Georgia CTSA Executive Center Administrator and TL1 Trainees Advocate on Hill Day 2023
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April 21, 2023


Georgia CTSA Executive Center Administrator and TL1 Trainees Advocate on Hill Day 2023

Georgia CTSA leaders networked with colleagues, researchers, scholars, and NCATS program officers during the Association for Clinical and Translational Science 2023 conference in Washington, DC. They learned from experts how to innovate translational science for research, explore research from a variety of fields, and build their professional community. Trainees also took part in ‘Hill Day’ where they had the chance to advocate on Capitol Hill.

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Have You Registered? Health Services Research Day Is in Less Than 2 Weeks

Register now to join Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) colleagues at Emory University School of Medicine on Wednesday, May 3, from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM for this symposium and networking opportunity where researchers across Georgia will learn about ongoing quality, effectiveness, and value-based research activities. Don’t miss the Mental Health & Health Equity Panel @ 1:45PM. View Agenda .


Special Survey

Grant Needs Assessment – Due April 24

Interested in learning more about extramural funding? Your input matters! Georgia CTSA seeks to understand how we can best help support researchers who are interested in acquiring extramural funding. Below is the link to a brief 5-minute survey to gauge interest in programming related to obtaining extramural funding. The results will be used to inform future services offered by the Georgia CTSA Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science (CMTDS) program. Please complete by Monday, April 24.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

Wake Forest Primate Signature Program – LOIs Due April 28

The Wake Forest Primate Signature Program provides access to nonhuman primates (NHPs) and related resources for studies that advance the CTSA network’s translational research. The objective is to facilitate the collection of data from NHPs in support of applications for extramural funding. We will consider scientific requests that translate preclinical or clinical observations and prioritize non-terminal studies or biorepository samples sourced from the VRC animals.

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* Clinical Trial Readiness for Rare Diseases, Disorders, and Syndromes – Due May 15

This R21 and R03 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) invites researchers to submit applications for support of clinical projects that address critical needs for clinical trial readiness in rare diseases. The initiative seeks applications that are intended to facilitate rare diseases research by enabling efficient and effective movement of candidate therapeutics or diagnostics toward clinical trials, and to increase their likelihood of success through the development and testing of rigorous biomarkers and clinical outcome assessment measures, or by defining the presentation and course of a rare disease to enable the design of upcoming clinical trials.

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* IDCRC Early Career Investigator Pilot Awards – LOIs Due May 19

This Mentored Pilot Research Project awards (similar to K08, K23, and K99 awards) provide 1 year of funding to support research projects and career development activities that will enhance the applicant’s ability to compete successfully for an independent R- or K-series award (e.g., acquisition of preliminary data, training in grant preparation). The projects can address a variety of topics, including vaccinology, therapeutics, laboratory studies, and statistics. Learn more about the program.

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* HEAL Initiative-Early-Stage Discovery of New Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Targets Within the Understudied Druggable Proteome – Due May 22

The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to support early-stage research projects focusing on the identification of new druggable targets for pain, opioid use disorder and/or overdose within the understudied druggable proteome. This NOFO is part of the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long Term (HEAL) initiative to accelerate the development of novel medications to treat all aspects of the opioid addiction cycle, including progression to chronic use, withdrawal symptoms, craving, relapse, and overdose.

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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

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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Call for Mentees: Georgia CTSA TEAMS Program

Calling all mentees from Emory, MSM, UGA & Georgia Tech! Georgia CTSA TEAMS (Translational Education and Mentoring in Science) provides 1:1 and group mentoring for junior-level faculty, post-doc, or clinical fellows doing research in public health, clinical & translational science, implementation science, community engagement, health equity & more. Expand your network across Georgia CTSA. Apply Now : Create a CTSA Match account & then select Fellow.
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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

Authorship: But I Don't Want To Be An Author (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

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.


Emory Brain Health: Season 4 of "Your Fantastic Mind" - Wednesdays, April 19 - May 24

A partnership between Emory and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), “Your Fantastic Mind” reports on cutting-edge scientific and clinical breakthroughs in brain health. The news magazine-style show highlights compelling stories from patients and insights from top professionals across various medical disciplines including neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and sleep medicine. Season 4 airs every Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET from April 19 to May 24 on GPB’s statewide television network. Read about each episode .

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ARC Seminar – April 25

Join us in person at Egleston Classrooms 5, 6, & 7 or via Zoom for a seminar on, "Metabolic Regulation of Normal and Malignant Stem Cells" with guest speaker Cheng-Kui (CK) Qu, MD, PhD. Registration is required for boxed lunch.

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Informatics Lunch and Learn - April 26

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 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 .

eMPACT Career Navigation Webinar – April 27

Join us from 1:00 - 2:00 PM to learn how to maximize the benefits of using eMPACT . eMPACT (Empowering Purposeful Advancement of Careers and Training in the Research Workforce) is a career navigation system that promotes purposeful training & career advancement of Clinical Translational Research workforce by connecting training & employment opportunities with career goals. During the webinar, there will be drawings to award a $500 professional development support fund for FOUR participants! Prerequisite: Register for eMPACT & complete your profile. View flyer .


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 .


Blue Sky Group: Exercise as Medicine - May 9

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 1:00-2:30 PM for a session on Exercise as Medicine. The discussion will be opened by Drs. Joe Nocera and R.L. Felipe Lobelo, leading researchers 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.

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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