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eRoundup for 3/26/10

Atlanta Clinical & Translational
Science Institute
Weekly eRoundup
March 26, 2010


ACTSI's Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Conflict of Interest-Uncertainties and Conflict of Interest in Lung Transplantation 

ACTSI Awardee and Scholar in the News

Biostatistics and Informatics Resources: BERD/BIP/CIN Studio

The ACTSI is pleased to announce a new biostatistics and informatics resource for investigators.  The ACTSI's Clinical Interaction Network (CIN), in collaboration with the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) program, and Biomedical Informatics Program (BIP), now offer studio consultations to aid in the successful design and implementation of research projects. Read more...

Funding Opportunities

Translational Imaging Studies RFA for Pilot Awards-Due April 21

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Translational Technologies & Resources (TTR) program of the ACTSI received supplemental funding to advance innovation through imaging. The goal of this RFA is to promote translational-directed (animal to human) studies by providing pilot funds ($50,000 per award) for novel biomarker imaging research in animal models, or human translation from animal models. Eligible candidates include faculty from Emory, GA Tech, and MSM. Collaborative, inter-departmental or inter-institutional projects are strongly encouraged. Read more... 

Fund for Innovative Teaching (FIT)-Due April 23

Funds are available for small grants supportive of innovative undergraduate and/or graduate and postgraduate teaching at Emory. Grants will range from $500-$3000. FIT Grants are open to all full-time Emory faculty, individually or working as teams. Funds will support a variety of new approaches, such as courses which support recent discoveries and take the research into the classroom; courses which necessitate a "pilot" of new pedagogical methods; new interdisciplinary courses that move across departments or across schools; and innovative methods of team-teaching. Contact Donna Troka for more information.

P50 Pilot RFA Announcement-Due May 1

Emory Molecular and Translational lmaging Research Center's P50 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. Read more...

Events and Seminars

MSM Cancer Biology Program Seminar Series-March 30

Morehouse School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology presents DNA Mismatch and Damage Recognition: What Role Does the DNA Play? by Markus W. Germann, PhD, professor and GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar in Georgia State University's Department of Chemistry. The lecture will be held at Grady Hospital, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence Conference Room 10C029 on March 30, at noon. Read more...

How to Conduct Clinical Research at Emory: The Basics-April 6 and 13

If you are a new coordinator or you need a refresher, please sign up today! The course will be held in Emory's 1599 Building, first floor from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Course and registration information are available on the OCR website. 

Combined MR/PET Imaging: Exploring the Possibilities of an Emerging Technology-April 8

The new MR/PET scanner at the Emory Center for Systems Imaging permits, for the first time ever, simultaneous MR and PET imaging in human subjects. The scanner is one of four world-wide and one of only two in the U.S. The purpose of this event is to bring together the leaders of the other three MR/PET programs, and the Siemens engineers who designed the device, with scientists in the Atlanta community to explore the limits of the technology. Registration is now open, click here. Read more...

18th Annual "Bud" Suddath Symposium Biology of Personalized Medicine-April 8-9

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This year's symposium focuses on the future directions and latest developments in the bioscience and bioengineering fields and will be held at the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) on the GA Tech campus. Read more... 

Research Matters-April 15

Emory's Office for Clinical Research presents Research Matters on Thursday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Emory's 1599 Building, First Floor, Room 1.380. This event offers CME hours. Click here to register.

International Medical Volunteerism Conference-April 16-18

Hosted by the Emory School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer School of Medicine, and PCOM, Emory's main campus will host a free International Medical Volunteerism Conference. The event will serve as a platform for doctors, nurses, physician's assistants, students, and lay people to share their inspiring stories of making the world a better place through volunteer efforts in the medical and public health community. The conference will also serve as a networking and volunteer recruiting forum for non-profit organizations offering medical volunteer opportunities. For more details visit:

Local Symposium Covers Progress on H1N1-April 18-20

The Emory-UGA Influenza Pathogenesis and Immunology Research Center (IPIRC) will host Swine Origin H1N1 Virus: The First Pandemic of the 21st Century at the Emory Conference Center on April 18-20. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH will give the keynote address. Dr. Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory Vaccine Center, will present a special dinner lecture on April 19, at the Fox Theatre. Registration is open until March 15; a limited number of scholarships are available to graduate students. For more information, contact Tanya Cassingham (404.727.3450). 

MSM Public Health Summit 2010-April 21

Voices of Change: The Impact of Public Health of Georgia, the Nation and Our World is a Festschrift Conference honoring the legacy of Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal on April 21, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care Auditorium at Morehouse School of Medicine. Read more... 

Therapeutic Frontiers in Acute CNS Injury-May 7

Registration is now open for the Neurosciences Initiative symposium. Therapeutic Frontiers in Acute CNS Injury will provide participants with a view into the future of the clinical care of stroke, spinal cord injury, and head trauma. Registration is free and students are welcome. CME credits are available. Click here to register.  Please visit our website for additional information. Read more... 

NIGMS Stakeholder Meeting for Graduate Students and Postdocs-June 4

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences invites graduate students and postdocs to the regional stakeholder meeting in Atlanta on June 4. Read more... 

Research Resources

Bleeding History Project and Other Resources Available at Rockefeller

A new CTSA tool for obtaining comprehensive bleeding histories from patients is freely available to all investigators at The website also has information on developing similar phenotype recording systems and Rockefeller can help you get started. They also host a secure database where investigators can store data. Rockefeller is currently completing a results analysis from 500 healthy individuals from a variety of racial and ethnic groups and the data will be made available on the Rockefeller website soon. They are also performing a study on patients with von Willebrand disease and factor XI deficiency. If you are interested in collaborating, please contact Barry Coller

NIH Announces Genetic Testing Registry

The NIH is creating a public database that researchers, consumers, health care providers, and others can search for information submitted voluntarily by genetic test providers. The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) aims to enhance access to information about the availability, validity, and usefulness of genetic tests. Read more... 

Need a Collaborator? Search iResearchGeorgia

iResearchGeorgia, a website collaboration between Georgia Research Alliance and the Georgia Department of Economic Development provides information on research expertise in Georgia, with eight participating institutions. The site is a biomedical expertise profiling database that will help to improve opportunities for research collaboration within the state of Georgia. Read more... Also, read the ACTSI KL2 Grant Detail.

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