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ACTSI Weekly eRoundup

April 29, 2016

In this edition:


Feature
Funding Opportunities
Educational Opportunities
Research Resources
Community
Events
News
 
 

Feature

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drug Improves Long-Term Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Patients

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that an immunosuppressive drug called belatacept improved long-term outcomes following kidney transplantation, compared to a traditional standard-of-care regimen. Drugs that suppress the immune system are required after kidney transplant to prevent the new organ from being rejected. However, traditional standard-of-care immunosuppressants have potential toxic effects which may ...

 
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Forge Salon: The Intersection of Digital Health & Medical Devices-Tuesday

While the tech startup scene is focused on information technology, data fueling the digital health revolution comes from sensors and devices. Forge will explore the rich opportunities at the intersection of hardware and software with a panel discussion featuring experts in medical devices and digital health.
 
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Funding Opportunities

 
 
 

New Solicitation Announcement from the NIH Common Fund Protein Capture Reagents Program (PCRP)-Due May 17

The PCRP is a pilot program that has tested the feasibility of producing on a large scale protein capture reagents that are reliable, renewable, and affordable and has used human transcription factors as a test set of target proteins. Applications from academic and commercial entities are encouraged.
 
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Small Market Awards: SBIR Phase IIB Competing Renewals for Heart, Lung, Blood, & Sleep Technologies with Small Commercial Markets (R44)-Due June 20

The purpose of the award is to provide support to Phase II SBIR or STTR awardees developing NHLBI mission-related technologies that address a rare disease or young pediatric populations. The goal of this FOA is for these technologies to be further validated so that development can continue with private funding after NHLBI support ends.
 
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Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP): Dissemination & Implementation of Child Health Quality Measures Cooperative Research Grants (U18)-Due June 28

The FOA invites cooperative agreement applications to support the dissemination and implementation of a subset of new child health quality measures developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program-Centers of Excellence (PQMP-COE) in key pediatric measurement and quality improvement (QI) gap areas through the work of multi-disciplinary partnership teams.
 
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NHLBI TOPMed Program: Integrative Omics Approaches for Analysis of TOPMed Data (U01)-Due July 6

This FOA invites applications to join the program which is using high throughput omics technologies to characterize molecular abnormalities or signatures associated with heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders, to conduct analyses of data generated by this program, and build and share tools for advanced genomic data analysis through the TOPMed information commons.
 
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FDA: Collaborating Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science & Innovation (CERSIs) (U01)-Due July 28

This FOA will provide support for one or more CERSIs, which will serve to advance the FDA's regulatory science goals through cutting-edge research, state-of -the-art training/educational programs and collaborative interactions including scientific exchanges, workshops and seminars.
 
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Extracellular Vesicle Tools, Technologies, & Products for Neuroscience Research (R41/R42 & R43/R44)-Due November 22

The purpose of this initiative is to incentivize small businesses to develop tools, technologies, and products enabling research scientists to exploit extracellular vesicles (EVs) for neuroscience research.
 
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Educational Opportunities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Proven Faculty Entrepreneur Training Course: Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture-Apply by April 25

Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), along with ACTSI, is offering the Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ entrepreneur training course again in 2017. This is a six full-day course (over seven weeks) designed to train faculty entrepreneurs who plan to create a start-up company to commercialize their inventions. All faculty members at the ACTSI partner institutions (Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine, and UGA) are ...

 
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National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education Call for Proposals to Accelerate Interprofessional Care Initiatives-Due July 15

Proposals should accelerate initiatives in interprofessional care by bringing together medical schools, teaching hospitals, and other educational institutions with community partners to develop sustainable, collaborative care programs in community-based clinical settings. The program intends to promote collaboration between graduate nursing programs and medical schools and teaching hospitals.
 
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Growing Great Ideas: Research Education Course in Product Development & Entrepreneurship for Life Science Researchers (R25)-Due July 20

This FOA solicits applications to develop and implement research education programs/short courses in entrepreneurship, innovation and product development specifically targeting bench life scientists. The institution proposing the course must be a research-intensive institution that has an established and well-recognized entrepreneurship teaching program with the demonstrated ability and willingness to adapt/develop and deliver the integrated curriculum for the academic life scientists, including scientists working in the field of drug abuse and addiction research. The short courses should primarily target independent academic neuroscience researchers and post-doctoral fellows interested in incorporating product (drug, device, diagnostics, research tool, mobile health application, etc.) development into their research programs with the goal of future commercialization.
 
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NIDDK Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) (R25)-Due August 9

The opportunity provides funding to research institutions to provide for a national summer research experience program for both high school and undergraduate students for eight to ten weeks. STEP-UP seeks to facilitate exposure opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities.
 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACTSI's Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Authorship: I Rub Your Back
 
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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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Community

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

National Stroke Awareness Month Twitter Chat-Tuesday

In observance, NINDS, Million Hearts, and Kaiser Permanente are co-hosting a Twitter chat to discuss stroke risk factors, and a new public education campaign that highlights the link between high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia. #StrokeTalk will take place from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET and include CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
 
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Cardiology Clinical Trials

The SPYRAL - on hypertension medication and SPYRAL - off hypertension medication trials are seeking study participants. Questions: Amanda.Fiebach@emoryhealthcare.org
 
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Unemployed Young Adults (18-25) Wanted for Research Study

This research study seeks to understand how young adults experience being out of work and looking for employment. To participate in this study you will answer a series of questions on an online survey that you can complete from any computer. The survey will take about 45 minutes to complete. Compensation will be provided. Contact: robin.mcgee@emory.edu
 
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Events

 
 
 

Congressman Price Town Hall-Wednesday

Congressman Tom Price, Chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, will hold a town hall-style event on the past, present, and future of NIH & NSF funding. Emory Science Advocacy Network executive committee is hosting this event to facilitate dialog between researchers and one of the most prominent politicians responsible for drafting the federal budget¿including the NIH & NSF. Congressman Price will deliver prepared remarks and take audience questions. Submit a question by Monday via emorySCAN@gmail.com.
 
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Third Annual Advancing Health Care Quality Research at Emory University-May 18

Featuring keynote speaker Pamela Douglas, MD, MACC, FASE, professor of Medicine, Ursula Geller Professor for Research in Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine, Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University and sponsored by Emory Department of Medicine and ACTSI.
 
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National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Grant Writing & Institutional Planning Workshops-May 18-20

The Grant Writing Coaching Group at Morehouse School of Medicine kicks off on May 18. Applications for mentees and coaches-in-training are now being accepted. Postdocs and junior faculty developing an NIH or NIH-style research grant proposal and senior faculty wishing to apply as a coach-in-training should apply now.
 
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How to Finance Your Invention-May 19

Joint Emory Department of Medicine Research Resources 101 and Innovation Brown Bag Lunch Series Workshop featuring John Lowery, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, Microbial Medical, Inc. You can also view the session remotely from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
 
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ACTSI & Emory School of Nursing: The Clinical Practice of Human Subjects Research Seminar-June 2-3

Fundamental concepts for clinical research professionals held in the Emory University Hospital Annex, room 240 and covering new topics such as IND/IDE application and a panel discussion on the Informed Consent Process. Register Now! ...

 
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The Role that Regulatory Intelligence Plays in a Highly Regulated Environment-June 3

Hosted by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society Atlanta Chapter at CryoLife, Inc. In an ever-evolving regulatory/scientific/legislative environment, regulatory intelligence has become an essential tool in product development, risk minimization, label optimization and lifecycle management. Join RAPS as they explore the role of the regulatory intelligence function, discuss the tools of the trade, review the process of gathering and analyzing publicly available information and delve into the world of regulatory intelligence metrics.
 
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Ninth Annual Emory Quality Conference-June 6

The conference theme is Relieving Patient Suffering and Enhancing the Joy in Providing Care and feature presentations from Thomas Lee, Chief Medical Officer of Press Ganey and professor at Harvard Medical School, and Christine Sinsky, Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association and internist at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Iowa. Please contact emily.hulkower@emory.edu with questions about poster submissions, due May 16.
 
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123rd Annual Georgia State Medical Association Annual Meeting: Integrated Care in Advancing Health Equity-June 16

Half-day roundtable discussion and exhibit in Hilton Head, SC.
 
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Register: Molecules for Minions: Southeastern Pediatric Research Innovation Conference-June 21-22

The Pediatric Research Centers with partners at Emory, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine are pleased to announce the annual conference at the Georgia Aquarium.
 
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Baxalta Industry Tour-July 13

Please join Georgia Bio's Emerging Leaders Network for an inside look of Baxalta, a premier global BioScience and BioPharmaceuticals company. Baxalta focuses development of their therapies on orphan and underserved conditions in Hematology, Immunology and Oncology.
 
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Save the Date: Georgia Bio Innovation Summit-September 28

The Value of Innovation, a conference to learn more about how today's breakthroughs are improving our quality of life.
 
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News

 
 
 

ACTSI Investigator Dr. Laurence Sperling in the News

 
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Keynote Video: 7th Annual Academic & Industry Intersection Conference: Georgia as a Biotechnology Capital?

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 explored Georgia's biotechnology climate, venture capital innovation, and featured an expert panel highlighting commercialization training options throughout the state.
 
View Keynote Speaker Mike Cassidy's Presentation
 
 

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