Georgia CTSA Integrating Special Populations’ Fishers of Men Initiative Implements CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program
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July 14, 2023


Georgia CTSA Integrating Special Populations’ Fishers of Men Initiative Implements CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program

“It’s a true community-academic partnership. We are aligning what the community needs with our strengths and reducing barriers that prevent people from getting health care and resources they need,” says Henry N. Young, PhD, Georgia CTSA Integrating Special Populations Co-Director and UGA Professor. Dr. Young is working with rural pastors and deacons in Georgia to train diabetes program facilitators to guide people on their health journey.

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Save the Date: Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference – February 28-March 1, 2024

Hosted by the Georgia CTSA, mark your calendar and join us at Callaway Resort and Gardens in 2024 as we bring together researchers from across the region to build collaborative partnerships and present the best new health-related preclinical, clinical, implementation, and public health research. Additional information, registration, and the call for abstracts will be announced in the coming months.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

* Preclinical Proof of Concept Studies for Rare Diseases (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) provides funding to conduct efficacy studies in an established rare disease preclinical model to demonstrate that a proposed therapeutic agent warrants further development. The goal of this NOFO is to spur therapeutic development for rare diseases by advancing projects to the point where they would attract subsequent investment supporting full Investigational New Drug (IND) application development or progression to clinical trials in the case of repurposing or repositioning.

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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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Georgia CF Research and Development Program – LOIs due September 1

The Cystic Fibrosis Research Program is preparing an application for “Georgia CF Research and Development Program” grant from CF Foundation. This will include a pilot grant program, with at least two grants at either $60k/year or $80k/year direct costs for 1-2 years. Note: Proposals submitted for other recent opportunities are welcome to be reused, if relevant to RDP grant’s goals. At this time, we only request a 1-2 page Letter of Intent, so please send your ideas! Questions: contact RDP Pilot Program Co-Directors Nael McCarty, PhD or Jessica Alvarez, PhD .

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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

Phlebotomy 101 Training – July 27 & 28

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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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

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

Conflict of Interest: Read This, But Don't Tell Anybody (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. Note: Most grant consultants stop taking clients ~8 weeks from the SBIR/STTR deadline. Questions? Contact Kevin Wu .

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Bench2Market End of Year Survey

We concluded our final event of the 2022-2023 series, and we will launch a new series this fall. We would love your feedback on additional topics that would assist your technology development and your preferred attendance options. Please send us feedback by clicking the button below. Feedback is anonymous. Have a great summer, and we hope to see you again in the fall!

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Grant Writing Academy Training for Community-Based Organizations - July 18

Do you wish to develop or sharpen your grant writing skills? Do you have a great idea but don’t know how to get funding? Here is an opportunity for you! Join us from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for a free interactive webinar. Learn about the Grant Writing Academy, Capacity Building, and Securing Funding for Your Ideas. Spaces are limited for this virtual training, so please register early. Learn more .

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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Calling All Clinical Research Professionals: Discover the Power of eMPACT – July & August 2023

Are you looking for a free, comprehensive career navigation system that can help you achieve your professional goals in the field of Clinical Translational Research? Look no further! We are thrilled to introduce eMPACT (Empowering Purposeful Advancement of Careers and Training in the Research Workforce), a dynamic platform designed to promote purposeful training and career advancement for professionals like you. Join an informational session to learn more about eMPACT on July 20, July 27, or August 3.


Marcus Autism Center Summer Symposium – July 10-14

Join us for the 2023 Marcus Autism Center Summer Symposium on July 10-12. The symposium is geared towards clinicians and researchers that work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families or are interested in understanding more about this population. This program includes nationally recognized presenters and ADOS Training on July 13-14. In person or virtual via Zoom.

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Women Scientists Advisors (WSA) Seminar – July 21

Join us via Zoom from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST for a seminar discussion, “Stress Related Mechanism of Aging – Searching for Drugs that Save Age-Related Vision Loss”, with guest speaker Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, PhD.

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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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