2022 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference Highlights
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
March 11, 2022


2022 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference Highlights

Nearly 300 researchers across the Southeast presented the best new health-related preclinical, clinical, implementation, and population- based research. NCATS Acting Director Joni L. Rutter, PhD, remarked, “Great talks and posters showing impact on health equity and advancing translational science!” During the Keynote, ‘NCATS: Where Science Goes to Become Health’, Dr. Rutter added, “Without the CTSA Program, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

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Blue Sky Group: Opioids

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA for a session via Zoom on Opioids on April 11 at 5:00-6:30 PM. Discuss burning issues regarding opioids, known funding opportunities, and ideas for cross-institutional collaborative research projects. Share your experience, learn from others, enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary networking and find potential collaborators!


Did You Know?

RADx COVID-19 Research Testing Site at Executive Park. Spread the News!

Emory, Georgia Tech, and Children’s are working with NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program to evaluate and bring more COVID tests to market and recently opened a new COVID testing site at 59 Executive Park South NE. Symptomatic individuals who agree to participate in the research will receive a gift card and no cost PCR COVID test. Visits last approximately 30 minutes.

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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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* Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 - Clinical Trial Optional) – Internal Due March 15

FOA to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PDs/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.

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* Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Internal Due March 21

FOA seeks to support programs that include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation’s needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies.

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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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* Immune Drivers of Autoimmune Disease (IDAD) (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Internal Due March 28

FOA invites applications to participate in the Immune Drivers of Autoimmune Disease cooperative research program, which will focus on defining the immunologic states and dynamics that drive autoimmune disease. Main objective: enhance our understanding of the immunologic processes, events, and changes that underlie the clinical manifestations of autoimmune diseases, including disease flare, remission, and progression of established disease, as well as the progression from a state of elevated risk to clinical diagnosis of autoimmune disease.

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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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* CFAR-Series Mentored Pilot Grant Program – LOI Due April 1

Emory CFAR will fund a variable number of one-year pilot awards up to $40K for research projects that aim to advance HIV prevention, treatment, care and/or cure strategies. There are two opportunities available: 1) a CFAR-03 to help faculty generate preliminary data to strengthen the competitiveness of subsequent NIH applications that align with NIH/OAR high-priority areas of HIV research and 2) a CFAR-K to provide funds that segment or extend HIV-relevant NIH K research funding. Early stage HIV investigators and independent investigators who are new to HIV research are eligible to apply.

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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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* NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Internal Due April 4

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

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* High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Internal Due April 6

The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of high-end, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems.

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* Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Internal Due April 6

Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of high-priced, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated instrumentation system.

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* A Call for Investigator-Initiated Seed Grants in Healthcare Innovation Focus: Dealing with Pandemics– LOI Due April 15

Seed grants will fund multi-investigator & multi-disciplinary teams examining healthcare services and clinical effectiveness involving adult and/or pediatric patients. Awards will support innovative approaches that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access that are consistent with the goals of HIP.

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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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* Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32) – Internal Due June 15

FOA provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation.

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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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Online Biostatistics Short Course Scholarships – Apply By March 31

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for online courses in the 2022 Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG) and the Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) at University of Washington. The goal of the Summer Institutes is to strengthen the statistical proficiency and career preparation of scholars from all backgrounds and we encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in STEM including racial and ethnic groups, low income, first generation college students, veterans, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ groups.

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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: He Took His Notebook (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.



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.)


Pediatric Research Grand Rounds – March 16

Join us via Zoom at 8:00 AM to learn more about “The Development of Tissue Engineered Constructs for Use in Congenital Heart Surgery” with Christopher Breuer, MD.


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.


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.


Blue Sky Group: Opioids – April 11

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA for a session on Opioids via Zoom at 5:00 PM! Share your experience, learn from others, enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary networking and find potential collaborators!


CLIC-Sponsored Un-Meeting – April 13

Join CLIC via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a session on “Enabling and Promoting Inter-Institutional Clinical and Genomic Research.” GIC sites seek innovative and collaborative ideas from across the CTSA Consortium to evaluate acceptability and scalability of the prototype system, and to ideate around next steps and future directions.

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SCORE RIP Meeting – April 13

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn more about “Sex-and Gender-Specific HIV Transmission: Defining the Impact of Sex Hormones on the Transcriptome and Function of Rectal Mucosal Immune Cells” with Assistant Professor Cassie Grimsley Ackerley, MD and “Search, Triangulate, Validate, Repeat: Assembling a Cohort of People with Disorders (Differences) of Sex Development” with Professor Michael Goodman, MD, MPH.


8th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 4 (Abstracts Due: March 14)

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. EXTENDED DEADLINE: Submit Abstracts by March 14.

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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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