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2021 Regenerative Engineering & Medicine Center (Virtual) Retreat

Join us Monday, May 10 for the Regenerative Engineering & Medicine Center’s annual (virtual) retreat, hosted by the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Emory University. Advances in the delivery of molecular and biological therapeutics that will enhance the body’s ability to heal itself will be discussed, along with opportunities to meet and collaborate with PIs who will apply to the 2021-2022 “Therapeutic Delivery Innovation Initiative” collaborative grant RFA on this topic.

The free event will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Ted Ross, “Universal Vaccines for Flu and COVID-19,” along with other engaging talks on innovation in therapeutics. Faculty who wish to apply to the “Therapeutic Delivery Innovation Initiative” collaborative grant RFA should submit their proposal by June 25.

CTRU announces seed grant awards for FY20

Eight CTRU seed grants were recently awarded to investigator teams to start new clinical and translational research studies using CTRU resources. The CTRU is excited to work with these principal investigators and their studies in the coming year:

Benjamin Brainard, VMD (Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery).  Title: Examination of Transmission of Multi-Drug Resistant Gram Negative Bacteria between Companion Animals and Human Owners.

Leidong Mao, PhD (College of Engineering). Title: Microfluidic isolation of clusters of circulating tumor cells from metastatic breast cancer patients.

Sheba MohanKumar, PhD and P.S. MohanKumar, PhD (Dept. of Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging).  Title: Sensitive, cost-effective, microfluidics-based assay for detecting breast cancer biomarkers.

Jarrod Mousa, PhD and Ted Ross, PhD (Dept. of Infectious Diseases/Center for Vaccines and Immunology). Title: Vaccine-elicited antibody responses to the hemagglutinin protein in HIV-positive individuals.

Balazs Rada, PhD (Dept. of Infectious Diseases).  Title: Association of autoimmunity with diabetes in cystic fibrosis.

Becky Stone, DPH (Augusta University Institute of Public and Preventative Health). Title: REMEDY Study (Remote Outpatient Temperature Monitoring for Early Detection of Febrile Neutropenia after Chemotherapy).

Gregory Strauss, PhD and Lawrence Sweet, PhD (Dept. of Psychology).  Title: Mechanisms of Amotivation in Youth at Clinical High-Risk for Psychosis.

Janani Thapa, PhD (Dept. of Healthy Policy and Management).  Title: Pilot study on technology-enhanced health coaching intervention for low-income patients with multiple chronic conditions.

We would like to thank all who applied for the seed grant awards this year. The quantity and quality of the applications far surpassed our expectations, and we are grateful for the continued interest in the CTRU.

CTRU investigator publishes review of nutrition intervention in heart failure

Dr. Lilian Sattler and Dr. Renad Abu-Sawwa, of the UGA Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Department, along with Drs. Sandra Dunbar and Arshed Quyyumi of Emory University, have written an article entitled, “Nutrition intervention in heart failure: should consumption of the DASH eating pattern be recommended to improve outcomes?” The article covers known details of nutritional status in heart failure patients as well as providing preliminary evidence for recommending the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet to this patient population. To read this article, please see:

Abu-Sawwa, R., Dunbar, S.B., Quyyumi, A.A. et al. Heart Fail Rev (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10741-019-09781-6

Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Conference, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2019

Registration is now open for the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Conference, being held Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2019 at Callaway Resort and Gardens. The conference will showcase clinical and translational science advances within the state of Georgia through abstract and poster presentations, talks by Georgia CTSA institution faculty researchers, and dynamic keynote speakers. For more information or to register, visit http://georgiactsa.org/discovery/statewide-conference/2019conference.html.

2018 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference: Precision Medicine

Registration is now open for the 2018 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference, being held June 8, 2018 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. The Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference is the primary annual educational and networking event for the Pediatric Research Alliance. This conference brings together both basic and clinical science researchers with pediatricians and healthcare providers to promote the integration of cutting-edge research into clinical practice. Registration is $40, or free for students, residents, post-docs and fellows.

 

Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Conference, Feb. 22-23, 2018

Registration is now open for the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Conference, being held Feb. 22-23, 2018 in Braselton, GA. Day one of the conference will focus on teaching attendees  about Georgia CTSA services and ways the alliance accelerates clinical and translational science in Georgia and beyond. Day two will showcase clinical and translational science advances within the state of Georgia through abstract and poster presentations, a KL2 panel discussion, and dynamic keynote speakers. For more information or to register, visit http://georgiactsa.org/discovery/academic-and-industry-intersection-conference/2018.html.

Georgia CTSA Request for Proposals -Due November 15

Georgia CTSA announces up to $230,000 in pilot grant opportunities over two categories:

  1. Pilot Translational & Clinical Studies (PTCS) – $200,000 (as many as five awards of up to $40,000 each in total direct costs) to develop and support innovative approaches to advance translational science through targeted funding. For more information, click here.
  2. Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) – $30,000 (as many as two awards of up to $15,000 each in total direct costs) to promote novel biostatistical and epidemiological  methods for clinical & translational research. For more information, click here.

 

Georgia CTSA Mission – The institutions of the Georgia CTSA leverage their complementary strengths to accelerate clinical & translational education, research, and community engagement to impact health in Georgia and beyond.

Eligibility – Faculty from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and University of Georgia may submit proposals aligned with the two RFP categories.  All pilot project recipients will be eligible for the Georgia CTSA Award of Distinction in Team Science – “To further promote collaboration, the Georgia CTSA Executive Oversight Council will award an annual Award of Distinction in Team Science during their annual meeting to Georgia CTSA investigators who, through their multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary collaborations, have made a profound impact in CTR.”

 

CTRU Seed Grant Funding Announcement

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) has just announced an opportunity for FY18 funding (up to $40,000) to support pilot studies based in the CTRU. Proposals are due by August 21st, 2017. For more details, please review the seed grant announcement.

Emory and UGA Co-Sponsoring Human Research Community Forum – Augusta GA, July 18-19, 2017

Emory and UGA join Augusta University and DHHS’ Office for Human Research Protection to host a Research Community Forum called “Navigating a River of Change: Bringing Research Up to Par.” The event takes place in Augusta, GA, July 18-19, 2017. The workshop will feature interactive presentations by OHRP staff on a range of topics related to the HHS regulations, including discussion of the revised Common Rule. The conference will include break-out sessions covering a variety of research topics such as central IRBs and related issues, genetics research, online consent, and reporting concerns. Connect with human research professionals from across the country and learn about the regulations directly from OHRP staff—don’t miss out!

 

Register at: http://www.augusta.edu/research/dhhs/– you may choose one- or two-day options.

7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition

Request for Applications for Seed Grant Funding

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) is pleased to announce its 7th annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition.  This seed grant competition is an opportunity for the scientific and business community including entrepreneurs, clinicians, scientists, businesses, academic researchers and medical and engineering graduate and undergraduate students, to develop and commercialize a pediatric medical device. Proposals are due July 31, 2017. Visit http://atlanticpediatricdeviceconsortium.org/innovation-competition for more information.

CTRU Open House

Please join us for the one-year anniversary celebration and open house at the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU), Friday, January 27 from 3-5pm. UGA investigators and trainees are invited to learn more about clinical and translational research pilot grants, CTRU services available to investigators, opportunities for expanding your research and collaboration through the CTRU, as well as clinical and translational science experience and education for trainees. The CTRU is located at 109 Bowstrom Rd. on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

 

CTRU welcomes new seed grant studies

Six CTRU seed grants were recently awarded to investigator teams to start new clinical and translational research studies at the unit. The CTRU is excited to welcome these new investigator teams and their studies:

Jamie A. Cooper, PhD (Foods and Nutrition) and Ronald Pegg, PhD (Food Science and Technology).  Title: Antioxidant Responses to Exercise and Tart Cherry Consumption.

Brian Miller MD, PhD (Augusta University Dept. of Psychiatry), Rich Meagher, PhD (Genetics), Shelley Nuss, MD (AU/UGA Medical  Partnership). Title:  Inflammation and the Epigenome in Schizophrenia.

Jonathan Murrow, MD (AU/UGA Medical  Partnership), Melissa Hallow, PhD (Epidemiology and Engineering), Lynetta Jobe, DVM, PhD (AU/UGA Medical  Partnership), Kent Nilsson, MD (AU/UGA Medical  Partnership), Catherine Marti, MD, MSc (Piedmont Athens Regional).  Title: Evaluation of the effects of SGLT2 inhibition on cardiac hemodynamics and volume status in diabetic patients with preserved ejection fraction heart failure.

Assaf Oshri, PhD, Margaret Caughy, ScD, Emilie Smith, PhD (Human Development and Family Science), Cynthia Suveg, PhD (Psychology). Title: Early life stress, parenting and risky decision-making: A multilevel mechanism.

Cynthia Suveg, PhD and Ronald Blount, PhD (Psychology).  Title: Self-Regulation as a Predictor of Transition Readiness in College Students With and Without Medical Conditions.

Henry Young, PhD (Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy), Lokesh Guglani, MD (Emory University), Maria Len-Rios, PhD (Grady), Kyle Johnsen, PhD (Engineering), Stephen Rathbun, PhD (Biostatistics). Title: Improving chronic respiratory illness medication use by enhancing pediatric care communication.

We would like to thank all who applied for the seed grant awards this year. The quantity and quality of the applications far surpassed our expectations, and we are grateful for the continued interest in the CTRU.

 

Medical student completes summer research experience

AU/UGA Medical Partnership student Adolphia Lauture recently completed her summer experiential training in clinical and translational research at the CTRU, working with Dr. Jennifer Gay on a study that evaluates whether short bouts of vigorous exercise throughout the day can lower blood glucose in individuals at risk of diabetes.

Lauture, who is now a second year medical student, described the CTRU as a center that “allows students, faculty and community doctors the opportunity to add to medical research and advance health care for all.” Looking back on her summer experience, she said, “Witnessing the caliber of research that was being performed was very inspiring. Because of the CTRU, I was a part of medical research that can have a major impact on how we educate those with prediabetes to prevent diabetes.” Lauture received experience and education on many aspects of clinical research, including recruiting, consenting, following study protocols, and recording and evaluating data. She will present her poster at the Annual Medical Student Research Symposium on Monday, September 28th.

AU/UGA Medical Partnership student Adolphia Lauture (left) oversees a study visit at the CTRU.

AU/UGA Medical Partnership student Adolphia Lauture (left) oversees a study visit at the CTRU.

Seed Grants Available

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) has just announced an opportunity for FY17 funding (up to $50,000) to support pilot studies based in the CTRU. Proposals are due by September 9th, 2016. For more details, please review the seed grant announcement.

CTRU Open House

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit is planning an Open House in the fall for investigators and the community. Check back soon for an announcement of the date and more details.

Southern Translational Education and Research (STaR) Conference @ GA Center Sept. 22-23

The Southern Translational Education and Research (STaR) Conference will be held September 22-23, 2016 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens, GA. The conference will include state-of-the-art topics in clinical and translational science as well as opportunities for attendees to showcase their research and network with peers to develop regional collaborations. Visit https://www.rxugace.com/programs/details/1005-STaR-2016 for more information or to register.