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ACTSI Weekly eRoundup

March 4, 2016

In this edition:


Feature
Funding Opportunities
Educational Opportunities
Research Resources
Community
Events
News
 
 

Feature

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KL2 Scholar Studies Inflammation's Effects on Weakened Reward Circuits in Depression

In those with depression, about one-third have high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, in their blood. Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to infection or disease, and the body uses this to protect itself – in typical scenarios, one might see this with a sprained ankle, but the same concept also applies to the brain. Too much inflammation, however, can have adverse effects. Emory researchers ...

 
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Advancing Your Health: Healthy Participant Raises Awareness for Importance of Clinical Trials

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Funding Opportunities

 
 
 

Modeling of Infectious Disease Agent Study Research Projects (R01)

The purpose of this FOA is to support innovative research that will develop and apply computational tools and methods for modeling interactions between infectious agents and their hosts, disease spread, prediction systems and response strategies. The models should be useful to researchers, policymakers, or public health workers who want to better understand and respond to infectious diseases.
 
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Awards for Health Equity-Due March 30

RWJF's vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the multiple determinants of health. Recognition of these efforts increases the visibility and awareness of the urgent need and solutions for systems changes to achieve health equity in our society. Proposals are requested from national nonprofit membership organizations and/or associations to establish an annual awards program to honor individuals who implement systems changes to solve health disparities.
 
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Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)-Due April 18

ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. Technical Assistance Webinar is scheduled for March 9, at 3:00 p.m.
 
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Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program-Due April 21

The purpose of the program is to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities. Technical Assistant Webinar is scheduled for March 10, at 3:00 pm.
 
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NIH/NIAID: Cooperative Study Group for Autoimmune Disease Prevention (U01)-LOI Due May 29

This FOA solicits applications from institutions or consortia of institutions to participate in a cooperative study group focused on prevention of human autoimmune disease. The ultimate goal of the FOA is to develop the knowledge base necessary to design selective preventive interventions that could be administered efficiently and safely to the general population or to individuals at risk of autoimmune disease, including infants and children.
 
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DiaComp Pilot & Feasibility Program-Due June 10

This program solicits and funds small projects in high impact areas of diabetic complications research. Specifically, this program aims to support discovery (hypothesis generating) and innovative (high risk/high reward) research that will advance our understanding of diabetic complications and is increasingly difficult to support through standard NIH mechanisms. Basic, translational, and clinical research proposals are encouraged.
 
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Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation: Program Grants-Due June 30

The program must be educational or community health oriented, and targeted to people with diabetes or health professionals working in the field of diabetes.
 
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Educational Opportunities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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NSF: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering & Science (NSF INCLUDES) Agency-Due April 15

NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. It supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce.
 
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Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)-Due May 31

The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.
 
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Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)-Due September 25

The over-arching goal of this program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences.
 
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Request for Applications: Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR)-Due June 30

CPTR is a multidisciplinary, innovative program that provides pre-doctoral 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 Emory’s Laney Graduate School of Emory University are required to complete the certificate program. Emory faculty and postdocs may ...

 
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National Diabetes Prevention Program Fellowship

A fellowship opportunity is available within the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), Program Implementation Branch (PIB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.
 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACTSI's Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Allocating Credit: When the Authors Can't Write English
 
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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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Country-specific Research Regulations: New NIAID Website

The NIAID recently launched a public website called ClinRegs (ClinRegs.niaid.nih.gov). The site offers free access to country-specific information on a wide range of clinical research regulations and requirements, including ethical review, informed consent, vulnerable populations, and a variety of other topics.
 
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Community

 
 
 

Not On My Watch: Combating Opioid & Heroin Overdose Deaths-March 16 & 17

Opioid and heroin overdose deaths are on the rise. You are invited to attend a free training event to assist you in learning the skills you need to administer the Naloxone antidote and save lives. Registration is open to faith, community, and school-based partners, as well as civilians with family members or loved ones who may be at risk for opioid or heroin overdose. For more information, please contact Dr. Arlene Lester arlene.lester@hhs.gov or (404) 562-7905. Training will occur at two locations and seating is limited.
 
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Winship Cancer Institute Colorectal Cancer Awareness Talk-March 23

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Seth Rosen, MD, colorectal surgeon for Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, and vice chief of staff at Emory Johns Creek Hospital will hold a free lecture on colorectal cancer from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
 
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Sinclair L. Joe Memorial Scholarship 2015-2016-Due April 1

The Sinclair L. Joe Memorial Scholarship was founded to honor the legacy of Sinclair Joe, who passed away in May, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. The scholarship award will provide a one-time $500 award to selected recipients and a personal laptop computer. Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible: Diagnosis of cancer or other debilitating illness through themselves, a parent or sibling with a financial need; shows continued community service; must be between the ages of 16-20 years; maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0; and be accepted or in his/her first year of enrollment at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university.
 
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Events

 
 
 

Lifespan Approach to Rare Diseases Webinar-Wednesday

The CTSA Lifespan Domain Task Force- Single Disease Work Group is pleased to invite you to attend the webinar at 2:30 p.m.
 
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Academic Health Centers & the Health of their Communities-Today

The Healthcare Innovation Symposium XVI series, with hosts Emory-Georgia Tech Health Innovation Program and ACTSI presents Eugene Washington, MD, MPH, MSc, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University, President and CEO, Duke University Health System. ...

 
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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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Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Inflammation, & Diet-March 14

Subra Kugasathan, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics, Emory SOM, will present a seminar sponsored by the Emory Center for Clinical and Molecular Nutrition, HERCULES, and the graduate program in Nutrition and Health Sciences at noon in SOM 153A. Snacks and coffee will be provided.
 
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Novel Vaccines for RSV and Rhinovirus-March 15

Presented by ACTSI investigator Marty Moore, PhD, Director, Center for Childhood Infections and Vaccines (CCIV), Assistant Professor/Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease/Emory University School of Medicine/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Research Scholar 7:30 a.m. at Scottish Rite Hospital.
 
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Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Free Course on Medical Device Commercialization-March 15 & 24

This two-part workshop will provide you with the practical knowledge you need to understand your commercial opportunity. Attendance is free and open to all members of the Georgia Tech and Emory Communities. 6-8 p.m., Goizueta Business School.
 
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Biomedical Informatics: Harnessing Technology to Improve Care-March 21 & 22

Emory┬┐s Department of Anesthesiology, invites you to two Biomedical Informatics Seminars. The keynote speaker, Edward Shortliffe MD PhD, will consider the impact IT hardware and software can have on the clinical decision making process. Other topics covered will be of broad interest to anyone wishing to understand and solve complex problems in medicine, public, and global health.
 
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Keynote Title Released: 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. Chandan Devireddy in the News

 
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