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eRoundup for 07/29/11

Atlanta Clinical & Translational
Science Institute
Weekly eRoundup
July 29, 2011

Funding Opportunities

Air Force Medical Research Solicitation-Due August 31

This 5-year, 2-step, open-ended Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) from the Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA) Modernization Directorate is soliciting white papers for research. The many topic areas (Genomic Medicine Research, Omics Research, Functional Medicine Research) focused on Patient-Centered Precision Care – Personalized Medicine may be of interest to researchers at CTSA institutions. The BAA anticipates awarding 10 to 20 awards per year. The estimated value of each award is $100K to $1M annually, with total contract values of up to $3M over three-year periods.


Advance Notice of New VA RR&D RFA on the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma

The Rehabilitation Research & Development Service is encouraging VA investigators to conduct research on the chronic effects of neurotrauma. This RFA is directed at the study of chronic injury to the brain and spinal cord, with emphasis on the long-term effects of injury on the development of secondary neurodegenerative disorders and the repair of the injury. Multi-site collaborative research proposals that utilize VA and non-VA resources to increase efficiency and to reduce duplication are strongly encouraged. This RFA is intended to encourage projects that will examine the consequences of chronic injury as well as its repair. The proposed research must adhere to an overall budget of $1.1M in a period not to exceed five years.


Research Resources

iResearchGeorgia Profile

Dr. Joel Saltz


Principles of Community Engagement Publication

The CTSA Community Engagement Key Function Committee, Duke University, NIH, CDC, and NCRR announce the release of Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition). This primer provides both the theoretical framework and valuable guidance for engaging partners in clinical and translational research. ACTSI’s Community Engagement & Research Program (CERP) director, Dr. Daniel Blumenthal, and evaluator, Dr. Tabia Henry-Akintobi; Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center faculty and staff; and Community Coalition Board members served as authors, co-authors and contributors.


Georgia Tech/Emory BME Senior Research Design Program

The Georgia Tech/Emory Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is seeking medical development project ideas from the Atlanta medical/research community for capstone project teams in biomedical engineering. If you have a clinical or surgical oriented idea or "problem," you can work with a team of senior BME students in developing and testing a potential solution. Capstone work can provide valuable background for future project funding submissions and further development activities.


ACTSI's New Request & Progress Information Database (RAPID)

ACTSI Governance, Tracking & Evaluation, and Biomedical Informatics Program, in conjunction with each of the programs within the ACTSI, have developed the Request & Progress Information Database (RAPID) to record the progress of the ACTSI grant award. While it was primarily developed for the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) Annual Progress Report, RAPID was designed to support the administration and investigators of the ACTSI. As such, it will serve as the backbone connecting researchers, staff, and community leaders at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and other ACTSI member organizations. To get started, please visit



Navigate the Healthcare Digital Journey-Tuesday

The investments made to capture, manage, mine, and protect healthcare information can quickly become overwhelming, particularly for the IT budget. During ICF Macro’s Public Health Breakfast, Helen Thompson, Interim CIO at Georgia Health Science University Health System, will discuss the transformation from paper to electronic medical files and where time, efforts, and dollars should be spent to deliver healthcare to communities. The breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. at ICF Macro (3 Corporate Sq. NE, Ste 370, 30329). 


Mastering Clinical Research-Wednesday

The course Institutional Review Board Policies and Procedures by Sarah Putney, Emory IRB director, provides useful information to improve the quality of clinical research. Courses are held the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00-7:30 a.m. in room 5012, on the 5th floor of Winship.


Biomedical Computing and Modeling Pediatric Research Seminar-August 19

From Noon to 1:00 p.m. in Egleston, classrooms 5-7, presented by May D. Wang, PhD and sponsored by the Center for Outcomes Research and Public Health. RSVP


SBIR Strategies: Academic Partners and University Consultants - August 22

Prior to entering an SBIR proposal as a consultant or collaborator you should know the typical university guidelines that may apply to faculty who participate in these types of proposals. The event is in Emory School of Medicine, Room 170A from 1:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. and is sponsored by Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer. Please RSVP to Ashley Myers.


Research Matters - February 22

Emory’s Office for Clinical Research presents Research Matters from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Emory’s EUH Auditorium, Second Floor. This event offers CME hours. Click here to register.


Personalized Medicine Awareness Day in Georgia, September 1, 2011



The ACTSI and its partners, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, and Georgia Bio celebrated the first-ever Personalized Medicine Awareness Day in Georgia on September 1. To mark the occasion, a half-day program was held at MSM featuring Governor Nathan Deal, a keynote address by Leroy Hood, MD, Ph.D., a pioneer in biotechnology and genomics, remarks by Ambassador Andrew Young, and a panel discussion involving scientists from MSM, Emory and Georgia Tech exploring advances in personalized medicine and Georgia’s leadership in this innovative healthcare research.

Iverson Genetics, Inc. is collaborating with MSM and the ACTSI in a clinical research study of a new technology that will make the practice of personalized medicine possible. Study Details


Networking Opportunities for Pediatric Neuroscientists-September 6

The Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center is organizing an effort to bring together all scientists interested in pediatric neuroscience research. Please participate in this brief survey if you currently are conducting or are interested in being involved in neuroscience research related to child health. The survey will ascertain common research interest areas, current projects and opportunities for collaboration. A Neurosciences Research Meet and Greet will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston (Conference Center Rooms 5-7). Please indicate on the above survey if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kenny.


Molecular & Translational Imaging Workshop-From Mouse to Man-September 14

Registration is Now Open – This workshop gives an introduction to preclinical and translational molecular imaging techniques and their applications in biology and medicine. Featuring keynote speaker, Peter Choyke, MD, director of the Molecular Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, NIH and a hands-on training and imaging demonstrations. Sponsored by the ACTSI and Emory’s Center for Systems Imaging and the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.

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$165M Expansion Set for Morehouse School of Medicine

The expansion will add to the school’s biotech research infrastructure –


Proposed Changes to Regulations that Govern Federally-supported Research Involving Human Subjects

The NCRR Federal Register contains an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making seeking public comments on sweeping proposed changes to the regulations that govern federally-supported research involving human subjects (known as the Common Rule). The revisions (see table) are intended to strengthen the protections for human subjects while recognizing that the categories of research being conducted, the prevalence of multisite trials, and the types of data being collected have changed dramatically in the 20 years since the Common Rule was simultaneously adopted by various federal agencies and departments.


ACTSI Investigator Dr. Viola Vaccarino in the News

Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, medical director of Information Services, director of Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (EPICORE) and professor in the Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University | Emory scientists hyperlink depression to reduce advantages right after coronary artery bypass surgery treatment
April 23, 2011

Antidepressants linked to thicker arteries
April 6, 2011

Johns Hopkins University Gazette | Gene protects African-Americans from coronary artery disease
January 31, 2011

The science behind the Mediterranean diet
December 10, 2010


Grady Health System Names New President and CEO of Grady Memorial Hospital


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