eRoundup for 02/20/15

Atlanta Clinical & Translational
Science Institute
Weekly eRoundup
February 20, 2015

Funding Opportunities

New Technology Investment Program-Due February 27

The ACTSI’s Research Technologies program established a Proof-of-Principle Technology Fund which, facilitates a focused approach to identifying and investing in new, enabling technologies aligned with the ACTSI strategic goals.

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Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award-LOI Due March 6

Encourages the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers to help them gain a foothold in pediatric research.

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Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Program-Due March

Awards granted to students of science and engineering for travel expenses to and from a research site or for purchase of non-standard lab equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

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Human Frontier Science Program Grant-LOI Due March 31

Program grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers with emphasis on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences.

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FDA: Pharmacometric Modeling & Simulation for Long Acting Injectable Products (U01)-Due April 27

The purpose of this project is to conduct physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling to relate critical quality attributes to in vivo performance for bioequivalence (BE) evaluation and perform population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) modeling and statistical analysis to identify ways to reduce residual variability and identify appropriate PK metrics, enabling BE assessment in parallel BE studies with acceptable sample size.

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Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Grant-LOI Due June 1

The primary focus of grantmaking is on health and nutritional issues affecting infants and young children.

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NIH/NIAID: Systems Biology & Antibacterial Resistance (U01)-LOI Due June 9

This FOA solicits applications that use a multi-disciplinary systems biology approach to study the molecular interaction networks of the pathogen and the host in association with antibacterial resistance or in response to treatment of antibacterial resistant infections.

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NIAMS Musculoskeletal Biology & Medicine Resource-based Centers (P30)-Due June 11

The centers will provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services, and/or resources to groups of investigators conducting research on musculoskeletal biology and medicine, enabling them to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively, with the broad overall goal of accelerating, enriching, and enhancing the effectiveness of ongoing basic, translational, and clinical research and promoting new research within the NIAMS mission.

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Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Aging (U01) Due June 15

The goal of this FOA is solicit grant applications that propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the Human Connectome Project to middle-age and elderly adults to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical aging. Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Development (U01)

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Phased Innovation Award for Exploratory Clinical Trials of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R21/R33)-Due June 22

The goal of this FOA is to support pilot testing of natural products (i.e., botanicals, dietary supplements, and probiotics), which have sufficient early-stage data to justify further clinical testing of the product. Exploratory Clinical Trials of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R33)

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NIH: Predictive Multi-scale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental, & Clinical Research (U01)

The goal of this interagency FOA is to support the development of multi-scale models to accelerate biological, biomedical, behavioral, environmental, and clinical research. Further, this FOA supports the development of non-standard modeling methods, experimental approaches to facilitate multi-scale modeling, and active participation in community-driven activities.

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NIH/NIDA: Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)

The purpose of these awards is to assist in fostering highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them.

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Educational Opportunities

Medical Student Discovery Phase Mini-Grant Program-Due Sunday

In an effort to provide medical students the opportunity to conduct hypothesis-driven research under the direction of a faculty mentor, the ACTSI Research Technologies program has established a mini-grant program.

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BMEidea-Due April 4

With the BMEidea competition, the nation’s leading competition for biomedical and bioengineering students, students are challenged to pioneer a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. Win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of your ideas.

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Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program (K12)-Due April 15

This FOA invites applications for institutional research career development (K12) programs from applicant organizations that propose to support a national program of mentored institutional career development programs for junior faculty investigators who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training in a subspecialty area of Pediatrics, and are committed to launching an independent research career.

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RFA: Master of Science in Clinical Research

Applications are being accepted for the MSCR degree program for classes beginning in August. The Emory MSCR is part of the Research Education, Training, and Career Development (RETCD) program of the ACTSI (NIH-funded CTSA award. The MSCR provides didactic and mentored clinical and/or translational research training. The program is designed for participants who hold a doctorate or equivalent degree (such as physicians including fellows and junior faculty and PhD-level scientists including postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty) and have demonstrated a commitment to a career in clinical investigation that incorporates clinical and/or translational research. Questions?

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Apply for the Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR)

The CPTR is a multidisciplinary, innovative program which provides predoctoral or postdoctoral trainees with the expertise and experience to translate fundamental biomedical scientific discoveries into treatments that will benefit human health.

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Nation's First Graduate-level Certificate in Innovation & Implementation Science Program

The Indiana University School of Medicine has announced a certificate program that will provide clinician administrators skills to coordinate care and deliver population health management to improve health outcomes at a lower cost. The certificate aims to give program participants applied knowledge on how to identify, implement, localize, evaluate, and scale up evidence-based practices.

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Research Resources

ACTSI's Ethical Dilemma of the Week

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Research Ethics Consultations Available

If you have a research ethics question or are pondering a research ethics dilemma, John Banja, Medical Ethicist, Emory Center for Ethics, and Rebecca Pentz, Professor of Research Ethics, Winship, are available to confidentially discuss and offer non-binding advice. Call/email Banja at 404-712-4804/jbanja@emory.edu or call/text/email Pentz at 404-831-1758/rpentz@emory.edu.

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New Biographical Sketch Format for NIH & AHRQ Grant Applications

One way to navigate the biosketch changes is to use the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv). SciENcv serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies.

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Events

Jackson Heart Study Vanguard Center at Morehouse School of Medicine-Monday

Presented by MSM’s R-Center Study Design, Biostatistics & Data Management Core in MSM MRC G-14 at 11:00 a.m. and live stream Questions?

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Service Delivery: Implications for U.S. Healthcare-February 24

The 13th U.S. Healthcare: What's Broken & How to Fix It symposium is sponsored by the Emory-Georgia Tech Health Innovation Program and the ACTSI and will feature Leonard Schlesinger, DBA, MBA, Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Emeritus President, Babson College.

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Lay of the Startup Land-Wednesday

Presented by Keith McGreggor, Georgia Tech VentureLab at Noon.

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Forge Salon: Digital Health Startups-Insights & Perspectives from Two of Atlanta's Digital Health Leaders-Wednesday

Back-to-back fireside chats with the CEOs of two fast-growing Atlanta-based digital health startups, Sheila Woodhouse, MD (CEO, DoxMed) and Lucienne Ide, MD, PhD (CEO, Rimidi).

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NIH Rare Disease Day 2015-February 27

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2015 Medical University of South Carolina Health Disparities Conference-February 27-28

Hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine

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Emory Office of Technology Transfer 9th Annual Awards Celebration-Wednesday

This year marks OTT’s 30th anniversary! Please join in honoring the faculty inventors and celebrating the achievements of last year as well as the past 30 years. RSVP

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K-Club: Lather, Rinse, Repeat-Focus on Research Grant Resubmissions-May 11

The K-Club provides an educational forum to assist fellows and faculty. This month, discussing proven strategies and approaches to effectively address reviewer criticisms and turn your unfunded grant application into an extramurally funded award. The meeting will be held from Noon-1:00 p.m. in Egleston, Classroom 5-7. RSVP | Attend via WebEx | Questions?

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In-Person Simulation of the Research Clinic-March 12

Presented by Emory’s Office of Research Compliance and featuring Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD

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2nd Shanthi V. Sitaraman Intestinal Pathobiology Symposium-March 18-19

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IACUC 101 Series Atlanta Conference-April 8-9

The Emory Office of Research Administration and Morehouse School of Medicine with support from NIH OLAW are hosting the national conference in Atlanta. Learn from the experts about best practices and the most current federal laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines governing the care and use of animals in research.

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News

ACTSI Investigator Dr. Jeanie Park in the News

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Welcome Jason Rupp as SEMDA's New Executive Director

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AAMC's Health Equity Virtual Site Visit

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ACTSI-Morehouse School of Medicine Investigator Featured on Fox 5 News

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Please include the following citation in any publications resulting from direct or indirect ACTSI support, "Supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1TR000454. 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 KL2 TR000455 and TL1 Trainees should also list TL1 TR000456.

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