Georgia CTSA Leader Recognized as Health Care Hero
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
June 9, 2023


Georgia CTSA Leader Recognized as Health Care Hero

Congratulations to Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, Georgia CTSA Translational Workforce Development Program Director and Dean of Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In 2023 Health Care Heroes Awards from Atlanta Business Chronicle, McCauley received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the nursing profession including over two decades as a researcher focused on health of vulnerable populations.

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I3 Med Tech Research Award Recipients

Congratulations to the grant recipients of the Emory SOM Imagine, Innovate, and Impact (I3) Medical Technology (Med Tech) Awards. In partnership with Georgia CTSA, the I3 Med Tech Awards aim to cultivate inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs driven to solve medicine’s challenges and create patient impact through an interface of medicine and technology. Three I3 Med Tech Research Awards totaling $150,000 were awarded in this round.

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Open Position

UGA Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Project Manager

The UGA Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Project Manager works under the supervision of Dr. Ted Futris, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and Principle Investigator/Project Director for the Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education Works (FRAMEWorks) grant-funded project. The project will integrate HMRE into existing services to improve healthy relationship and marriage skills and enhance the financial capability of committed couples across Georgia who are experiencing economic stress and are relationally vulnerable in order to enhance couple functioning, co-parenting and parenting quality, family stability, and adult and child well-being. The Project Manager should demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the program and is responsible for managing multiple priorities in a team environment and developing and managing the program and its development.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

Awards Supporting Cutting-Edge Technologies for Translational Science – Due Dates Vary

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) invites applications to foster investigator-initiated development of highly innovative technologies to address barriers, limitations, or bottlenecks in translational science – particularly for therapeutic development. This program will support the early-stage proof of concept, high-risk and potentially high-reward studies for feasibility and exploratory technology development, which can transform or significantly improve the efficiency of therapeutic development to achieve NCATS ultimate goals - more treatments to all people more quickly.

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* REM Collaborative Seed Grants – Due July 2

Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Georgia under the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center (REM) announce the 2023-24 collaborative grant program. This funding mechanism is intended to stimulate new, collaborative research in regenerative medicine among Georgia Tech, Emory University, and UGA investigators. This funding mechanism may support collaborative projects at earlier stages of development in the “high risk, high yield” category or projects with exceptionally innovative or novel technology and/or a high potential for clinical or industry translation.

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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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Accelerating Behavioral and Social Science through Ontology Development and Use: Research Network Projects – LOIs due September 3

This funding opportunity invites applications to support research projects focused on the expansion of existing or development of new ontologies for behavioral or social science research (BSSR). The research projects must include multi-disciplinary teams of subject matter experts in one or more BSSR fields, as well as ontology-related informatics and computational approaches. Projects should address health-related behavioral and social science problems not easily solved without improvement in semantic knowledge structures (e.g., controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies).

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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

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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Phlebotomy 101 Training – June 22 & 23

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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Harvard Catalyst: Genomic Medicine in Clinical Practice Online Course – August 2 to November 8

Learn how to integrate genetic testing into your clinical care with our self-paced course. Clinical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors, and subspecialists will lead participants through instructional videos, practical exercises, and assessments. Free for those with Harvard affiliation. Designed for clinicians, open to all. Register by July 24!

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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

Research Development Program Cystic Fibrosis Research Core Services Needs Assessment

The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research program kindly requests your input for our planned Research Development Program (RDP) grant application that is planned for submission to the CF Foundation in early 2024. At this time, we are asking for input regarding potential use of the planned research cores. Our primary objective is to enhance critical infrastructure for both established and emerging CF researchers while complementing the ongoing Cores funded by our NIH P30 grant. These services are available to investigators at all Georgia CTSA institutions.

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Virtual QUAL-WORKS Workshops – Due Dates Vary

QUAL-WORKS offers a series of training workshops on qualitative research. We offer three types of workshops: scheduled workshops, individual mentored sessions, and customized workshops. Scheduled workshops are held twice a year during summer. Mentored sessions provide individual mentoring with a QUAL-WORKS expert on your own research project. Customized workshops can be developed to meet the training needs of your organization.

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NIH Offers New Resource to Aid Researchers in Grant Application

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review has developed a resource to help researchers in the NIH grant application process. It highlights institution- and investigator-specific information, including key actions that must be taken well in advance of application submission to aid the research community, especially those new to submitting NIH grant applications.

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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

Deadline Extended - Due TODAY. 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: The Tyrannical Principal Investigator (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program from the Small Business Administration is meant to help increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of SBIR/STTR applications from each for the states. For startups in the state of Georgia that are competitive for an SBIR/STTR, we are able to offer $2450 to help cover the upfront fee of hiring a grant writing consultant to help that startup craft and submit their SBIR/STTR. Do note, most grant consultants stop taking clients ~8 weeks from the SBIR/STTR deadline. Apply by 6/27 to meet the 9/5 NIH Deadline; however, this program is available all year. Questions? Contact Kevin Wu .

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27th NanoFANS (Focusing on Advanced Nanobio Systems) Forum – June 22

You are cordially invited to the 2023 NANOFANS Forum held from 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM at the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Georgia Tech-Institute for Electronics & Nanotechnology (GT-IEN). The focus of this event will be "Trends in Machine Learning for Biology." Machine learning (ML) in the field of biology has multiple applications, ranging from natural language processing to healthcare. Speakers will include Regents` Professor David Sherrill, Regents` Professor Jeffrey Skolnick, Professor Hannah Choi, and Professor King Jordan from the Georgia Institute of Technology who will discuss their current research activities in machine learning for biology. Please register for the NanoFANS Forum by June 19. Lunch will be provided!

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NCATS – CTSA Webinar Series: Non-Dilutive Funding Opportunities for Research Entrepreneurs – 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 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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BioLaunchPad Seminar – June 29

Atlanta-area researchers and startup companies are invited to attend a free hybrid workshop hosted by the Georgia Tech Bio LaunchPad Seminar Series at 11:00 AM. This event will provide an overview of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR and STTR seed funding programs, and attendees will learn how to leverage SBIR/STTR grants and other diverse programs for researchers and academic entrepreneurs.

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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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PacBio 10x Seminar - June 13

Join us in-person or via Zoom from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET for a cohosted event, Single Cell Sequencing with 10x Genomics and PacBio, to learn about how PacBio’s highly-accurate long-read (HiFi) sequencing and 10x Genomics Chromium Single Cell platform technology are enabling cancer research!

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Emory Global Health Institute Fireside Chat – June 16

Join us from 9:00 – 10:00 AM via Zoom for a fireside chat featuring University of Lagos Vice Chancellor, Dr. Folasade Ogunsola, as she discusses her leadership journey, global health priorities, and effective partnerships.

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Georgia CTSA Maternal Health Webinar: Creating Circles of Care in Our Communities - July 24

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Georgia CTSA’s Integrating Special Populations program is hosting a webinar to facilitate collaboration between people with an interest in rural maternal health disparities. Keisha Callins, MD, MPH, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Community Health Care Systems, will be leading a session, Change Happens at the Speed of Trust: Creating Circles of Care in Our Communities. View flyer .

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 .


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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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