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ACTSI Weekly eRoundup

August 18, 2017

In this edition:


Feature
Funding Opportunities
Educational Opportunities
Research Resources
Innovation & Translation
Community
Events
News
 
 

Feature

 
 
 

Innovation Lab to Drive Early Career Grants: Radical Solutions to the Opioid Misuse Epidemic-Due Sunday

NCATS encourages early career investigators from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives to apply. The opportunity may also be of interest to junior investigators focusing their research on some component of the opioid epidemic. Through the Administrative Supplement to Enhance Network Capacity, Collaborative Opportunities for the CTSA Program, the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute in partnership with the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research will test and measure innovative methods of fostering team science while helping early-career researchers from diverse disciplines generate novel, successful grant proposals. The five-day residential Innovation Labs focus on grand challenges in clinical and translational research. The labs will bring ~25 participants from across the CTSA Program network together with facilitators and content experts who guide participants through the early stages of proposal development.
 
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Be a Clinical Research Volunteer-Who Me?-I am Healthy!!

by Sherry Edwards, CCRC Have you ever considered participating in medical research but thought “I am healthy; clinical research is for people who are ill” – not true! Healthy people contribute to medical advances by providing information about the “normal” state of health. In clinical research, healthy individuals participate as controls or “the norm” to compare with the condition under investigation. Research ...

 
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Funding Opportunities

 
 
 

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) Issues 2017 RFP for Research Projects-Due September 8

AFTD Clinical Research Pilot Grants provide seed funding for innovative research projects in the preliminary stages of development that have the potential to address the unmet medical needs of frontotemporal degeneration. FTD disorders include behavioral variant FTD, primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, and FTD-ALS/MND.
 
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Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Research Grants-Due September 15

The foundation supports independent, peer-reviewed musculoskeletal research and education seeking clinically relevant advances that orthopaedic surgeons can apply in daily practice to improve outcomes and help patients enjoy more of life. To that end, OREF, in partnership with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, is accepting applications from new investigators for research on biologic skeletal reconstruction, including implants and stem cells.
 
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Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN) Centers-LOI Due September 15

POCTRN's purpose is to drive the development and application of appropriate point-of-care technologies through collaborative efforts that merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need. The POCTRN Research Centers will create a national research network that works to build expertise in the development of integrated systems that address unmet clinical needs in point-of-care testing and treatment through the creation of multidisciplinary partnerships.
 
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Mitochondrial Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease-LOI Due September 27

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson┬┐s Research seeks to support one-to-two year grants that will develop new or improved tools to identify mitochondrial biomarkers for Parkinson's disease.
 
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Funding Opportunities Now available for the NIH Common Fund's Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN)-LOI Due October 2

The UDN is a research study with three overarching goals improve the level of diagnosis and care for patients with undiagnosed diseases, to facilitate research into the etiology of undiagnosed diseases, and to promote an integrated and collaborative community of laboratory and clinical investigators prepared to investigate these difficult to diagnose diseases. A webinar for potential applicants will be held on September 14, at 3:00 p.m.
 
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Educational Opportunities

 
 
 

Lymphoma Research Foundation Accepting Applications for 2018-2021 Career Development Award-Due September 6

The program is designed to support physician-investigators at the level of advanced fellow or junior faculty member who can contribute to the development of new lymphoma therapies and diagnostic tools. The goal of the program is to prepare physician-investigators to design and administer clinical research studies in lymphoma and assume primary responsibilities for clinical research, protocol writing, Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, and publication.
 
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Research Resources

 
 
 

ACTSI Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Misconduct: Playing by the Rules: Multiple Abstract Submissions
 
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New Emory School of Medicine Stem Cell Core Opens September 11

Emory School of Medicine is pleased to announce the opening of the new Emory Stem Cell Core (ESCC) as the newest member of the Emory Integrated Core Facilities (EICF). This core┬┐s focus and technical expertise will be to derive and characterize human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from terminally differentiated somatic cells using non-integrating methods. Additionally, the core will provide training and educational resources to support investigators with interest in human stem cells. IPSCs generated from patients with a genetic defect allows for a unique opportunity to study the mechanisms of disease in an in vitro model. Other applications for these cells include developing a reporter line, drug screening and discovery, and potentially regenerative therapies. The core plans to interface with other members of the Emory Integrated Core Facilities as a pipeline to analyze patient cells that will inform drug discovery and personalized medicine. The ESCC will be led by Megan Merritt, MS as the Core Director and is located in the Whitehead Building, room 429. Professor and Chair of Cell Biology, Gary Bassell, PhD will serve as the Scientific Director for the ESCC.
 
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Innovation & Translation

 
 
 

Small Dinner Series with REACH Health Founder, William Hamilton-September 5

Join Georgia Bio's Emerging Leaders Network for an Augusta-area Small Dinner event featuring William Hamilton, MBA, MHA, REACH Health (telemedicine company) Founder and Assistant Dean for Administration for the College of Nursing at Augusta University. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Physiological and Technological Nursing and conducts research focusing on innovation in the practice of nursing.
 
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Community

 
 
 

22nd Annual HeLa Women's Health Symposium-September 29

In Morehouse School of Medicine's NCPC Auditorium and hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
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Watch: Improving Outcomes for Asthma Patients

James Stout, MD, MPH, talks about a PCORI-funded study that has impacted other clinics, which have adopted a feature of the study's electronic health records system.
 
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Volunteers Needed: Microneedle Patch Study

Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Emory Children's Center is working on a research study to test the safety and tolerability of a microneedle patch. They need healthy infants and children between the age of six weeks and 24 months to volunteer for the study. Infants and children who participate in this study will have three clinic appointments at Emory Children's Center. Compensation will be provided.
 
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Events

 
 
 

Efficacy to Effectiveness (E2E) Trial Design: Generating Evidence for Optimal Use of New Treatments-Wednesday

E2E trials are designed to address the effectiveness and safety gaps that often occur in standard randomized controlled trials, and offer an opportunity for improved understanding of how a treatment will work in more usual real-world clinical settings. E2E trial design is an approach whereby an effectiveness trial is prospectively designed to commence seamlessly upon completion of the efficacy trial. This involves the development of suitable efficacy and effectiveness endpoints, advice on the statistical analysis plan, and a detailed plan for systematic transition from the successful efficacy trial into an effectiveness trial, including the role of the DSMB in this context.
 
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K-Club: Publishing & Preprints-October 9

The K-Club provides an educational forum to assist fellows and faculty. The discussion will be led by Gary Miller, PhD, professor and Associate Dean for Research, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Emory University. A light lunch will be provided at noon in Egleston, classrooms 5-7. Sponsored by Emory Department of Pediatrics and Department of Medicine, Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science ...

 
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European Reference Networks for Rare Diseases Webinar-September 13

NCATS Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) will be hosting a webinar featuring Holm Graessner, PhD, MBA, Coordinator, ERN-RND, and Enrique Terol of the European Commission. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information on the European Reference Networks (ERNs) for Rare Diseases, and to explore potential areas for research collaboration with the European Union.
 
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Atlanta Society of Mentors (ASOM)-Starting September 15

ASOM's goal is to improve mentoring culture and build communities on campus as well as raise awareness of resources that enable faculty to maximize and leverage mentoring relationships with the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
 
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NIH National Rehabilitation Research Resource to Enhance Clinical Trials (REACT) Center Clinical Trials Workshop-September 22

The goal of this workshop is to address challenges and opportunities for impactful clinical trials in medical rehabilitation, such as trial design, issues in recruitment and retention, mobile technology integration, multi-modal interventions, control groups, response heterogeneity, rigor and reproducibility, and data and safety monitoring. Following an introductory lecture, workshop participants will divide into breakout sessions based on their experience level as investigators. Registration is free but space is limited. Travel award opportunities available.
 
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Workshop on Translational Challenges of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells-September 26

This workshop, hosted by NCATS, will focus on defining collaborative opportunities, addressing challenges and applying best practices in translational iPSC research. Topics of interest are quality control standards for pluripotency, safety, experimental reproducibility, cost-efficient scalability and manufacturing, improved and efficient differentiation protocols, advances in -omics and functional characterization of cell type identities, and other relevant questions.
 
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Healthcare Innovation Symposium XX: Health Services Research-October 26

Presented by Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, President and CEO, AcademyHealth and hosted by the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program and Georgia CTSA from noon-2:00 p.m. in Emory School of Medicine. ...

 
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Call for Abstracts: HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis-November 16-17

Registration is now open. CFAR at Emory, Emory Center for Health in Aging, and the Emory School of Nursing is hosting the conference which includes a competitive, pre-conference Mentoring Workshop for early-career investigators and poster session. Abstracts are due on August 25.
 
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News

 
 
 

NIH: Updated Information, Tools, & Resources Regarding the Definition of a Clinical Trial

 
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