Recognizing 2021 Health Care Heroes
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
June 11, 2021



Recognizing 2021 Health Care Heroes

Congratulations to Georgia CTSA Innovation Catalyst Director Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, for his dedication, passion, and expertise. In its annual Health Care Heroes Awards, the Atlanta Business Chronicle selected Dr. Lam the Health Care Innovator / Researcher winner for his ongoing work on COVID-19 testing verification. “This is a true team effort. I’m blessed working with many partners at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Children’s,” says Dr. Lam.

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HIP-Georgia CTSA Seed Grant Awards

The Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) in partnership with Georgia CTSA, and the Emory Synergy Award Program, is pleased to announce the recipients of research seed grants in Healthcare Innovation. The Seed Grant program funds multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary teams examining healthcare services and clinical effectiveness. The funding priority for this round was to address issues dealing with pandemics.

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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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* Corporate Funding Opportunities – Due Dates Vary

View the latest Corporate RFPs from Johnson & Johnson, plus additional new opportunities from Pfizer Global Medical Grants and Facebook Research for Emory faculty, researchers, and staff responsible for seeking funding support for specific research and programs. (You will need an email address to access.)

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Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center Call for Therapeutic Delivery Innovation Initiative Collaborative Grant Program – Due June 25

This funding mechanism is intended to stimulate new, collaborative research in therapeutic delivery among Georgia Tech, Emory University, and UGA investigators. The collaborative grant team must have a minimum of two investigators and must have an equal partnership of faculty from two of the participating institutions with budgets split between the universities as equally as possible.

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RWJF Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems – Phase 1 Due June 28

The purpose is to fund research studies that evaluate or predict the effects of Medicaid policy changes enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will range from $150,000 to $350,000 per project to accommodate studies of 12 to 36 months.

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Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation – Due June 28

Pfizer’s CTI partnering model focuses on accessing cutting-edge science and innovative discoveries aligned with Pfizer’s current core research areas of Oncology, Inflammation & Immunology, Rare Diseases, and Internal Medicine. Please reach out to Kevin Lei for any questions and to apply.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership and Management of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize – Due June 30

RWJF seeks an organization to lead and manage the national RWJF Culture of Health Prize program. This request for qualifications (RFQ) provides background on the program and outlines qualifications and responsibilities for the next lead organization. As part of this RFQ, RWJF asks the applicant to provide an estimated $4 million to $6 million budget over 27 months.

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Pediatric Feeding Disorder/Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder– LOI Due July 1

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to stimulate new research projects, build new collaborations, and increase extramural funding for pediatric research. Proposals should be aimed towards generating preliminary data for subsequent extramural grant applications.

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Rachleff Innovation Award – Due July 1

This award funds extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Due July 6

Grants awarded are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of ASD and the molecular and cellular consequences of genetic risk, and to provide a foundation for the development of treatments for select genetically defined forms of the condition.

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Emergency Award: RADx-UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01 Clinical Trials Optional) – Due July 7

This Phase II RADx-UP FOA is designed to expand research to understand and address the social, ethical, and behavioral implications of COVID-19 testing interventions among underserved and vulnerable populations.

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Emergency Awards: Community-engaged COVID-19 Testing Interventions among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations RADx-UP Phase II (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – Due July 8

This FOA uses an emergency U01 mechanism to support Phase II of RADx-UP initiative. These two-year Testing Research Projects will (1) expand the scope and reach of RADx-UP testing interventions to reduce COVID-19 disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations and (2) address scientific questions on interventions to increase access and uptake of COVID-19 testing given the increasing availability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

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CTSA Translational Research Fellowship Opportunities – Due July 15

NCATS and the CTSA One Health Alliance are supporting 2-year research fellowships to engage veterinary clinical specialists in inter-disciplinary research teams. Residency-trained veterinary specialists in comparative cardiology, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, nutrition, critical care, dermatology, and other disciplines have expertise in naturally occurring animal models of human disease are eligible to apply.

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The Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Awards – Due August 1

The Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and aligned disciplines that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression.

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Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) – Internal Due August 2

This FOA invites applications from institutions/organizations that propose to establish core centers that are part of an integrated and existing program of nutrition and/or obesity research. The Nutrition Obesity Research Centers program is designed to support and enhance the national research effort in nutrition and obesity.

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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, “Clinical Research Career Pathways”, is now available online. Select a course/program that interests you and click on the blue “Enroll” button.

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Research Resources

N3C - COVID-19 Analytics Platform

Researchers studying COVID-19 are able to access an innovative 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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Georgia CTSA COVID-19 Biorepository

The Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Center at Emory has established a COVID-19 Biorepository that includes residual nasopharyngeal (NP) swab samples from over 1,700 patients known to be COVID-19 positive and negative. Our goal is to provide de-identified samples to investigators validating or developing diagnostics and therapeutics in an effort to improve the understanding of the effects, response, and mechanism of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants.

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Participant Recruitment: When the Legally Authorized Representative is also the Investigator (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Understanding Medical Device and Diagnostic Development Processes and Contemporary Realities: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 – June 16 & June 23

Join Harvard Catalyst for a webinar series on medical device and diagnostic innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Each session will include brief talks by innovators, followed by facilitated discussion and time for questions from the audience. Registration will close weekly at 12:00 PM on the Monday before each session.

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PTC Pediatric Endowment Seed Grants - App Development – Due July 16

The purpose is to support the development of smartphone apps and related software for implementation in the clinic or at home with the patient with preference given to those that use a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to achieving health equity with underserved populations - racial, ethnic, and rural equity across the state of Georgia. Grant awardees will work with the Georgia CTSA Innovation Catalyst’s AppHatchery program to tackle a clinical problem using a patient centered design and development process.

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Participants Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Studies

All races and ethnicities are needed to participate in COVID-19 trials. Please spread the word to help recruit minorities, especially for vaccine trials.



AiR Seminar – June 15

Join us via Zoom at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM to learn more about “MERTK and BCL-2 as Potential Therapeutic Targets in Early T-precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” with Instructor Ryan Summers, MD, FAAP and “Influenza Vaccination Uptake in Pediatric Patients with Cancer and Sickle Cell Disease" with Fellow Nathan Yarnall, MD, MPH.


IsoPlexis Virtual Symposium – June 15

Join our webinar at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM to discuss IsoPlexis’ product suite capabilities and how functional phenotyping is addressing urgent challenges central to unlocking the next stage of personalized cancer immunotherapies and vaccines related to immunological mechanisms in infectious disease.

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Pediatric Research Grand Rounds – June 16

Join us via Zoom at 8:00 AM to learn more about “Finding My Calling: My Journey Towards Becoming a Clinical Trialist” with Naim Alkhouri, MD.


CIAG Seminar – June 18

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Defining a New Clinical Standard: Updates on Potential Applications of Genome Sequencing” with Madhuri Hegde, PhD, FACMG.


CCNR Seminar – June 18

Join us via Zoom at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to learn more about “Tackling Sport Concussion” with Professor Tony Belli, MD, FRCS, FRCS (SN).


CCIV Seminar – June 25

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “The Antibiotic Resistance Threat in Kids: The Best Defense is a Good Offense” with Associate Professor Latania Logan, MD, MSPH.


Healthcare Innovation Symposium – July 14

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM to learn more about “Regenerative Medicine for COVID: Hope or Hype?” with speakers from Duke, University of Miami, Emory, Georgia Tech and UGA.


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