Former Georgia CTSA KL2 Scholar’s Research May Lead to Potential New Treatments for Patients with Depression
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February 3, 2023


Former Georgia CTSA KL2 Scholar’s Research May Lead to Potential New Treatments for Patients with Depression

“This work would not have been possible without the training, mentoring and support from Georgia CTSA. The foundational work establishing links between inflammation and low functional connectivity in reward circuitry was initially supported by my experience as a KL2 Scholar,” says Dr. Jennifer Felger. “The KL2 and MSCR programs provided the skills to build and fund my research and translate ideas that may one day impact patients with depression.”

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Bench2Market Talk: Medical Device and IVD Regulatory Overview

Have you ever wondered what it takes to take a medical technology through the FDA? Regulatory strategy can be complicated, but there are resources to help. Join us on February 15 for a discussion on FDA regulatory strategy featuring Sandra Maher, MS, a regulatory affairs professional specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. She worked on the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative for COVID-19. Come ready with questions!


Special Recognition

Georgia CTSA Leader Named 2022 AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Kathy Griendling, PhD, Georgia CTSA Collaboration & Multi-Disciplinary Team Science Director, named 2022 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - the world's largest general scientific society. Dr. Griendling is a professor of medicine in the Cardiology Division, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine and executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development in the Emory School of Medicine. She has been a leader in basic vascular biology research for the past 30 years and is cited for her “distinguished contributions to the field of physiology and founding the field of vascular NADPH oxidases.”

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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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HEAL Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Embedded Entrepreneurs for Small Businesses in Pain Management – Due Dates Vary

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to facilitate the transition of previously funded SBIR and STTR Phase II and Phase IIB projects in pain management to the commercialization stage by providing additional assistance for private partnering activities through the Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) program. Specifically, this FOA supports the addition of entrepreneurial expertise into small business leadership teams along with supporting partnering activities to aid in commercialization through private third-party funding or partnership with industry.

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American Skin Association (ASA) 2023 Grant Announcement – Due Dates Vary

The American Skin Association (ASA) funds and promotes research to defeat melanoma and other serious forms of skin disease. Research Scholar awardees' work in areas such as antimicrobial peptide research, skin stem cell function, wound healing, and skin cancer has laid groundwork for better treatments of infection, hair loss, and cancer. Grants are concentrated in five areas — melanoma, skin cancer, psoriasis & inflammatory diseases, vitiligo & pigment cell disorders, and atopic dermatitis.

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Enhancing the Use of the All of Us Research Programs Data – LOIs due January 30

The All of Us Research Program (All of Us) within the Office of the Director (OD) encourages investigators to apply for grant awards that will advance research in high-priority mission areas of the Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) through two companion FOAs (1) one to use standard methods and approaches to analyze currently available data within the All of Us Research Program’s Researcher Workbench and (2) one to develop new methods, models, and tools and use them to analyze data in the Researcher Workbench. The new tools will be made broadly available to the scientific community. This FOA uses the R03 grant mechanism to support data analysis using standard methods, while the companion FOA uses the R21 grant mechanism for new tool development and application.

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SOM I3 (Imagine, Innovate, and Impact) Wow! Research Awards – Due March 9

The Dean of the Emory School of Medicine (SOM) is soliciting proposals to promote innovative research. In the current round, grants will be considered for proposals with the potential to make a transformational impact in either fundamental biomedical knowledge or translational impact are being solicited. If successful, the project will provide new ways of thinking about a problem. Particularly creative ideas, even without preliminary data, will be considered provided feasibility is demonstrated. Collaborations are strongly encouraged but not required. Preference given to outside-the-box ideas.

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Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design RFP - Due April 7

Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design program is soliciting proposals to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health services research to advance clinical & translational research. Review criteria include quantitative methodological research to fill gaps, innovation, feasibility, and plans for dissemination and translation. New investigators are encouraged to apply. Meritorious applications from new investigators will be prioritized for funding.

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* Atlanta Pediatric Research Alliance Pilots – Due April 14

Pediatric research is thriving and expanding in Atlanta through a unique, multi-institutional initiative. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, and Georgia Institute of Technology have formed a close partnership that combines the clinical strengths of the institutions and 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 and involve at least one investigator from Emory DOP or Children’s.

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Atlanta Network for Training in KUH Scientific Research (ATLANTIS) – Now Accepting Applications

The ATLANTIS Program is currently accepting applications from pre- and postdoctoral trainees from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Georgia Institute of Technology engaged in research related or relevant to nephrology, urology, and nonmalignant hematology. Trainees pursuing basic laboratory, clinical, translational, informatics, and outcomes research projects are all eligible for funding consideration. The ATLANTIS program will provide successful applicants with 2 years of research training support. Apply now !

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Georgia CTSA TL1 (T32-like) Training Grant Clinical and Translational Research Training - Predoc Due February 15, Postdoc Due March 15

The TL1 program is focused on providing innovative didactic and mentored research training to individuals interested in careers that encompass clinical and/or translational research. The TL1 program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (medical and PhD students, resident and fellow physicians, PhD postdocs, and PharmD residents).

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Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) Request for Applications - Due April 3

The Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) is a formal 16-credit Emory Laney Graduate School program for trainees who seek to conduct research at interface between basic and translational science and clinical medicine. The CPTS enhances and transforms translational research training for predoctoral PhD students, postdoctoral fellows (PhD or MD) & junior faculty at Emory, MSM, Georgia Tech & UGA.

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Research Resources

Grant Wise

Would you like an experienced grant writer to help provide guidance for your grant? The Georgia CTSA Grant Wise service offers the opportunity for one-on-one feedback from experienced senior faculty on grant writing. Receive support with developing a timeline, reviewing specific aims, writing/editing the text, and responding to reviewers. Grant Wise is available to faculty of institutions within the Georgia CTSA - Emory, Georgia Tech, MSM, & UGA.

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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

Protocol Deviation: Two Protocol Deviations (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

Bench2Market Talk: Medical Device and IVD Regulatory Overview - February 15

Have you ever wondered what it takes to take a medical technology through the FDA? Regulatory strategy can be complicated, but there are resources to help. Join us via Zoom at 11:30 AM for a discussion on FDA regulatory strategy featuring Sandra Maher, MS, a regulatory affairs professional specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. She worked on the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative for COVID-19. Come ready with questions! View the full Bench2Market Talks schedule here .


47th International GMP Conference – March 6-9

The International GMP Conference has been co-sponsored by the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since 1976. It is a not-for-profit conference that was founded on the principle that FDA and the pharmaceutical industry needed a neutral forum in which to discuss and debate critical drug and biological manufacturing issues. The speakers are distinguished leaders in FDA, foreign governments, and industry who will present the latest information on issues related to pharmaceutical quality and manufacturing. Attendees will leave the conference with valuable information and ideas that will facilitate the production of safe, high-quality drugs for consumers. The cost of registration is subsidized for students, academia, and government officials and is being held in person as well as virtually.

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Translational Science 2023 – April 18-20

Join ACTS in person in Washington, DC for Translational Science 2023, the leading meeting for trainees, junior faculty, and senior scientists in translational science and clinical research. Learn from experts in the field how to innovate translational science for research, explore research from a variety of fields of study, build your professional community, and explore the Nation’s Capital. Register early to save — the early bird rate ends Monday, February 13.

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RADx COVID-19 Research Testing Site at Executive Park

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 $50 gift card and no cost PCR COVID test. Learn more .


RECOVER: Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery

Help us better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19! If you or someone in your family recently had COVID, or are feeling the long-term effects of COVID, you might be able to help us understand more about it and how to treat it. Those who have not had COVID are also encouraged to participate.

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Healthcare Innovation Symposium – Design Thinking: The Future of Quality Improvement – February 6

Join the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program and Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:30 PM for the 39th HIP symposium on ‘Design Thinking: The Future of Quality Improvement?’ Design thinking is a methodology for solving complex problems by deeply understanding human emotions, behaviors, and unmet needs in a complex system and generating solutions that improve the human condition by meeting those needs. Speakers will highlight how healthcare organizations can implement these methods locally. Register now !

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Mission Bio Tapestri Georgia Institute of Technology Core Facility Training – February 7-8

Join Mission Bio for a two-part training seminar on single-cell proteogenomics sequencing. By identifying SNVs, CNVs, gene editing on- off- target and surface protein changes, Tapestri enables comprehensive insights into cell therapy product characterization and disease progression.

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Emory SCORE SexMatters Research in Progress Meeting – February 8

Join us virtually from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for a research-in-progress meeting discussion on, “My mouse has a sex difference. NOW what do I do?”, featuring Art Arnold, PhD.


K-Club – February 13

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for a discussion on Promoting Equity for Women in Academic Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach with guest speaker Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil. Gender equity in academic medicine has been a key area of her scholarly focus, a subject to which she brings her perspective as a physician and social scientist to promote evidence-based intervention.


eMPACT Registration Party – February 16

Join us in Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Classroom 276, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM for a Cupcakes & Fruit Registration Party to socially engage with fellow Clinical Research Professionals, register to eMPACT , and celebrate Career Advancement & Empowerment! Register for the event.

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Rare Disease Day – February 28

Sponsored by NCATS and NIH Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will be held both in-person and virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The event aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect, and NIH collaborations that address scientific challenges and advance research for new treatments. Attendees are asked to register prior to attending in-person or viewing the livestream.

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2023 Southeast Regional Clinical & Translational Science Conference – March 1-3

Mark your calendar and plan to join us in 2023 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. Register Now !

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Health Disparities Un-Meeting: Sparking Conversation to Enhance Health Equity Research – March 16

Please join the Case Western Reserve University Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative for our virtual Health Disparities Un-Meeting from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This un-meeting will bring together researchers, clinicians, policymakers, public health professionals, healthcare innovators, influencers, and other interested groups to discuss and develop innovative and effective ideas to support and further develop health disparities research through clinical and translational science and beyond.

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9th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 3 (Abstracts Due: March 6)

Join Georgia CTSA colleagues at Emory University School of Medicine on May 3 for the 9th Annual Health Services Research Day 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. View Call for Abstracts . Submit Abstracts by March 6.

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12th Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference - June 9

The 2023 conference will take place at the Georgia Aquarium and will highlight the scope of pediatric research conducted across the southeastern US, with emphasis on research from Emory, Children’s, Georgia Tech, and MSM. This conference brings together basic and clinical researchers with pediatricians and healthcare providers to promote the integration of cutting-edge research into clinical practice. This year’s conference theme is Optimizing Health across the Lifespan through Innovation, Discovery, and Equity. Submit abstracts by April 1.


For more information on Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), please visit the Georgia CTSA website . Do you have news, seminars, or events of interest to clinical and translational researchers? Send them to by noon on Thursday. To suggest subscribers or unsubscribe to the listserv please email .

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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