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eRoundup for 05/15/09

Atlanta Clinical & Translational
Science Institute
Weekly eRoundup
May 15, 2009


ACTSI Leader is Honored

Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD, ACTSI Grady Clinical Interaction Site (CIN) program director, board member, and Pilot & Collaborative Translational & Clinical Studies program (PiCoTraCs) Leadership and Scientific Review Committee member, was presented the Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). The honor is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the care, health, and service to an underserved population via: leadership, long-term commitment, vision, innovation, and impact/outcomes. "I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the Grady Diabetes Clinic and the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program staff," Dr. Umpierrez said, "This AACE Service Award is a great motivation to continue to serve and to develop mechanisms to assure quality diabetes care in this vulnerable patient population at high risk for diabetes complications."  Click here to read more. 

New Emory-GRA Core Center for Genomics Opens

Emory University has announced the opening of the Emory-Georgia Research Alliance Genomics Center, equipped with two state-of-the-art "next generation" DNA sequencing instruments. Read more... 

New Translational Science Journal

The AAAS/Science is launching a new journal, Science Translational Medicine, which will provide a forum for scientists and physicians to exchange research results and ideas, with the goal of improving clinical medicine. The journal will showcase basic science advances to make headway toward enhancing the practice of clinical medicine or provides new insights from the practice of medicine that may open new avenues of basic investigation. We aim to create an interdisciplinary forum to highlight knowledge gained from genetic and molecular biological analysis of human physiology and disease as well as from engineering, computational and materials science, chemistry, and bioinformatics. Feel welcome to send your next significant translational research result(s) to Science Translational Medicine.  The manuscript submission site is now open, and is accepting papers for consideration at The journal can publish full-length research papers, with 6-8 figures and an option to add additional supplementary material.

ACTSI Program Director Quoted

Injection eases opioid-induced constipation
On May 12, Carlton Dampier, MD, ACTSI Ethics, Regulatory Knowledge, & Support program director and medical director of the Emory Office of Clinical Research, was quoted on 

Funding Opportunities

Sponsorship of Biomedical Symposia and Educational Events

In an effort to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and promote technology training and awareness, the Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR) program of the ACTSI is pleased to co-sponsor biomedical symposia and other educational events related to translational technologies in research. Limited funds ($5,000-$10,000 per event) are available through the TTR program for co-sponsorship of educational events that align with TTR and ACTSI goals. To apply for funds to support your upcoming biomedical symposium or educational event, please complete an application.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information about this educational partnering opportunity, please Deb Smith.

Health Systems Institute's Seed Grant Funding-LOI Due Monday

The Health Systems Institute (HSI) is pleased to announce its 2009-2010 seed grant funding program for collaborative and interdisciplinary projects to stimulate research with direct relevance to health and healthcare delivery. Now in its fourth year of funding, the Health Systems Institute is partnering with colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Management, Sciences, and Research Centers at Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Emory University's School of Nursing, the Georgia Tech and Emory Predictive Health Institute, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Atlanta Veteran's Administration R&D Center of Excellence. The research must relate directly to research thrusts and applications in healthcare identified in the call, and the objectives of the project should include an outcome that will benefit recipients of healthcare. Evaluation of each proposal will be on the basis of scientific merit, potential health care impact and significance, the potential for commercialization and the potential of the project to obtain further support upon expiration of seed grant funds. Applications are due May 29, at 5:00 p.m. and all investigators who intend to submit a proposal in this cycle are requested to submit a non-binding letter of intent by May 18, at 5:00 p.m. For more information please visit

Request for Pilot Project Applications-Due May 30

The P50 Emory Molecular and Translational lmaging Research Center (EMTIC) Pilot Project program offers opportunities for both trainees and established scientists to acquire preliminary data in the quantitative molecular imaging arena on which to base competitive future R01 proposals. Pilot Projects would be supported at the level of $25,000/year total direct costs per pilot project. Imaging modalities of interest include CT, MR, Optical, PET, SPECT and US. The is deadline for submission is May 30. For more information please click here.

NCRR ARRA RFA for Research Networking and Resource Discovery-Due June 15

NCRR just released a new ARRA funding opportunity entitled Enabling National Networking of Scientists and Resource Discovery (U24) ( The goal of the initiative is to develop, enhance, or extend infrastructure for connecting people and resources to facilitate national discovery of individuals and of scientific resources by scientists and students to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and scientific exchange. Six diverse institutions must collaborate in an application. Letters of intent are due May 18; the receipt date is June 15; with funding by September 2009.

Translational Research Funding Announcements-Due July 17

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announces a new funding opportunity to enhance the development of clinical partnerships and translational research in the study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) - Partnerships for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinical Translational Research (U19): RFA-AT-09-002. For more information please click here. The NCCAM also announces a new funding opportunity that encourages investigator-initiated applications that propose to develop, enhance, and validate translational tools to facilitate rigorous study of CAM approaches that are in wide use by the public - Translational Tools for Clinical Studies of CAM Interventions (R01): PAR-09-066. For more information please click here.

Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications-Due September 30

Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21) solicits innovative applications for the development of new or improved instrumentation for biomedical research. Projects should propose tools that can be used by a wide range of biomedical or clinical researchers, and are not limited to a specific organ or disease. Read more

Events and Seminars

Biotechnology Education Banquet-May 17

As part of the BIO Convention, Dr. David Stephens, ACTSI's principal investigator and vice president for research in Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, will host a dinner to support the rising stars of biotechnology and the teachers who inspired their passion and imagination. The Biotechnology Institute will recognize the winners of the Genzyme-Life Technologies Biotech Educator Award. The banquet will be held Sunday, May 17 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel (265 Peachtree Center Ave) at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

2009 BIO International Convention-May 18-21

The annual meeting of the Biotechnology Industry Organization will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 18-21. BIO sponsors include Georgia BIO and the Georgia Research Alliance. Breakout session topics include bioethics, clinical research/clinical trials, devices and predictive diagnostics, exciting science 2009, translational medicine, and much more. The convention hosts two keynote events, Biotechnology and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic by Sir Elton John (May 19, noon) and The Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding Healthcare Reform by Senator Tom Daschle, Senator William H. Frist, MD, Governor Howard Dean, and Karl Rove (May 20, noon). The convention will include super sessions such as Global Biotechnology Innovation: Connecting the Laboratory, the Field, and the Marketplace (May 20, 8:00 a.m.) and social events such as Think & Drink: Industry Is From Mars, Academia Is From Venus (May 20, 5:00 p.m.) at the Georgia Aquarium. Other featured lectures include Taking the Pulse of Bioscience Education in America: A State-by-State Analysis (May 18, 2:00 p.m.) and Federal Science and Opportunities (May 19, 8:00 a.m.) with CDC, NIH, FDA representatives.  In addition, the International Conference on Biotechnology Education will be held at Georgia Tech May 15-19 as part of the week's events. Find out more at

Biomedical Translational Research Information System Hosts Informatics Series-May 19

The Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS) team invites you to a series of lectures focused on informatics in biomedical and translational research. This series brings leading figures in the study and use of translational information systems from academic centers across the U.S. and will promote discussion about the future of informatics within the NIH intramural program. The next seminar will be on May 19, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and will feature Umberto Tachinardi, MD, PhD, Executive Director of Academic and Research Applications with the Chicago Biomedicine Information Services (CBIS) and Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago. The series will be videocast.

Research-Community Workshop on Obesity-May 20

The ACTSI's Community Engagement & Research Program (CERP) presents a Research-Community Workshop on Obesity. Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health faculty cordially invite you or your representative to attend the workshop on Wednesday, May 20, at Morehouse School of Medicine. Click here for more information.

ACTSI Nutrition Symposium/NIH Lecture-May 20

Please join faculty from Emory, GA Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Georgia State for an all-day symposium on May 20, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in room 120, Emory SOM (1648 Pierce Dr). The symposium will be focused on collaboration in nutrition science within the ACTSI. Nutrition-oriented investigators will be giving brief talks on their research program and resources, research needs and opportunities for collaboration with other ACTSI faculty. At noon, Carolyn W. Miles, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Obesity and Nutrition Program of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the NIDDK/National Institutes of Health will present a talk Nutrition Research Initiatives at NIH. Lunch will be provided. For more information please click here.

The Role of MYH9 Polymorphisms in Glomerular Disease-May 27

The Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) presents The Role of MYH9 Polymorphisms in Glomerular Disease presented by Jeffrey Kopp, MD, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service and Staff Clinician, Kidney Disease Section, NIDDK, NIH. The lecture will be held on May 27, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Emory School of Medicine (1648 Pierce Drive NE), Room 120. For more information please click here.

Education and Training

Medical and Graduate Students Interested in Clinical and/or Translational Research-Short-Term Training Opportunity

Current medical students at Emory University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), and other health professional trainees pursuing doctoral degrees in public health, biomedical engineering, nursing and other fields at Emory, MSM and GA Tech can apply for short-term (3 month) stipends ($5,190 of salary support) funded by the Research Education, Training and Career Development (RETCD) program of the ACTSI. This mechanism will support medical and graduate students who are interested in a short course program focused on clinical and/or translational research under the mentorship of a successful, federally funded faculty mentor. Application for the short-term training program includes several components that should be submitted electronically by emailing For more information please visit

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