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Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup

February 28, 2020

In this edition:


Feature
Special Announcement
Funding
Education
Research Resources
Innovation & Translation
Community
Events
 
 

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Science of Team Science Workshop - March 26

Register now for this Team Science workshop from 1:00-4:00pm at UGA, Russell Hall Room 205. As scientific teams become normative environments in which to advance and accelerate medical and health discoveries, there is a growing need for these teams to work with greater effectiveness to achieve their scientific goals. Participate in this free interactive workshop at UGA to learn best practices for working as a scientific research team. ...

 
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Seeking Emory Researchers to Co-organize Data Science and Precision Medicine Workshop

This is a call for interested Emory researchers looking to co-organize a workshop on data-driven approaches to precision medicine (this can include genomic and variant analysis, systems biology, newer technologies like single-cell, computational analysis of imaging data, etc.), computational biology, machine learning, and high performance computing in order to enhance GT-Emory joint research. Contact Deirdre Shoemaker, associate director for research for the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS) and professor of Physics.
 
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Funding

 
 
 

Pew Biomedical Scholars 2021 Award – LOI Due March 12

The Pew Charitable Trusts has invited Emory University to nominate a candidate for the 2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award competition. This award provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.
 
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P&F Projects Related to Health Disparities in Diabetes and Obesity – LOI Due March 15

This Funding Opportunity Announcement solicits Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) proposals that focus on innovative ways to prevent or reduce the burden of diabetes and obesity particularly among high-risk populations and high-burden communities in the Southeastern U.S. - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN.
 
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Cures Within Reach Funding Opportunities – Due March 20

Cures Within Reach has several new funding opportunity Requests for Proposals on their CureAccelerator platform. These funding opportunities include up to $100,000 for clinical and up to $50,000 for preclinical repurposing research in Meniere's disease, and up to $25,000 for comparative biology repurposing research in canines.
 
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Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) Request for Proposals - Due March 31

As many as two awards of up to $20,000 each in total direct costs are available to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health economics to advance clinical and translational research. New investigators are encouraged to apply; meritorious applications from new investigators will be prioritized for funding.
 
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Emory SOM Imagine, Innovate and Impact (I3) Awards: I3 Education - Due April 1

A key innovation strategy is to promote interdisciplinary and cross-departmental and -divisional research. The SOM I3 Education Awards are soliciting proposals that highlight, promote, and disseminate innovations in medical education and training (degree programs and GME) that enhance the Emory SOM mission.
 
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Emory SOM Imagine, Innovate and Impact (I3) Awards: I3 Venture - Due April 1

A key innovation strategy is to promote interdisciplinary and cross-departmental and -divisional research. The SOM I3 Venture Awards are soliciting proposals to catalyze promising early-stage concepts with commercial potential that do not yet qualify for funding from external sources.
 
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Targeted Therapy in Colorectal Cancer RFP - Due April 13

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community's independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement, or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer's medical and/or scientific strategies. Projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will focus on increasing the understanding of targeted therapies including BRAF inhibitors and their use in the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC).
 
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MAPK Inhibition in Melanoma RFP - Due April 15

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community's independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement, or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer's medical and/or scientific strategies. Projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will focus on increasing the understanding of MAPK pathway inhibitors and their use in the treatment of melanoma.
 
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Emory SOM Bridge Funding Program Applications - Due April 15 (DoM Internal Due April 1)

To assist investigators who have temporarily lost significant federal research funding, and to facilitate carefully planned changes in research direction, the Emory School of Medicine offers a Bridge Funding Program. Bridge funding up to $100,000 (including Department support/matching funds) will be available to investigators based on merit, potential for renewal of external funding, and availability of SOM funds.
 
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CTSA Collaborative Innovation Awards (U01 and R2) – First Due Date July 10

The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest is to highlight the list of widely appreciated systematic barriers or translational science problems included in PAR-19-099 and PAR-19-100 to add the following topics of interest: Rural Health, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Mortality, Applications for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Veterans' Health.
 
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Education

 
 
 

Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ Entrepreneur Training Course - Register by March 15

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), along with the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), will be offering the Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ entrepreneur training course again in 2020. This is a six full-day course (over seven weeks) designed to train faculty entrepreneurs who plan to create a startup company to commercialize their inventions. All faculty members at the Georgia CTSA partner institutions can apply.
 
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NIH K Awards Tutorial - March 17 & 24

In anticipation of the JUNE 2020 deadline for the NIH K Career Development Award for new proposals (and re-submission proposals for March), the Office of Postdoctoral Education will be offering the “NIH K Grant Writing Tutorial”. The series will address the following K Award categories: K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K99/00 as well as VA CDA and other career development awards.
 
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Phlebotomy 101 - March 26 & 27

Phlebotomy 101 is a two-day classroom and clinical, hands-on training to venipuncture offered through the Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs). The course is offered quarterly to research coordinators from Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine and UGA.
 
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Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) - Request for Applications - Due April 30

The Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) is a formal 16-credit Emory Laney Graduate School program for trainees who seek to conduct research at the interface between basic and translational science and clinical medicine.
 
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Seeking Mentors: Grant Writing Consultation

The new Georgia CTSA Grant Wise service offers the opportunity for one-on-one feedback from experienced senior faculty on grant writing. We are soliciting experienced faculty to serve as volunteer mentors. If you have experience in writing grants and you enjoy mentoring, we need you! After completing the online volunteer form, we will be in touch should we receive a request that matches your expertise. Contact lauren.james@emory.edu
 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACT Network

The Georgia CTSA has partnered with ACT Network to bring real-time cohort exploration and discovery to its researchers. ACT uses a web interface in a HIPAA-compliant manner, without require study-specific IRB approval. It offers open access to a national network of academic medical research centers and generates aggregate patient count data. Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine researchers can now explore patient populations, confirm and demonstrate feasibility, and find potential partners for multi-site studies. Access for Georgia Tech and UGA researchers is in development.
 
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GCRC-EUH - Open 2nd Saturdays

The Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers - Emory University Hospital (GCRC-EUH) site is now open every second Saturday of the month. This is to expand our services offered to investigators and provide flexible visit options.
 
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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Participant Recruitment: The Right to Participate in Research (PDF)
 
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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.
 
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Virtual Stat Tuesdays for UGA Faculty and Trainees

Dr. Kevin Dobbin, UGA co-Director for the Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) Program, is offering a free internet-based statistical consulting clinic for UGA clinical and translational researchers (faculty, graduate students, post-docs) every Tuesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm. The virtual stat clinic is via Zoom video conferencing, and users must have UGA login credentials to access.
 
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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

 
 
 

Translational Science 2020 - April 14-17

More than 1,100 trainees, researchers and federal officers are heading to the nation's capital for Translational Science 2020 on April 14-17, 2020 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Learn about the latest research and explore new opportunities for funding and collaboration. An informative education program and unique networking opportunities make this a can't-miss event.
 
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Maternal Opioid Use: Fact Sheet

Rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)-a serious drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns-have increased by over 4-5 fold in the past two decades. Despite demonstrated clinical efficacy, pregnant women face considerable barriers to receiving Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT). A new fact sheet by Zulqarnain Javed, a Satcher Health Policy Fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine, highlights recent trends in opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), as well as barriers to receiving medication assisted therapy (MAT)-with a particular focus on challenges faced by pregnant women in Georgia. These findings are relevant from both a clinical and policy standpoint, and present important opportunities for improving OUD care in pregnant women.
 
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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

 
 
 

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2020 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference - Today & Tomorrow

The conference started yesterday and continues through noon Saturday at the beautiful Callaway Resort & Gardens as we're bringing together researchers from across the region to present the best new clinical & translational research & build collaborative partnerships. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend talks from top researchers, dynamic poster sessions, breakout sessions on hot topics such as rural health, the opioid epidemic & maternal health, & multiple opportunities for networking. Registration still available at bit.ly/36muJPm.
 
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K-Club: Neutralizing the Threat of Food Allergy - TODAY

Please join the K-Club for their event, "Neutralizing the Threat of Food Allergy", featuring speaker Brian P. Vickery, MD from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Egleston, Classrooms 5-7.
 
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First Annual Obesity Initiative Symposium - March 5

Join us for the first Annual Obesity Initiative Symposium at UGA. This one-day symposium will include student research competitions featuring both oral and poster presentations in the morning followed by lunch and the speakers in the afternoon. There will be 4 external speakers on obesity-related topics. Register for this event by February 22!
 
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Agilent Seminar: Sample QC and Genomics Workflow - March 6

Come meet your Agilent team and learn about the latest additions to the Agilent QC and CRISPR portfolios on from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Emory SOM 178P. Bring your Genomics workflow questions!
 
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K-Club: FAIL Is Not a Four Letter Word - March 9

Please join the K-Club for their event, "FAIL is not a four letter word: why success is more likely when you are willing to fail", featuring speaker Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD on from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Egleston, Classrooms 5-7.
 
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K-Club: Statistical Modeling of Left Ventricular MRI Data - March 11

Please join the K-Club for their event, “Statistical Modeling of Left Ventricular MRI Data: A Model Misspecification Adventure”, featuring speaker Samantha Seals, PhD on from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Egleston, Classrooms 5-7.
 
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Women in Bio: Women's History Month Social - March 12

Come celebrate Women's History Month at our first networking event of the year at Tucker Brewing Company from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend, and this is a great opportunity to learn about Women In Bio and meet our chapter leaders in a friendly setting. Food and drinks provided.
 
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Bench2Market Talks: Go to Market Strategy - March 18

This interactive workshop will guide you through the process of determining your most critical killer experiment. You will learn to move from specific aims to go/no go commercial milestones. Speaker, Brian Walsh, is an industry leader with decades of experience successfully taking technology from ideas to the marketplace.
 
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10x Genomics Scientific Seminar - March 18

Join the Emory Integrated Genomics Core and 10x Genomics for a Scientific Seminar featuring discussions on single cell profiling technologies, experimental design, sample preparation, bioinformatics approaches, etc. at 10:00am at Winship Cancer Institute, Kauffman Auditorium, Winship C5012.
 
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Georgia CTSA Blue Sky Group: Adolescent Sexual Health - March 19

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA for a session on Adolescent Sexual Health from 5:30-7pm in Emory SOM 153A. Blue Sky Groups are unstructured meetings that provide a unique opportunity for attendees to drive the agenda as well as utilize the session as a catalyst for future collaborations and research opportunities.
 
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Emory Core Day 2020 - March 19

From 3:00-5:00pm in the Emory Student Center, learn about statewide core facilities and shared resources that can support your research. Socialize with core leaders, other core users, and vendors displaying their latest platforms.
 
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Georgia CTSA Team Science Workshop - March 26

Join us for a Science of Team Science Workshop from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at UGA, Russell Hall Room 205. Participate in this free interactive workshop to learn best practices for working as a scientific research team!
 
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2020 Emory Quality Conference - April 13

Save the date for the 2020 Emory Quality Conference from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the WHSC Auditorium and will be simulcast live to additional locations. This year’s conference will feature speaker Dr. Shivan J. Mehta, Associate Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine Center for Innovation, Perelman School of Medicine. Additional details, including a link for registration, will be available in the coming weeks.
 
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7th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 6 (Abstracts Due March 13)

Save the date for the 7th Annual Health Services Research Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Emory School of Medicine, Auditorium 110. Join Georgia CTSA colleagues at this symposium and networking opportunity. Keynote Speaker: Michael Chernew, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy, Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab Director, Harvard Medical School. To register, visit bit.ly/2S2rVR3
 
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10th Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference - June 12 (Abstracts Due March 13)

Georgia CTSA is proud to announce it is a Silver Sponsor of this year's conference at the Georgia Aquarium! Registration is open now. Abstract submissions are encouraged from all Georgia CTSA institutions and are being accepted until March 13 at 1:00pm. Georgia CTSA Innovation Catalyst Director Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, is this year's co-chair. CME is also offered.
 
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ISEMPH 2020 - July 15-18th

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health will be in Athens, GA. ISEMPH 2020 is profoundly interdisciplinary and emphasizes the multiple interfaces between evolutionary biology and human health in the complementary fields of medicine, evolutionary biology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology and epidemiology. The meetings welcome students and clinicians at all stages of professional development.
 
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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.