Highlights of the 2023 Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Forum
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
December 8, 2023


Highlights of the 2023 Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Forum

Uniting with the theme Advances and Challenges in Wearable Research, over 150 researchers and analytical experts registered to attend Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) Research Forum held on November 3, 2023. The BERD Forum was a stimulating event that brought together experts and enthusiasts in biostatistics, epidemiology, and community-based research to share their latest findings and exchange ideas.

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Grant Writing Workshop – January 11

Join Georgia CTSA on January 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM via Zoom for a Grant Writing Workshop: Mock Study Section. Do you wonder what happens during scientific review? Learn about the grant review process and get an inside look on how grants are reviewed at the NIH. This workshop is part of a series hosted by the Georgia CTSA and Emory School of Medicine. Learn More .


Special Recognition

Georgia CTSA Leader Graduates in First Cohort of Female Founders Forum at Emory (F3@E)

“My experience working with Georgia CTSA’s Translational Workforce Development (TWD) program underscored the need for offering high-quality training for clinical research professionals as well as the efficient matching of job seekers to appropriate position levels to accelerate the launch of research projects. Talent Trace is a tool designed to improve matching of job seekers for clinical research coordinator positions, benefiting both individuals and HR,” says Georgia CTSA TWD Curriculum Coordinator Elaine Fisher, PhD, RN, CNE, Emory.

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Special News

Graduate Student Poster Competition: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design

Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design program is sponsoring a graduate student poster competition. Travel expenses will be covered for the awardees to present at the 2024 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference . Applicant must be a full-time graduate student at Emory, MSM, UGA, or Georgia Tech. Abstracts are limited to one page, 11 point font. Apply by Friday, January 5.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

* Basket Clinical Trials of Drugs Targeting Shared Molecular Etiologies in Multiple Rare Diseases (U44 Clinical Trial Required) – Due Dates Vary

NCATS seeks to facilitate rare diseases research by enabling efficient and effective movement toward clinical trials in multiple rare diseases. The purpose of this NOFO is to provide support for basket clinical trials of drugs targeting shared molecular etiologies in more than one rare disease, and in the process to identify and overcome challenges in adapting the oncology basket trial model to rare diseases Applicants are expected to collaborate with clinical investigators at academic institutions.

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SOM I3 Morningside Center Research Awards – LOI Due December 15

The current ecosystem around medical innovation focuses on unmet medical needs but rarely prioritizes ideas based on affordability and accessibility. Emory’s Morningside Center for Innovative and Affordable Medicine focuses on financial orphans aiming to generate both pre-clinical, biomarker, and clinical data for affordable, effective, safe, and readily accessible medical treatments that will reduce global disease burden. This RFA will entertain cancer proposals. Emory investigators only.

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* Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) Collaborative Cancer Research Seed Grant - LOI Due December 20

The “Collaborative Institutions Seed Grant Program for Cancer Research” through Georgia CORE is a research funding mechanism that provides seed funding for a cancer research project that involves two or more institutions or organizations in the state of Georgia comprised of a lead and a collaborative research entity. For the FY25 grant cycle, all grants related to impacting cancer morbidity or mortality rates in Georgia will be accepted. A focus on disparities work is encouraged; however, not required.

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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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Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants – LOI Due January 12

Georgia CTSA's Pilot Grants program is soliciting proposals that either generate preliminary data and refine research strategies for subsequent extramural grant applications or develop the best approaches and methodologies to address complex translational and clinical research problems. Health Equity is currently the central theme of the Georgia CTSA. Grants focused on Health Equity are strongly encouraged.

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Miniaturization and Automation of Tissue Chip Systems (MATChS) – LOI Due January 22

Microphysiological Systems (MPS) are bioengineered microfluidic devices seeded with human cells and tissues that recapitulate organ systems and function. This NOFO has the central goal of improving the instrumentation platform that supports tissue chips using general principles of automation and miniaturization like the experiences from the Tissue Chips in Space program that will result in ease of use and broader accessibility of tissue chips for use on Earth and provides support using the STTR and SBIR cooperative agreement mechanisms for the development of MATChS.

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Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship – February 17

The participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) are inviting applications to support administrative supplements to existing NIH awards to support scientists who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to mentorship and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the biomedical sciences. Funds will support ongoing and future efforts.

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Education and Training

Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (TSIF) 2024 - Due January 15

The Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (TSIF) is a postdoctoral fellowship opportunity developed by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fellows will be jointly mentored by NCATS and FDA scientists on a research project of mutual interest to both organizations. Fellows in this program will develop skills of value to future careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and government.

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Emory Laney Graduate School Course: Biostatistics for Translational Research – January 17 to April 29

Emory faculty and postdocs are invited to enroll in CPTS 502 – Biostatistics for Translational Research, a 2-credit spring semester course that is part of the curriculum in the Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) in 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, a 2-credit course that meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. in Zoom from January 17 until April 29, 2024. For more information and instructions on how to enroll in the Laney Graduate School in order to be registered for the course, contact Rachel Hardison.

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Phlebotomy 101 Training – January 25 & 26

Phlebotomy 101 is a two-day introductory classroom and clinical hands-on training that teaches the techniques of venipuncture. Led by the GCRC nurses, the course is offered to Georgia-CTSA affiliated partners.

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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. View recordings of two-part KL2 Application Workshop held on October 19 and 26: Part 1 , Part II .

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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). View recording of TL1 Application Workshop held 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 Trials with Medical Devices Program

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Research Resources

Multi-Site Clinical Trials

This is an open request for collaboration on two research studies: Comparing DEcolonization approaches For the reduction of surgical site INfEctions – the DEFINE Study , comparing the effectiveness of two intranasal decolonization methods and two approaches to body bathing to help reduce the incidence of surgical site infections; Trial of Mono- vs. Dual Therapy for Children with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Kids MoD PAH trial that studies therapies to improve PAH outcomes. *Open to Emory researchers/PCORnet affiliates. For more information, email Mugisha Niyinizi.


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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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

Healthcare Inequities Concierge Medicine: Ethically Concerning or a Better Care Model? (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Spring 2024 BME Capstone Design Project Submissions – Due December 11

Do you want to turn your med-tech innovation idea from science-fiction into science-fact? You can! BME Capstone is currently seeking project proposals for the Spring 2024 semester. When you work with GT BME Capstone, your hand-picked Capstone engineering design team works over 500 man-hours per project to ideate, design, and prototype real solutions that address unmet clinical needs. Submit your idea now!

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Health Tech Innovation Talk – December 12

Please join the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Emory Chapter in Emory School of Medicine, Room 170A from 6:00 – 7:00 PM for a talk on Digital Health & Working in Tech with Dr. Nate Gross (EUSOM ’12), Co-Founder of Doximity & Rock Health. Dr. Gross will be discussing insights and lessons learned in building Doximity, an online platform for physicians, and Rock Health, a digital health innovation non-profit and VC fund. Food will be provided.


Bench2Market Talk: Protecting Your Innovation - December 13

Join us via Zoom from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM for a seminar on Intellectual Property (IP) strategy for academic entrepreneurs. Sarah Wilkening, Ph.D., and Dan Evans, Ph.D. from Merchant & Gould, will cover topics including ownership of IP, what makes an invention patentable, how to evaluate prior art, and what it means to have the freedom to operate in a technology area. We will also be joined by technology transfer representatives from Georgia Tech and Emory during the Q&A session to follow.


Biolocity Funding Opportunity – Due December 15

Biolocity is pleased to announce open call for proposals for biomedical innovations that solve an unmet clinical need and positively impact human health. Proposals under this opportunity should encompass any medical innovation contributing to patient care, diagnosis, treatment, or drug delivery. Additionally, as part of our commitment to advancing healthcare, we are excited to offer a special opportunity for innovators working specifically on solutions related to single ventricle heart defects, related conditions, and congenital heart defects. To apply, schedule a technology meeting with the Biolocity team (before December 8th) by completing our online meeting request form. Schedule now .

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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. Watch informational application teleconference recording.

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K-Club – December 11

Join us at 12:00 PM in Egleston Classroom 6/7 or via Zoom for a special K-Club seminar, “Becoming the Boss: Tactical Tips for Getting Your Research Program Off the Ground” with guest speaker Jeremy Boss, PhD.


Translation of Microtechnologies for Hematologic Applications – December 12

By developing state-of-the art microdevices to answer hematologic questions, microsystems engineering has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of blood disorders and to develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients afflicted with those life-threatening diseases. Join us in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Rooms 1116-1118 or via live stream from noon – 1:00 PM for a seminar on the “Translation of Microtechnologies for Hematologic Applications” with guest speaker Wilbur Lam MD, PhD.

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Grant Writing Workshop – January 11

Join Georgia CTSA on January 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM via Zoom for a Grant Writing Workshop: Mock Study Section. Do you wonder what happens during scientific review? Learn about the grant review process and get an inside look on how grants are reviewed at the NIH. This workshop is part of a series hosted by the Georgia CTSA and Emory School of Medicine. Learn More .


SE Regional Conference – February 28–March 1

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. Important Note: Book your stay by January 28th! Rates will only be guaranteed through January 28th. View flyer .


10th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 7

Join Georgia CTSA colleagues at Emory University SOM from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM for this symposium and networking opportunity where researchers across Georgia will learn about ongoing quality, effectiveness, and value-based research activities.

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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 GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu by noon on Thursday. To suggest subscribers or unsubscribe to the listserv please email GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu .

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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