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eRoundup for 08/05/11

Atlanta Clinical & Translational
Science Institute
Weekly eRoundup
August 05, 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.

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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.

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Research Resources

iResearchGeorgia Profile

Dr. Jeff Sands

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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.

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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.

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Events

Creating Semantically-enabled Registry Databases from EHR Systems for Clinical & Translational Research-Thursday

Clinical informatics architect Dr. Andrew Post from Emory University will discuss extracting patient data from a variety of systems and aggregating it so it can be used by clinical and translational researchers. Learn more, including how to join the webinar.

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CDC 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference-August 21-24

The annual conference for the public health informatics community will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. The theme this year is Engaging, Empowering, Evolving…Together.

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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.

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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.

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Personalized Medicine Awareness Day in Georgia, September 1, 2011

Credit: KreativTouch.com

Credit: KreativTouch.com

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


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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.

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Emory Department of Medicine Research Day-September 9

The Department of Medicine brings Dr. Ann Bonham, Chief Scientific Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), as keynote speaker at 11:00 a.m. in Emory’s Cox Hall Ballroom.

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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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16th Annual HeLa Women's Health Conference-September 23

The conference will be held at Morehouse School of Medicine and is designed to heighten participants’ awareness of Stem Cell Therapy.

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A New Paradigm for Pharmaceutical Innovation-September 28

Kenneth Kaitin of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development will provide analysis on research and development trends and patent information on the top 10 companies and drugs from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Join the webinar.

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American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2011 Annual Symposium-October 22-26

The AMIA Annual Symposium is the world’s most comprehensive annual meeting on biomedical and health informatics. The Annual Symposium venue is the Washington Hilton, Washington, DC. 

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Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance-November 23

Richard Whitley of The University of Alabama at Birmingham will explain the partnership between the university and the Southern Research Institute for Drug Discovery and Development from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Join the webinar.

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Pediatric Research Retreat-January 27

On behalf of co-chairs Drs. Paul Spearman and Gilda Barabino and the Emory+Children's Pediatric Research Center, please mark your calendar. The retreat will be held at the Emory Conference Center.

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News

Call for Research Abstracts: An Opportunity to Share Your Research Findings with the Community-Due Monday

Do you have research findings that would be of interest to local communities? Are you looking for ways to convey your research findings for public consumption? The Community Engagement & Research Program (CERP) seeks investigators from ACTSI institutions who have research findings that would be of interest to the public. This process will allow us to test a new translation and dissemination strategy. CERP will pair investigators with community-based organizations (CBOs) to disseminate research findings of mutual interest. CERP will provide funding to the CBOs through our mini-grants program to support these dissemination activities.

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Governor Deal Designates September 1, 2011 as Personalized Medicine Awareness Day in Georgia

Credit: KreativTouch.com

Credit: KreativTouch.com

Governor Nathan Deal designated Thursday, September 1, 2011, as Personalized Medicine Awareness Day in Georgia. The event was hosted by the ACTSI, Georgia Bio, and Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, Inc. Iverson 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.

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Provide Input on Grant Opportunities in Health Services Research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the entity established by the Affordable Care Act to support the development of comparative effectiveness research and implementation science, announces its first round of funding for pilot studies, which is an opportunity for institution’s health services researchers to build capacity at the applied end of the research spectrum. Funds will be available through a competitive bidding process. The initial round of funding will support collection of preliminary data essential for advancing the field of patient-centered outcomes research.

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PCORI Seeks Comment on "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research" Definition

PCORI developed a draft definition of “patient-centered outcomes research” and is inviting public comment now through September 2, 2011. Provide feedback through PCORI's website.

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ACTSI Investigator Dr. Lawrence Phillips in the News

Lawrence S. Phillips, MD, ACTSI investigator and Emory University School of Medicine endocrinologist

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Fox News/Reuters | Do you live in the "Diabetes Belt?"
March 8, 2011

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Georgia Science & Technology Park at Fort McPherson

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Please include the following citation in any publications resulting from direct or indirect ACTSI support, "Supported in part by PHS Grant (UL1 RR025008, KL2 RR025009 or TL1 RR025010) from the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources."