Pilot Project by Georgia CTSA Leader and Collaborators Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for PTSD Treatment
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March 31, 2022


Pilot Project by Georgia CTSA Leader and Collaborators Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for PTSD Treatment

A study led by Georgia CTSA Community Engagement leader Omer Inan, co-PI, Georgia Tech, and Douglas Bremner, PI, Emory, opens the door to a hopeful new PTSD treatment. “Georgia CTSA celebrates this ecosystem that allows for strong collaboration. On this project, we have many team members: public health, cardiology, psychiatry, radiology, bioengineering, & electrical & computer engineering. It’s team science that made this work,” remarks Dr. Inan.

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Bench2Market Talk: Contract Law and Licensing Strategies

Have you ever wondered what legal contracts are required to spin out technology from the university? Join us to learn more on April 14 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm via Zoom. The session will provide an overview of contract law and licensing strategies for academic entrepreneurs. This event is the sixth session in the 2021-2022 Bench2Market Talks series which was created to provide commercialization guidance to the university research community.


Did You Know?

Emory School of Medicine Recognizes Georgia CTSA Leaders and Investigators

Congratulations to Georgia CTSA Collaborations & Multi-Disciplinary Team Science Director Kathy Griendling, PhD, appointed the executive associate dean of faculty academic affairs and professional development. On National Doctors’ Day, Emory SOM also recognized outstanding doctors nominated by their peers for going above and beyond including Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers Director Colleen S. Kraft, MD, MSc. “Colleen is indefatigable in her service to ensure high quality patient care.”

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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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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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Emory SOM Bridge Funding Program – Due April 15

The program will assist investigators who have temporarily lost significant federal research funding, and to facilitate carefully planned changes in research direction. Bridge funding up to $100,000 (including Department support/matching funds) will be available to investigators based on merit, potential for renewal of external funding, and availability of SOM funds. (DoM applicants – Internal review due April 1.)

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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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Emory and University of St Andrews Collaborative Research Grant – Extended Due April 21

Grant fosters international research broadly. Applicants from all schools and disciplines are encouraged to submit funding applications for innovative and sustainable projects built around collaborative research linking faculty from the University of St Andrews and Emory. The research may take place in any country as long as it is done collaboratively. The expectation is that these initial projects will lead to longer-term collaborations, institutional and research relations, and when applicable, generate publications, art, exhibitions and/or external funding for ongoing collaboration. Applications that include students and/or collaborations across schools, disciplines, and units are encouraged.

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ALS Clinical Trial Awards Program – LOI Due April 21

The clinical trial awards program provides support for early-stage interventional clinical trials to discover new treatments and cures for ALS. Type of clinical trials supported through this program are early to mid-phase (phase 1, phase 2a) exploring safety or biomarkers to justify larger phase 2b studies (such as the Healey platform trial platform). The program is open to industry and academic investigators and includes the development of pharmacological treatments, biological therapies, or gene therapies.

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* GA Cystic Fibrosis P30 Core Center Pilot Grant Program – LOI Due April 29

Major advances in the management of pulmonary manifestations of cystic fibrosis (CF) have led to a needed redirection toward non-pulmonary comorbidities that significantly impair quality of life and reduce long-term survival. Eligible investigators are invited to submit a Letter-of-Intent that will be reviewed by the P30 Program Steering Committee. Investigators who submit the highest quality LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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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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K24: Special Request for Application from Underrepresented Researchers – Apply Now

The Research Education Component of Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in collaboration with the DoM Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council is issuing a special request for applications from trainees and junior faculty from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine, who are interested in developing greater experience in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia (ADRD) research. Applicants who are interested in exploring the link between vascular factors and AD/ADRD are encouraged to apply.

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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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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Data Interpretation and Management: An Instance of Data Manipulation (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Emory x Georgia Tech Case Competition – Register by TODAY

Calling ALL graduate students! Are you looking for a healthcare improvement project where you can apply classroom knowledge in real time? Sign up to compete in the Emory x Georgia Tech Case Competition! The top two winning teams will win a cash prize of $5,000 for first and $2,500 for second place.

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Bench2Market Talk: Contract Law and Licensing Strategies - April 14

Join us via Zoom from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM! Have you ever wondered what legal contracts are required to spin out technology from the university? This event will provide an overview of contract law and licensing strategies for academic entrepreneurs. This event is the sixth session in the 2021-2022 Bench2Market Talks series which was created to provide commercialization guidance to the university research community.


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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Georgia Tech BME Capstone Design Fall 2022 – Due July 15

What's the answer to your "I wish I had..." or, "What if we could...?" when it comes to your ideas for enhancing patient care through novel medical device technology? What if you could partner alongside and advise a Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering (BME) team to investigate and design a patentable solution for that idea in just 16 weeks? BME Capstone is seeking project proposals for the Fall 2022 semester. Capstone teams work over 500 hours per project to ideate, design, and prototype real solutions that address unmet clinical needs.

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2022 Daniel S. Blumenthal Public Health Symposium and Lectureship – April 6

Join us via Zoom from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM! The symposium promotes excellence in community engagement, research (population science, health services and translational), clinical care (preventive medicine skills) and public health practice in underserved communities. Register

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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.


COVID-19 Variant Immunologic Landscape Trial COVAIL Trial (Phase II)

To address durability and effectiveness of CoVID-19 booster vaccinations in the context of variants of concern (e.g., Delta, Omicron, etc.), Morehouse School of Medicine has been selected as one of 26 sites to recruit/consent/enroll participants (for 4 week period, target 1500 trial participants across the U.S.) in Phase 2 randomized open-label, non-placebo controlled, multi-site, multi-stage clinical trial. If you are interested in this vaccine trial or know anyone who might be, please register. View flyer


GSK-Lullaby Study

This study is looking at different strengths of a potential new investigational vaccine (called the “study vaccine”) against chickenpox (varicella). The study will look at how safe the study vaccine is and will also determine whether it works to help prevent chickenpox in children. The study vaccine will be compared with an approved chickenpox vaccine, Varivax® (called the “reference vaccine”). Varivax® has been available for use in the USA since 1995. Please email us if interested.



All of Us Research Program Researchers Convention – March 31, April 1 (Today)

Join us for a two-day virtual event! The All of Us Researchers Convention provides an opportunity for a broad spectrum of researchers using the All of Us Research Program data and tools offered through the Research Hub to showcase their work with colleagues, peers, and others who share a passion for advancing health research.


Harnessing Health Care Transition to Advance Research in Sickle Cell Disease– April 7

Join us via Zoom or in-person (Egleston Classrooms: 5,6,7) from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ​to learn more with Associate Professor Jane Hankins, MD.


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!


K-Club – April 11

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “How to Talk to Your Chair” with Professor Lucky Jain, MD, MBA.


Enabling and Promoting Inter-Institutional Clinical and Genomic Research – April 13

Join CLIC via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a session hosted by the Genomic Information Commons. 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.


Vevo 3100 Ultrasound: Virtual Seminar – April 14

Join us via Zoom at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. A representative from Fujifilm will be providing a 1-hour virtual seminar discussing the variety of uses of the Vevo 3100 Ultrasound that is available for use in the Animal Physiology (AP) Core.


Atlanta Workshop for Single cell Omics – April 14-15

AWSOM 2022 will be the first annual meeting hosted by the Atlanta Initiative for Single-Cell Omics and Analysis. This Workshop will both showcase our expertise and introduce four keynote speakers from across America. Two mini-symposia will highlight short talks in the areas of bioinformatics/single cell analytics, and in experimental applications of single cell technologies including scRNAseq, snATACseq, Multi-omics, and others, for biological, clinical, and translational research.

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Egleston Grand Rounds – April 20

Join us via Zoom at 8:00 AM to learn more about “Tissue-mediated Development of Adaptive Immunity in Humans” with Professor Donna Farber, Ph.D.


Use of Race in Research Town Hall – April 26

Join us via Zoom at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. This session will encourage participants to explore how is race utilized, reported, and interpreted in biomedical research. We will consider whether the use of race as a variable in clinical research is practical or problematic and how investigators can responsibly participate in health equity scholarship that leads to meaningful change?


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.

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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: TODAY

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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 TODAY.

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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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