Georgia CTSA Investigators Assess Sensitivity of At-home COVID Test
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
March 4, 2022


Georgia CTSA Investigators Assess Sensitivity of At-home COVID Test

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the need for reliable diagnostic testing options becomes crucial. This is especially true for antigen tests that are being administered by untrained users in a non-clinical or home environment. Georgia CTSA investigators led a multidisciplinary assessment of Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card to evaluate its sensitivity in detecting new viral variants and operational usability for self-testing by untrained users.

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Team Science Skill Series: Diversity and Representation in Teams

Join us March 11 via Zoom at 12:00-1:00 PM to learn more about “Diversity and Representation in Teams” with Professor Bertolt Meyer, PhD. Employing a broad definition of diversity as any attribute that can lead to perceiving each other as different, this workshop dives into the current state of research on team diversity, and how academics can use these findings to advance their own teamworking skills in academic collaborations and the classroom.


Open Position

Pediatrics Clinical Trials Manager

Emory is seeking a Pediatrics Clinical Trials Manager to manage the financial, regulatory, patient management, and human resources functions associated with conducting clinical trials. If interested, please use (Job Requisition #84107) to apply.

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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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* NOITP: Clinical Trial Readiness for Rare Neurological and Neuromuscular Diseases (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed

Researchers will be invited to submit applications for support of clinical studies that address critical needs for clinical trial readiness in rare neurological and neuromuscular diseases. These studies should result in clinically validated biomarkers and clinical outcome assessment measures appropriate for use in upcoming clinical trials. Through the support of trial readiness studies, NINDS and NCATS expect to enhance the quality and increase the likelihood of success of clinical trials in these rare diseases.

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SOM I3 Nexus Research Awards – Due March 24

In partnership with the Georgia CTSA, the Emory SOM I3 (Imagine, Innovate, and Impact) Nexus Research Awards will provide seed money to fundamental biological and translational investigators for obtaining sufficient data to ultimately develop external collaborative funding applications, and to investigators who may not otherwise engage in multi- and interdisciplinary research. These awards require interdisciplinary team collaboration.

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Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design – Due March 31

Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) program is soliciting proposals to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health services research to advance clinical and translational research (CTR). Review criteria include quantitative methodological research to fill gaps in CTR, innovation, feasibility, and plans for dissemination and translation of results.

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* Warshaw Fellow Research Award & Buchter Resident Research Award – Due April 1

The Warshaw Fellow Research Award and Buchter Resident Research Award were created in 2017 to encourage pediatric trainees to engage in high quality research, provide a mechanism to fund trainee projects, and enhance the research environment at Children's. Funds may be used for any type of child health-related research, including basic, clinical, translational, and outcomes research.

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Pediatric Research Alliance Pilots Grants – LOI Due April 15

Children's and Emory offer pilot grants for faculty and centers in the Pediatric Research Alliance. These pilots are designed 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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* Emergency Awards: RADx -UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – Due May 2

The goal of this RADx -UP FOA is to conduct social, ethical, and behavioral implications search to understand and reduce barriers to COVID-19 testing, as well as COVID-19 disparities that arise from barriers to testing among underserved and vulnerable populations.

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* Emergency Award: RADx-UP Community-Engaged Research on Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – Due May 2

The goals of this FOA are to implement and rigorously evaluate SARS-CoV-2 rapid testing strategies in communities experiencing COVID-19 health disparities. These two-year Rapid Testing Research Projects will evaluate (1) rapid testing interventions to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission among underserved and vulnerable populations and (2) partnership-driven research to implement and evaluate rapid testing and reduce COVID-19 disparities.

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Underrepresented Biomedical Researchers Faculty Summit – Apply by March 14

Early Career Faculty and Senior Post-Doctoral Fellows are invited to apply to the first annual Summit funded by the Molecular and Human Genetics Department at Baylor College of Medicine. This 3-day summit supports underrepresented researchers (multiple disciplines) interested in using the NIH All of Us Research Platform . Participants will form multidisciplinary research teams to address a common research question using the All of Us data, receive data science training, mentoring, and professional development sessions. Applicants selected to attend the summit are accepted into the All of Us UBR Scholars Program, a year-long program to support the multidisciplinary research teams.

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Emory Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Program – Due April 15

The Emory Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program, in the Laney Graduate School at Emory University, provides innovative didactic and mentored research training to those interested in pursuing a career in clinical and/or translational research. The MSCR degree is designed for predoctoral (medical students or PhD students), postdoctoral trainees (resident and fellow physicians or PhD postdocs), and junior faculty (physicians, PhD-level scientists).

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Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) – Apply by April 29

The Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) is a formal 16-credit Emory Laney Graduate School program for trainees who seek to conduct research at the interface between basic and translational science and clinical medicine. The CPTR enhances and transforms translational research training for predoctoral PhD students, postdoctoral fellows (PhD or MD) and junior faculty at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia.

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Research Resources

Georgia CTSA Match

Looking to connect with experts in your field? Join the new Georgia CTSA Match! The platform encourages meaningful networking and collaboration by pairing researchers based on similar interests. These matches will help you to build networking opportunities acting as a catalyst to spur your research forward. Discover more and Join Now!

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Virtual QUAL-WORKS Workshops – Due Dates Vary

QUAL-WORKS offers a series of training workshops on qualitative research. We offer three types of workshops: scheduled workshops, individual mentored sessions, and customized workshops. Scheduled workshops are held twice a year during summer. Mentored sessions provide individual mentoring with a QUAL-WORKS expert on your own research project. Customized workshops can be developed to meet the training needs of your organization.

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Data Interpretation and Management: Which Assay to Believe? (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Emory Entrepreneurship Summit 2022 - March 14-15

Calling all Entrepreneurs! The “Pitch the Summit" competition is open to ALL currently enrolled Emory University students - enables entrepreneurially-minded teams to present their ventures for a chance to receive guidance, financial support, and in-kind contributions in order to move the venture forward. This year, teams can win up to $10,000 to build their business, with a total cash prize pool of $25,000!

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Bench2Market Talk – March 16

Join us via Zoom at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM for the Go to Market Strategy: A how-to guide for milestone creations. Learn the process of setting commercialization milestones and determining your critical next steps for a “killer” experiment. Our speaker, Brian Walsh, is an industry leader with more than 30 years of experience successfully taking technologies from ideas to the market.


Translational Science 2022 – Chicago – April 20-22

The Association for Clinical and Translational welcomes trainees, educators, researchers, physician scientists, and other health professionals engaged in clinical and translational science. Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Director, Dr. Tabia Akintobi, will be on a leadership panel on April 21 from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM to discuss the state of community engaged clinical research.


NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge for Maternal Health – Due April 22

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering is launching the NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge for Maternal Health. Up to $1 million in cash prizes to spur and reward the development of low-cost, point-of-care molecular, cellular, and/or metabolic sensing and diagnostic technologies to guide rapid clinical decision-making, improve patient outcomes, and ultimately prevent maternal morbidity and mortality.

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RADx COVID-19 Research Testing

Emory, Georgia Tech, and Children's are working with NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program to evaluate and bring more tests to market. Participants will receive a $50 gift card and free PCR COVID test. RADx is currently seeking symptomatic participants who may have COVID-19. Samples will be collected at 59 Executive Park South NE, Atlanta, by an experienced research coordinator or nurse, and you may receive a test kit with instructions to conduct a test on yourself or your child.



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

Join us at Callaway Resort and Gardens as we bring together researchers from across the region to present the best new health-related preclinical, clinical, implementation, and population- based research and build collaborative relationships. Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference is Joni L. Rutter, PhD, acting director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). View Agenda . Learn more .


Community-Engaged Research: Beginning A Conversation – March 8

Join Emory’s Center for Health in Aging at 2:30-3:30pm to discuss: What does Community-Engaged Research mean? Led by Drs. Carlson and Dunn who employ Community-Engaged Research Methods in an NIH-supported study to measure social determinants of health, pregnancy lifestyle, and blood samples in two groups of Black women who receive prenatal care in either a freestanding birth center or a hospital clinic to better understand how pregnancy experiences and health influence labor outcomes.


Team Science Skill Series: Diversity and Representation in Teams – March 11

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn more about “Diversity and Representation in Teams” with Professor Bertolt Meyer, PhD. This 60-minute workshop dives into the current state of research on team diversity, and how academics can use these findings to advance their own teamworking skills in academic collaborations and in the classroom.


CORPH Seminar – March 11

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn more about “Addressing Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Mental Health Care Among Youth: The Potential of School Mental Health Services” with Associate Professor Janet Cummings, PhD.


K-Club – March 14

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn more about “Finding the Available Means of Persuasion: Rhetorical Strategies for Writing LOIs and Grant Proposals” with Proposal Development Associate Julie Hawk, PhD. To those applying for a Pediatric Research Center Pilot , this K-Club is highly recommended as it will provide useful suggestions and strategies for writing a compelling and impactful letter of intent. (LOI for pediatric pilots: Due April 15.)


2022 RCMI Consortium National Conference – March 16-18

Join the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Conference via Zoom from 1:00 PM-7:00 PM each day. Following opening remarks by NIMHD Director, Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, Dr. Joshua C. Denny and Dr. Kenneth R. Gersing will highlight research collaboration and funding opportunities with the NIH All of Us Program and the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C). This year’s theme is Inclusive Excellence, and the scientific sessions and oral and poster presentations will showcase the best science across the RCMI Consortium. Abstracts Due: March 7 via the online form .


Team Science Skill Series: Team Leadership and Motivation – April 8

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn more about “Team Leadership and Motivation” presented by C. Shawn Burke, PhD, University of Central Florida.


8th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 4

Join Georgia CTSA colleagues at Emory University SOM on May 4 for this symposium and networking opportunity where researchers across Georgia will learn about ongoing quality, effectiveness, and value-based research activities. Oral and poster presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. Submit Abstracts by March 7.

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Atlanta VA Research Symposium – May 19

The Atlanta VA Research & Development Service Line will be hosting the first Annual Robert J. Pollet Memorial Symposium in person from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM! Our event will feature a keynote lecture by an internationally recognized VA-funded, physician-scientist; presentations by several prominent Atlanta VA investigators; poster presentations by current investigators, students, and trainees; boxed lunches for registered attendees, and opportunities for discussion and collaboration. Abstracts Due: April 1

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Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference – June 3

Join us in-person at the Georgia Aquarium or virtually for the 11th annual conference. The conference will highlight the scope of pediatric research conducted across the US southeast, with emphasis on research from Emory, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine. This year’s conference theme is "Development and Disease: Translating Insights from Genes and Environment to Transform Outcomes." Submit Abstract by April 1.

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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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