Georgia CTSA Pilot Grant Recipient Receives $1.8M NIH R01 for Concussion Research
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March 1, 2024



Georgia CTSA Pilot Grant Recipient Receives $1.8M NIH R01 for Concussion Research

“Our Georgia CTSA Pilot Grant captured preliminary data that formed the base for our NIH R01. Our work will better define when driving performance returns to normal after concussion and identify clinical outcomes that correlate to driving performance in a larger sample. This effort will help clinicians provide recommendations that balance driving safety with the need to return as soon as safely possible," says Julianne Schmidt, PhD, UGA.

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Study by Georgia CTSA KL2 Scholar Identifies Need for Tailored COVID-19 Vaccine Communication for Pregnant Women

“As a KL2 Scholar, I'm lucky to be part of a diverse and brilliant group of scientists who are change-makers and leaders in their fields. The KL2 and broader Georgia CTSA have supported my goal of contributing to the improvement of reproductive health for underserved groups and provides support, training, and tools to launch my career independence,” says Subasri Narasimhan, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Emory Rollins School of Public Health.

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Special News


Welcome Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, Dean of Emory School of Medicine

An accomplished surgical oncologist and researcher, Dr. Wong has been selected as the next dean of Emory School of Medicine. She will also serve as the chief academic officer for Emory Healthcare as she joins Emory in March 2024.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

NOSI: Innovative Technologies for Research on Climate Change and Human Health

This NOSI encourages Phase I (R43), Direct to Phase II (R44), Fast-track (R44) and SBIR and STTR Phase I (R41) and Phase II (R42) grant applications from SBCs to develop commercializable tools, resources, and approaches to capture the effects of climate change and the associated impacts of extreme weather events on human health, and to support adaptation or mitigation strategies to minimize health hazards and impacts from climate change.

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Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Projects – LOI Due February 26; REC Training Awards Due March 18

Areas of research can range from basic and clinical investigations to education, lifestyle, and caregiving. Studies of pre-clinical phases of disease and approaches useful in differentiating disease processes from normal aging, as well as multi-etiology dementia, early interventions, imaging & biomarkers, and minority issues are encouraged. Projects are intended for advanced graduate students, new/early-stage investigators, or established researchers seeking new directions; applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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Emory SOM Imagine, Innovate and Impact (I3) Cores Awards RFP – Due March 14

Emory SOM is soliciting proposals to use the Emory Integrated Core Facilities (EICF; full list here) to facilitate innovative research. This mechanism will provide funding support to utilize the existing services and technologies offered by the nineteen EICF cores with the goal of generating data for research projects.  Faculty members from across the WHSC, including all Schools, Centers, and Institutes are encouraged to apply.

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RNA Delivery Technologies to Allow Specific Tissue Target Homing (RNA-DASH) – Due April 5

This funding opportunity aims to support the development and/or pre-clinical studies of non-viral technologies to deliver RNA-based therapeutics into disease-relevant cells and tissues in vivo. Projects may focus on a single or multiple cells or tissues. Emphasis will be placed on organs, tissues and cell types that are clinically relevant but for which no effective in vivo delivery technologies are currently available.

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Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design RFP – Due April 12

Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design program is soliciting proposals to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health services research to advance clinical & translational research. Review criteria include quantitative methodological research to fill gaps, innovation, feasibility, and plans for dissemination & translation. New investigators are encouraged to apply.

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Education and Training

Phlebotomy 101 Training – March 28 & 29

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 TL1 (T32-like) Training Grant Clinical and Translational Research Training - 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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Emory T32 Post-Doctoral Training Program to End the HIV Epidemic – Interest Form Due April 12

The goal of this program is to train post-doctoral candidates from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary expertise in health services research, through utilization of a multidisciplinary approach to expose trainees to multiple methods and research areas, from epidemiology and biostatistics to behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and health policy and implementation. The program has a special emphasis on research addressing disparities or inequities based on factors such as race/ethnicity, sex/gender, socioeconomic status, geographical residence, healthcare access, and physical/mental disability. Proposals should thus have a component that addresses equity or disparities. Contact Tracy Obertone for questions. Full applications due May 3.

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Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) Request for Applications - Due May 1

The Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) is a formal 16-credit Emory Laney Graduate School program for trainees who seek to conduct research at interface between basic and translational science and clinical medicine. The CPTS enhances and transforms translational research training for predoctoral PhD students, postdoctoral fellows (PhD or MD) & junior faculty at Emory, MSM, Georgia Tech & UGA.

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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: Role of Genomics in Medical Product Development

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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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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

Intellectual Property: The Tyrannical Principal Investigator (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Bench2Market Talk: Building a Compelling Pitch – March 20

Join us from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM via ZoomFundraising is critical for the success of early-stage startups. But for many first-time entrepreneurs, the process can seem daunting. How do you concisely communicate the value of your technology and your plans to go to market? Join us on March 20th for an interactive webinar on how to effectively pitch your startup to potential investors. Our speakers, Brian Walsh and Keyton Weissinger will present example pitches and discuss how to build a milestone plan and budget to map out your path to market.


SBIR/STTR Application Tips & Resources to Support your Small Business Research – March 21

Did you know that the NIH offers non-dilutive funding and resources to help small businesses advance and commercialize promising research technologies? If you are a researcher interested in bringing your innovation to market, you may be eligible to apply to the NIH Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. Join speakers from NCATS, and Eva Garland Consulting in collaboration with the Georgia CTSA from 12:00-1:00 PM ET for a webinar to learn more about the SBIR/STTR programs for researchers and entrepreneurs in translational science, and current funding opportunities.

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Translational Science 2024 – April 3-5

Join the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) in Las Vegas, NV for Translational Science 2024, the national meeting for trainees, junior faculty, and senior scientists in translational science and clinical research. Learn from experts in the field how to innovate translational science for research, explore research from a variety of fields of study, build your professional community, and more. 

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Maternal Health Disparities Roundtable: Addressing Maternal Mortality Through Cardiovascular Care – March 11

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Georgia CTSA’s Integrating Special Populations program is hosting a roundtable to facilitate collaboration between investigators with an interest in maternal healthcare and maternal health disparities. Rachel M. Bond, MD, FACC, Women's Heart Health & Prevention Specialist, will be leading a session, Addressing Maternal Mortality Through Cardiovascular Care. View Flyer.

K-Club – March 11

Join us virtually or in-person with Jeremy Boss, PhD, from 12:00-1:00 PM for ‘Still Being the Boss - Part II - Lab Organization, Managing Grants, Publishing’. We encourage you to attend in person if you can; lunch will be included. Register by March 7 to reserve a lunch!


ATLANTIS Symposium – March 14

The ATLANTIS Symposium serves as a central platform for researchers, providing a dedicated opportunity to share ideas, showcase innovative techniques, and contribute to the advancement of kidney, urology, and hematology (KUH) research. With a focus on networking, collaboration, and career development, the symposium will feature a keynote speaker and a variety of trainee presentations, all focused on KUH research.

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Informatics Lunch and Learn: Infrastructure for Real World Data and Pragmatic Clinical Trials – March 26

Georgia CTSA’s Informatics program is pleased to offer the next webinar in the Lunch and Learn Series to provide free informatics guidance to the university research community. Join us on Tuesday, March 26, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, Chair, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics; Co-Director UF CTSI; Director, UF Institute for Child Health Policy; will be leading this session.


AWSOM24 Conference – April 11 – 12 (Call for Abstracts – Due March 11)

This two-day workshop highlights short talks in the areas of bioinformatics/single-cell analytics and experimental applications of single-cell technologies (e.g., scRNAseq, snATACseq, spatial transcriptomics) for biological, clinical, and translational research. Submit your abstract today, due March 11!

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10th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 7 (Abstracts Due: March 4)

Join Georgia CTSA colleagues at Emory University 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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2024 Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference – June 7

The 2024 conference is our thirteenth annual conference and will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, bringing together clinicians, scientists, and bioengineers to showcase cutting-edge child health research. This year's conference theme is "Pediatric Research in the Digital Age: Innovation, Collaboration, and Translation." Submit an abstract by April 1.

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2024 Pediatric Early Career Researcher Conference – August 27 (Call for Abstracts – Due April 15)

Call for abstracts is now open! Abstracts are welcome from child health researchers who are residents, medical fellows, post-doctoral fellows (PhD), and junior faculty with a rank no higher than assistant professor. All abstracts are considered for poster presentations. Select abstracts will be chosen for oral presentation. Encore abstracts are welcomed.

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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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