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ACTSI Weekly eRoundup

January 29, 2016

In this edition:


Feature
Funding Opportunities
Educational Opportunities
Research Resources
Community
Events
News
 
 

Feature

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Research Participant: A Story of Thanks and Giving

Why I chose to participate in an eight-day, in-patient research study… Brittany Robinson, from Suwanee, GA, spent eight days and nights at Emory University Hospital and was not sick. She spent over a week away from her five children as a way to give back and say thank you to the hospital that helped her son, Ethan. Robinson participated in an in-patient research study (A Phase I Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Multiple ...

 
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Request for Applications 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. Sixteen credits of didactic training focused on translational research in the Laney Graduate School of Emory University are required to complete the certificate program. Emory faculty and postdocs may be eligible for the Emory Courtesy Scholarship if employed at least one year.
 
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Funding Opportunities

 
 
 

2016 Award for Research in Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine-Due March 1

Boyalife, Science and Science Translational Medicine jointly establish a global award to recognize significant contributions in advancing basic science to clinical applications in this field.
 
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Pediatric Research Center 2016 Pilots-Due April 1

The purpose is to stimulate new research projects, build new collaborations, and increase extramural funding for pediatric research.
 
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Supplements to Promote Re-entry into Biomedical & Behavioral Research Careers (PA-15-321)-Due April 1

The Office of Research on Women's Health and participating Institutes and Centers NIH announce the continuation of the program for administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. The purpose of these supplements is to encourage such individuals to re-enter research careers within the missions of all the program areas of NIH.
 
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Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-15-322)-Due April 1

The NIH CDC notify Program Directors/PIs holding specific types of research grants (including CTSAs) that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.
 
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NIH: High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10)-Due May 16

The program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $600,000.
 
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Image-guided Drug Delivery (R01)-Due June 21

To support innovative research in image-guided drug delivery (IGDD) for cancer and other diseases. The overarching goals of this FOA are to support the development of quantitative in vivo imaging methods for IGDD to guide, monitor, and evaluate drug delivery across different physical and physiological scales in order to interrogate biodistribution and target-drug interaction (pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics) and therapeutic response. Studies that are directed towards translation of IGDD technology to patient care are considered appropriate for this FOA.
 
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Building Complex 3-Dimensional in Vitro Human Musculoskeletal & Skin Tissue Models (R43)-Due October 18

This FOA solicits Phase I R43 SBIR grant applications from small businesses to develop novel complex 3-dimensional (3-D) in vitro human musculoskeletal and skin tissue models that fit into the NIAMS mission. These engineered 3-D human tissue or organ models would provide alternatives to animal models of diseases and animal testing, and enable the study of human tissue physiology and disease pathophysiology in vitro and ultimately lead to better therapies that prevent or cure diseases.
 
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NIH/NCI: Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (R01)

The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications for projects to expand, improve, or transform the utility of mammalian cancer and tumor models for translational research.
 
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Educational Opportunities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RFA: ACTSI KL2 Clinical Research Career Development Program for Junior Faculty Members-Due March 1

Junior faculty members at the MD or PhD level from a wide variety of disciplines at Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, or Georgia Tech who are committed to an academic career in clinical and/or translational research and who have excellent potential to become independent clinical investigators are encouraged to apply to the KL2 – Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars (MCTRS) Program. The KL2 award provides support for didactic ...

 
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Mercer Innovation Fellowship-Due April 1

The Mercer Innovation Fellowship is an opportunity to launch your business with full support from the Mercer Innovation Center. Each year, up to five fellowships will be awarded. The Mercer Innovation Center Fellows receive $20,000 cash in startup funds, access to Mercer University facilities, coaching from experienced business professionals and faculty, and more!
 
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RFA: ACTSI Master of Science in Clinical Research-Due April 1

Applications are being accepted for the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program in the Emory Laney Graduate School for classes beginning in August 2016. The MSCR provides didactic and mentored clinical and/or translational research training and is designed for participants who hold a doctorate or equivalent degree (such as physicians and PhD-level scientists) and have demonstrated a commitment to a career in clinical investigation ...

 
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Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Moore Inventor Fellows-Due May 1

The new program designed to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science and technology solutions to enhance scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.
 
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Submitting an NIH K or Other Career Development Award Proposal?

Junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to enroll in a free, no-credit grant writing tutorial with Janet Gross, PhD. The course will take place over two half-day sessions in March.
 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACTSI's Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Protocol Deviation-Two Protocol Deviations
 
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Research Ethics Consultations Available

If you have a research ethics question or are pondering a research ethics dilemma, John Banja, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory, and Rebecca Pentz, Professor of Research Ethics in Hematology and Oncology, Winship, are available to confidentially discuss it and offer non-binding advice. Please call or email John at 404-712-4804/jbanja@emory.edu or call or text Becky at 404-831-1758.
 
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New Policy for Conducting Research at the Grady Infectious Diseases (IDP) Clinic

The Grady IDP has established guidelines for clinical research conducted at IDP, enrolling IDP patients, or accessing medical records from IDP visits. This will require submitting an online form which request fairly straightforward information. Starting January 1, 2016, all new studies must receive approval by the IDP Research Steering Committee prior to Grady Research Oversight Committee (GROC) sign-off. All ongoing studies as of January 1, 2016, must also be submitted by April 1, 2016, but will not require committee approval to proceed.
 
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Community

 
 
 

Participants Sought for Healthy Aging Study

Emory is embarking on the largest clinical research study ever conducted in Atlanta, with the goal of recruiting 100,000 participants. The Emory Healthy Aging Study is an online study that aims to learn about aging and age-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, and diabetes. Anyone 18 and older may participate, and the time commitment is minimal - participants are asked to periodically complete an online health history questionnaire and various memory tests. Select individuals will be invited to participate in other, more involved studies.
 
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Forget Me Not: A Play About Alzheimer's in the African-American Community-Tomorrow

The Metro-Atlanta Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. host a play which takes the audience into the life of a family faced with Alzheimer's disease. This play examines how the disease impacts not just the immediate family, but friends, marriage, and the African-American community. Panel discussion on Alzheimer's education with Emory Alzheimer's experts will follow the play. Tickets are free but registration is required.
 
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New KIDS Georgia Website

The Kids and Families Impacting Disease through Science (KIDS) Georgia Chapter led by the ACTSI's Pediatric Research Center (PRC) at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston announces a new website
 
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Events

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

K-Club: How to Interpret & Act Upon Reviews Following a Research Grant Application Submission-December 12

The K-Club provides an educational forum to assist fellows and faculty. Featuring Dr. Stacy Heilman, Department of Pediatrics, along with a panel of experienced investigators. A light lunch will be provided at noon in Egleston, classrooms 5-7. Flyer | Attend Remotely ...

 
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The Blooming of French Lilac: The Molecular Mechanisms & Therapeutic Potentials of Metformin-February 11

Presented by Ming-Hui Zou, MD, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry, Director, Center of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Associate Vice President for Research, Georgia State University and Eminent Scholar in Molecular Medicine, Georgia Research Alliance and hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine.
 
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The Influence of Genetic Factors on Health: The Examples of Obesity & Fitness-February 19

Hosted by the Emory Physical Activity Working Group and the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center featuring James S. Skinner, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University.
 
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Early Bird Registration Available: Pittcon Conference & Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center-March 6-10

The world's largest annual premier conference on laboratory science attracts more than 16,000 attendees from industry, academia, and government. Pittcon's target audience is anyone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes, or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or who manages these laboratory scientists. Pittcon serves a diverse constituency encompassing life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and QA, food safety, environmental, bioterrorism, and other emerging markets.
 
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Save the Date: Emory Core Day-March 25

 
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Translational Science 2016-April 13-15

Translational Science 2016 will offer more continuing education than ever before! Explore the latest scientific abstracts during our expanded poster hall viewing hours, and grab your front row seat to three outstanding plenary sessions, oral presentations, and over 30 breakout sessions.
 
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7th Annual Academic & Industry Intersection Conference: Georgia as a Biotechnology Capital?-April 14

ACTSI and Georgia Bio organize the conference annually to provide critical information on how academia and industry can work together to translate science into discovery and engage communities in clinical research efforts and outcomes. This year's event will explore Georgia┬┐s biotechnology climate, venture capital innovation, and feature an expert panel highlighting commercialization training options throughout the state.
 
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News

 
 
 

ACTSI Investigator Dr. Leslee Shaw in the News

 
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