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The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance is accepting applications for the KL2 Scholars program for junior faculty and the TL1 program for pre- and postdoctoral trainees interested in careers that encompass human and/or clinical translational research.

Applicants admitted into the KL2 program will receive annual salary support to enable them to dedicate at least 75% of their time on research that addresses human health or health outcomes; a yearly $25,000 budget for research-related expenses; and tuition for the Master of Science in Clinical Research degree or Certificate Program in Translational Research. The program provides personalized didactic and mentored research training for up to two years.

A free, two-session KL2 Scholars application workshop will provide a detailed review of the application process and tips on how to put together a competitive application. The sessions will be Dec. 3 and 10 from 9:00-11:00 via Zoom. For more information, visit http://georgiactsa.org/training/kl2/index.html.

The TL1 program provides UGA students in a doctoral program and postdoctoral trainees an opportunity to complete the Master of Science in Clinical Research degree or the Certificate Program in Translational Research. Applicants admitted into the program receive a one-year stipend, tuition support and travel support. The program is offering a free application workshop Dec. 9 from 9:30-11:30 via Zoom. For more information, visit http://georgiactsa.org/training/tl1/index.html.

These TL1 and KL2 mentored training grants are open to all UGA junior faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in health-related disciplines or doing health-related research. Contact Dr. Brad Phillips, Biomedical & Health Sciences Institute, for more information.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a final Policy for Data Management and Sharing. UGA investigators engaged in research involving human subjects must provide additional information during the consent process pertaining to sharing of data and may need to formalize the exchange of data between collaborators through Data Use Agreements. Additional information related to required consent information can be found on the Human Research Protection Program website. Queries regarding Data Use Agreements can be directed to the Office of Research Legal Advisors

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UGA is a founding member of the National Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, which was established in response to a report from by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. If you have an interest in antimicrobial resistance research, education or advocacy, you can learn more about the institute and sign up here. Create a profile of your expertise and access discussion boards and information on the activities of colleagues here.

Catherine Logue (Catherine.Logue@uga.edu) is UGA’s NIAMRRE representative. Please contact her directly with any questions or to learn more.

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ORAU’s 76th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme is Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and sessions will be held over several days. Please mark your calendars for March 8-11th, and stay tuned for information on the agenda and registration in early November.

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Join the SMART team on Aug. 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST to learn about the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program. This webinar will discuss program benefits, eligibility, how to apply and helpful tips. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and civilian employment with the Department of Defense upon degree completion. The SMART Application is open Aug. 1-Dec. 1.

To learn more about the SMART Program visit:  https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart.

Register for the webinar here: https://lmigov.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_e23xmBtaTH2eMJzcY3U-JA.

For questions, email Outreach@smartscholarship.org.

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With the help of UGA’s Office of Research and ThermoFisher, a long-standing industrial partner of investigators at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, a state-of-the-art Tribrid Mass Spectrometer has been moved from the CCRC into containment at the Animal Health Research Center. This instrument will allow existing, budding and new collaborations between AHRC and CCRC researchers to study some of the most dangerous infectious agents using cutting-edge mass spectrometry approaches. Having such a high-end instrument in BSL3+ containment in an academic setting is truly unique and will facilitate advancements in understanding the roles of glycoproteins in a multitude of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

This endeavor is further augmented by a pending, submitted National Institutes of Health instrument grant, with support from ThermoFisher, the CCRC, and the Office of Research at UGA, to replace the instrument removed from the CCRC with the next generation of Tribrid Mass Spectrometers, the Eclipse. This instrument will support 28 investigators currently funded by at least 43 NIH grants primarily focused on the interface between glycobiology and infectious disease.

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The opening of this PCORI Funding Announcement has been moved back to June 9, 2020.

This PCORI funding announcement invites applications for high-quality comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects that will examine a critical patient-centered research question that is also relevant to decision makers and other stakeholders. For this PFA, investigators should propose an individual-level or cluster randomized controlled trial of significant scale and scope, requiring funding in excess of $10 million in direct costs. The proposed trials should address important decisional dilemmas that require important new evidence about the comparative effectiveness of available interventions. Proposed studies should compare interventions that already have established evidence of efficacy or are in widespread use. Clinical interventions (such as medications, diagnostic tests, or procedures) and delivery system interventions are appropriate for study.

Deadlines

  • LOI: September 29, 2020
  • Full Application: January 12, 2021

More information.

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The Sponsored Projects Annual Report for FY 2019 is now available at http://research.uga.edu/docs/reports/FY19-Annual-Report.pdf. The report compares 2018 and 2019 research expenditures, award funding and number of proposals submitted, as well as providing breakdowns of all sponsored activity by unit.

Previous reports are available at http://research.uga.edu/docs/reports/FY19-Annual-Report.pdf.

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UGA’s Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility has 11 new touchscreen computers that monitor the pH, oxygen levels, temperature and agitation (i.e., rotation) of the fermenters, generating the optimal growth environment. The touchscreen eases the process of checking the conditions and data of the media inside the fermenters, and the computers automatically turn the fermenters’ valves and pumps on and off. Automation allows for adjustments and takes away a lot of the guesswork behind yielding the best growing conditions, but the computers also allow for manual override in case the media needs more attention from BFF technicians.

BFF also has a new, larger Kuhner Incubator Shaker that holds larger flasks. It offers orbital and linear shaking as well as humidity control, chilling to degrees below ambient with additional options for LED photosynthesis and UV lighting.

The facility also acquired DASGIP bioreactor fermenters, which can be used to produce small batches up to 10 liters. This is BFF’s third bank of parallel bioreactors, bringing the total number of autoclavable systems to 28.

For more information, visit https://bcmb.franklin.uga.edu/bff/our-services or contact BFF at info@bmb.uga.edu or 706-542-1334.

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Attention human research investigators: We recognize and value UGA investigators’ experience and expertise in conducting research projects. Further, we understand the demands on researchers’ time, and we strive to create systems and infrastructure that provide a high level of research project management support. However, the PI is ultimately accountable for ensuring that individual research projects meet all reporting and approval requirements. While the IRB portal is programmed to send courtesy reminders at 90, 60, and 30 days prior to a study’s expiration date, this system does not replace the responsibility of PIs to be aware of the approval period for research studies.

We strongly urge investigators to have multiple tools and safeguards to ensure that they meet regulatory and institutional requirements pertaining to continuing review and maintaining approval of human research projects. Setting up calendar reminders for 30 days prior to study expiration is one possible method.

Please remember that all human research procedures related to the approved project must stop when approval expires until a new approval period is granted. When research activities are complete, the PI is responsible for closing the project in the IRB portal, even if the project was for a student’s thesis or dissertation.

Please contact the Human Subject Office at IRB@uga.edu or 706-542-3199 if you have any questions about continuing review and expiration of IRB approval. More information is available in our Policies and Procedures and on the Human Research Protection Program website https://research.uga.edu/hrpp/.