Former Georgia CTSA UL1 Diversity Scholar to Lead Maternal Health Research Center of Excellence
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
September 1, 2023


Former Georgia CTSA UL1 Diversity Scholar to Lead Maternal Health Research Center of Excellence

NIH has established Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence and selected Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) as one of ten research centers. This initiative will support research to reduce pregnancy-related complications and death and promote maternal health equity. Building on the excellent foundation as Georgia IMPROVE co-lead, former Georgia CTSA UL1 Diversity Scholar Natalie Hernandez, PhD, MPH, will serve as MSM Principal Investigator.

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Georgia CTSA Welcomes 2023-2024 MSCR and CPTS Students

Join us in welcoming 2023-2024 clinical and translational research and science students! The Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) provides innovative didactic and mentored research training to those pursuing a career in clinical and/or translational research. The Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) is for trainees who seek to conduct research at the interface between basic and translational science and clinical medicine.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

Halle Institute-Tel Aviv University Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) – Due Dates Vary

The Halle Institute-Tel Aviv University Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) is now open to all full-time faculty members from across Emory's nine schools. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for innovative collaborative research projects linking with faculty from one of our partner universities. The research may take place in any country or region as long as it is done collaboratively.

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* Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Program – LOIs due September 30

The NIH Common Fund is accepting applications for the Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Health Equity Research Hubs (Hubs). The goals of ComPASS are to 1) develop, share, and evaluate community-led health equity structural interventions that leverage partnerships across multiple sectors to reduce health disparities and 2) develop a new health equity research model for community-led, multisectoral structural intervention research across NIH and other federal agencies. Applications due October 31.

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Emory SOM Image, Innovate, and Impact (I3) GCMI Research Awards RFP – Due October 24

In partnership with Georgia CTSA, SOM is soliciting Emory proposals that will accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to health benefits through collaborations between Emory and GCMI. Proposals are intended to improve patient care by more effectively and efficiently developing and commercializing devices and products through preclinical and product development services. Collaborations with GCMI are required.

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NIH Build UP Trust Challenge – Due November 14

The NIH Build UP Trust Challenge seeks solutions that increase research participation and the adoption of medical care by building trust and improving engagement with historically underserved communities. The NIH Build UP Trust prize challenge aims to identify new and promising scalable strategies that increase research participation and the adoption of existing and new tools and approaches to detect, treat, and monitor diseases, conditions, and disorders by improving engagement with minority health populations and populations with health disparities .

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NOSI: Next-Generation Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy Including Vascular Access – Due January 5

This notice of special interest (NOSI) aims to support the development of innovative approaches to renal replacement therapy and address critical accompanying challenges such as vascular access and fluid management during dialysis. It is anticipated that the funded applications will propose to develop and test in appropriate models and/or research participants novel technologies related to renal replacement therapy.

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Education and Training

Phlebotomy 101 Training – September 21 & 22

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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Calling All Clinical Research Professionals: Discover the Power of eMPACT!

Are you looking for a free, comprehensive career navigation system that can help you achieve your professional goals in the field of Clinical Translational Science? Introducing 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.


Free Online Trainings for Clinical Research Professionals

Georgia CTSA and SC CTSI created an Online Course Catalog with free course and program offerings available to clinical research professionals. Participants earn a certificate or badge with contact hours (continuing education – CE) from an accredited provider upon completion of a course or program (series of courses). Featured Program: Clinical Trials with Medical Devices

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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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TEAMS Mentoring Program - Call for Content Experts

Are you an expert in providing feedback, managing a team, grant writing, manuscript development, people management, or other academic skills? Are you interested in paying it forward to help junior scholars? Then we want you as an expert for Georgia CTSA’s TEAMS (Translational Education and Mentoring for Science) Program! Share your expertise virtually with a small group of mentees and commit to at least a one-hour meeting per year. Learn more .
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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

Data Interpretation and Management: He Took His Notebook (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Bioentrepreneurship Networking – September 21

Join Emory University School of Medicine's third Bioentrepreneurship Networking event, sponsored by Biolocity, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Discover how early disclosure of inventions to the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) lays the foundation for fostering innovation and accelerating its path to implementation. Come explore captivating case studies and success stories showcasing the profound difference made by proactive invention disclosure. RSVP to attend. Food and drinks are provided for attendees.



Lab2Launch is the first-of-its-kind shared laboratory at Emory University designed to support scientist-entrepreneurs in a community-driven environment in taking their discoveries from the lab to market, located on the 1st floor of the new Health Sciences and Research Building II. Geared towards Emory-affiliated founders and innovators, Lab2Launch provides critical offerings such as access to scalable lab spaces, top-of-the-line instrumentation, and events and programming. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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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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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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The 10th Annual UGA-FDA Medical Device Regulations Conference – Registration Open

Attend the 10th Annual UGA-FDA Medical Device Joint Regulatory Conference (UGA-FDA MDRC) virtually or in-person with your peers and experts which provides educational and networking opportunities to help shape and advance the future of medical device regulatory sciences. Using a tutorial approach, experienced leaders from the FDA, Notified Bodies, and medical device industry experts will present and engage the audience on challenges related to medical device compliance and quality areas. International collaboration efforts that improve quality and benefit the public are also highlighted.

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Blue Sky Group: LGBTQ+ Health - September 6

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom on September 6 from 11:30-1:00 PM for a session on LGBTQ+ Health. The discussion will be opened by Dr. Don Operario, a leading researcher 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 .


Tour de Flow 2023 – September 12-13

This two-day event will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of flow cytometry, from basic principles to advanced applications. The event will be led by a team of experienced flow cytometry experts from BD, who will share their knowledge and expertise with participants. The event will also include two workshops, where participants will have the opportunity to work directly with our guest experts. Learn more about the Isac Recognized Flow Cytometry Core.

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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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