Leading Discussions on Solutions to Improve Black Maternal Health
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
July 30, 2021


Leading Discussions on Solutions to Improve Black Maternal Health

Maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the U.S. have been on the rise since 1990 and disproportionately affect non-Hispanic Black women. A recently published position paper co-authored by Georgia CTSA Principal Investigator Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, MSM, on behalf of the Association of Black Cardiologists, highlights discussions on key causes and contributors to this disparity and details solutions to improving black maternal health.

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New Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) Fee Schedule

The Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) is a service center focused on providing resources to support our Principal Investigators. Effective September 1, 2021, the new fee schedule , including a slight price increase, will be implemented for locations at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Grady Memorial Hospital. By delivering pay-as-you-go services, GCRCs aim to minimize the cost of conducting studies.

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Did You Know?

Health Services Research Day Committee Is Looking for New Members

Join this excellent opportunity to expand your network and make a lasting impact in the field of Health Services Research. To nominate yourself or someone else, please visit https://bit.ly/hsrcommittee by August 6.

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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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* Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program – Emory Internal Due August 8

The purpose of this program is to plan, develop, operate or participate in health professions and nursing training activities using evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions and substance use disorders and promote resiliency among health care students, residents, professionals, paraprofessionals, trainees, public safety officers, and employers of such individuals, collectively known as the "Health Workforce," in rural and underserved communities.

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* Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce (PRMHW) Program – Emory Internal Due August 8

The purpose of this program is to provide support to entities providing health care, health care providers associations, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) taking into consideration the needs of rural and medically underserved communities to establish, enhance, or expand evidence informed or evidenced-based programs or protocols to promote resilience, mental health, and wellness among their providers, other personnel, and members, collectively known as the "Health Workforce."

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John Templeton Foundation: Psychological Science Cross-Training for Christian Theology – Due August 20

This RFP provides an opportunity for cross-training in psychological sciences, which is understood to include: cognitive, social, personality, moral, developmental, evolutionary, and cultural psychology; cognitive anthropology; behavioral economics; cognitive science; and cognitive and social neuroscience.

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John Templeton Foundation: Annual Grant Cycle – Due August 20

John Templeton Foundation’s funding from 2019 to 2023 focuses on 12 strategic priorities that fall under the Foundation’s “Science & the Big Questions” department. By focusing on these select areas, they hope to accelerate progress in topics that hold promise for advancing the frontiers of knowledge and understanding.

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Emory Specialized Center of Research Excellence on Sex Differences Career Enhancement Core Pilot Grants – LOI Due August 23

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 for projects that account for sex as a biological variable when examining key sex influences on health processes and outcomes.

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Regenerative Medicine Innovation Project Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials (UG3/UH3 – Clinical Trial Required) – LOI Due September 2

The NIH participating Institutes and Centers, in coordination with the FDA, seek highly meritorious clinical trial applications proposing to explore and enable the development of safe and effective regenerative medicine interventions using adult stem cells.

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March of Dimes 2022 Research Grant – Due September 10

March of Dimes is seeking applications that involve translational and actionable science that will lead directly to interventions or preventions. The proposed research should focus on one of these priority areas: Pregnancy-Related Disorders, Developmental Origins of Infant Health and Maternal Morbidity & Mortality.

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Free Online Trainings for Clinical Research Professionals

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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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

Allocating Credit: Who Gets the Credit? (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Medical Device Regulations Conference – September 21-23

Save the Date for the 8th Annual Medical Device Regulations Conference sponsored by UGA and the FDA! There will be an option for virtual or in-person. Stay tuned for further details.

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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 – August 3

Join Advances in Research (AiR) from 12:30 to 1:30 PM for a virtual workshop exploring “MERTK is a Potential Therapeutic Target in Bone Sarcomas”, featuring instructor Sherri Smart, MD, PhD.


CCNR Seminar – August 6

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Long-term Consequences of Social Isolation: What We Can Learn from Model Organisms” with Associate Professor Shannon L. Gourley, PhD.


Team Science Workshop: Crash Course – August 27

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM for this “Crash Course” with Assistant Professor Christopher W. Wiese, Ph.D. This 120-minute workshop will cover the basics of team science and will be followed up by deeper dives into specific topics in future 60-minute workshops. Graduate students, post-docs, and all levels of academic faculty are all welcome to attend this workshop.


Team Science Workshop: Managing Virtual Teams – September 17

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Managing Virtual Teams” with Professor Lucy Gilson, Ph.D.


Pediatric Research & Career Development Symposium – October 5

The Annual Pediatric Research and Career Development Symposium showcases the local clinical, basic and translational research conducted by our fellows and junior faculty at Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Child health researchers who are postdocs, fellows and junior faculty with a rank of no higher than assistant professor are invited to submit abstracts as the lead author by August 16.

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Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth Provider-to-Provider Communication Workshop – October 12-14

This virtual event led by NIH aims to identify research gaps, explore barriers and facilitate successful, sustainable implementation of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural settings.

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Team Science Workshop: Multiteam Systems – October 15

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Multiteam Systems” with Associate Professor Marissa Shuffler, Ph.D.

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Team Science Workshop: Facilitating Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams – November 19

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Facilitating Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams” with Assistant Professor Maritza Salazar Campo, Ph.D.


Southeast Regional Clinical & Translational Science Conference – March 3-4, 2022

Hosted by the Georgia CTSA, mark your calendar and plan to join us in 2022 as we bring together researchers from across the region to present the best new clinical and translational research and build collaborative partnerships. Additional information, registration, and the call for abstracts will be announced in the coming months.

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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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