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Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup

March 8, 2019

In this edition:


Feature
Funding
Education
Research Resources
Innovation & Translation
Community
Events
 
 

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2019 Georgia Clinical & Translation Science Conference Awards

At the conclusion of the 2nd annual statewide Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Conference on March 1, 2019 at Callaway Gardens, four abstract winners were recognized. From over 100 presentations, three poster presentation winners and one oral presentation winner were selected. The main criteria used in the judging included scientific content and the ability to relay their findings by the weight of impact. These researchers were recognized ...

 
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Register Now for the Community Engagement Forum on April 25-26

We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to share your research and/or program experiences related to academic and community partnerships. The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) Community Engagement Program is an inter-institutional collaboration focused on accelerating the translation of science and research discoveries to application at the community level towards advancing population health. ...

 
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Funding

 
 
 

Georgia CTSA Request for Proposals Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design - Due March 29

Georgia CTSA's Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) program is soliciting proposals to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health economics to advance clinical and translational research (CTR). Review criteria include: (i.) quantitative methodological research to fill gaps in CTR; (ii.) innovation; (iii.) feasibility; and (iv.) plans for dissemination and translation of results. Awardees are encouraged to disseminate any software developed in their research to CTSpedia, an online knowledge base for CTR, as well as other relevant publicly available software repositories.
 
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The SOM Imagine, Innovative and Impact (I3) Venture Awards-Due April 1

The SOM Imagine, Innovate and Impact (I3) Venture Awards solicit innovative research proposals to catalyze promising early-stage concepts with commercial potential that do not yet qualify for funding from external sources. The I3 Venture Research Awards aim to cultivate inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs driven to solve medicine's challenges and create patient impact. In the current round, grants will be considered for: Proposals with the potential to shape, de-risk, or scale up a potential new drug or technology in medicine (diagnostic, therapeutic, device or software) in less than one year. If successful, the proposal would ready the project for the next stage of translation (not necessarily to market readiness). Particularly creative ideas, even without preliminary data, will be considered provided compelling impact, feasibility and commercial potential is demonstrated. Proposals due by 5:00pm on April 1st.
 
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CFAR-series application deadline-LOI Due April 1

The Center for AIDS Research at Emory University (CFAR) R03 mechanism (CFAR-03) is designed to help move CFAR faculty toward independent investigator status in HIV/AIDS research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by funding mentored research projects that will strengthen the due competitiveness of subsequent NIH applications in NIH/OAR high priority areas of HIV research.
 
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Apply for NCATS SBIR and STTR Funding-Due April 5

NCATS invites small businesses and academic researchers to apply for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Small businesses and research organizations involved in commercializing innovative medical technologies are encouraged to apply. NCATS is particularly interested in applications that address research areas relevant to any stage of translation, from target validation through pre-clinical and clinical evaluation, to intervention implementation and dissemination.
 
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Post-Stroke Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID) in the United States Including in Health Disparities Populations-Due April 17

With one in three people having a clinical stroke during their lifetime and dementia occurring in an estimated 30% of post-stroke patients, the public health impact is enormous. The purpose of this FOA is to determine the specific subsets of stroke events that cause (and do not cause) cognitive impairment and dementia in post-stroke populations in the United States, including in health disparities populations, and what additional clinical factors, as well as comorbidities including those along the AD/ADRD spectrum, may causally synergize with stroke to result in cognitive impairment and dementia outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to leverage existing resources for VCID, stroke and other dementia research.
 
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Enhancing Regulatory Science for the Risk Based Quality Assessment of Complex Products (U01) - Clinical Trials Optional-Due April 22

The purpose of this program is to support research activities that expand the knowledge base related to complex products and formulation development, analysis, and manufacturing control to advance risk-based quality assessment of new and generic drug products. We will also consider biological products relevant to CDER (e.g., monoclonal antibodies and therapeutic proteins) for this announcement.
 
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Advancing Cancer Immunotherapy by Mitigating Immune-related Adverse Events (irAEs) (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)-Due April 25

The purpose of this FOA is to support improved cancer immunotherapy research projects that reduce the incidence and/or severity of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) while retaining anti-tumor efficacy. Single investigators and/or multidisciplinary teams with expertise in mechanisms of cancer immunology, immune tolerance, irAEs, autoimmunity, and/or patient characterization and selection are encouraged to propose projects that utilize appropriate model systems, clinical samples, and expertise of these research communities. The specific objectives are to generate new ideas and approaches to better understand and thereby reduce the incidence and/or severity of irAEs resulting from cancer immunotherapy.
 
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Development of Standard Core Clinical Outcomes Assessments (COAs) and Endpoints (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)-Due May 31

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for UG3/UH3 cooperative agreements to support the development of a publicly available core set(s) of COAs and their related endpoints for specific disease indications. The UG3/UH3 Phase Innovation Award Cooperative Agreement involves 2 phases. The UG3 phase will provide funding for 1 to 2 years to conduct planning activities. The UH3 phase will provide funding for 3 to 4 years to projects that successfully complete the planning activities and reach the projected milestones set in the UG3 phase. UH3 phase awards will be awarded after administrative review of eligible UG3 phase awards that have met the scientific milestone and feasibility requirements necessary for UH3 phase implementation.
 
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Notice of Change to FOA PAR-19-099: Limited Competition: Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program: Collaborative Innovation Award (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)-Due June 2019

The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Collaborative Innovation Award (CCIA) supports collaborative research activities that develop innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency, quality and impact of turning laboratory, clinic and community observations into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support investigators from three or more CTSA Program hub institutions (see below under Eligible Individuals) to either: 1) form new collaborations, or to 2) significantly expand the scientific scope of existing collaborations, or to 3) engage new collaborators in pre-existing collaborations to solve a translational science problem no one hub can solve alone, or disseminate a solution to a translational science problem developed at one hub to other hubs, in so doing testing its robustness to different hub environments and structures and adapting it for further dissemination outside the CTSA Program consortium if appropriate.
 
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Tobacco Regulatory Science (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)-Due July 19

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite R01 applications to support biomedical and behavioral research that will provide scientific data to inform regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. Research Projects must address the research priorities related to the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH using funds that have been made available through FDA CTP and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (P.L. 111-31). Research results from this FOA are expected to generate findings and data that are directly relevant in informing the FDA's regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.
 
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Education

 
 
 

Emory Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Program Application-Due April 1

The Emory Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program, in the Laney Graduate School at Emory University, provides innovative didactic and mentored research training to those interested in pursuing a career in clinical and/or translational research. The MSCR degree is designed for predoctoral (medical students, PhD students or PharmD students), postdoctoral trainees (resident and fellow physicians or PhD postdocs), and junior faculty (physicians, PhD-level scientists or PharmDs). Contact Cheryl Sroka at 404-727-5096 or at csroka@emory.edu.
 
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Scholarship Applications for 2019 Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (UW Seattle Campus)-Due March 31

Scholarship applications are being accepted for the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG). All current graduate students are eligible to apply for tuition waivers for up to three modules. Please note postdocs are not eligible for SISG scholarships. Scholarship applications are due by March 31 (11:59 p.m. PST). Award notifications will be emailed by Friday, April 12.
 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Mum's the Word
 
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Children's Healthcare, Emory, & the Pediatric Institute: New Guidelines for Which IRB Reviews

As of September 1, the new Pediatric Institute is in effect. As part of that transition, Children's Healthcare and Emory developed a revised IRB reliance agreement for collaborative research (research in which both Children's and Emory are engaged).
 
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Research Registry Toolkit

The Research Registry Toolkit is designed to support teams creating and managing research registries. Each section includes examples, best practices, and tools to guide conversations about research registry development and maintenance.
 
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Georgia CTSA Statistical Consulting at Georgia Tech - Mondays

The statistics research group directed by ISyE associate professor Yajun Mei, is now offering free consulting for data-analysis questions in the domain of bio-related initiatives on the GA Tech Campus, every Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am in Room 3317 of the Petit Building during the 2018 fall and 2019 spring semester, starting from Monday, October 1, 2018.
 
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Morehouse School of Medicine Statistics Fridays

A free weekly walk-in statistical consulting clinic for Morehouse School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students from 10:00 a.m.-noon in MRC Annex, Bldg. F, S-14 Conference Room.
 
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Innovation & Translation

 
 
 

2018 NCATS ASPIRE Design Challenges-Due May 31

The NCATS ASPIRE Design Challenges are designed to advance innovative and catalytic approaches towards solving the opioid crisis by developing. A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) to aid in the discovery and development of novel and effective treatments, while at the same time making the process faster and more cost-effective. The NCATS ASPIRE Design Challenges are part of the of the NIH's Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative to speed scientific solutions to the national opioid public health crisis. Solutions must be submitted to Challenge.gov by NOON Eastern Time on May 31, 2019.
 
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Community

 
 
 

Cancer Health Disparities Public Forum in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research-March 30

MSM and the American Association for Cancer Research welcome you to learn more about cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship to better navigate the cancer journey for yourself or a loved one. An exhibit area for local and national cancer organizations to share their resources with attendees will also be available. Contact: Jennifer Creighton-752-1177
 
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Featured Section

 
 
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4th Biennial Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Research Forum

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Please Consider Participating in the All of Us Research Program

The Georgia CTSA recently partnered with the All of Us Research Program. All of Us is a health research program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its goal is to help researchers better understand why people get sick or stay healthy. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is simple: to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, All of Us is asking one million people from across the U.S. to share their health ...

 
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Events

 
 
 

Center for Neurodysfunction & Inflammation-March 21

Join us for the Inaugural Symposium March 21, 2019. Noon. School of Medicine - RM 110 Richard Ransohoff. Third Rock Ventures and Visiting Scientist at Harvard Medical School. Dept. of Cell Biology CND-Sponsored Keynote Speaker.
 
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Women's History Month Panel Discussion - A Journey To Leadership-March 27

In honor of Women's History Month, join Women In Bio and our partner: Georgia Innovation Crescent, an organization dedicated to supporting growth in Georgia's life science and technology sector, to hear women in leadership roles discuss their journeys!
 
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2nd Annual Drs. Peter and Marlene MacLeish Endowed Lectures: Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia-March 27-28

Description: Register to attend the 2nd Annual Drs. Peter and Marlene MacLeish Endowed Lectureship lectures Wednesday March 27 ¿ Thursday March 28, 2019. This year's lecturer is Dr. Emery Brown, Ph.D., M.D., the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and a practicing anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Brown¿s presentation is titled, ¿Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia." The Drs. Peter and Marlene MacLeish Endowed Lectureship Series is a Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) event established to: recognize and celebrate the contribution of basic science, to invigorate and inspire students and junior faculty, and inform the general public about advances in biomedical science and its impact on health.
 
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HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis-April 11-12

Emory University Center for AIDS Research and the Emory Center for Health in Aging are co-hosting the 2019 national conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory. This year's conference theme is Special Populations Aging with HIV. The conference will open with a Pre-Conference Mentoring Workshop on April 10. Online Registration ends March 29 and on-site rates are higher.
 
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2019 SEMDA Conference-April 8-10

The SEMDA Medtech Conference is the premier medical technology forum fostering business and educational opportunities for the medtech industry, including medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health.After a record-breaking 2018, SEMDA IS BACK as the must attend event for industry wishing to do business in the southeast region. Join attendees from across the country for the premier medical technology forum in the southeast.
 
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2019 Emory Quality Conference-May 2

The conference feature Dr. Gary Kaplan, Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg, Professor of Engineering Practice at Texas A&M University and former NASA astronaut. Poster registration deadline is April 8.
 
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2019 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference: Spotlighting Metabolomics and Child Health-June 10

Hosted by the Pediatric Research Alliance institutions of Emory University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine. Limited number of travel awards for oral and poster presenters coming from more than 100 miles outside of metro Atlanta, based on merit and need. $40 registration fee is waived for students, residents, postdocs and fellows.
 
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For more information on Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), please visit www.GeorgiaCTSA.org. Do you have news, seminars, or events of interest to clinical and translational researchers? Send them to GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu by noon on Thursday. To suggest subscribers or unsubscribe to the listserv please email GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu.

Please include the following citation in any publications resulting from direct or indirect Georgia CTSA support, "Supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1TR002378. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health." KL2 Scholars should also list KL2TR002381 and TL1 Trainees should also list TL1TR002382.