Research Achievements Recognized at Health Services Research Day
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
May 12, 2023


Research Achievements Recognized at Health Services Research Day

Georgia CTSA and Emory Health Services Research Center were excited to host over 160 researchers for the 9th Annual Health Services Research Day at Emory School of Medicine. During this symposium and networking opportunity, researchers across Georgia learned about ongoing quality, effectiveness, and value-based research activities, showcasing the latest research during featured talks, oral abstracts, and poster sessions.

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Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants Award Recipients

Georgia CTSA is pleased to announce new awards funded as Pilot Grant recipients in Round #130 SOM I3 Emory Wow! Research . These I3 awards support research with the potential to make a transformational impact in fundamental biomedical knowledge or translational impact. The Pilot Grants program is a catalyst and vehicle for the transformation of clinical and translational science in Georgia.

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Open Positions

Emory Reproductive Center Embryologist Positions Now Open

The Emory Reproductive Center (ERC), located in Atlanta, GA, has two full-time embryologist positions available. We are an academic program with an exceptional group of laboratory staff looking to expand our team. This is a phenomenal opportunity to join the field of reproductive health and fertility treatment, an expanding field with state-of-the-art technology and tremendous room for specialization and growth. ERC supports career development and rewards long-term employees.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) Pilot Research Program (PReP) – LOIs due May 19

The Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) Pilot Research Program (PReP) seeks to fund pilot grants led by Emory faculty that are community-rooted and address structural drivers of injury-related health inequities. Outcomes of particular interest are violence and overdose. Applications should be designed to build the foundation for a future major, externally funded (e.g., NIH R01) grant that will advance CDC priorities around injury prevention and control.

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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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Keck Foundation Internal Competition: June 2024 Cycle – Internal Deadline May 25

Keck funds innovative, high-risk, and transformative projects that are top institutional priorities. Typically, Keck projects solve important science and engineering questions and develop novel techniques and/or instruments that can be disseminated throughout the research community. Keck does not, however, fund translational biomedical research and seeks to fund projects that do not fit within established federal agency funding schema. NOTE: The Funding Opportunities link is for Emory faculty, researchers, and staff only and can only be accessed through an email address.

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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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STrengthening Research Opportunities for NIH Grants (STRONG) – LOIs due August 18

The STrengthening Research Opportunities for NIH Grants (STRONG): The STRONG-RLI program will support research capacity needs assessments by eligible Resource-Limited Institutions (RLIs). The program will also support the recipient institutions to use the results of the assessments to develop action plans for how to meet the identified needs.

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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

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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Atlanta Network for Training In KUH Scientific Research (ATLANTIS) – Due June 15

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 non-malignant hematology. ATLANTIS provides funds for trainee costs plus access to valuable professional development programming and active networking opportunities. 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.

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CPTS 500 – Fundamentals of Epidemiology – August 23 to December 5

Faculty and postdocs are welcome to enroll in a fall semester course that is part of the curriculum in the Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) at the Laney Graduate School. Tuition awards are not available but faculty and postdocs at Emory may be eligible for the Emory Courtesy Scholarship if employed for at least one year. This is a semester-long course that meets on Mondays from 3:10-5:00pm from August 23 to December 5. For more information and instructions on how to apply to the Laney Graduate School as a non-degree student, contact Rachel Hardison.


MSCR 596 – Advanced Data Management in R – August 23 to December 5

Faculty and postdocs are welcome to enroll in a fall semester course that is part of the curriculum in the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) at the Laney Graduate School. Tuition awards are not available but faculty and postdocs at Emory may be eligible for the Emory Courtesy Scholarship if employed for at least one year. This is a semester-long course that meets on Tuesdays from 3:10-5:00pm from August 23 to December 5. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in a basic statistics course covering at least linear regression (BIOS/MSCR 500 or equivalent). For more information and instructions on how to apply to the Laney Graduate School as a non-degree student contact Cheryl Sroka.


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: I Rub Your Back (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

NCATS – CTSA Webinar Series: Non-Dilutive Funding Opportunities for Research Entrepreneurs – May 17 & June 26

Are you an aspiring research entrepreneur or small business seeking non-dilutive funding opportunities? Join the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and experts for a two-part webinar series May 17 and June 26 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on small business funding opportunities. Learn more about non-dilutive Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding and resources to help small businesses advance and commercialize promising translational biotech and life sciences research technologies.

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Bench2Market Talk: Securing Investment for Your Startup – May 31

Join us via Zoom at 11:30 AM for a panel discussion addressing how securing funding for your early-stage startup can be one of the most challenging aspects of entrepreneurship. In addition to providing funds for your startup to develop and grow, investors often play a key role in company management and strategy. Join us for an interactive panel discussion with investors from a variety of firms to learn what they look for in a startup company and how to position yourself for fundraising success.



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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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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Pediatric Research Grand Rounds – May 17

Join us via Zoom at 8:00 AM for a presentation on Genomic Diversity for Health Equity with featured presenter King Jordan, PhD.


Ask RCRA Community Forum – May 18

The Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (RCRA) is delighted to invite you to our monthly "Ask RCRA" community forum! Please join us from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for important research compliance information, including regulatory updates and institutional changes in policies and procedures. Take the survey and let us know about research compliance topics of most interest to you!


GENI Seminar – May 23

Join us in-person or via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for a seminar on The Development Basis of Biliary Atresia with guest speaker Jorge A. Bezerra, MD. In-person attendance is encouraged and includes a lunch with advance registration. Register by May 19.


CIAG Seminar – May 26

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for a seminar on Precision Medicine Models for Undiagnosed and Rare Diseases with guest speaker Lindsay Burrage, MD, PhD.


Informatics Lunch and Learn – May 31

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 for a session on Georgia CTSA Machine Learning Operations and Application Development Services led by a panel of Georgia CTSA Informatics team experts. 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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