Georgia CTSA Receives Golden Helix Award from the Center for Global Health Innovation
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April 7, 2023


Georgia CTSA Receives Golden Helix Award from the Center for Global Health Innovation

On March 29, 2023, Georgia CTSA received a Golden Helix Award from the Center for Global Health Innovation (CGHI) during its 25th annual award ceremony at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The Golden Helix Awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of Georgia legislative, academic, corporate, and advocacy leaders working to advance the growth of the life sciences industry and foster strategic partnerships that can create a healthier world.

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Blue Sky Group: Exercise as Medicine

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom on May 9 from 1:00-2:30 PM for a session on Exercise as Medicine. The discussion will be opened by Dr. Joe Nocera, a leading researcher in this field. Blue Sky Groups provide a unique opportunity for attendees to drive the agenda and catalyze future collaborations and research opportunities. Share your experience, learn from others, network, and find collaborators! Learn more .


Informatics Lunch and Learn: Matching Large Numbers of Patients to Census Tract GEOIDS Simultaneously

Georgia CTSA’s Informatics program is pleased to offer the next webinar in the new Lunch and Learn Series to provide free informatics guidance to the university research community. Join us on Wednesday, April 26, from 1:00-2:00 PM. Chad Robichaux, MPH, Lead Research Informatics Analyst, Emory School of Medicine, will be leading a session on Matching Large Numbers of Patients to Census Tract GEOIDS Simultaneously. Learn more .


Special News

Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Director Dr. Akintobi Releases New Book “Black Health in the South”

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Director and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, is the co-editor of the newly released book " Black Health in the South ," a collection of essays by public health experts that examine the health and wellbeing of Black people in the southern United States. "This collection brings together the insights of experts collectively dedicated to not only understanding and cataloging health disparities, but advancing a vision for how we can use what we know to take action through multisectoral, community-centered research, education, clinical and educational approaches that advance health equity," says Dr. Akintobi.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) – Due Dates Vary

ARPA-H’s agency-wide Open-Office Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is seeking funding proposals for research aiming to improve health outcomes across patient populations, communities, diseases, and health conditions. The BAA calls for proposals to outline breakthrough research and technological advancements. Additionally, The ARPA-H Dash is a collaborative online competition open to bold thinkers across health, scientific, and technology communities, as well as the general public, using bracket format and online discussion, debate, and voting to narrow competition submissions during March and April 2023. Cash prizes will be awarded to ideas that reach competition quarterfinals and beyond, as well as the chance for further development with ARPA-H Program Managers.

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Emory SOM Bridge Funding Program – Due Dates Vary

The Emory School of Medicine (SOM) offers a Bridge Funding Program to assist investigators who have temporarily lost significant federal research funding and to facilitate carefully planned changes in research direction. Bridge funding is for Emory Department of Medicine applicants only and will be available to investigators based on merit, potential for a renewal of external funding, and availability of SOM funds.

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2024 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences – Internal Emory Due Date April 20

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. Emory is one of a select group of invited institutions with PIs eligible to apply.

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2024 Searle Scholars Program Internal Competition – Internal Emory Due Date April 20

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to select universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. This program supports the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Emory is one of a select group of invited institutions with PIs eligible to apply.

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Emory SOM I3 (Imagine, Innovate, and Impact) Nexus Research Awards – Due April 25

The I3 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, with at least one collaborator outside of the home department/division (within the SOM) who brings a different discipline, expertise, or methodology to the project.

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* Winship Lung Cancer SPORE Pilot Grants – Due May 1

The Winship Lung Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) offers pilot grants to support projects focused on career enhancement or developmental research in lung cancer. The Winship Lung Cancer SPORE aims to promote the advancement of early career lung cancer investigators through the conduct of a mentored Career Enhancement Program (CEP) and to identify new and innovative research opportunities by supporting meritorious proposals that could expand into full research projects in the future through the Developmental Research Program (DRP).

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Emory Imagine, Innovate, and Impact (I³) SOM/Atlanta VA Research Awards - Due June 5

The Dean of the Emory School of Medicine (SOM) and the Assistant Dean for VA Research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center are soliciting proposals that will enhance collaboration among existing VA and Emory scientists. These collaborative awards are intended to spark synergistic interactions among investigators, at least one from Emory SOM and Atlanta VA each.

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Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – Due September 6

Two Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) ( Technologies and Innovations for Healthy Living ) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process, or service for commercialization with the aim of improving minority health and/or reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparities in one or more NIH-defined populations that experience health disparities. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, and culturally acceptable.

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Education and Training

Soft Lithography for Microfluidics Short Course – April 13-14

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on Soft Lithography for Microfluidics designed for individuals interested in hands-on training in the fabrication of microfluidic devices using the soft lithography technique. This two-day intensive short course will be structured to assume no prior knowledge of the technologies by the participants. The goal of this course is to impart a basic understanding of soft lithography for microfluidic applications as practiced in academia and industry. Register today !

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Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) Request for Applications – Extended: Due May 1

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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Frontiers in Environmental Science and Health (FrESH) Training Program – Due May 5

This innovative advanced program will train and mentor promising graduates, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty from predominantly underrepresented communities in sophisticated technologies in Environmental Health Science Research. FrESH offers dynamic training courses that consist of daily lectures from leading experts, active learning sessions, and extended discussions on important and emerging topics followed by hands-on laboratory sessions for a week-long summer course.

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Phlebotomy 101 Training – May 18-19

Phlebotomy 101 is a two-day introductory classroom and clinical hands-on training that teaches the techniques of venipuncture to research coordinators monthly and is led by GCRC nurses. The course is only offered to Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), and the University of Georgia (UGA) faculty and staff. Please note: the course is open to research professionals that serve the adult population only. We do not accept pediatric research professionals. Learn More .

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Research Resources

Call for Mentors: Georgia CTSA TEAMS Program

Calling all mentors from Emory, Georgia Tech, MSM, and UGA! Are you a mid to senior-level faculty member who enjoys mentoring? Are you looking to enhance your mentoring and communications skills and meet new colleagues? Georgia CTSA TEAMS (Translational Education and Mentoring for Science) is seeking experts in public health, clinical and translational science, community engagement, health equity, and more for the 2023-2024 academic year. Sign up now !
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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

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Innovation & Translation

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.

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Bench2Market Talk: Importance of DEI in Shaping Core Values and Business Strategy - April 19

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are important factors to consider in the innovation economy, as they can have an impact on success and sustainability. Having a diverse team can lead to a range of perspectives and ideas, leading to innovative and creative solutions and better connections to customers. Join us via Zoom on April 19 from 11:30-12:30 to learn about approaches to increase DEI in research, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.


ACME POCT GLUE: 50 Shades of FDA – April 28

Navigating a medical device through the FDA’s regulatory maze can be a daunting affair.Join Cathy Cambria and Erika Tyburski on April 28 at noon for a demonstration of the steps through amock innovative COVID-19 assay, from both the point of view of the innovator and a regulatory agency,and touch on the many regulatory considerations necessary for getting truly innovative and noveltechnologies to market.

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National Cancer Institute SBIR Innovative Concept Award Program – White Paper Due May 5

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding mechanism was developed for small businesses that are developing highly innovative and out-of-the-box technologies with the potential to create new scientific paradigms through novel and enhanced approaches to considerably improve cancer research, prevention, detection, and care in pediatric and/or rare. Applications focusing on rare cancers with a 5-year survival rate of less than 50% are especially encouraged for this solicitation.

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PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease

PD GENEration is a Parkinson’s Foundation initiative that offers genetic testing and genetic counseling at no cost for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). When you participate, you will have the opportunity to improve Parkinson’s research and better manage your Parkinson’s in the future. Sign up today or email for more information.

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SPARX3: Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial

We are seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research trial to learn more about the effects of aerobic exercise on people with Parkinson’s disease. Sign up today or email for more information.

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eMPACT Information Sessions – April 2023

Calling All Clinical Research Professionals: eMPACT is Now Available! Join us from 12:00 – 12:30 PM for an info session throughout this month: April 4, April 11, April 18, and April 25. eMPACT is created for Clinical Research Professionals in clinical translational science. This free service matches your profile with training courses and jobs using nationally recognized competencies along with personal attributes and interests. eMPACT empowers you to navigate your career path! Learn more about eMPACT.


K-Club – April 10

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for the panel discussion, “The Icing on the Cake: Strategies for Making the Most of the Non-Research Plan Sections of your Grant Application” and learn ways to bolster your grant application through your Biosketch, budget and justification, resources & environment section, and letters of support.


Team Science Skill Series: Multiteam Systems – April 14

Join us via Zoom from 12:00-1:00 PM as Marissa Shuffler, PhD, Clemson, leads an interactive workshop on multiteam systems (MTS). This workshop’s goal is to help interdisciplinary researchers understand coordination and teaming dynamics from an MTS perspective, as well as to provide practical guidance and recommendations for interventions that may help to facilitate cross-team functioning and combat common barriers to success. Learn more .


Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics – April 20

Join us at 4:00 PM in-person or via Zoom for a lecture on “Personalized Treatment: Sounds heavenly, but where on Earth did they find the right guinea pig for me?” with featured guest speaker Xiao-Li Meng, PhD, professor of statistics at Harvard University. Reception immediately following the lecture.

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Constructive Collisions: ARPA-H – April 20

Does the idea of high-potential, high-impact health research excite you? Do you have a $10 million - $30 million idea that could transform biomedical and health research? If so, join us for an in-person, on-campus event from 12:00 – 2:00 PM that will include structured networking opportunities to connect researchers with big ideas relevant to ARPA-H across the Emory community. All interested Emory researchers are encouraged to attend. Learn More .


Single Cell Seminar – April 20

Join Emory Integrated Genomics Core in person or via Zoom from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to learn more about how SMART-Seq® technologies can help you uncover novel biomarkers from entire, full-length transcripts.

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eMPACT Webinar – April 27

Join us via Zoom from 1:00 – 2:00 PM to learn how to maximize the benefits of using eMPACT career navigation system. eMPACT (Empowering Purposeful Advancement of Careers and Training in the Research Workforce) is a career navigation system that promotes the purposeful training and career advancement of the Clinical Translational Research workforce by connecting training and employment opportunities with individual career goals. Prerequisite: Register for eMPACT and complete your profile.


Atlanta Workshop for Single-cell Omics (AWSOM) 2023 – April 27-28

Please join us for the 2nd annual Atlanta Workshop for Single-cell Omics (AWSOM) 2023 hosted by Atlanta Single-cell Omics and Analytics Initiative (ASCOmAI). Two-day workshop will highlight talks in areas of bioinformatics/single-cell analytics and experimental applications of single-cell technologies for biological, clinical, and translational research from Emory, Georgia Tech, and MSM.

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9th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 3

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. Learn more .


5th Annual International Football is Medicine Workshop and Conference 2023 – June 7-9

Hosted by Emory RSPH June 7-9, this scientific conference will bring together expert researchers from around the globe to present and discuss the increasing evidence of recreational football as a tool for the prevention and treatment of various non-communicable diseases. Abstract submissions are due April 15.

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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.


NIDDK Workshop – July 24-25

The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) invites you to attend the workshop, “Optimizing Clinical Trials in Chronic Disease”. This webinar will focus on optimizing clinical trials, focused on improving recruitment, planning, and reviewing available tools from NCATS/CTSA to assist investigators in planning trials. The webinar will include a patient panel, and special attention to the concerns of research coordinators, as well as lessons learned from successful clinical trials in the COVID era. For more information, please email Dr. Kevin Abbott .


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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