-breaking neuroscience research, will have you rethinking what you see - and what you believe about memory.
 
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DIGIMED17: Transforming Healthcare Through Evidence-Driven Digital Medicine-October 5-6

This one-of-its-kind, interactive conference hosted by the Scripps CTSA will be led by a faculty composed of leaders in this burgeoning field, with a mix of developers, investigators and providers. The principal goal of the conference is to jumpstart efforts to drive the widespread incorporation of evidence-based digital medicine solutions for more-personalized, individual-centric care to improve outcomes, advance satisfaction and decrease costs.
 
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K-Club: Expanding Research Endeavors through Industry Collaborations-Monday

The K-Club provides an educational forum to assist fellows and faculty. Presenters include Evan J. Anderson, MD, associate professor, Emory University, Pediatrics, Infectious Disease, investigator in the Vaccine & Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) and Wilbur A. Lam, MD, PhD, associate professor, Emory University, Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory. A light lunch ...

 
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Microfluidics in Cell Biology-October 19

Georgia Tech-IEN's 16th NanoFANS (Focusing on Advanced Nanobio Systems) Forum, for the first time on Emory's campus from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Health Sciences Research Building Auditorium (HSRB). A box lunch is also included at no cost to the participants. The forum will feature Dr. YongTae (Tony) Kim, professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech; Dr. Wilbur Lam, professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech-Emory University; Dr. Hang Lu, Love Family Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech; and Dr. Fatih Sarioglu, professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech.
 
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News

 
 
 

Emory University Names New Dean for the School of Medicine

Vikas Sukhatme, MD, ScD, is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded several biotech companies based on discoveries from his lab and is co-founder of a not-for-profit that conducts clinical trials on promising therapies for cancer not being pursued for lack of profitability.
 
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Video Available: The Opioid Epidemic: A National Emergency

Is it possible to stop the opioid epidemic? Leading public health, law enforcement, and clinical experts recently met at Emory University Hospital to discuss the national opioid epidemic from a multidisciplinary perspective, from its causes to what it means for our country's future.
 
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