Blue Sky Group: VR and AR in Healthcare
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
October 13, 2023


Blue Sky Group: VR and AR in Healthcare

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom on November 16 from 10:30-12:00 PM for a session on Virtual Reality and Artificial Reality in Healthcare. The discussion will be opened by Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, a leading researcher in this field. Learn about the new AR/VR innovation space in Emory’s HSRB II. Blue Sky Groups allow you to drive agenda and catalyze future collaborations and research opportunities! Learn more .


Grant Writing Workshop – November 29

Join Georgia CTSA on November 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM via Zoom for a grant writing workshop to learn tips on how to prepare supporting documents from two leading experts. This session will focus on Budget Development, Biosketches, Multi-PI Planning, Data Sharing, and Facilities and Equipment. Learn More .


Special Recognition

Georgia CTSA Leaders Dr. Lam & Dr. Ofotokun elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Congratulations to Georgia CTSA Innovation Catalyst Director Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, Emory and Georgia Tech, and Georgia CTSA Research Education KL2 Program Co-Director Ighovwerha Ofotokun, MD, MSCR, Emory, who were among the 90 regular members and 10 international members elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2023. Congratulations to all for having demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

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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NOSI: Quantum Sensing in Biomedical Applications (SBIR/STRR) – Due January 5

NEI and participating NIH Institutes and Centers are issuing NOSI to solicit applications proposing to advance research activities relevant to quantum sensing in biomedical and clinical research and application. The purpose of this NOSI is to support small businesses for stimulation of technological innovation in quantum sensing.

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Education and Training

Phlebotomy 101 Training – October 19 & 20

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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ATLANTIS Training for Postdocs – Apply by November 1

The ATLANTIS Program is currently accepting applications from postdoctoral trainees from Emory, MSM, or Georgia Tech for research training in the fields of hematology, nephrology, and urology.

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Georgia CTSA KL2 Clinical and Translational Research Career Development Program – Apply by February 1

The goal of the KL2 Program is to support and enhance career development for junior faculty (MD, PhD, MD/PhD, PharmD) committed to a career in clinical and translational research (CTR) and clinical and translational science (CTS). Georgia CTSA is committed to assisting junior faculty at partner institutions to become independent, established, and ethical CTR and CTS investigators. Register for free two-part KL2 Application Workshop on October 19 and 26.

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Georgia CTSA TL1 (T32-like) Training Grant Clinical and Translational Research Training - Predoc Due February 15, Postdoc Due March 15

The TL1 program is focused on providing innovative didactic and mentored clinical and translational research (CTR) training to individuals interested in careers that encompass CTR and clinical and translational science (CTS). The TL1 program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (medical, PharmD and PhD students; resident and fellow physicians; PhD postdocs; and PharmD residents). Register for free TL1 Application Workshop on November 2.

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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 Research Career Pathways Program .

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Research Resources

Biorepository for Investigators

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Center at Emory has established a Biorepository that includes an array of infectious disease samples. Our goal is to provide de-identified samples to investigators validating or developing diagnostics and therapeutics in an effort to improve the understanding of the effects, response, and mechanism of a variety of infectious disease samples including SARS-COV-2 and its variants. View current Biorepository Dashboard .

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Georgia CTSA Team Science and Diversity Awards – Due October 24

Georgia CTSA’s Team Science and Diversity Awards are now open! This year, we offer four eligible awards for investigators: Presidents’ Award of Distinction for Team Science, Team Science Award of Distinction for Early-Stage Research Teams, Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Clinical/Translational Science Award, and Staff Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Clinical/Translational Science Award. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the 2024 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Conference (February 28- March 1, 2024). Applications are due by October 24.

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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 Representation: An Instance of Data Manipulation (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Bench2MarketTalks: Journeys through the Trenches – October 18

Join us from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM for a panel discussion with Rachael Hagan, Sally McFall, PhD, and Yogi Patel, PhD, sharing their commercialization journey and expertise. Learn about their experiences and how they overcame barriers to bring their innovations out of academia and into the marketplace. We will also reserve time for networking with our panelists after the discussion.


Bioentrepreneurship Networking – October 19

Join Emory University’s School of Medicine from 4:30 – 6:00 PM for its fourth Bioentrepreneurship Networking event. Dive into an alternative approach to impacting human health with guest speaker Nassir Mokarram, PhD, as he unveils what we can expect from the upcoming Emory BioFoundry Institute expected to be one of its kind. Please RSVP to reserve your spot for this exclusive moment, and food will be provided to attendees.



12th Annual State of the Public’s Health Conference – October 26

Convening health professionals and others who are passionate about improving the public’s health, the State of the Public’s Health Conference aims to drive meaningful, solutions-oriented discussion to advance the health of all Georgians. The conference will explore approaches to tackle the most pressing public health issues affecting Georgia communities today, including rural health, climate and health, homelessness, and health equity. Register today!

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Writing, Dissemination & Reviewer Learning Community for Community-Patient Authors and Reviewers – November 11

Join us for a fantastic opportunity to enhance your partnership’s scholarly writing skills and connect with other community-academic authors at our workshop. This in-person gathering will take place from 5:00-8:00pm at the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs in Atlanta, GA. This workshop offers a platform to guide collaborative writing with multiple authors, share ideas, receive valuable feedback, and collaborate with fellow community-academic researchers. Participants will learn and practice skills for scholarly writing, collaborative research dissemination, and receive additional support from PCHP’s editorial team during all learning community activities.

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Community-Academic Researcher Pilot Program – Due January 19

Georgia CTSA’s Community Engagement program aims to support community-university research partnerships and build community capacity to conduct health research that is responsive to the community’s health needs. This pilot grant program provides funding and technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) and academic researchers/faculty to conduct community-engaged research. A maximum of two grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded.

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IMP Seminar – TODAY

Join us in Whitehead Auditorium or via Zoom at 2:00 PM for a seminar, “Fueling Anti-Tumor Lunphocytes: CARs and More”, with guest speaker Naomi Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator-Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health. Learn More.

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Preparing the Future Workforce in Drug Research & Development Workshop – October 16-17

Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation will host a public workshop for stakeholders to consider what is needed to support the next-generation workforce – one that is resilient, culturally aware, and interdisciplinary. Workshop participants will identify the types of expertise and disciplines needed to achieve the aspirations for a transformed clinical trials enterprise in 2030 and enable a workforce that can better support the evolving needs of drug discovery, development, and translation. There will also be an opportunity to explore issues related to the lack of diversity and approaches for engaging and preparing a more person-centered drug R&D workforce.

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28th NanoFANS Forum: Bio-Microfluidics – October 17

You are cordially invited to the Fall 2023 NANOFANS (Focusing on Advanced Nanobio Systems) Forum meeting 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 "Bio-microfluidics”, an interdisciplinary field of research that combines microfluidics with the science of living systems, having applications ranging from medical diagnostics to targeted drug delivery. Register by October 15. Lunch will be provided!

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Grant Writing Workshop – October 18

Join us from 1:00 – 5:00 PM via Zoom for a grant writing workshop to learn tips on how to prepare a compelling R01 or R21 grant proposal, understand review criteria, improve overall impact, and more! This workshop is part of a series hosted by the Georgia CTSA and Emory School of Medicine. Learn More .


Hands-on Tour of the Single Cell Analysis Journey – October 18

Emory EIGC and EICC are excited to announce a single cell genomics data analysis workshop on October 18, 9 AM – 4 PM, in HSRB auditorium. We will explore a set of neutrophil data using 10X Cloud Analysis, Cell Ranger, and Loupe Browser.

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Innovations in Regenerative Medicine Products – October 20

Save the date for this USC full-day event from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM via Zoom covering the latest developments regarding differences in regulatory aspects of cell therapy and regenerative medicine, cell therapy manufacturing, translational application of regenerative products, and target identification for gene therapy.

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Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) Forum – November 3

Join researchers and analytical experts as Georgia CTSA hosts our annual BERD Research Forum, ‘Advances and Challenges in Wearables Research’, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Morehouse School of Medicine and via Zoom. Please join us for a stimulating event that brings together experts and enthusiasts in the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, and community-based research to share their latest findings and exchange ideas. In-person space is limited, so register today! View flyer .


Team Science Skill Series: Managing, Leveraging, and Mitigating Conflict – November 3

oin us via Zoom from 12:00-1:00 PM. Thomas O’Neill, PhD, University of Calgary, will host session on how to manage conflict productively. A free evidence-based personalized conflict styles report will be available to each attendee after taking a 5-minute assessment. Discussions will be facilitated on how different conflict styles may be more appropriate in given scenarios, and how to align the right style as the situation calls. Learn more .

K-Club – November 9

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM for a facilitated panel discussion, led by Dr. Julie Hawk with Division Chiefs and past and current K-Awardees to learn strategies for talking to your Division Chief about your research.


Emory Veterans Day Ceremony – November 10

On behalf of Patrick Forrestal, President of the Emory Veterans Association, we hope you will join us at the 15th annual Emory Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 AM at the Emory Quadrangle. Remarks will be made by President Gregory L. Fenves and Dr. Ravi Thadhani, EVPHA Woodruff Health Sciences Center. The keynote speech will be delivered by Major General Burke W. Whitman, USMC Retired.

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Blue Sky Group: VR and AR in Healthcare - November 16

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 10:30-12:00 PM for a session on Virtual Reality and Artificial Reality in Healthcare. The discussion will be opened by Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, a leading researcher in this field. Learn about the new AR/VR innovation space in Emory’s HSRB II. Blue Sky Groups allow you to drive agenda and catalyze future collaborations and research opportunities! Learn more .


The 10th Annual UGA-FDA Medical Device Regulations Conference – November 28-30

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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Informatics Lunch and Learn – November 29

Georgia CTSA’s Informatics program offers the next Lunch & Learn webinar providing free informatics guidance to the university research community. Join us from 12:00 - 1:00 PM for a webinar, “Audio Diaries - Product development story of a platform to conduct daily diary research” with special guest speaker Santiago Arconada Alvarez. View Flyer .


Grant Writing Workshop – November 29

Join Georgia CTSA from 1:00 – 3:00 PM via Zoom for a grant writing workshop to learn tips on how to prepare supporting documents from two leading experts. This session will focus on Budget Development, Biosketches, Multi-PI Planning, Data Sharing, and Facilities and Equipment. Learn More .


Speed Networking: Microbiome in Health and Disease – December 5

Join faculty across Georgia CTSA from 3:00 – 5:00 PM for an energetic and dynamic virtual networking session. Emory SOM Interim Dean Carlos del Rio will emcee as attendees present their research in four minutes or less with the goal of seeking new collaborators. Presenter slots are limited, so register early. Non-presenters are welcome to learn about their colleagues’ work and find new collaborators.


SE Regional Conference – February 28–March 1; Abstracts Due – November 6

The Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference, February 28–March 1 at Callaway Resort and Gardens, brings together cross-disciplinary researchers from across the southeast to present cutting-edge health-related preclinical, clinical, implementation, and population-based research with national impact. Researchers working across the SE are invited to submit an abstract. Read Call for Abstracts . Abstracts due Monday, Nov. 6.

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