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ACTSI Weekly eRoundup

June 17, 2016

In this edition:


Feature
Funding Opportunities
Educational Opportunities
Research Resources
Community
Events
News
 
 

Feature

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KL2 Scholar Studies Effect of Vitamin D Status on Hospital-Acquired Infections in Critically Ill Adults

Vitamin D supports the immune system, and low levels of vitamin D may be associated with increased risk for infections in certain patient populations. Jordan A. Kempker, MD, MSc, Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) KL2 Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholar, and 2013 graduate of the ACTSI Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program explored this relationship further in a study entitled, “Vitamin ...

 
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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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Funding Opportunities

 
 
 

PCORI Engagement Award: Research Meeting & Conference Support-Due June 30

A two-year award is intended to support projects that include ongoing activities during project period, not just two meetings two years in a row. Support for meetings and conferences that align with PCORI¿s Mission and Strategic Plan1 and facilitate expansion of patient-centered outcomes research/clinical comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER).
 
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National Institute for Healthcare Management Foundation: Research Grants-LOI Due July 11

To support innovative research that will advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of healthcare financing, delivery, management and/or policy. Studies must have strong potential to yield insights that can be used to have a positive impact on the U.S. healthcare system by reducing spending, improving quality of care, and/or expanding access to insurance coverage and healthcare services.
 
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Winship Cancer Institute's American Cancer Society (ACS) Institutional Research Grant Pilot Project Program-LOI Due August 1

The program is currently soliciting innovative pilot projects in clinical, basic, or translational cancer-related research that offer significant potential for reducing the incidence, mortality, and morbidity of cancer and/or improving the quality of life. ACS initiatives also focus on the fields of cancer prevention and cancer control and eliminating cancer disparities. Applicants should be assistant professors (or equivalent) with faculty appointments of six years or less who are eligible to apply for independent national competitive (peer-reviewed) research grants, but who currently do not hold such funding. The goal of the program is to support junior faculty in initiating cancer research projects so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants.
 
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Emerging Science & Technology in Transplantation (U01)-Due October 20

This FOA invites applications from institutions to participate in a cooperative research group focused on transplantation immunology research in three priority areas: 1) microbiota; 2) intravital imaging; and 3) targeted therapeutic delivery. The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate and support innovation in transplantation immunology through the application of scientific developments and technologies that have not been widely used in transplant immunology research and the formation of new interdisciplinary collaborations.
 
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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA): Research Grants & Fellowships

CCFA supports research that increases understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, therapy, and prevention of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition to supporting studies and clinical trials, CCFA provides grants and fellowships for the training and development of the next generation of researchers and physicians specializing in inflammatory bowel diseases.
 
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Educational Opportunities

 
 
 

Fundamentals of Epidemiology Course: Fall 2016 Semester

Faculty and postdocs are welcome to enroll in a fall semester course which is part of the curriculum in the Certificate Program in Translational Research in the Laney Graduate School. Tuition awards are not available, but faculty and postdocs at Emory may be eligible for the Emory Courtesy Scholarship if employed at least one year. This is a semester-long course which meets on Mondays from 3:00-4:50 p.m. from late August until early December. ...

 
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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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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACTSI's Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Conflict of Interest: Uncertainties & Conflicting Interest in Lung Transplantation
 
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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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Diabetes Portal Adds Data

The AMP Type 2 Diabetes Knowledge Portal, online library, and discovery engine has greatly expanded data and search capabilities to accelerate the pace of scientific advancement. Customizable and simplified navigation, along with aggregated data from more than 100,000 DNA samples from research supported by NIH and other institutions, encourage new understanding of diabetes by increasing users' ability to share and evaluate content. The portal enables user-friendly exploration of international networks of human genetic information linked to type 2 diabetes.
 
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Updated Clinical Trials Consent Template Available

The Emory Biomedical, Grady, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta Consent/HIPAA templates have been updated.
 
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Eligibility Screening Questions May Require Informed Consent &/or HIPAA Authorization

Whether done over the phone, online, or in person, collecting identifiable private information for study screening purposes requires informed consent (and HIPAA authorization, if applicable).
 
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Setting up a new Research Registry (to store data) or Repository (to store samples) at Emory?

If so, please consult with the IRB before finalizing your protocol and submitting. If the informed consent is not broad enough, data/specimen-sharing policies not fully fleshed out, or genetic analyses not anticipated, then the use of these valuable resources can be unintentionally limited. With more and more rules and regulations around privacy and confidentiality of even de-identified data, it's important to get it right from the start.
 
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Community

 
 
 

CDC Offers Unique Ways to be Physically Active: Alternative Settings for Walking

Many neighborhood environment factors, such as sidewalk conditions, having good places to walk to, and perceived safety from traffic and crime influence physical activity. Fortunately, venues like malls and airports offer walk-friendly settings that remove these barriers.
 
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Supporting Community-Led Conservation & Recreation Projects-Due June 30

The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources. Our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications for help with a wide range of community-led projects.
 
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CATCH Planning, Implementation, & Resident Grants-Due July 29

American Academy of Pediatrics is accepting applications for the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program Planning, Implementation, and Resident Grants to plan innovative community-based child health initiatives that will ensure all children have medical homes and access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community.
 
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Safe Places to Play Grant-Due September 30

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools along with the U.S. Soccer Foundation is accepting applications for the Safe Places to Play grant.
 
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Events

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chronic Disease Education Train-the-Trainer Sessions for Community Health Workers-Monday-Wednesday

iADAPT 2.0 Project: Chronic Disease Education Train-the-Trainer Sessions for Community Health Workers, three-day classes accept up to 25 participants. Contact Dr. Pamela Daniels at 404-756-5714 or pdaniels@msm.edu for more information.
 
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Culture of Poverty in Health Care-Tuesday

Presented by Toni L. Johnson, MD with the goals to increase knowledge about poverty in the U.S., increase understanding of generational verses situational poverty, address stereotypes related to persons living in poverty, and promote self-awareness related to our own about personal experiences of socioeconomic class.
 
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Molecules for Minions: Southeastern Pediatric Research Innovation Conference-Tuesday-Wednesday

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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Emory Office of Compliance: Developing or Using Medical Mobile Device Apps-Thursday

The Ask the Compliance Office Series presents Can I Make An App For That? This session will address how FDA and HIPAA regulations can apply to medical mobile device apps presented by David Giannantonio, JD, MS. Anyone thinking about developing a medical or wellness-related mobile device app should attend.
 
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7th Annual Southern Translational Education and Research (STaR) Conference-September 22-23

The conference is open to all translational science investigators and trainees. There is graduate (pre-doc) student, post-doc, and young investigator award competitions. The University of Georgia will host a regional scientific conference for faculty, students, residents and fellows that focuses on the latest advances in translational research for improving human health. The STaR conference will include state-of-the-art topics in clinical and translational research and offer valuable opportunities for trainees and faculty to showcase their research and network with others to develop new scientific collaborations. The conference agenda will include keynote addresses by two prominent scientists whose work is highly respected throughout the international scientific community. Dr. W. Robert Taylor, Marcus Chair in Vascular Medicine and Director of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. Ted Ross, GRA Eminent Chair in Influenza and Emerging Pathogens and Director of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology, UGA.
 
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News

 
 
 

ACTSI Investigator Dr. Frans de Waal in the News

 
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New Website for Regenerative Engineering & Medicine (REM)

 
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RFI: Data Annotation in Biomedical Core Research Facilities & Related Needs for Community Education & Training-Due June 30

NIH invites university research communities engaged in and supporting biomedical investigations to comment on practices related to the generation and handling of high-throughput data. Biomedical core facilities provide access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and services in a variety of research areas, such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, cell biology, neuroscience and bioimaging. NIH is interested in learning about the cores¿ practices in production of high-quality, high-throughput data and their annotation with high-quality metadata.
 
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Association for Academic Minority Physicians Seeking Abstract Submissions-Due August 5

The Association for Academic Minority Physicians is seeking abstract submissions dealing with the broad fields of medical education, biomedical research, clinical care, and preventive medicine. Abstracts are encouraged from all professions and levels, including students, trainees, and faculty.
 
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