Informatics Lunch and Learn: Advancing Clinical Registries through AI, NLP, and FHIR
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
June 16, 2023


Informatics Lunch and Learn: Advancing Clinical Registries through AI, NLP, and FHIR

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, June 21, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Jon Duke, MD, MS, Co-Director, Georgia CTSA Informatics Core; Director, Center for Health Analytics & Informatics, GTRI; and Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Tech, will be leading this session. Learn more .


Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) Offer Contact Hours for Phlebotomy Training

GCRCs offer 13.8 contact hours for completing Phlebotomy 101 Training, an introductory training to venipuncture. The two-day classroom and clinical, hands-on training teaches venipuncture. This course is offered to research coordinators and led by GCRC nurses. Open to employees at Emory University, Emory Healthcare, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the University of Georgia. The next trainings are June 22 & 23 and July 27 & 28.

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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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* ClinGen Genomic Curation Expert Panels (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

NIH established a clinical genomics infrastructure to develop an openly accessible knowledgebase that promotes data sharing and provides standardized infrastructure and tools for determining the clinical relevance of genetic variants through two initiatives: the Clinical Genomics Resource (ClinGen) and the Clinical Variant Database (ClinVar) of clinical variation. The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to establish Expert Panels that will select genes and genomic variants associated with diseases or conditions of high priority to participate NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and systematically determine their clinical significance for diagnosis and treatment of these diseases or conditions.

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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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* Emergency Awards: HEAL Initiative: Translational Science Career Enhancement Awards for Early and Mid-career Investigators (K18 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) – Due July 8

This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) invites applications from early and mid-career investigators (i.e. postdoctoral fellow/associates – associate professor) who strive to expand their research trajectories through the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in the areas of therapeutic drug, biologic, or device development. The development of novel treatments for pain, addiction, and overdose is a vital component to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

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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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* Collaborative Partnership to Advance Global Health Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due September 2

The goal of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to develop, establish, implement, and maintain a successful collaborative partnership to advance NIH priorities, support NIH collaboration on global health, and advance biomedical research internationally. This program will support a partnership between the NIH and the recipient(s) with the commitment and capacity to help extend NIH research-related programs worldwide.

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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

Primary Practice Practitioner Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP) Study

If treating chronic pain adds to your burnout, we can help! Chronic pain education ranges from zero to six hours in most medical schools and is biased towards a bio-pharmacologic approach. 4PCP trains practitioners to use biobehavioral model paradigm as a valuable and beneficial tool for patient care. Team-based biobehavioral treatment is recognized as a best-practice in treating chronic pain, so 4PCP trains not just the medical practitioner, but an entire team, including a local behavioral specialist and a physical therapist. Beyond teaching you content and information, they focus on the foundational aspects of patient care, and patient-doctor communication, the real how-to’s of a medical practice.

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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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Emory T32 Research Training Program in Translational GI & Hepatology – Due July 1

The Translational GI/Hepatology research training program seeks to recruit and train highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellows in Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The training program will emphasize working at the interface between basic biology and translational medicine to fill important gaps in knowledge and therapeutics. Trainees will develop expertise as digestive health researchers under the oversight and guidance of the Executive Committee. The training program incorporates a structured degree program in Master of Science in Clinical Research or a Certificate in Translational Research, via the Laney Graduate School/ Georgia CTSA.

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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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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: When the Author Can't Write English (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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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 .


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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