Georgia CTSA Advisor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Georgia CTSA
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June 18, 2021



Georgia CTSA Advisor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Georgia CTSA Advisor David Stephens, MD, Vice President of Research, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2021 Health Care Heroes. Dr. Stephens was selected for his longstanding career in infectious disease, dedication to bettering people’s lives, and training future scientists. Dr. Stephens served as Georgia CTSA Principal Investigator from 2008 – 2017.

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Healthcare Innovation Program – Student 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 student seed grants in Healthcare Innovation. Three student-led awards were funded. The Student Seed Grant program funds multi-disciplinary teams proposing innovative research and education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access.

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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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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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* March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards – Due July 9

Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards support young physicians and scientists committed to March of Dimes’ mission to fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes invites request for proposals of impactful research that will advance our translational understanding of, or lead to improved clinical treatment of any serious medical conditions that affect the health of pregnancies and/or moms and newborns within the first year postpartum.

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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, “Conducting Clinical Trials in the Era of Emerging Technologies and Treatments”, 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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Emory Integrated Core Facilities Brochure

The Emory Integrated Core Facilities is proud to share this brochure which illustrates our current offerings to support your research needs. Our Integrated Core Facilities provide researchers with advanced tools and equipment paired with specialized expertise to advance multidisciplinary research excellence. Our integrated core offerings with eighteen active centers continue to expand to support our scientists’ growing needs.

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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: Making it Harder to Say No (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Understanding Medical Device and Diagnostic Development Processes and Contemporary Realities: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 – 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.



CIAG Seminar – TODAY

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 – TODAY

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).


ARC Seminar – June 22

Join us via Zoom at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM to learn more about “Response Assessment in Pediatric Low-Grade Glioma (pLGG): Recommendations from the Response Assessment in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (RAPNO) Working Group” with Professor J. Fangusaro, MD and “Targeting MYCN mRNA by Selected Small-Molecule Inhibitor” with Professor M. Zhou, MD.


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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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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