Biomedical Engineering Capstone Call for Projects
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December 11, 2020



Biomedical Engineering Capstone Call for Projects

Georgia Tech BME Capstone is currently seeking project proposals for the Spring 2021 semester. Each Capstone team contributes over 500 man-hours per project to ideate, design, and prototype real solutions that address unmet clinical needs. All healthcare professionals are invited to work with us! Our award-winning teams are focused on delivering actionable results in medical technology innovation and design. Proposals due December 18.

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Georgia CTSA Leaders Named as 2020 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Three of Georgia CTSA’s leaders, Andrés J. García, PhD, Principal Investigator; Lanny S. Liebeskind, PhD, Advisor; and David S. Stephens, MD, Advisor and Principal Investigator for the first 10 years as ACTSI; have been named a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors. They are among 175 new fellows who collectively hold more than 4,700 U.S. government-issued patents.

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Did You Know?

New Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Blog by Georgia CTSA Recruitment Center Director

Read and share this new blog by Neal Dickert, MD, PhD. He outlines four key features of clinical trials that are important for our patients to understand.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19

This page contains a listing of active and expired funding opportunities specific to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due dates vary by awarding IC

(Reissue of PA-20-222) NIH and the CDC announce the availability of administrative supplements to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project. This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

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A Call for Student-Initiated Project Grants in Healthcare Innovation - LOI Due December 15

Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP), in partnership with Emory Synergy Award Program and Georgia CTSA, is pleased to announce Student-Initiated Project Grants in Healthcare Innovation. Grants will fund multi-disciplinary teams proposing innovative research and education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and access. Awards are up to $5,000 for one year. LOI Due December 15.

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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2021 Physician Scientist Fellowship – Due January 5

The Physician Scientist Fellowship (PSF) award aims to support research during the final years of subspecialty fellowship and aid in the transition into an academic faculty appointment. The specific goals of the PSF program are to: support physician scientists in subspecialty fellowship to conduct an outstanding clinical research project; ensure research time protection to enable development of research skills; and facilitate strong mentorship relations. Award consists of $100,000 direct costs plus $10,000 (10 percent) indirect costs each year for two years.

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Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Access to Care Grants – Due January 10

The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation welcomes proposals for investigator-initiated projects that demonstrate the benefits of new healthcare delivery methods or prevention approaches. KTGF is most interested in improving access to mental health care for children through the use of novel models or approaches, including but not limited to digital technology (e.g., Internet, cellphone apps), expanding the number of professional and paraprofessional treatment personnel who are trained to deliver mental health services, and delivering care in non-psychiatric settings (e.g., primary care, schools, home, or other novel settings).

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) – Due January 14

The primary goal is to substantially enhance the postdoctoral training and experience of underrepresented minority junior scientists. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant. The program targets postdoctoral fellows with PhDs in the biomedical or medical sciences. Applicants with MD degrees who have secured a postdoctoral research appointment beyond clinical fellowship will be considered for this program.

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Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants RFP – LOI Due January 15

Georgia CTSA’s Pilot Grants program is soliciting proposals that either a.) generate preliminary data and refine research strategies for subsequent extramural grant applications OR b.) develop the best approaches and methodologies to address complex translational and clinical research problems. Awards involving one institution will be up to $40,000 in total direct costs. Awards involving two or more partner institutions will be up to $50,000 in total direct costs, with no more than $40,000 allotted to each institution. The total number of awards to be made is variable based on merit, funds requested, and Pilot Program budget; a maximum of $200,000 will be awarded in this round. Indirect costs will be added after the awards have been made. Full-time faculty from Emory, Georgia Tech, MSM, and UGA may submit proposals.

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Emory SCORE Pilot Grants – Due January 25

The Emory Specialized Center of Research Excellence on Sex Differences (Emory SCORE) will fund a variable number of one-year, non-renewable awards ranging from $10K - $30K plus indirect costs, for projects that account for sex as a biological variable when examining key sex influences on health processes and outcomes. Additional awards that are in line with the overlapping missions of Emory SCORE - to strengthen science through accounting for sex - and its partner organizations may be funded in partnership with the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the Emory Diabetes Center (EDC), and the Emory Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Applications outside these fields are also strongly encouraged.

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Drug Development Collaboratory (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required) – Due February 9

The purpose of this FOA is to support intramural-extramural collaborations on late-stage translational science projects between NCATS Therapeutic Development Branch (TDB) and extramural researchers, for therapeutic development of small molecules, biologics, or gene therapies.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards – Due February 12

Supports academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make. The foundation strongly encourages investigators to address regulatory science in areas of the FDA’s strategic priorities including product manufacturing & quality, and food safety & applied nutrition.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Visual Proteomics Imaging – Due February 17

Seeks to support 2.5-year challenge grants in the field of visual proteomics. The ability to view protein molecules in cells and monitor changes in their structure, quantity, distribution, and interactions is key to understanding what causes diseases and finding treatments and cures. This grant program will advance technology development for the field of visual proteomics and aim to obtain near-atomic resolution readouts inside the cell. Opportunity is explicitly aimed at technology development. It is not intended to support question-driven basic or translational research, clinical trials, or drug development.

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Winship K12 Clinical Oncology Career Development Training Program – LOI Due January 4

Selected scholars will have full-time appointments and will receive 75% protected time for research, formal mentored training in clinical cancer research, up to $100,000 per year (up to two years) to support salary and benefits, and up to $30,000 per year (up to two years) for other research/training related expenses. Potential applicants must first submit the K12 LOI. To support excellence and diversity among applicants and awardees, proposals are encouraged from groups identified as nationally underrepresented in the sciences including women, members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Phlebotomy 101 Introduction to Venipuncture – January 28 & 29

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 bi-monthly to research coordinators from Emory, MSM and UGA.

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Georgia CTSA TL1 (T32-like) Training Grant Clinical & Translational Research Training - Predoc Due February 15, Postdoc Due March 15

The TL1 program is focused on providing innovative didactic and mentored research training to individuals interested in careers that encompass clinical and/or translational research. The TL1 program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (medical and PhD students, resident and fellow physicians, PhD postdocs, and PharmD residents).

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Georgia CTSA KL2-Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Program – Due March 1

The goal of the KL2 Scholars program is to support and enhance career development for junior faculty (MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or PharmD) committed to a career in clinical and/or translational research. The Georgia CTSA is committed to assisting junior faculty at partner institutions to become independent, established, and ethical clinical and/or translational research investigators.

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Emory BIRCWH Program – Due March 1

The Emory BIRCWH program, short for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health, is a highly selective career development program for junior faculty interested in women's health research and/or sex/gender science. The ultimate goal of the BIRCWH program is to train junior faculty, through a mentored research and career development experience, to become independent investigators who use novel, interdisciplinary approaches to advance the science of women’s health and sex/gender research. Communicable disease research is one area of focus for the Emory BIRCWH program.

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Artificial Intelligence & Bioethics Spring 2021 Course

Calling all graduate students and working professionals! This course will offer a broad overview of ethical challenges presented by contemporary AI technologies by Professor John D. Banja. Topics include algorithmic construction, using data for the public good, data privacy, algorithmic accuracy and bias, re-identification of data referents, sharing and selling data, autonomous vehicles, integrity of the data user chain and regulatory concerns, AI moral status, the future of employment, cyberhacking and ransomware, and cyberwar/dystopian futures.

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Free Online Trainings for Clinical Research Professionals

Georgia CTSA and the University of Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) have created a new Online Course Catalog with free course and program offerings available to clinical research professionals. Participants earn a certificate or badge with contact hours (continuing education – CE) from an accredited provider upon completion of a course or a program (series of courses). Contact hours can be used to meet requirements for CRP certification renewal. The newest program, “Quality by Design in Clinical Trial”, is now available online.

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Research Resources

N3C - COVID-19 Analytics Platform Now Open

Researchers studying COVID-19 now are able to access an innovative new analytics platform that contains clinical data from the electronic health records of people who were tested for the novel coronavirus or who have had related symptoms. Part of the NCATS National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave, the centralized and secure data platform features powerful analytics capabilities for online discovery, visualization and collaboration.

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All of Us Researcher Workbench Database

The All of Us Research Program at Emory University is excited to announce the launch of the Researcher Workbench Database – a cloud-based platform enabling researchers to execute rapid, hypothesis-driven research on one of the largest and most diverse biomedical datasets of its kind. Researchers may visit the login page to create an account and use their Emory University email account to register.

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AI, Radiology and Ethics: A Podcast Series

The most recent generation of artificial intelligence technologies are introducing a host of ethical problems to radiology practice and health care delivery. Join Dr. John Banja, a medical ethicist at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, as he and his guests discuss the ethical challenges that artificial intelligence presents.

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Data Representation: When an Investigator Recruits Himself for a Study (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Bench2Market Talks: Intellectual Property Strategy – January 22

Join us at 11:30 AM to learn the fundamentals any scientist or engineer needs to know about intellectual property. Speaker, James Rains, Director of Practice at Georgia Tech, helps attendees demystify the world of patents by explaining the meaning of patentability, freedom to operate, prior art, and discussing patent strategies.

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Participants Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutic Trials

Adults 18 and older, from all races and ethnicities, are needed to participate in COVID-19 trials. Please spread the word to help recruit minorities, especially for vaccine trials. Register at, or contact Hope Clinic (Decatur), 404-712-1371; Emory Children’s Center (main campus) , 404-727-4044; or Ponce CRS (Downtown/Grady) , 770-286-3327.



HIP Symposium: The Use and Mis-Use of Diagnostic Tests for COVID – Recording & Slides

Thank you for attending the Healthcare Innovation Symposium XXXI – The Use and Mis-Use of Diagnostic Tests for COVID-19 featuring Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, on December 7, 2020. We hope you enjoyed the discussion. For those who were unable to make it, the recording and slides are available by opening the links in the attachment.

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COVID FORCE Seminar Series – TODAY

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM as Dr. Matt Oster moderates a session on the following topics that will be presented by cardiology fellows: Cardiac echo findings and treatment of MIS-C, and ECG Evaluation of Children post-COVID-19.


Biomedical Engineering Seminars at Emory: Engineering Cells and Tissues for Striated Muscle Generation and Regeneration – TODAY

Join Professor Nenad Bursac, Ph.D. at Duke University via Zoom at 1:00 PM to learn more about “Engineering Cells and Tissues for Striated Muscle Generation and Regeneration.”

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K-Club: Transitioning to Research Independence Part 3: NIH Review Process – December 14

Join K- Club via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about the NIH review process, review criteria & rigor and reproducibility.

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AiR Webinar – December 15

Join AiR (Advances in Research) via Zoom from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM to learn more about “Parameters Governing the Immune Response to fVIII in the Context of Liver-Directed AAV-FVIII Gene Therapy" with Graduate Student Taran Lundgren, BA and “Characterizing Proteins That Mediate CALM-AF10 Leukemogenesis" from Senior Associate Rafi Kazi, MD.


Blue Sky Group: COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Complications – January 13

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA for a session on COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Complications via Zoom from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Share your experience, learn from others, enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary networking and find potential collaborators!


Team Science Skill Workshop: Developing Trust and Psychological Safety – January 15

Join Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 12:00 PM -1:30 PM with Associate Professor Jessica L. Wildman, PhD from Florida Institute of Technology. At the end of this session, participants will be able to define trust and psychological safety as they apply within work teams, identify examples of common behaviors that build trust, break trust, and restore trust in work teams. Also, develop strategies to build and maintain trust over time in work teams.

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Qualitative Data Analysis Online Workshop - January 19-23

This online workshop integrates principles with skills for conducting rigorous qualitative data analysis. Synchronous sessions are conducted in real time over Zoom and held at 1pm-4pm EST each day and involve participation in skill building activities, interactive discussions and hands-on software sessions. The price of this QUAL-WORKS course is $750.

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Mentored Qualitative Analysis Workshop - January 27

This online mentored session is conducted via Zoom with instructors from 1 PM- 4 PM. It enables you to bring your own project or data and receive expert individual mentoring on qualitative data analysis specific to your project. Prerequisite: participation in a previous QUAL-WORKS Qualitative Data Analysis workshop. The price of this course is $200.

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Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Conference - March 4 - 5

Hosted by the Georgia CTSA, mark your calendar and plan to virtually join us in 2021 as we bring together researchers from across the region to present the best new clinical and translational research and build collaborative partnerships. We’re excited to announce that Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Boston University, and Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, University of Connecticut, will be our Keynote Speakers.

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HIV & Aging: Mitochondria to the Metropolis - Population Determinants of Health – April 14 -16

This multidisciplinary conference will provide a venue for all attendees to build scientific partnership and contribute useful knowledge to the quality of care and life of persons aging with HIV. Abstracts due January 15.

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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.

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