Georgia CTSA UL1 Diversity Scholar Tackles the Maternal Mortality Crisis
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August 13, 2021


Georgia CTSA UL1 Diversity Scholar Tackles the Maternal Mortality Crisis

Georgia CTSA UL1 Diversity Scholar Alexis Dunn-Amore, PhD, MPH, Emory University, is featured in Emory’s August 8, 2021, 'I Am an Emory Researcher' series that spotlights why researchers do what they do and what drives their shared commitment to improve lives. Dr. Dunn-Amore and Emory University master's student Katiana Carey-Simms are working together to take on the maternal mortality crisis, which disproportionately impacts Black women.

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Pilot Grants Award Recipients

Georgia CTSA is pleased to announce the Pilot Grants recipients in rounds #111, 112 and 113: Regenerative Medicine , Georgia CTSA , and Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) . The Pilot Grants program is a catalyst and vehicle for the transformation of clinical and translational science in Georgia.

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Job Openings

Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher position available in the area of lipid biomarkers and brain efflux pathways following traumatic brain injury in an animal model, in the GT/Emory Dept of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. A Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology or related field is required. Send inquires or cover letter/CV to Dr. Michelle LaPlaca.


Research Technician

Research Technician position available in the area of traumatic brain injury at Georgia Tech. Duties include coordination of lab operations and experimental procedures. Experience in rodent research, neuroscience, and general lab procedures, and a bachelor’s degree is required. Apply through the Georgia Tech HR system (job posting 228515). Questions can be directed to Dr. Michelle LaPlaca.


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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2022 Sloan Research Fellowships – LOI August 20

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Please contact your RAS unit and Tiffany Worboy to inform them of your intent to submit by August 20.

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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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Emory University Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$ Developmental Research Program (DRP) Request for Pilot Grant Proposals – Due August 31

The Winship Lung Cancer SPORE Developmental Research Program (DRP) aims to identify new and innovative research opportunities by supporting meritorious proposals that could expand into full research projects in the future. DRP pilot projects must conduct basic, translational or clinical research into the cause, prevention, detection or treatment of lung cancer.

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BioMarin RFP – Due August 31

BioMarin is a world leader in developing and commercializing first-in-class and best-in-class innovative biopharmaceuticals for rare diseases driven by genetic causes. BioMarin is looking for scientists who are developing innovative therapeutic approaches and enabling technologies that correct the underlying molecular defect in genetic-based rare diseases.

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* Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2022 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) – Due September 1

BWF developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) to foster the early career development of researchers who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. The specific target group are researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences.

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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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* Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) Pilot Research Program (PReP) Call for Proposals – LOI Due September 3

The Injury Prevention Research Center Core’s Pilot Research Program (PReP) seeks to fund pilot grants led by Emory faculty that will catalyze and advance IPRCE priorities and priorities of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in falls, traumatic brain injury (TBI), opioid and other drug safety/overdose prevention, violence prevention, and transportation injury prevention.

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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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* Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2022 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) – Due October 1

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

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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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Grant Wise Consultations

Would you like an experienced grant writer to help provide guidance for your grant? Grant Wise is a service that offers the opportunity for one-on-one feedback from experienced senior faculty on grant writing. Simply submit an online request for a consultation and then be paired with a senior faculty member.

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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: Replacing a First Author on a Second Submission (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

PTC Pediatric Endowment Seed Grants - App Development – EXTENDED Due Date: TODAY by 9PM

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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8th Annual Medical Device Regulations Conference – September 21-23

The virtual conference will be opened by leadership at FDA and UGA. Topics will be presented by highly experienced professionals and technical experts from FDA and the medical device industry.



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.



NIH Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health Research and Benefits to Trainees and PIs – August 17

Join Emory DOM URiM Research Affinity Group via Zoom from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM to learn how NIH Supplements promote diversity in health research and can help you as a trainee or as a Principal Investigator. Webinar will feature representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK and NIAMS).


Pediatric Grand Rounds – August 18

Join us via Zoom at 8:00 AM to learn more about “Hiding in plain sight: HLA associated DRESS reaction to inhibitors of IL-1 and IL-6” with Dr. Elizabeth Mellins, MD and Dr. Vivian Saper, MD.


Road 2 NEXt sUcceSs (R2NEXUS) Workshop – August 19

Emory’s Department of Medicine's Office of Research launched the R2NEXUS workshop series to support career advancement of early-career researchers on their paths toward independence.


COVID Force Seminar – August 20

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Asymptomatic surveillance testing for SARS-CoV-2: The Emory University Experience" with Professor John Roback, MD, 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.


CORPH Seminar – August 27

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Getting Ready to Leave: Transition & Adolescent Health” with Associate Professor Jordan Marchak, PhD, ABPP.


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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Blue Sky Group: Vaccine Development and Testing – October 19

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Blue Sky Groups are unstructured meetings that provide a unique opportunity for attendees to drive the agenda and catalyze future collaborations and research opportunities. Discussion topics may include: burning issues, funding opportunities and cross-institutional collaborative research opportunities.


BERD Research Forum – October 22

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for Georgia CTSA’s second annual Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Research Forum “Advances & Challenges in Mobile Health and High-Frequency Data”. Additional information and registration will be announced soon.

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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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